Saturday, March 31, 2018

Willamette Writers on the River Hosts Literary Agent Chip MacGregor

Willamette Writers on the River is pleased to host:
The World of Writing, Publishing, and Agents
Presented by Chip MacGregor
Monday, April 23th, 6:30-8:30
First Presbyterian Church, Alison Room
Corner of 9thand Monroe
Corvallis, OR
(Use 9thStreet parking lot entrance)
What is the role of an agent in today’s changing publishing climate, and how does a writer go about finding one? What does a healthy author/agent relationship look like? Come hear from our expert, Chip MacGregor, who has been a successful literary agent for almost 20 years. MacGregor is also an author and understands the Catch 22 an author faces:  “Publishers won’t talk to me unless I have an agent but agents won’t talk to me until I’m published!” Bring your questions and begin to create a realistic plan for finding and working with a literary agent who is a good fit for you, and figure out what “success” means to your writing career.
Chip MacGregoris the president of MacGregor Literary, Inc. He has been working in the publishing industry for more than three decades, made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years, and was formerly a publisher with Time-Warner Book Group. MacGregor began working as an agent twenty years ago, has represented nearly a thousand titles, and the authors he represents have been on every major bestseller list. He has an undergraduate from Portland State University, a master’s from Biola University, did his doctoral work at the University of Oregon with post-doc work at Oxford University. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, MacGregor lives on the Oregon coast.
Willamette Writer on the River is the Corvallis Chapter of Willamette Writers. This event is free to members and full-time students. Guests of members pay $5; visitors pay $10, no one is turned away.

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What Do Agents Want? Meet Literary Agent Laura Bradford

Have you ever wondered what agents want? This is the talk for you. Join Willamette Writers to hear Laura Bradford, founder of Bradford Literary Agency, discuss what agents look for in writers, and ways you can make yourself a writer agents want to work with.

About Laura Bradford

Laura Bradford established the Bradford Literary Agency in 2001. She considers herself an editorial-focused agent and takes a hands-on approach to developing proposals and manuscripts with her authors for the most appropriate markets. During her own misadventures as a writer, Laura came to understand the importance of having a friendly but critical eye on your side, a career strategist in your corner and a guide who can lead you through the travails of publication.

Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, Grand Central, Harlequin, Kensington, Simon and Schuster, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Sourcebooks, Hyperion, and many others. She continues to actively build her client list and is currently seeking work in the following genres: Romance (historical, romantic suspense, paranormal, category, contemporary, erotic), urban fantasy, women’s fiction, mystery, thrillers, young adult, upper Middle Grade as well as some select non-fiction.
She is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives (AAR) and Romance Writers of America, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and she is an RWA-recognized agent.

About Willamette Writers

Willamette Writers Chapters are local writing communities where writers improve their craft and acquire the career skills required in today’s publishing world.

Our Portland speaker meeting has 65 to 100 attendees. They are held the first Tuesday of each month at the historic Old Church in downtown Portland, 1422 SW 11th Ave. Fellowship begins at 6:30 p.m., the meeting starts at 7 and ends at 8:15. Book signings, silent auctions, or other events are held in the back room after the meeting until 8:30 p.m.

The Young Willamette Writers’ meeting for ages 13-18 takes place in an adjacent room.

The speaker meetings are free to Willamette Writers members and full-time students. Guests are asked for a $5 donation. Join us on MeetUp to receive meeting updates, and follow us on Twitter @wilwrite.