One big goal for writers who want to be published by legacy publishers is to retain the services of a literary agent. Literary agents are key to authors selling their work. We consider them the gatekeepers of the publishing industry. They are the gatekeepers because they work as an added filter for publishers of either nonfiction or fiction. I write fiction so I look for agents who represent and who sell works of fiction. Most agents represent both but sometimes an agent will specialize in one or the other.
And after eleven years of writing full-time, my latest novel was accepted by Chip MacGregor at the MacGregor & Luedeke Agency. And I couldn’t be more thrilled. I have had Chip in my crosshairs since 2013 when I first met him on my podcast called Dialogue: Between the Lines, a live radio program that features fiction authors and their books. We, at Dialogue, interview authors, agents, and publishers. The show airs live Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
Chip has been an agent for many years and worked in publishing before agenting at Time-Warner and also Hachette, back in the day. He’s been involved in the publishing industry since he was out of college. I snagged this off his information page:
When he was in first grade, Chip hurried home one day and announced to his mother, “When I grow up, I’m going to be a book guy!” He clearly could see the future —from high school literary magazine editor to writing bestselling books, from speaking at writing and publishing conferences to representing renowned writers, Chip MacGregor is a book guy.
That sums up Chip today. He loves books, reading, and authors and aren’t we luckier for that. Now that he’s in my corner, you can bet I’ll be working hard to make him proud of my work and that he signed me.
To learn more about Chip MacGregor and the MacGregor & Luedeke Agency, go to: http://www.macgregor-luedeke.com.
To learn more about me and my novels, go to www.susanwingate.com.
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Susan Wingate is a #1 Amazon bestselling and award-winning author. She is currently writing her eighteenth book.
Her story “How the Deer Moon Hungers” has won seven book awards, including a First Prize in the CIBA Somerset Literary Award, a Silver Award in the 2021 eLit Book Awards, the 2020 SABA Book Awards for the Judge’s Selection “Best Fiction Author,” Best Fiction in the 2020 Pacific Book Award, a Silver Award in the 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, and July 2020 Book Cover in the Book Cover of the Month Awards.
Wingate writes about big trouble in small towns and lives with her husband on an island off the coast of Washington State where she tends to wildlife in her backyard wildlife sanctuary.
Susan writes across fiction genres often setting her stories in the Pacific Northwest where she and her husband, Bob live. Susan’s writing has been published in journals such as the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Superstition Review, and Suspense Magazine, and several others.
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If you want to know what makes me tick, it can be summed up with this one quote from A Sand County Almanac, “There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot.” ―Aldo Leopold.
Honestly, I cannot live without wild things, be they flora or fauna. In a nutshell, that’s why I moved away from Phoenix and to an island. There, I would spot a rare wayward doe or buck in the earliest morning or later in the evening. Deer tend to be shy when they don’t know you. After time, however, while gardening or landscaping or simply hanging outside, more deer would show—to eat trimmings, nibble on branches, or even newly-planted foliage. I remember once after planting two young cherry trees and went inside, I glanced out a window to gaze upon my handiwork. At that moment, a buck reared up and, balancing on his back legs, ate the tenderest of cherry limbs near the top of this small, new tree. I said, “Well, that’s an expensive lunch.”
Susan’s Memberships Include: PENAmerica, the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association.
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