Author Lecture Series: How to Build a Successful Career

Chip MacGregor
President @ MacGregor & Luedeke
Sundays 4/18 & 4/25 @ 2:00pm - 3:00pm PT

Sold Out - Waitlist Available

Have you ever wondered what makes a successful author? What are the tools they have in their toolbox they use to build that career? Us too. That's why we've asked Roadmap favorite Chip MacGregor of MacGregor & Luedeke to join us for this special two part lecture series! 

Each session will cover a different component of a successful book career - from pitching to the manuscript - and attendees will have a chance to ask Chip their questions. This is truly a must have for all authors. 

**Each session is recorded, so don't worry if you can't attend both!**


  • What do literary agents look for in a pitch?
  • What elements do you need to include in your pitch?
  • How long should your pitch be? 
  • Common pitching pitfalls. 


  • What do agents look for in a manuscript? 
  • How to make your opening pages pop. 
  • Genre expectations. 
  • Voice and POV. 


    About Your Host

    Chip MacGregor has a comprehensive knowledge of the industry—from book development to writing, acquisition to production, marketing to sales. A former publisher with Time-Warner and Hachette, he has secured nearly 1,000 book deals for authors with all of the major publishers, including numerous imprints at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Hachette, HarperCollins, Thomas & Mercer, Jossey-Bass, Llewellyn, Zondervan, Thomas Nelson, Baker, Tyndale, Waterbrook, B&H, Worthy, Revell, Harvest House, and dozens of others. As an editor, he discovered Phillip Gulley, worked with bestselling authors such as Andy Andrews and Karen Kingsbury, and helped craft books for some of the best names in publishing, including Brennan Manning, Vincent Zandri, Rachel Hauck, Steve Jackson, Davis Bunn, Byron Huggins, Alistair McGrath, and numerous others. He has also written more than two-dozen titles, including two books that hit #1 on the bestseller lists in their category, and he has been the collaborative writer on nearly three-dozen other titles. During his tenure as a publisher at Time Warner, he helped start Center Street, the “heartland publishing” initiative at what is now Hachette, and did books with the likes of Mike Huckabee and John Ashcroft.

    As a longtime agent he has represented Brennan Manning, Vincent Zandri, Rachel Hauck, Mindy Clark, Irene Hannon, Bonnie Gray, Michelle McKinney Hammond, Jill and Stuart Briscoe, Alistair McGrath, Neta Jackson, Vickie McDonough, the MOPS organization, and many others. His work with Lisa Beamer and Ken Abraham led to Let’s Roll hitting #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, eventually becoming the bestselling nonfiction book the year it released. After starting his own agency, he has focused on helping bring great fiction to market, representing authors such as Mindy Clark, Leslie Gould, Les Edgerton, Susan Meissner, and many others. Some of his bestselling nonfiction clients include New York Times bestsellers Mike Hingson and Susy Flory, bestselling writers Sheila Wray Gregoire, Shane Stanford, David Thomas, and Ira Wagler. A longtime member of AAR, he has represented dozens of books on all the national bestseller lists, and the authors he represents have won numerous national awards.

    A popular writer’s conference speaker, Chip has presented workshops at more than 200 publishing conferences, spoken at colleges and universities, and is frequently invited to speak to writers groups around the country on the topics of writing and publishing. He earned his BS with High Honors at Portland State University, earned an MA with Honors from Biola University, and did his doctoral work at the University of Oregon in Policy and Management, focusing on organizational development. He later did a post-doctoral semester at Oxford University. Chip has been written up in numerous writing and publishing related magazines and newsletters, is frequently asked for his opinions on trends in the publishing industry, and his blog was regularly on the list of Writers Digest’s “101 Best Websites for Writers.”

    What To Expect

    Immediately after registering, you will receive an Order Confirmation email that serves as the receipt for your registration. In the Order Summary section of this email you will find the "JOIN LINK" to join the Live Webinar. Webinars are conducted via video conferencing software ZOOM. You will receive a link to the recording of the Webinar via email within 24 hrs. following the live session.

    Can't Attend Live? 

    Can't make the live session but still have a question you want answered during the Q&A portion? Email it to and submitted questions will be provided to the moderator to address during the Q&A. 


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