Workshop: Crafting a Strong Book Proposal on Feb 20th

chip macgregorLongtime literary agent Chip MacGregor has represented nearly a thousand books, and each one was sold to the publisher based on a strong proposal. In this fun, information-packed workshop, we’ll explore the big picture of a proposal (What is the purpose of a proposal? What is the publisher looking for?), then we’ll get into the nitty-gritty details of what goes into a strong fiction or nonfiction proposal. Finally, we’ll explore what makes one proposal stand out from the crowd. Chip will also spend some time talking about how to pitch your work, and will leave time for you to ask your questions about the process.

The workshop will be held on Saturday, February 20th, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Hoffman Center for the Arts.

Tuition is $30.  Click here to register.

Chip MacGregor is the president of MacGregor LIterary, Inc., a full-service literary agency that works with authors around the country. Chip has been working in the publishing industry for nearly four decades, and made his living as a freelance writer and editor for several years. He is the author of numerous books, including a couple of bestselling nonfiction titles, and formerly served as a publisher with Time-Warner Book Group. He began working as an agent eighteen years ago, and has represented nearly a thousand titles. The authors he represents have won numerous writing awards, and their books have been on all the bestseller lists — New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, Amazon, etc. Ten years ago he began his own literary agency, and over the past several years he has consistently been one of the busiest literary agents in the United States. He works with both fiction and nonfiction titles. Chip has an undergraduate degree from Portland State University, a master’s from Biola University, did doctoral work at the University of Oregon, and post-doc work at Oxford University. A well-known speaker at writing conferences and via online writing sites, he lives on the Oregon coast.


Publish In A Day Workshop on April 4th

publishing workshop image lorinczHolly Lorincz and Brian Tibbetts will lead an e-publishing workshop on Saturday, April 4th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hoffman Center.  Tuition is $165.  Click here to register and pay online.

In this intensive one day workshop you’ll learn the necessary steps for self-publication in both ebook and print, and, more importantly, get your novel formatted and uploaded by the end of the day, with a personalized marketing plan in place. Please note, this is for text-only manuscripts (no internal images).

If you take this intensive, one-day workshop, by the end of the day you will have:

  • Formatted your novel to ebook and print specifications
  • Written an effective title and back cover copy
  • Uploaded your professionally formatted manuscript into Kindle and CreateSpace
  • Generated a basic marketing platform, with direction on how to build it up

VERY IMPORTANT! In order to take this class you will need:

A completed manuscript, in one Word document (not a pdf), with no internal images.

A basic understanding of how to use the tool bar functions in Word. (If you don’t know how to highlight, or cut and paste, this is not the class for you.)

A laptop with wifi capability.

If you want to have an ebook online by the end of class, you will need:

A professionally formatted bookcover (you will need a Kindle version and a print version).

A title, and a short description (usually same as the back copy), and a short author bio.

If you don’t want to use the free Amazon ISBN numbers, you will have to come with an ISBN from Bowker.

HOLLY LORINCZ is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary, and the owner of Lorincz Literary Services, an editing and publishing company which regularly works with NY Times Bestselling authors, as well as self-publishing authors. She is also an award winning novelist, a nationally recognized speaking coach, and a long-time writing instructor.

BRIAN TIBBETTS, is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary, and a long-time professional writer and editor with a background in real-world marketing and a Master’s Degree in Publishing from PSU.


If you are interested in mingling with the faculty the night before, we are offering a no-host bar “mixer” at the Neah-Kah-Nie Bistro on Friday night, from 7 pm to 9ish, April 3. Chip MacGregor will also be available for questions, one of the top selling literary agents in the United States.

If registrants stay at The Inn at Manzanita during the weekend of the workshop, they will receive a 15% discount off a two night stay.