MacGregor Literary is excited to announce that Sandra Bishop will be joining us as a literary agent, starting Monday, April 7. As someone with a lifelong gift for words, she is a perfect fit for our agency.
Sandra began her career in the industry in the eighties, when a friend noticed her abilities with words and encouraged her to attend a writers' conference. That’s where she first realized writing could be more than a dream, but a real – and respectable – profession worth pursuing. After a few years learning the craft, pitching article ideas to magazine editors, and meeting deadlines, Sandra began to map out a career in publishing.
It wasn’t long before a door opened at Multnomah Press, and Sandra landed a job in the marketing department, where she participated in publishing meetings and assisted with contracts, budgets, and marketing plans for a respectable list of non-fiction authors including Brennan Manning, Max Lucado, Gigi Graham, and Chuck Swindoll. At the time, Christian fiction titles were just beginning to emerge; in fact Sandra remembers when the Christian fiction section fit on one shelf of the local Christian bookstore. Obviously, much has changed in the industry since then, but over the years, Sandra has continued to make her living as a writer, navigate the ever-changing tides of publishing, and keep her eye open for opportunities.
One such opportunity arose in 2004, when Sandra approached a local business expert about collaborating on a book idea. With Sandra's expertise on the proposal, pitch, and content, the project resulted in a two-book deal for the author, and became Sandra's first book deal -- even though she was not an official agent … yet.
She has been working with Chip MacGregor since 2007, helping with contracts and office details, and getting to know the business. Her background in writing, her extensive experience in marketing, and her familiarity with publishing has prepared her to work with authors who desire to create books that make a difference. When Chip invited Sandra to join him as an agent, it was a natural next step. Sandra will be focusing on a small group of authors as she begins, and expects to be face-to-face with editors and publishers at this year's ICRS in Orlando.
Sandra's longevity in the industry, commitment to professionalism in her freelance career, and creative resourcefulness make her a welcome addition to MacGregor Literary. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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