Add a Sense of Time to Your Manuscript – An Agent’s Perspective

Time in writing is important. I know this is not groundbreaking news, but I think it should be said often and with passion. Time informs everything within a story. Is it noon? Are we going fast or slow? What century are we in? Decade? Season? Day? You’d be surprised how often the amateur writing forgets … Continue reading Add a Sense of Time to Your Manuscript – An Agent’s Perspective

Five Books That Changed My Life

As an agent for Holloway Literary, I am always striving to provide insight into our world of author representation, publishing, and sales. In the past I have written about technical aspects of a manuscript or provided information on obtaining an MFA in Creative Writing. Today, I’d like to break away from formality and talk about … Continue reading Five Books That Changed My Life

A Call for Writers to Read Essays

As an undergraduate, I took a class entitled “The Essay.” It was a 300 level course with extensive writing and reading requirements, something that was quite familiar to an English major. My interest had been piqued by this idea that I would be exploring the best of the canonized essays and, in turn, become a … Continue reading A Call for Writers to Read Essays

An Interview with … Michael Caligaris

This week we’re chatting with agent Michael Caligaris of Holloway Literary. And we’re talking music, conferences and California. What drew you to agenting? Great question! When I lived in the Bay Area, I was a writer who cofounded a literary magazine. Over the years, I went to writer conferences, met agents, and became friends with many … Continue reading An Interview with … Michael Caligaris

A Creative Writing MFA Is Not For Everyone

I’m certain every serious writer, regardless of age or day job, has at one time or another contemplated getting their Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Why wouldn’t you? It’s so alluring to the serious writer: a 2-3 year commitment to producing work while up against hard deadlines, tough critics, and countless reading assignments. … Continue reading A Creative Writing MFA Is Not For Everyone

How To Write A First Chapter A Literary Agent Wants To Read

Naturally, agents have their own subjective preferences when it comes to making a decision on a manuscript query. A broad sense of these preferences can certainly be found on an agent’s submissions interests page. However, there are other preferences that sit outside the realm of genres, tropes, and audiences. For me, when I conduct a … Continue reading How To Write A First Chapter A Literary Agent Wants To Read