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 books. As an agent who mainly represents memoir and literary fiction, my tastes may not align with all readers and prospective authors of our agency; however, I believe everyone has a “Top Five” list and I know personally I am always curious to hear them. I hope by providing mine today, I can inspire others to pick up a great book and maybe even step out of their genre shell, which can only help expand your literary minds!

Every reader has a list like this and it is cherished. The list is like wallet photographs or an old locket: whenever the moment presents itself, you are ready to declare your love for the books that have changed your life. Since I have a platform, I’d like to do that now. Continue reading

Quarter-Life Crisis

With the way the world is today, it’s a wonder how everyone isn’t on antidepressants or antipsychotic medications. Every day, we are bombarded with news of how much worse the global economy is getting (Cyprus Crisis, anyone?), outbreaks of war and civil unrest and revolution, and outbreaks of disastrous diseases. Pile this on top of what today’s generation already deals with, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Continue reading