The Agency Games

The Agency Games: An Update

Hello bloggers!

Today’s post is going to be an update on how The Agency Games (a working title) is coming along with the publishing house. However, before I get into that, I just want to say thank you. The past couple of months have been extremely difficult with my grandfather’s sickness and passing. I have not been as present in the blogging community as I would like. Some days, it’s hard to find the motivation to be as productive as I am used to. However, every day that passes, I feel a little more like myself and while most of that is because of God’s grace, part of that is because of you: my blogging community. Thank you to each and every one of you who have commented on my recent blog posts offering your sympathy, your condolences, your prayers, your hugs, and your comfort. I am more grateful for your friendship than you could know.

I am also grateful for the growing interest in my book The Agency Games which takes an in-depth look at the popular Hunger Games  trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. Many of you are already familiar with this project; last summer you stood alongside me as I worked on my word count (75,000+) and last fall you encouraged me when the Peer Review process turned out to be more brutal than I expected.

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A couple weeks ago, I received my feedback from the third peer reviewer and their words caused both myself and the publishing house to take a step back from my book. Basically, here is the conundrum in which I found myself.

Was my book geared for a scholarly or a popular audience?

In general, a scholarly audience consists of “scholars” while a popular audience consists of your average bibliophile who enjoys reading for reading’s sake alone (not necessarily for in-depth consumption). In my experience, some “scholarly” books and articles (at times) seem to include unnecessarily complicated passages in order to appeal to a specific society. On the other hand, some “popular” books or articles might fall prey into “dumbing down” a complex topic.

I had always intended for my book, The Agency Games, to be a bridge in between these two genres. I wanted The Agency Games to be an accessible read for the average Hunger Games‘ fan while at the same time being scholarly enough to pique their interest and encourage their own in-depth examination of familiar texts. However, most of my Peer Reviewers were expecting a more “scholarly textbook” and were, understandably, disappointed by my book.

Together, the publishing house and I knew that I would need to take a firm stance on either going all scholarly or throwing myself into the “popular” genre all together. After some thought, the choice was clear. I specifically want Hunger Games’ fans to read my book. I want fellow bibliophiles to be inspired by the books we read as they realize the power these books hold to reflect and influence our current society.

Therefore, with this in mind, I have one last stage of editing to go through. Once again, I will pour through my book and this time, I am addressing you. That’s right, YOU, my fellow “tribute” and lover of the Hunger Games trilogy. My book will be an investigation of the series that we both love, it will incorporate outside scholarship, and it will be done in a manner that hopefully enlightens, encourages, and reveals what current human agency looks like and why the Hunger Games trilogy is key to understanding our own society.

If you are interested in receiving updates about the release date of The Agency Games, please be sure to drop a comment on the following post:

The Agency Games – Sign Up!


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26 thoughts on “The Agency Games: An Update”

  1. Aw, I’m so sorry about your grandfather! 😔 I’m kinda glad you’re going popular because while I really enjoyed the Hunger Games, I’m not as likely to read a scholarly book…probably too lazy lol. But you would have done great either way! Good luck on this new phase of editing! 💗

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    1. Thank so much Savannah, it’s hard and I miss him every day, but I think I’m healing.
      Ha, see Savannah, I’m writing for readers like you! I kind of feel silly that it took me so long to realize that, but I definitely want to be gearing my book toward Hunger Games fans, like me!

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  2. I’m so sorry about your grandfather’s passing. I am very excited about your progress with The Agency Games though! I think that’s so inspiring that your writing it for bibliophiles. I think making your thoughts and ideas accessible to average readers who just love books is such a great idea. 💛 Best of luck, sending lots of positive thoughts your way.

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    1. Thank you Madeline. Before he died, he told me he knew I would finish my book and it would be great. He always encouraged me and now I am definitely going to finish this book and finish it well for him!
      And thank you again! I am so secure and happy with my decision because other bibliophiles are my people and they really are who I want to have conversations with!

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    1. Grueling indeed! But I definitely feel like I am growing because of it. Have you left a comment on “The Agency Games – Sign Up!” post? If you want updates, make sure to leave a comment there, that’s where I will be pulling names from when the time comes.
      And wow, that is awesome! I will be praying for you! Do you feel prepared?

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      1. I’m doing well. I haven’t gotten sick this winter yet. You? I’m working on completing one now. I don’t know when I’ll finish it though.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! I’m excited to see what the final version of my book looks like (it’s been a long journey!) I don’t participate in the awards, but thank you so much for nominating me!


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