Homage to great writers – Louise L. Hay

For all of us book lovers, there are certain authors, who have influenced us through the years. Whether fiction or non-fiction, these books have helped transform our perceptions.

The first in this series of homages to great writers is to the incomparable Louise Hay, founder of Hay House, the publishing company. Very few authors transcend their writing and inspire us by their approach to life’s unpredictable ebb and flow. Louise Hay was one of them.

‘You Can Heal Your Life’ which she published in 1984, sold over 30 million copies world-wide. She went on to produce many other books until her passing in 2017.

Louise Hay’s positive affirmations and motivational teachings continue to support millions. If you haven’t already come across her works, they are highly recommended.

New year’s resolutions and other disappointments

Yes, it’s that time of the year, again. Everyone is taking stock of their highlights and achievements over the past year. I usually plan to do two or three things every January, and by the time December rolls in, I would have forgotten two or three of them.

This year, miraculously, I managed to stay on track. I’d intended undertaking some things that scared me. However, I knew I won’t be able to face my fears without some help. It came in the form of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as Tapping), which freed me from a number of phobias and fixations, to the point where I can comfortably share my fears.

Though I’d been writing for many years, I struggled to share my work, even with close friends and family. Through EFT inquiry, I was able to understand the root causes of my reluctance, which revolved around exposure. Nervousness, self-consciousness and a general lack of confidence in my writing had held me back from publishing my novels.

Having worked those issues out, I plucked up the courage to start small, by writing a blog. As the blog started to receive positive feedback, I felt empowered to share more, and eventually took the humongous step of publishing my debut romance, Krish. At first, I didn’t publicise the release. However, as the download numbers increased, and positive feedback poured in, I felt encouraged to overcome my greatest hurdle, Social Media. I recently signed up to Tweeter (@BhogaytaNina) and Insta (@NJBhogayta). Still getting the hang of them… Don’t know how to get the links.

For once, I’ve actually managed to complete my to-do list for the year. How about you? How are you getting on with your new year’s resolutions?

 

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When Nicole Hill lands a new client, the magnetic yet disturbing Raphael De’Angelo, her carefully orchestrated life takes a dangerous turn. In the blink of an eye, everything Nicole holds precious is snatched away from her.

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What Nicole doesn’t realise is that the more she craves revenge, the closer she draws to the deceptive De’Angelo, and the more peril she courts. It might become impossible to escape his enthralling web of deceit…

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The truth about me

It had been a morning like any other in the office, me battling my usual demons, oblivious to the fresh hell the next call would bring. That day, I met Raphael De’Angelo for the first time.

De’Angelo turned out to be the most intolerable client I’d ever had the misfortune of encountering. For reasons beyond my comprehension, he seemed hell-bent on destroying me, and I couldn’t escape the powerbroker’s immense reach. Cornered, I was left with no other option but to fight back.

Though I am weary and scarred, our battle is far from over. No-one can predict the outcome. However, I am ready to tell the world where it all began, starting with the truth about De’Angelo, who he is and what he did to me.

My real name is Nicole Hill. I’m twenty-six years old and I work in the city. I am fairly ordinary except for one very bad thing I did five years ago… Click link to continue reading my story https://www.amazon.co.uk/Krish-Part-N-J-Bhogayta-ebook/dp/B07J2N1QL1/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1538828392&sr=1-2&keywords=krish

 

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How to write a synopsis

Following on from When to submit to literary agents? and How to write a cover letter, here’s my experience of writing a successful synopsis.

At the start, I’d assumed a synopsis is essentially the flashy blurb on the backs of book covers. It is not. The blurb, though exciting, provides a mere gist about the novel, whereas a synopsis, equally enticing, outlines the whole story including the ending. That is not to say every twist and turn has to be declared. The key characters and major plot points are sufficient to give the agent/commissioning editor an idea of what to expect, and compel them to read the manuscript.

The length and level of detail required varies by agency. Between one to three pages is common. There in lies the challenge, condensing a ninety thousand word book into a single page. By the way, these are at least 1.5 line spaced pages with size 12 point text, which further limits the amount of information one can squeeze in.

On learning this, my initial reaction was horror, thinking I would never be able to shrink all the twists and turns of the story into three pages, let alone one. However, forced to do so, I deployed a simple technique. I pulled out the most salient points from each chapter and summarised them into a maximum to two sentences. Those formed the basis of my detailed synopsis.

The next step involved reducing the document down to a single pager, which turned out to be fairly painless as I picked the main sentences which best conveyed the storyline.

The reduction exercise yielded additional, unforeseen benefits:

1. As I re-read the chapters, editing requirements which hadn’t been addressed came to light.

2. Listing the main points of the book in the order they occur, highlighted the structure and flow of the story and where they could be improved.