Yoga is not a religion. It is a science of well-being, youthfulness, integrating body, mind and soul. And the Meditation is a way of nourishing and blossoming the divinity within you. In short I would like to say that Yoga & meditation both are the art work of knowledge on the canvas of body, mind, and soul. I’ve been practicing meditation for five years. I now finally feel I’m in a position to share what I’ve learnt.
Find Literary Agents or Agency. I’m an eternal optimist so when I completed my debut US novel, I confidently queried all the top literary agents in the country.
Some didn’t reply at all, others sent a form rejection, yet others’ assistant’s assistant wrote back saying their client list was full. Amid the doom and gloom, these top literary agents with A-list clients responded quickly asking for the full manuscript and provided specific, detailed feedback on the same. Eventually, a few offered to represent me as well. Note: I approached them cold through the slush pile without industry or author connections so this comprehensive list should work for every debut author. You can also read my query letter and overall timeline from writing to publication here.
Mollie Glick, Foundry MediaMy current agent. Here is wishing you luck in getting one of these extraordinary agents to represent you. How Does a Novelist Make Money. I’ve rarely seen an industry with more rampant misinformation than the publishing industry.
On one hand, every author claims to be a “National Bestseller” and on the other, every major publisher will tell you that barely a handful of books sell more than 2,000 copies/year. Even if you manage to get accurate book sales numbers, few understand how that translates to income and advances. People read isolated case studies in the media and harbor dreams of quitting everything to write the one book that will change the world and make them millions–a scenario that seldom unfolds as planned. Where-in lies the truth? Since I’ve never aspired to be a full-time writer, here I de-construct my writing income with full objectivity so any aspiring writer can decide whether to go full throttle for a book or not.
First things first, how does a novelist make money? A writer has four major sources of income: So how much money have I made so far? First, my publication history… Now, the money… How to start meditation. Note: This is a long post, almost e-book length, but if you decide to read it through, you’ll get all tips on how to meditate properly you need to establish a long-term meditation practice. 2015 was a packed year for me.
I worked hard at my day job as the CMO of a start-up, Kerry and I got pregnant again even as Leela became a walking, talking hurricane, I launched The Seeker as a bestseller in India while editing THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT, my first international novel to be published by Random House in 2016. All good stuff but a lot of it at once.
Through all of this, knowing how to meditate for 30 minutes in the morning and evening helped me keep my sanity. Really. First off, here are my experiences with meditation. Call it past lives (which I believe in due to very scientific reasons—a subject for another post) or just innate inclination; I’ve been pulled to Eastern mysticism since my engineering college days. Now, let’s define meditation. Does meditation truly work? Top US Literary Agent. Finding a literary agent who’s respected in the industry is the best thing you can do for your writing career.
A top literary agent will refine your manuscript to make it saleable, pitch it to the very best editors in top publishing houses, get you a deal quickly, and continue to support you after you are published. For perspective, Mollie Glick, my wonderful agent at Foundry got me an international deal for THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT with Penguin Random House worldwide (Riverhead Imprint) within weeks of signing me up. A few tips on how to find a literary agent who’s excellent–also please read the companion piece on 10 Top US literary agents who will actually read your query and manuscript: 1.
Write a book which means somethingThe best literary agents get more than 500 queries a month and pick just one or two manuscripts to represent, if that. 2. Email Subject: Query from #1 Bestselling Indian Novelist: THE YOGA OF MAX’S DISCONTENT Dearest X, Thank you, 3. 4. 5. 6.