When well-known freelance writer, Janelle Harris wanted to register her nonprofit organization and trademark her brand's marks and logos, she retained the services of The Brielle Agency to lead the project. The project included detailed legal research and application filings with the IRS and state agencies. We are proud to work with this brilliant writer and Essence Magazine Point of View and Write or Die Chick columnist who is also the founder of SheScribes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Black women and girls embrace the healing power of writing.
I'm excited to share with you a new testimonial from Tolulope Popoola, author of Nothing Comes Close. In June 2012, the Brielle Agency was hired to edit the 53,000 word, chick-lit manuscript, Nothing Comes Close. We worked tirelessly with Tolulope over the next 2 - 3 months to perfect her draft and we finalized the manuscript on August 27, 2012. Nothing Comes Close was published by Accomplish Press later that same year.

Book Synopsis:

"Confident, sassy, career girl, Lola meets cool, handsome, unpredictable hunk, Wole at a party in London. He pushes all the right buttons for her, and sparks fly. Wole is also irresistibly drawn to Lola, and before long, they get together in a wonderful romance. But Wole is not all that he seems, and he is holding back some dark secrets. Things start to unravel when Wole’s past begins to catch up with him and Lola has to decide if Wole is worth the trouble that threatens to overwhelm her. Find out in this captivating book if their love will overcome the trials of a murder investigation, an arrest, a meddling relative and a trip halfway across the world, or whether they both give up and go their separate ways." 

Nothing Comes Close was shortlisted for "Best Books of 2012" by the Africa Book Club. Copies can be purchased here. See testimonial below:

I contacted Amma when I needed a professional edit for my novel "Nothing Comes Close". Her thorough command of language really helped to make sure that the book was well expressed and free of errors. She helped to tighten the prose, correct mistakes and add more emotional impact to my work. I plan to use Amma's services again for my next book project. I highly recommend her to writers and authors who are looking for an excellent editing service.

Tolulope Popoola
Author, Nothing Comes Close
I was thrilled to read about the 16 works Ernest Hemingway encouraged young writers to read, and even more thrilled to find links to the books that include, Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert and Stephen Crane's Blue Hotel and The Open Boat.  While I do agree that these are highly recommended reads for young writers, I do not think they are limited to young writers.  As a matter of fact, any aspiring writer is encouraged to read these books, especially, Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace.

Below are the list of some of the recommended books, with links to the full scripts. Be sure to download them to your reading library for safe keeping:

  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  3. The Blue Hotel by Stephen Crane
  4. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  5. Dubliners by James Joyce
  6. The Red and the Black by Marie Henri-Beyle (later known as Stendhal)
  7. Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
  8. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  9. The Oxford Book of English Verse
  10. The Enormous Room by E.E. Cummings
  11. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  12. The American by Henry James

In this Monster article, the author lays out 8 self-limiting, negative behaviors successful people avoid, that I think can be applied to the life of writers as well, so I'm sharing the article below.

The article lists engaging in "below-the-line" thinking, putting off investments in themselves, and self-doubt as a few of the behaviors successful people avoid.

"Successful writerss are respectful, resourceful, curious, competent, tenacious, and they figure out how to get the help they need without asking for handouts.  That doesn’t mean they don’t seek assistance when and where they need it , or make use of the many free resources available to them.  It means that they don’t expect something for nothing.  They treat others equitably and fairly and know they deserve the same.  Successful writers realize that if they’re not willing to pay for products and services they want, then others won’t be willing to pay them. 

They also know that their success is directly proportionate to the effort they put in Most of all, they understand there are no short cuts or easy answers on the road to success."

The New Year is here! We have raised and clinked our glasses. We have wished each other great and wonderful things for the coming year. And we have set our dreams high and ambitious. Yesterday, at church, we even wrote our resolutions on a Wall of Resolutions. And yes, your intentions are well-meaning. You indeed intend to get that promotion at work this year. You intend to get published. Write more. Facebook less. Read more. Leave that unhealthy relationship. Lose that weight.

While you're dreaming with good intentions, however, it is good to know that dreams attained include work. But, in order to be able to put in the work, you must first believe that you deserve the life you intend to have. And to do that, you must be willing to change the way you think about your life, your circumstances and your ability to achieve something bigger and greater than you can imagine.

The way you think determines your attitude, and your attitude determines your actions.  And unless you take positive action fueled by positive thinking, you’ll find yourself stuck in the same place come 2015, with a bad attitude. We both know that’s not what you want. You really want to get out there and make a difference. So do it!

Yes, just go out there and do it! Trust that God will give you the strength to persevere. Believe you’re worth it. Persevere until you get it. Be patient when things seem slow. But, by all means, believe that you’re capable and worth it and keep striving until you have attained!

I certainly hope that the stories you tell at the end of this year will be great, inspiring and wonderfully delicious because, finally, you just got bold in your mind, went out there and did it! Good luck, and Happy New Year!!!

The way we define success as individuals is usually subjective.  As a matter of fact, there is no universal measure of success.  Many argue that success is how you feel, regardless of how others define their own success.  In this brilliant post, author and career coach Jennifer Gresham defines success on her own terms, but in a way that many of us are sure to be able to relate.

Jennifer says the secret to 
feeling successful (not just looking successful) is to focus on three main concepts: alignment with your core values, regular moments of self-pride, and a better balance of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.  Read more here