Taking the Leap

07/03/2017

 
I started my writing career by documenting the humanitarian journeys of women of African descent. That was a fulfilling time in my life. What I enjoyed the most were the interviews, listening to these women open up about their lives and their quests to leave their mark on the men, women, and children they sought to impact. It is no wonder that in recent months, I have found myself missing that experience of storytelling. 

So when the thought kept coming up, again and again, to seriously pursue ghostwriting, I did not hesitate. After giving it much thought, praying about it and accepting it as a viable addition to the services I would like to provide, I took the leap. And tell you what: I had barely put it out there when I started receiving requests for my ghostwriting services.

To cut a long story short, ghostwriting is now one of the services we provide at The Brielle Agency. The services will focus on nonfiction (such as, memoirs, business/entrepreneurial journeys, and self-help). I am excited about the new road that lies ahead and I look forward to successfully telling some very impactful stories and meeting and interviewing some really interesting people along the way. As much as I love editing, I find that what I love most is the skill of storytelling; using words to create images of a person's life, portraying their challenges and spurring people to action through their triumphs. I know this to be the aspect of writing and editing that leaves a greater impact on my life (and purpose) and in the world at large. So I look ahead with hope for a new chapter in The Brielle Agency story. Contact nicole@thebrielleagency.com if you would like to discuss a book you have burning deep inside you. 


 

Thorns and Roses

03/06/2017

 
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In October 2016, The Brielle Agency was contacted by Amaka Azie, author of Melodies of Love, requesting an edit for her second novel, Thorns and Roses. Of course, Nicole did not hesitate to say yes. She worked with Amaka on her first novel and was excited to have her satisfied and passionate writer back with a second book. Work on Thorns and Roses began on October 3, 2016, and was completed in about 5 weeks, (including a second round of editing and proofreading). It was an honor to work on Amaka's second novel. She is a passionate, creative writer who takes her craft very seriously, and can tell a moving story. We look forward to working together with Amaka again in the very near future on her third novel. Read the synopsis for Thorns and roses below (and purchase a copy at the following links):

Book Synopsis:
Ifeoma and her sisters escaped an emotionally abusive father to start a new life in Lagos. She is determined to never let another man have control over her, even if that means never falling in love. That is until she meets Chuma, a wealthy and domineering man who is exactly the kind of man she is determined to stay away from but somehow can’t seem to keep away from. An unlikely relationship develops, taking them from joy to a devastating loss and finally to betrayal. Ifeoma must decide, but she is torn between her painful past and a chance at a future with Chuma…

Chuma is a cutthroat obsessive financial mogul whose sole purpose in life is to make his family name great. And he is determined to let nothing distract him from achieving his goal. But when he meets Ifeoma, an elusive, hardworking chef, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to her. They embark on a turbulent journey of friendship and love, which is eventually shattered by tragedy. Chuma wants to heal the rift that has grown between them and will go to any lengths to do so. However, he encounters secrets from her past...

 

The Broken Hedge

02/17/2017

 
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On June 22, 2016, Jessica contacted Nicole of The Brielle Agency for editing services for her novel, The Broken Hedge, a book of short stories. Jessica was referred to us by Tolulope Popoola, owner and publisher of Accomplish Press. After a bit of negotiating back and forth, work finally began on The Broken Hedge, on August 5, 2016, and was completed in about 5 weeks. The Broken Hedge is Jessica’s first novel and a must read for all. Working with Jessica was truly an exciting experience; she is passionate about her work and serious about being a writer, and it is an honor to have worked with her. We wish her much success with The Broken Hedge and pray she keeps going because there are lots of stories residing within her. The Broken Hedge is now available at the following online stores:

 
 
I have been editing books for publication for quite some time now, and while it is a fulfilling mission, I find that clients come to me with such high expectations - some of which are almost impossible to meet, no matter how experienced an editor is. In this post, I will outline some of the main misconceptions I have found that writers have about the role their editor plays in their journey to getting their book published: 

 
 
Did you know that there are different kinds of book editors? And that depending on the stage of your work, there are different editors who are skilled to help you at each stage? Copy editors are your grammar police. They check for spelling and grammar, punctuation and style. Line editors are your most-hated, red-pen wielding teachers. They go through your manuscript line by line, marking off your page and hurting your feelings. They are also the ones who tell you if certain sentences and paragraphs don't make sense, or if you are overusing a particular word or phrase. In most cases, a line editor doubles as a copy editor. Developmental editors, on the other hand, are entirely different types of editors. Developmental editors help writers who are struggling to gather their thoughts before and during the writing process. They are very useful in cases where a writer has a story in theory but is struggling to put the pieces together on paper, and can't seem to find a starting point. If this is you, here are 5 reasons why you might want to consider hiring a developmental editor:

 
 
Before I decide to take on a new manuscript, I first ask to review the first few pages. This is typically either the first chapter or the prologue (if there’s one). I do this because these first few pages are the most important parts of any manuscript that comes across my desk. It lets me know whether the writer has 1) self-edited, 2) paid close attention to hooking their readers, and 3) understands the essence of the story they wish to tell.  The beginning is always the most important part of any storytelling process, whether it is a work of nonfiction, fiction, self-help, a movie script, or a play script. Here are a few reasons why you should pay close attention to the opening lines of your manuscript:

 
 
My goal was never to become a business owner, I like to say that it happened by accident. 

In 2013, I took the biggest chance of my life by quitting my corporate job and moving out of state without having another job lined up. Now, some people call that stupidity, and at the time I thought so too, but I was too determined to care. Naturally, I had a backup plan in terms of finances although I assumed that things would work out because I had never had trouble finding a job.

 
 
Here at The Brielle Agency, we are always looking for new ways to help our clients on their journey to publication and success, which is why the editor-author relationship does not end once a manuscript has gone through the editing stages. We keep in touch, see how we can help on the journey to publication, and help spread the word as soon as the book is published. And this is why we have updated our portfolio page with individualized entries for each book we edited that has made it to publishing and online sales. 

 

Melodies of Love

12/16/2016

 
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On May 12, 2016, The Brielle Agency was honored to receive an inquiry from first-time author, Amaka Azie. Amaka needed a professional eye to spot the missing details in her story and reached out to The Brielle Agency at the recommendation of the publisher at Accomplish Press. Of course, Nicole, TBAG’s founding editor, was thrilled to take on the challenge and reviewed the manuscript. She immediately knew this was a writer she wanted to work with. Amaka Azie is a writer who is on a journey to longtime writing success.  Her storytelling abilities are raw and authentic, and has the ability to touch the hearts of readers. Melodies of Love was published by Accomplish Press, and is now available for sale.

Find it Online:

 
 
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Where: Virtual (write wherever you are). A private Facebook group will be set up for participants to post updates, do daily check-ins, and to keep the rest of the team motivated and encouraged. 
When: October 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017. (Because serious writers don't know what holidays are. Yes we'll be writing our way through Thanksgiving, Christmas, and all holidays, so that we have something to toast to come New Year's Day!)
Why: Because our stories need to be told. We want our stories to be told.
Who: Serious writers who have already began working on a manuscript but find themselves stuck, unmotivated, and uninspired to go on. Participants must be hungry to come to the end of their story. 
What: I am looking for FIFTEEN (15) serious writers to join me on this 90-day writing challenge. The goal of the Write & Sip challenge is to complete an unfinished manuscript in the next 90 days. 
How: We will commit to writing for an hour every day for the next 90 days. The goal is to complete an unfinished manuscript. There must be no editing or revisions along the way; just free-style writing. Write the most error-ridden book (typos and all) you have ever written. We will worry about revising and editing once we have the full story on paper. At the end of the challenge, those who make it will start the self-editing challenge (part 2 of the challenge. Details coming later). At the end of the self-editing challenge, The Brielle Agency will offer free sample-edits and manuscript reviews to assess how ready your book is for publication.