Tamil Historic Novels

The novel form of Tamil literature has been in existence only since around two centuries.

Before that, the poetry form used to rule the roost for nearly two thousand years. Novel is a relatively new genre in Tamil literature but is very popular among the Tamil novel readers. The novel format was made popular by legendary writers like Kalki Krishnamurthy, Vai. Mu. Kothainayaki, Lakshmi, Na. Parthasarathy etc. The novel form has given us several others. The historic novels by Kalki, Akilan, Sandilyan and Na. Parthasarathy were enjoyed by the Tamil readers for their skillful depiction of the historic, social and cultural aspects of the bygone era. These novels are no less than priceless treasures for the Tamil people of even successive generations. Here is a bird’s eye view of some of the famous historic novels.

Historical novels by Kalki

Ponniyin Selvan is a novel set in the Chola period and brings out the social and political situation that prevailed during that era. The imaginary characters and events blend well into the historic events. He could even blend humour and satire into the actual events. His description of the kings and the wars they fought and their aspirations and dreams for their country and people. The stories were full of twists and turns that captured the imagination of the reading public. Sivagamiyin Sabhatham is his masterpiece, romantic novel set in the Pallava dynasty’s reign over south India. Parthiban Kanavu is the story of Chola prince Vikkiraman who fulfills the dream of his father Parthiban, the Chola king to re-establish the Chola kingdom and freeing it from the Pallava ruler Narasimha Varma Pallavan.

Akilan

Akilan’s Kayalvizhi is a gripping saga set in the Pandiya kingdom background. His other novels include Vengayin Maindhan, Kanni Maadam and Vettri Thirunagar. Vengayin Mainthan has won the Sahitya Academy Award in 1963. Vettri Thirunagar depicts the life of Viswanatha Nayaka of Vijaya Nagar who was the founder of the Nayakas. He played a major role in integrating the country.

Na Parthasarathy

Popularly known as Deepam Parthasarathy, after the name of the Tamil magazine he edited, his novels Paandimaa Devi, Rani Mangammal and Manipallavam are very popular. Paandimaa Devi depicts the glorious Tamil culture and philosophy. The novel is a story of the Pandian ruler the third Rasa Simma Pandiyan.

Vikkiraman

Vanthiyathevan Vaal by Vikkiraman is a novel set in Raja Raja Chola period. He has penned some interesting novels like Kulothungan Kanavu, Raja Rajan Sabhatham, Aalavai Arasi and Vathapi Vijayam which are very popular.

Kovi Manisekaran

Kollippaavai, Naaga Nandhini, Vengai Vanam, Sera Sooriyan and Ilavarasi Mohanangi are famous novels by Kovi. Manisekaran serialized in Tamil Magazines.

Ra Ki Rangarajan

Naan Krishnadevarayan by Ra. Ki. Rangarajan is a story woven around Vijayanagaram and as seen by the king Krishnadeva Rayan.

Sandilyan

His novels are historic romance with lots of adventure laced into them. Most of them are set in the times of the Chola kingdom. His novels also describe the political situations prevailing in south India and the conflict with the other countries across the seas. Yavana Rani is about a Greek Princess who is saved by Ilanchezhiyan, from the Chola Empire. Kadal Pura is another novel about the army commander of Chola king Rajendra II and the princess of Sumatra.

Tamil readers could read most of the historical novels serialized in Tamil weekly magazines. They were published as books later on.

The Power of Ambition by Jim Rohn

Ambition is the desire to achieve. Without ambition, people can only go so far. Of course there is the desire, but is there a driving force behind the desire? In The Power of Ambition, Jim Rohn provides some quick tips that help to create a solid source of ambition, strong enough to entirely remold an individual’s life.

People who have the drive and desire to achieve usually do. You probably know a few people who always seem to be in action. Every time you talk to them, they are busy doing something. One of the problems with society is that – and Jim Rohn explains in great detail – many have been lead to believe that ambition is a bad thing. A lot of individuals think that those who go after what they want are selfish and are only out for themselves. However, the truth is that if you don’t go out and get what you want, you’ll never accomplish anything that you set out to achieve.

The Power of Ambition by Jim Rohn talks about how without the strong desire to accomplish what you want, the probability of ending up living in poverty is extremely high. This book also talks about why life reserves it’s treasures for those who deserve them instead of those who need them. When you put in the hard work, you’ll get back from the universe exactly what you deserve. There are plenty of individuals who believe that their success and accomplishment should be handed over to them. You must first develop the ruthless ambition to achieve, and then later on, after you’ve put forth some effort, you can appreciate the luxury that you’ve worked so hard for.

The Power of Ambition by Jim Rohn also discusses the seven components of resilience and how they can help to make your life easier. Resilience is something that not everyone has. When life gets hard, most people give up. When you quit on your goals, you’re sure to suffer the consequences. Some of the things you may feel after quitting include guilt, a decreased sense of self-esteem, and misery. With resilience, you’ll refuse to let small circumstances bring you down, but instead, develop a shield against all the debris, and continue to move forward – no matter how difficult it may seem at the moment.

This book also talks about the five aspects of patience in action – also commonly referred to as persistence. People who are persistent will continue to move toward their goals on a daily basis. The key to achieving what you want in life is to never give up. Although it may feel as though you are currently working against the tides, eventually, you’ll make it there. The Power of Ambition by Jim Rohn discusses how having ambition changes everything around you as well as within you. Suddenly, you’re a new person with a new sense of purpose. When you’re provided with the desire to achieve, you experience life in a new way and feel as though you have something to live for.

This motivational guide was created to change your way of looking at who you are as a person and to help you manage your own life. Instead of letting surrounding circumstances and other individuals drag you around in life, The Power of Ambition by Jim Rohn opens your eyes to the fact that where you end up is up to you. The journey doesn’t have to be difficult, but an enjoyable one. With a solid sense of ambition, you won’t allow anything to get in your way, thus helping to make you a stronger and more determined individual.

5 PR Tactics To Promote Your New Book

A book can be a great marketing tool to help you promote your personal brand and your business. Yet, unless you are a well-known celebrity with a large publishing house behind your efforts, the job of promoting it will be left up to you.

Having worked with many well-known (and some not so well-known) authors and speakers over the years, here are a few tricks of the trade that could be most beneficial as part of your communications game plan.

1. Leverage the book for media coverage.

If your goal is to secure articles and editorials in targeted magazines publishing a book raises your level of credibility with journalists. They tend to regard those who have written a book in higher regard than those who have not. After all journalists are writers, many of which would like to publish their own book. The same holds true for those who pursue television interviews, radio interviews, blog write-ups and podcast appearances. Send key influencers a copy. Utilize the book to open doors and pursue earned media.

2. Leverage the book for speaking opportunities.

Much publicity, exposure and even sales can result directly from speaking at conferences and trade shows. Provided you can deliver a solid one hour presentation or serve as a member of a panel, the book can help you land appearances in front of your targeted audience. The author of Book XXX has a lot of credibility with event planners. Make sure you mention it on your speaking application or even mail a copy along with the proper forms.

3. Pursue book reviews.

This tends to be a little tricky but can have great rewards. Securing a review with a key trade journal, and with Amazon and/or Barnes & Noble will give you instant credibility. Now you need readers to comment about the book. You may have to hand out books to friends and colleagues and encourage them to place their thoughts on the site. Of course you run the risk of someone not liking your writing or disagreeing with your opinions. But if you have done your homework, and have a well written piece, over time you should receive dozens of favorable comments. You may even become an Amazon best-selling author in your category. Then you can use your success for even bigger and better opportunities.

4. Write an e-book first before you print. As Ryan Holiday expertly explains in Growth Hacker Marketing if you have the luxury of writing an e-book it will give you a number of sound options to make your print edition more professional and more enticing to readers. The e-book enables you to make your work available to a multitude of targeted customers at a low cost. Then you can gain feedback and see what they like and what they do not. You can adjust the actual printed version, improve the writing, and offer readers an updated version when the print edition is released.

5. Add your book title and authorship to your email signature.

This is so easy and simple that it is often overlooked. If you send out thousands of emails per year (and who doesn’t) why not use it as a marketing tool? Under your name put… “Author of 20 Ideas That Will Rock Your Business… Forever” or whatever the title. It lets your business colleagues, clients, friends and others know that you wrote a book, that you are a thought leader in the industry (isn’t that what the book was intended to do in the first place?) and perhaps you just might know something to help them in their business endeavors. Who knows, you might get a few calls from people asking how they can purchase a copy.

Prewriting Benefits and a Warning

Prewriting is one of the most important stages of the writing process, in addition to revision. Unfortunately, many beginning (and some advanced) writers don’t spend enough time on these activities, and so the writing is more difficult than it needs to be.

Prewriting involves all the activities needed to prepare for the first draft, starting with that first flash of a book idea, all the way to a complete outline. The prewriting process (at least as I have experienced it) has several steps, each with a few techniques that make the step easier to get through.

So why not just start typing after that first flash of an idea?

Only in the movies does a writer do that. Remember Chevy Chase in Funny Farm (1988)? He had what he thought was a great idea for a novel. He sat down at the typewriter, typed “Chapter 1” and stared at the typewriter, at a loss for his first sentence. He hadn’t done his prewriting. He finally figured it out and produced (in my view, based on the thickness of the manuscript and his wife’s reaction) a paltry attempt at a novel, more of a novella than anything else.

Chase’s character eventually gives up on the novel and becomes a sports writer. I wonder, as a writer and teacher, whether he gave up because he didn’t understand the writing process, or whether he simply wasn’t cut out as a novelist. He seems happy as a sports writer, so the movie does have a happy ending.

Prewriting is a vital part of the writing process. In approximate sequence within the prewriting process, some of the benefits of prewriting are as follows:

* Prewriting can be a lot of fun. Anything is possible at this point. You have your wonderful book idea, still fuzzy and vague but with great possibilities. Your ideas can be freewheeling, even idiotic. It doesn’t matter. Just keep brainstorming, playing with ideas, collecting resources and notes, doing all the activities needed to finish this stage of the writing process.

The only restriction at this point (unless you place more on yourself) is your need or requirement to stick close to the original vision for the book, but even that restriction is false. Your original idea will rarely match the finished product. I know that’s hard to read, but that’s been my experience. Of course, my books are often better, more complicated than the original idea. The vagueness of the vision allows you to begin work on the idea, so you can create the book you are intended to write.

Detours and weird ideas can often lead to gemstones for your book, whether with the content, organization, or whatever. At this point, your book can go in many directions. Explore them all until you hit upon the one that feels right. “Ah, ha! That’s what I’m going to write.”

2. You can work out the true purpose of the book, playing with alternatives until you find the one that’s right for you and for the reader. What benefits are you looking for as the writer? What benefits are you hoping to give the reader? Make sure your book addresses these purposes.

3. You can find out more about your readers (a.k.a. target market, audience). This exploration is part of your research about your competition. You probably know a lot about them because you were one of them, having been a beginner once yourself. Or you might be aiming at a difference audience, in which case, you’ve got some work to do.

In your exploration of your readers, you can play around with additional audiences you might want to address. Address different age groups, or education levels, or levels of proficiency with the topic. Do you want to write for adults who are beginners in your field, or practitioners? Brainstorm all the possibilities for all these variables. You might find that the alternatives present other book projects you can tackle, once this first book is done. Heck, create an entire industry or franchise out of your book idea, aiming each book at a different audience.

4. You get to plan the book to best meet the needs of your readers. You get to play around with different organizational strategies for the entire book and for each chapter. You get to think about different features for the chapters. You can even play around with cover design.

5. You get to do preliminary research, as much as you need to finish the first draft, or at least as much as you think you need at this point.

If you are passionate about your topic (that’s most important), then doing more reading on the topic should be sheer delight. Remember that eventually you will have to write your own book, so don’t get lost in the research.

Give yourself a time limit for the research, after which you’ll add research questions to your Research Questions List, to be done during revision.

6. You can easily evaluate new ideas that come flooding into your mind (and they will). Does the idea fit your present vision for the book? If you use the idea, will this new idea drastically change the book? Is that change good or bad? If good, where does the idea fit into your present outline or vision for the book?

7. By the end of the process, you’ll have a full outline of the book (if you use my process). With that outline, you’ll be able to see the whole project at a glance. Spread the outline across your desk and examine your creation. With this outline, you’ll be able to detect:

– inadequate organization of the ideas,

– gaps in ideas and content,

– whether you have one book or two

– whether a chapter will become a monster, which needs to be cut down to size right now, before you begin drafting. (This result also happens with drafting, but you’ll deal with that later.)

8. Prewriting allows you to write the first draft more easily because you know what you want to write at each writing session.

9. Prewriting increases your confidence in yourself as a writer and about your book idea. You’ll be able to determine if the project has merit, and if you’ll be able to finish the project and actually write that book.

A Warning

The one warning about prewriting is that you can become so fascinated by this stage (it really is fun), that you don’t actually move past it to create the first draft, and then on to (oh, no) revision. Writers have a tendency to spend too much time here and never leave.

Allow about 25% of your project’s schedule to do prewriting. This is the time that works for me. If you have extensive research to do (which you shouldn’t, at least not for an early book in your career) then allow more time, say 30 to 35% of the time. But then move on and write the first draft.

Prewriting is the first stage of writing for any nonfiction work, an important stage because it allows your time with the rest of the project to be easier than if you’re stumbling around in the dark.

Good luck with your book.

Highly Targeted Email Marketing That Works – A Case Study

It’s difficult to get published, by many estimates less than 1% of would be authors ever receive an offer from a reputable publisher. Of course it is easier to get published if you have a literary agent representing you than if you approach publishers directly. Landing an agent is a formidable challenge, though for many authors, literary agents offer the most viable path to “traditionally” publish a book.

Finding and signing with a literary agent seemed no different to me than finding and closing a prospect for any product, service or solution. To get started, I began with handful of Google searches, which resulted in many sites listing literary agents. Next, I downloaded about 1,200 agents from several of these online sources into an Excel file. Agents are outwardly facing, meaning they offer several ways for would be authors to contact then.

Many agents list their emails for book query submissions (a brief letter or email to whet the interest of a prospective agent). Of the 1,200 agents downloaded, 400 which didn’t accept email solicitations were culled, cutting my list to about 800. My list was then culled further to only100 agents who were interested in business books, non-fiction and prescriptive books (most agents listed the types of books they typically published). And lastly, 100 emails were sent to these agents, with a succinct message about the book and author background.

Here are the results of the highly targeted email campaigns to the 100 literary agents:

  • 100 Sent
  • 9 Interested
  • 32 Not interested
  • 59 No response

Within a month of the initial emailing, 9% of the targeted agents expressed interest, 32% were not interested and there was no response from 59% of the agents. Normally it’s a good idea to follow-up an emailing like this with a phone call, however most literary agents prefer no phone calls, many stating so on their web site. Of the nine agents who expressed interest in the book query, four of them asked for a full proposal (a proposal usually has a biography, marketing section, competition section, chapter outline and sample chapters). Another four agents asked for a printed proposal and mail it to them, and one asked if they could immediately contact publishers about the topic to determine if they had interest.

The digital book proposal was sent to all four agents who requested it via email attachment, and within a few days, an agent was signed. It took less than four weeks from the time the literary agent email list was initially targeted, to sign a prominent agent.

Although there are additional nuances involved with successful current email marketing best practices, the basics used for this seven year old campaign are very similar to that which can be used for successful digital marketing and lead generation today.

The Princess Diarist

The Princess Diarist




Price: $15.47

Description:

The Princess Diarist is Carrie Fisher’s intimate, hilarious and revealing recollection of what happened behind the scenes on one of the most famous film sets of all time, the first Star Wars movie.  Named a PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016.

When Carrie Fisher recently discovered the journals she kept during the filming of the first Star Wars movie, she was astonished to see what they had preserved—plaintive love poems, unbridled musings with youthful naiveté, and a vulnerability that she barely recognized. Today, her fame as an author, actress, and pop-culture icon is indisputable, but in 1977, Carrie Fisher was just a teenager with an all-consuming crush on her costar, Harrison Ford. 

With these excerpts from her handwritten notebooks, The Princess Diarist is Fisher’s intimate and revealing recollection of what happened on one of the most famous film sets of all time—and what developed behind the scenes. And today, as she reprises her most iconic role for the latest Star Wars trilogy, Fisher also ponders the joys and insanity of celebrity, and the absurdity of a life spawned by Hollywood royalty, only to be surpassed by her own outer-space royalty. Laugh-out-loud hilarious and endlessly quotable, The Princess Diarist brims with the candor and introspection of a diary while offering shrewd insight into the type of stardom that few will ever experience.