It’s August people and that means The WATCH RWISA (RAVE WRITERS – INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF AUTHORS) WRITE Showcase Tour is on and popping and I am honored to help to introduce to you some amazing writers this month.
She whispers her intricately woven ideas into my mind,
But her delicate strength is no match for
The hills of anxiety and the mountains of insecurity
That obstruct her path to freedom.
Before her words can reach my tongue,
They unravel into shreds of confusion,
If only the written word and the spoken word
They would live in perfect harmony.
It is not meant to be,
Neither willing to leave her domain,
Each content to dance alone,
I am stuck in the middle,
Pulled in both directions,
Reveling in the comfort of the written word,
Needing the spoken word to survive.
But still I dream
Of the day when my words will intermingle
And a new love affair can be born.
*Snap *Snap *Snap!
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I have something new for you guys! You’ve read my writing. Now hear me speak!
A new month is upon us and I have something new for you. I am calling it The PBS Blog Podcast:
The PBS Blog Podcast is an audio version of Yecheilyah’s blog “The PBS Blog” and will contain words of inspiration and writing tips to carry you through the week.
I am always looking for ways to add value to this blog so I am expanding my platform to include audio posts filled with inspiration, motivation, and writing tips in ways that can benefit you throughout the week.
That said, I don’t know how often these episodes will come but if you subscribe to my Soundcloud page HERE(and this blog) you are sure to be updated.
The first episode is called Hope. Enjoy!
(Music by Cyborg of Shadowville Productions)
Yecheilyah is an Author, Blogger, and Poet. Her latest Release, Renaissance: The Nora White Story (Book One) is available now on Amazon:
“I must say not only did I enjoy the story, which is the first book in a series, but I, a middle-aged British white woman, also learned a little more of black American history at the same time. The author managed to weave aspiring writer Nora White’s fictional character in amongst the life and times of 1920’s Jazz age poets and novelists Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston.”
I am so excited that Colleen has given me the keys to the house once again and I’d like to take this time to thank her for allowing me to host my first contest on her blog.
Additionally, I’d like to thank each of you for your support of our Poetry Contest, those of you who entered and those of you who wanted to enter but did not have the opportunity to do so. Know that, with your support, we’d like to host this contest at least once a year so no worries, there will be other chances! Finally, thank you to everyone who shared the original post across social media, reblogged, etc. We could not have done this without you.
As we stated, depending on the number of entries, we will have some runner ups. While there can only be One Grand Prize Winner, today…
Welcome to Introduce Yourself, a new and exciting blog segment of The PBS Blog dedicated to introducing to you new and established authors and their books.
Today I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Yashi Singh. Welcome to The PBS Blog! Let’s get started.
What is your name and where are you from?
My name is Yashi Singh and I’m from New Delhi, India.
Nice! Our first author from India in the place to be ya’ll. Yashi, I am curious, what does your name mean?
Yashi is not exactly a semantic word in Hindi. Still it is used as a girl-name in North India. My mother named me Yashi as she liked the name. It was short and pretty rare she thought. The correct word in Hindi is “Yash” which is a noun and it means “glory, fame and admiration”. And the adjective form is “Yashasvi”. So yes you may not find “Yashi” in a Hindi dictionary but it is derived from “Yash” and I always said it means famous whenever I was asked this question in school to evade the debate of its grammatical existence. However, I found later that “Yashi” in Japanese means “a palm tree”.
Beautiful. What is the most annoying habit that you have?
I tend to waste time on the internet looking for things I did not log in to research in the first place. As links lead you to links and it gets one big mesh of information. My aim is to get better at time-bound internet research.
I like that “time-bound internet research.” What would your perfect writing / reading room look like?
A quiet place with soft music in the background, comfortable seating and temperature moderate. The lighting could be natural or artificial but it should not be dim as it hurts the eyes.
Yashi, what do you hate most about writing advice? What do you love?
It’s subjective. The bad part of any advice is they don’t know you, what worked for them or didn’t may be the case with you. So exercise caution before following any advice whatsoever. The good this is helps you become aware of other writer’s experiences and helps you rule out the mistakes they made.
I love that. In fact, I don’t think we’ve had anyone on the blog to express that perspective before. Everyone has a different experience indeed. What job do you think you’d be really good at?
I’d be good at anything that resonates with me at that point of time and space as I am a spiritual person and I keep expanding my horizon. I keep looking for wider avenues. From being a poet hidden from the word I have come far. Shedding that old skin of hesitation to share my work with others to get published was the biggest step of my life. One that makes me happy and proud.
I love it. What was your childhood dream?
Lol. In your own words, what is humility?
Fruit-laden trees are always bending with a humble attitude. Being courteous and gracious is the foremost thing for me.
Nice. Alright now. If you had unlimited funds to build a house that you would live in for the rest of your life, what would the finished house be like?
A cottage villa like house I would call An Abode of Love.
Speaking of Love, Yashi, in your own words, what is love?
Love is the force that drives the universe. It is a feeling that issues forth in the heart, the most natural form of being is the state of being in spiritual love.
I agree that love is the force that drives the universe. I love it. Can you elaborate more on that? Like, what is spiritual love?
I’m not a spiritual leader or teacher so I may not be able to tell you what the generic meaning of the term is. My definition of it is pretty simple. It is to have faith in God and trust the universe. To know in your heart that you’re loved by the universe and things may not work out sometimes but you have to trust the system. It is meant for your spiritual growth. So it should be mutual. To be able to appreciate the beauty of life, to stop and behold and to surrender to God, the supreme to universe or whatever you call it. No matter what your belief is. Even agnostic or atheist world cannot ignore the fact that the conditions on the planet Earth are conducive to life for a reason. You take in so much from the environment every single day. You breathe, you take in Oxygen. You walk, the earth bears your weight. Which is kind of funny as people don’t realize not every planet has the gravity to hold you and the friction that allows you to walk. This life is a miraculous gift if only we stopped and noticed. Spiritual love is to express gratitude and thank the elements. It is also to love every soul in their purest form and not get attached to the physical garb.
Nice. The reason I asked is because I totally agree. I think love is spiritual indeed. Now, what kind of music do you like?
Well-rounded huh? OK. What skill would you like to master?
To learn music and sing well, you know play like a professional stage artist in a concert. Strumming a guitar, yes, it was my childhood dream!
OK, so you remember! Lol. What would be the most amazing adventure to go on?
Skiing in the Himalayas.
What skill do you think you’ve mastered?
Writing good poetry. Expressing myself beautifully with eloquent language.
What’s your favorite drink?
Can’t choose. Depends on the weather and my mood.
When did you publish your first book? What was that like?
In February, 2017. It was an amazing feeling. I had realized the time had come to take the plunge.
What is the most thought provoking book you’ve ever read?
Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco and many more.
What do you think of the world we live in?
Accept it and then take action to change what you don’t like not by forcing others or resistance but by sincere efforts. For example, if you don’t like the litter on the streets, stop throwing waste wrappers of toffees, coffee cups and the like on the road. Be the change.
Be the change you wanna see! I know that’s right. What are your thoughts on Race?
Not really any thoughts. Just that I find it really unfortunate people since histories have given it too much importance. It is a deceiving way to look at fellow humans.
What TV channel doesn’t exist but really should?
Dependable authentic news channels with legitimate verifiable proof of their reports not mindless irresponsible reporting.
What TV channel exists but really shouldn’t?
No TV please.
Lol. So, you’re saying do away with the whole thing huh?
I watched a lot of tv growing up. When my mom used to watch Balaji soaps and I used to crib I can write better dialogues than that. It used to be a lot of fun. But it’s been two years almost, I don’t watch tv anymore. All I did was switch channels and it became too tedious and boring. I rather do something more relevant like reading or watching an online video which is interests my current state. With tv you cannot choose. You’re forced to watch commercials and all. In India, we still do not have the liberty to choose the content we want to watch on tv. Even if the technology is there it is not widespread.
Wow. That’s interesting. You know they say watching TV is equivalent to staring at a blank wall all day. Scientists say it activates the Alpha Waves in your brain that are responsible for relaxation. So, you aren’t missing anything.
What’s the most difficult thing about being a writer? The most exciting thing?
Difficult to work something to completion, dedication to commit yourself wholly to a project and not get distracted. the most exciting thing is to be able to see your imagination take the shape of words and come to life. The very process of creation.
And what does that mean? The never say die spirit?
Never-say-die spirit means that I may fail, but I find some way to carry on. Never give up is too cliché I know. So may I change path, direction and everything to stay in sync with my inner being. If my inner self is not happy I cannot function. I never wanted fame, money or power. I just wanted to be me in some little corner and write. I just wanted to have inner balance. I do not understand the ways of the world. I like the secluded, quite and simple life.
Wow. You just contexualized my life lol. If you had one superpower that could change the world, what would it be?
I don’t need a superpower to change the world. On second thoughts why would I change it? This world is exactly how I created it with my conscience..it is meant for my spiritual growth.
Come on now Yashi, you KNOW you gotta break that down for us. You said you created this world with your conscious. Break it down for us. What does that mean?
Wait wait wait. Not literally. I don’t know why I said that at that time. It’s been so long maybe I heard that line in some spiritual lecture and was contemplating on it. What I mean to say is that the world we see is a projection of our thoughts. Nothing spectacular about it. It’s like “I create my reality” notion that is popularized by many books. But I also think my world was very sad and gloomy all because of my negative outlook for years. Nothing was going right all because my thoughts were negative. These are all just philosophies and you can choose anything that you believe in. Some believe that the soul chooses its parents, family, difficulties before birth which help it to grow spiritually. See, I don’t talk about what is true I only look at the various thought processes and you can adopt anyone that makes sense to you. I just like to think with an open mind and I do not know the complete truth and I won’t lie about it. Being a writer I can share my thoughts but then they tend to change and I choose to keep it to myself as it is for my personal growth. My work is mostly fiction and that is why I don’t say I’m starting a cult here. I like that creative liberty as a writer and a poet where I can create a world of fiction. Don’t go by my words. I’m not used to interviews and most likely I’m going to forget everything I said. Please forgive me but I tried. I’m only as human as you are. 🙂
Lol. Yahsi, you are doing fantastic! Your perspective is refreshingly set-apart. “The world we see is a projection of our thoughts”. We don’t hear that kind of insight often. I’m just pulling it out ya 😉.
Now, back to writing. What genre do you write in?
Fiction and Non-fiction both. Poetry, romance and self-help.
In your own words, what is truth?
Logically put truth is the correct understanding of things, people or situations as they are. Something which cannot be falsified with rational counter-argument. But personally, I feel the truth is what you believe to be true. Your conscience is a powerful manifester of your thoughts, and your truths are embedded in your psyche.
What a pleasure to have you, Yashi! We truly enjoyed having you. Thanks for spending this time with us today.
Yashi Singh is a refreshing voice in the current crop of new authors. Hailing from a land of unity in diversity, India, she knows how to weave the theme of spirituality in all of her diverse works. She first published her short story Sandhya and Arambh early this year. She quickly followed it up with her sensational and soulful poetry, an anthology, The Black Rose Blossoms. She has depicted the journey of a black rose bud, from a Gothic bloom to a spiritual blossom. Each carefully crafted section alludes to a phase in the spiritual journey of the flower. In a short span of time, she has show-cased some spectacular pieces of writing. Next up, was her self-improvement guidebook titled Thinking the Right Way in which she has given out the secret techniques for holistic success. Not sticking to genres she was bold enough to come out of her comfort zone and share her diverse work for the sheer joy of sharing. She is essentially a poet first in her words and writing to her is breathing, vital to stay alive. Yashi likes to polish her art and she is grateful for all the gifts she was blessed with. Her latest book, The Hermit is her shot at a new way of story telling, spiritual fiction. A tempestuous past haunting the three protagonists, not being able to find any answers all their life they die in pain. What happens when they question God for all they had to bear?
When you see someone doing something you perceive to be wrong, or maybe it is wrong, and instead of pulling them to the side (a personal message or email) you create a whole blog post about it or social media post, that you know the person will see in the next 3 minutes. A lot of confusion and assumption would be eliminated if people just talked to each other. If you see someone doing something wrong, don’t talk about them. Help them. Pull them aside privately, “Hey sista”, or “Hey brother, you’re doing this wrong.” Wars are built on a misunderstanding. (And, for the record people, everyone’s not hating on you. Sometimes you’re just wrong.)
Goodreads Reviews. Goodreads reviews really grinds my gears. Of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone but I’ve noticed that reviews left on Goodreads are a lot less tactful and professional. An honest review does not mean you have to humiliate people. If an author is going to be on Goodreads then they should have thick skin because people are mean there, sometimes bringing up valid points but with no filter. And yes, I did grow up in the projects so I am used to this behavior (laughing but serious), but not everyone is. We seem to forget that people (even adults) have feelings.
Non-Creative Author Interview Questions. Seriously people, stop asking the same questions over and over again. Be creative. The more wild and crazy the questions, the more wild and crazy the answers! “So, who is that cross-eyed guy I saw on your Facebook? Is that your man? Are you into cockeyed guys? You can tell us, we won’t judge you.” Readers eat this stuff up.
People who keep their air conditioning at 65 degrees or lower.
When people think everything is supposed to be free. Everything you have to pay for is not a scam. If you buy into the notion that you are somehow taking advantage of or scamming people just because you are charging for your hard work and time, then you will not make it as an entrepreneur (because you won’t make enough money for it to work. Rent/Mortgage and bills are not imaginary.) As long as you are building trust and adding value (know what you’re talking about), there’s nothing wrong with charging for your service and your time. Some of you can afford to do everything free. Maybe you got a little change stored away or you just have the time but that’s not everyone’s life. Everybody ain’t got it like that.
When people use “Freedom” as an excuse not to believe the truth or justify their wrong. Everyone wants the truth, but no one wants to be honest. There is no freedom without responsibility.
When Bloggers create private blogs and really think they’re private.
When people like all your social media posts but don’t reach out to you in real life.
Potato chip bags with a handful of chips in them.
When relatives spend 364 days not supporting your writing and on the day, you release a book ask, “Where can I buy yo book?” and you never hear from them again.
Religious debates from people who hate to hear the truth about their God/Gods. Here’s the thing: Your beliefs don’t make you a better person, your behavior does.
Photo-shopped pictures of fast food that looks nothing like the picture in real life.
People who walk all over you and then get mad at you for establishing boundaries. Order is not abuse.
Racists whites who don’t know that they’re racists and get mad at you for pointing it out.
Telling fast food places not to put mayonnaise on your burger (I hate mayonnaise) and they do it anyway.
When people think saying, “I’m not religious, I’m spiritual” makes them deep. Saying, “I’m spiritual” doesn’t make you better than anyone else. What’s better is to just explain exactly what it is you believe in and why (becausedemons are spiritual too.)
People asking, “So what you eat then?” because you said you didn’t eat pork as if no other food exist. (Though I don’t consider pork food)
People who compare you to others. Stop saying, “so and so is doing it like this.” I don’t care what so and so is doing. That has nothing to do with me or how I do things.
Religious people who act like they never lied, stole, cheated, or whored before. The more relatable you are, the easier it is to reach people. Just saying.
and Indie/Trad. Publishing debates about which is better. Seriously people, just pick one that best suits you and move on. (Hint: Both require work)
Yecheilyah is an Independent Author, Blogger, and Poet. Her latest release
“The characters all sound real. I really really liked all the dialogues, it seems like hearing true people speaking. Even the crowd scenes (and there are a few in the ‘southern’ thread) are involving and easy to follow.” – Amazon Customer Review
I didn’t intend on posting again today but one of my favorite authors posted something to her IG that sparked something I had to share. As you see above, this author is Bernice McFadden and this is her sharing the rejection letters she received for her novel Sugar. I have this book as well as her novels This Bitter Earth, Glorious and I’d like to get my hands on Nowhere is a Place and The Book of Harlan but I digress. Needless to say, the writing is on point. Long story short, you all know that Sugar has gone on to do very well despite the 75 (yes, seventy-five…let that settle) rejection letters. For Indie Authors, we may not be looking for publishers, but we have rejection letters too. I want to encourage you not to give up when you get one:
Negative Reviews – One of our most obvious rejection letters is the negative review. While all authors, no matter how they are published, get negative reviews, for the Indie Author it can feel like the ultimate rejection. Not from a publisher or agent but from the people who we slave so hard for, Readers. When a reader rejects a book it can really put a damper (who says that?) on an author’s mood. But, think about being rejected 75 times. Would you have tried for the 76th? The next time you get a bad review, think of McFadden and how important it is not to quit on the vision. If McFadden had given up, there would be no Sugar.
No Reviews – I came into the game (for lack of a better term though I hate using it. This ain’t a game lol) late because I did not start publishing my books with Amazon in the beginning. I also did not have much insight or people around who could help me to understand this growing industry. That said, reviews weren’t very important to me (neither was Amazon for that matter). However, we are all aware by now how important book reviews are to Indie Authors. But what if you don’t have any? Or very little? This can feel like a real let down and crush an Indie Author’s mood. Especially when their peers have over one hundred and they only have one or two. I am not saying to look at what every one else is doing, not at all. But I’d be lying if I said no reviews on a book doesn’t feel bad. We’ve all been there so let’s just keep it all the way real. No reviews can feel like the ultimate rejection. Honest reviews help to prove that an author’s work is worth reading which means that none can be a real let down. A real rejection. I tell you to think of McFadden’s 75 rejection letters and ask yourself if you were her, would you try again? Would you still want to write if you had 75 bad reviews? Sheesh. That can make one depressed! Lol. But, I am showing you that it’s the same thing for Indie Authors who are their own publishers and thus rely on the social proof of readers to help people to see that they really aren’t bragging about themselves.
No Sales – And of course, need I not leave out the ultimate rejection letter for Indies, no sales! Nothing screams rejection like no one buying your book. Does that mean you should stop writing? Of course not. My first novel is full of mistakes (which is why I took it off market for now lol) but if I had not published the first book, mediocre as it was, there would not have been a tenth. My point is, just keep writing and keep trying. You know you are close to the mountaintop when everyone starts to fall off. When people start giving up, that’s when you’re close. When you feel like giving up, that is when you should push the hardest. It means you are almost there. I am not saying this to sound all “cliche”. I am saying it because it’s real. My husband was just telling me I am too hard on myself and I’d like to extend the encouragement your way. Especially since we didn’t have a “No Whining Wednesday” today 🙂
So, there you have it. Three Rejection Letters Indie Authors receive. When you get one, think of McFadden’s 75 rejection letters. That had to be depressing at some point but she kept at it and so should you.
Do you know of any more “rejection letters?” Tell us about them! What was the most heartbreaking of your rejection letters? How did you recover from it?
Don’t forget that there are tons of people willing to help to spread the word about your awesome authorness! Including me. My Introduce Yourself Interviews for authors will pick back up next week. However, I am in need of authors for August! It’s a free opportunity to let us get to know more about you and your books.Click Here to learn more. Again, it’s FREE and I must say, the Introduce Yourself features do very well in views. Many of them are the top viewed on this blog which means these authors get a lot of shine! All genres welcomed. (Those of you who have already been featured, if you have updates, new books coming out, let me know so we can do an update post).