Literary Jewels is the brain child of Kisha Green. Here is where you will find the most current and relevant information mixed in with the sarcasm of Kisha's witty mind that make her experience in the literary industry that worthwhile.
Who is Kisha Green? Kisha Green is no stranger to the literary world. She is the well-informed and very knowledgeable publisher of DivaBooksInc.(www.divabooksinconline.com) author of many books under her imprint, including “And Even If I Did,” “If It Aint One Thing, It’s Another,” “Dear Mommy” and “Mental Seduction" and recently releasing short stories "A Write Way to Love" and "Fefe's Freaky Tale".
As the host of her own Blog Talk Radio show, “Writer’s Life Chats,” (www.writerslifechats.com)
Green interviews aspiring as well as seasoned authors, Writer’s Life Chats was nominated for Best BlogTalk Show in 2008 and 2009. In February of 2010 and 2011 she recently took the honors of winning for Best Blogtalk Host.She is also a book reviewer whose work has appeared on the websites Urban Book Source, Shelfari,Goodreads,Amazon.com among others.
In 2010, Green was a senior writer and founder of the Writer’s Vibe, a literary site to help promote artists. Kisha also participated in a panel discussion at a Rutgers University, where she sat with other authors and poets, speaking with students about the literary industry: publishing and writing books, the importance of investing in an editor, and the hardships up-and-coming authors may face and in 2007, Green was nominated Self-Published Author of the Year.
Green recently launched Literary Jewels (www.literary-jewels.com), a helpful resource for aspiring writers in interested self-publishing but need direction.
Green has a jones for literature and is a firm believer in “each one, teach one.” She assures, “There is room at the top for everyone in the literary world.” Green is destined to take literary Hollywood by storm.
The allure of publishing a book is so powerful that unsuspecting writers overpay for services or allow unscrupulous companies to rip them off.
We’re not referring to situations where you paid a fair price only to find out that the editor, copyeditor, or cover designer was mediocre. That’s your fault for making a poor choice. We are not referring to paying for services that you don’t have the time or inclination to perform yourself. Value is in the eye of the beholder.
We’re talking about rip-offs involving grotesque overpayment and purposeful deceit. Here are the warning signs of an impending rip-off:
* Get-rich-quick. Does the company’s website and promotional material feel like they’re promising ways to get rich quick? Self-publishing is not the way to get rich quick, and anyone who tells you that is either a liar, a crook, or an idiot. Turn on your bull-shiitake detector in this situation.
* Payment up front. A legitimate publisher will never ask you for money up front to publish your book. The whole concept of an advance is for the publisher to pay you up front, not vice versa.
Avoid independent consultants and contractors who ask for 100 percent payment in advance for services. The most you should pay is 50 percent up front. Upon acceptance of the work, pay the final 50 percent. This is fair to both parties.
You may have to pay companies in advance for services. Theoretically, they are more established so the likelihood of them botching the job or disappearing is minimal. Still, try to pay up front for as little as possible.
* Total fees exceeding $4,000. If you’re about to pay any entity (especially author-services companies) more than $4,000, step back and evaluate your decision. You may pay a total of $4,000 for all services (content editing, copyediting, cover design, layout design, and production), but there are few individual services in self-publishing that should cost more than $4,000.
* Guaranteed marketing and blog exposure. No one can guarantee reviews in publications such as the New York Times or Publishers Weekly. No one can guarantee that bloggers who matter will review your book. If you want dozens of reviews in important blogs and publications, (a) write a good book, and (b) start developing relationships with reviewers and bloggers right now.
* Minimum copies from a printer. This is a buy-on-demand from a print-on-demand world. If you’re a novice author, place your first order for twenty copies: one for you, one for your parents, and eighteen for friends. Sure, the per-copy price when you order five thousand copies is a lot cheaper, but you only need this many if you can sell them.
Printers like Lightning Source work so fast these days that you should not fear going out of stock unless your book requires special binding or paper, and it’s right before Christmas. And don’t forget the Espresso Book Machine for a handful of copies.
Typically crooks and bozos do not advertise that they’re crooks and bozos, so you need ways of checking out vendors:
* Search in Google for the “[name of the company] + complaints.”
* Ask if anyone in your social-media circles has used or heard about the company.
* Search for the company on the Better Business Bureau website: http://www.bbb.org/.
* Search for the company at Writer Beware: http://accrispin.blogspot.com/ and Preditors and Editors: http://pred-ed.com/.
Finally, if you do get ripped off, you should let your fellow authors know so that they can avoid the same fate.
Guy Kawasaki has written 12 books, 10 of which were traditionally published. His newest book is APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur - How to Publish a Book, which helps people understand how and why to self-publish.
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In the conclusion to “Cut Throats”, Jahlil is on a manhunt searching for clues linking to the deaths of his mother Cece, and longtime mentor K’shon. The plot thickens, as foul play leads him to members of his own circle. Will Jahlil find his nemesis in time? Or will they find him first?
Meet Literary Jewels reviewer, Leslie Thompson
Growing up I was the only child and the only thing I had to entertain myself were books. My mom didn’t believe in toys that didn’t feed the mind. She bought books, computer aids, and records that told a story by the author who wrote the book. I fell in love with writing poetry at 8 years old and reading books from the time of being able to write in the first grade. I am now 35 years old and still have the love of reading and writing today and give praise to growing authors and the time they take to infused my mind with their stories. I love it. I went to college and graduated with my BA in Liberal Studies with a minor in English writing and literature. I taught 4 grade elementary for 2 years so education and learning is very important to me. I currently reside in Los Angeles California and soon will be moving to Georgia with my fiance very soon.
In the debut novel What Hatred Breeds by Kimberley Jasper readers will be introduced to Julian and Kayla Moore who are newlyweds who are trying to work on forever but Julian’s mother has other ideas in store for the couple. So readers will see how far one mother will go and that nothing is left off limits.
What Hatred Breeds also taps into voodoo and it’s origin and you can tell the author carefully researched such a topic and was appropriately placed throughout the novel. The words conveyed throughout were beautifully written in a very thoughtful tone.
Kimberley Jasper writes in a poetic way and every sentence came across like a song. It was indeed a easy read. I would give this novel a 3 out of 5 stars. Reason why is that I never felt like the novel hit a climax. The author stayed “safe” in a sense and didn’t take any drastic turns in her writing.
Overall a good read and I do look forward to reading more from Jasper.
Reviewed by Leslie Thompson for Literary Jewels
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In the short story Cut Throats by Patron Gold readers will meet Jahlil Harris who could have had a normal life if his circumstances would have been different but being the child of a drug addict who was more concerned with her next fix than being a parent, young Jahlil is left to become a product of his environment.
Jahlil meets a well known drug kingpin name K’Shon who takes him under his wing and teaches him to be the ultimate hustler. Cut Throats was a quick read that definitely had me turning the pages anticipating what was going to happen next.
I enjoyed the storyline which left me looking forward to the sequel. Again, Patron Gold does not disappoint with his storytelling skills.
Reviewed by Kisha Green for Literary Jewels (www.literary-jewels.com)
This Tree….Can Bear Fruit by Carey W. Digsby is a collection of insightful words of wisdom for men and women that offers practical approaches about life, love and respect. Not your typical self help book but most definitely an enlightening book that can motivate change.
Author Digsby does a wonderful job of addressing life issues and offering realistic remedies that might can be assistance to many. Often times it is easier to become that product of society and fall victim to tunnel vision based on surroundings, but with this book, readers can see that ultimately they DO have options and most importantly it is very possible to turn negatives into positives.
What was also very enjoyable about this book was the poetry, the words were carefully placed throughout the book and the delivery was right on time. I enjoyed This Tree….Can Bear Fruit by Carey W. Digsby and look forward to see what else this author has to offer.
Reviewed by Kisha Green for Literary Jewels (www.literary-jewels.com)