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.
Book Covers 101 for Self-Published Authors
Traditional publishers usually create a handful of designs and then ram them down the throat of authors. There’s good news and bad news for self-publishers. The good news is that you have total control over your cover; the bad news is you have total responsibility for your cover.
Your cover must stand out in a sea of postage-stamp-size covers on websites. A cover that looks great in a six-by-nine-inch printed format won’t necessarily work on the Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo website.
* Simple, big, and bright. Standing out on a web page full of covers requires using big type (60 points or more), simple graphics, and bright, high-contrast colors.
* Arresting. People are flipping through web pages, scrolling through lists, and making split-second decisions. Your cover has to stop them and make them click on it.
* Logical. Your cover should match your book’s genre. For example, a young-adult fantasy book’s cover should not look like a management tome. Look at the covers of other books in your genre for ideas.
* Focused. A good cover provides a focal point for people’s attention. A dominant graphic or clip of text should leave no doubt about what the most important design element is.
* Informative. A good cover answers two basic questions: What is the name of the book? Who wrote the book? The graphic design should attract attention, and your text should satisfy the need for this basic information.
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Reprinted from “The Book Marketing Expert newsletter,” a free ezine offering book promotion and publicity tips and techniques. http://www.amarketingexpert.com
“The exclamation mark … is the cockroach of the punctuation world. And that’s particularly so in the digital space, which so infamously encourages its proliferation (!!!!). The exclamation will, despite and because of all the things that make it terrible, survive us all.
So it’s no real surprise that the mark has been the product of a long evolution — and that, in the process, it has been known by many, many names. So the linguist Stan Carey, building off of a passage in Henry Hitchings’s book The Language Wars, has done something great: He has researched our exclamatory euphemisms. The marks’ aliases, it turns out, are descriptive! And also alliterative!! And also wonderfully NSFW!!! And all, in their way, glorious.
Below, per Carey, with my additions, is a list of the many names of the exclamation point:
1. Admiration mark: From the time in the 15th century when printers introduced it as a type element, the exclamation point was known colloquially as a “note of admiration.” Ben Jonson, according to Hitchings, used “admiration mark.” And this usage is retained in Spanish and Portuguese, which refer to the exclamation point as a signo de admiración and ponto de exclamação, respectively. […]
2. Bang: The term, per the graphic designer Allan Haley, likely originated with letterpress printing; the mark is referred to as a “bang” in, among other places, typesetting manuals. […]
3. Christer: According to Eric Partridge’s A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, “christer” — ostensibly derived from a name being taken in vain — was common among authors and typists in the 1920s.
4. Control: A real usage, apparently.
5. Dembanger: A real usage, hopefully.
6. Dog’s cock: According to Lynne Truss’s Eats, Shoots & Leaves, this is a term from British journalism. Which is unsurprising.
7. Dog’s dick:A variation of the above, per several members of Carey’s Twitter following, and per alliterative decency.
8. Gasper: This is also mentioned in Eats, Shoots & Leaves, and ostensibly suggests the reader’s reaction to the use of an exclamation point.
9. Pling:This comes from hacker culture — and, in particular, one of the languages that sprang from it: “Commonwealth Hackish.” It describes the exclamation when it’s devoid of semantic meaning — as, say, it might exist in passwords.
10. Screamer: Per Carey, and per Partridge, the term dates to around 1920 and was used mostly by ‘printers, authors, journalists, typists, and copy-writers.’”
@GStreetChronicl presents TONY STORY
Tony and Ty had big dreams of getting rich. Although they grew up like brothers, once money and envy entered the equation, greed took over and loyalty went out the door.
After a deadly shooting, the streets of Philly were in an uproar and the lives of many people revolved around revenge. Gold digger Kee capitalized on the built-up tension; but before she could really enjoy the fruits of her labor, she was thrust into the middle of a street war with the cost being her life.
Trust was not an option and revenge was the only thing anyone had in common. Paulie wanted revenge for his cousin; LB wanted revenge for his brother. They both had blood in their eyes and murder in mind; names were called while gunners lurked in the shadows. It became bigger than the almighty dollar and no one was safe.
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Roger Ebert, 70, died Thursday in Chicago from cancer. Ebert’s film criticism, which spanned 46 years working for the Chicago Sun-Times, won him a Pulitzer Prize in 1975 and was collected in many volumes, including THE GREAT MOVIES series and ROGER EBERT’S FOUR-STAR REVIEWS. His most recent book was the 2011 autobiography LIFE ITSELF.