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.
What is your favorite genre? Why?
My favorite genre is mystery and suspense, crime fiction and historical romance. I grew up watching old Hitchcock movies and reading Edgar Allan Poe so I fell in love with suspense and that’s all I read growing up and all I wanted to write. I love historical romances because I’ve always enjoyed period stories.
How many books do you read a month?
It’s no set number. I read when I have the time to. I don’t read fiction while I am working on my own projects. When I am in my zone writing then I concentrate fully on getting my work done. I find that reading novels while writing messes up my creativity and flow.
I have a one-track mind so once my mind is on something it stays there until the job is done.
How have you handled an unhappy reader regarding a book you wrote?
I’ve never come in contact with one personally, meaning no one has ever told me face to face they didn’t like my books. I’ve had a few bad reviews but I don’t respond to reviews. It makes no difference to me if someone didn’t like the story because why worry about something you can’t control? You can’t please everyone. I keep it moving. LOL!
What are your thoughts on the ebook craze? Do you think paperbacks are becoming extinct?
I love ebooks but the craze is settling down. It’s not new anymore. It’s just another way to read books now. I find people seem to be more excited about the devices you can read ebooks on more than the actual ebooks.
As for paperbacks, I believe they will always be around but just in a different way. A lot of people still read print contrary to popular belief. Some still aren’t reading ebooks and some read both. A lot of people still enjoy the feel of a book and even though bookstores are closing people still get print online. I don’t read print anymore but I respect that a lot of readers do. I am glad my books are released in both because I wouldn’t wanna leave any reader out.
What do you think about e-books priced $2.99 and below? Is this a reflection of the authors’ worth?
I am not self-published so I don’t price my own books nor do I have books out at that price. The cheapest you can get my ebooks for is $4.99 with my current publisher. I think that 2.99 has become the new 99 cents and books that are too cheap seem to be getting a backlash from readers now. I think having a short priced cheap is fine but it makes no sense to me to sell a full-length novel for 2.99 or less.
You don’t wanna devalue yourself by pricing stuff so cheap that you are practically giving it away. I can understand why some authors do it but cheap or free doesn’t guarantee sales.
As for worth, I already see a damaging trend of some readers not wanting to spend money on books because authors have priced so low it’s programmed this idea into readers that books aren’t worth payment. But I find that those who look for free and cheap books are mainly the people who wouldn’t buy a book over a certain price anyway. So it depends on the reader. Some readers will pay any price if they want the book bad enough and some flock to higher priced books because they feel it’s a sign of quality compared to the bargain-bin priced books.
What advice would you give an aspiring author?
They need to research, research and research. They need to hone their craft and learn about writing and publishing in and out. They also need to evaluate their goals and what path would be best for them regarding publication. Different things work for different people. Also they shouldn’t expect publication to be easy. If they do they are in the wrong field.
What are your thoughts on the current state of literary?
I always try to have a positive outlook on the industry. Of course there are issues and problems but there are some good things going on too. I think writers sometimes focus too much on the bad things and they should spend more time counting the blessings they received. If you’re able to get books out there and people are reading them then you should be thankful for that alone.
Do you think the industry is over saturated with too many authors?
I don’t worry about how many authors are out there. I focus on my business and what I’m doing. Stay in your lane as Judge Karen says. LOL!
There are more authors due to self-publishing being so easy these days but most of these authors will fall to the wayside. Cream rises to the top so if an author is a good writer and works hard and pumps out quality books it doesn’t matter how many others are out there because if you work hard and have true talent you will continue to build momentum. Bandwagon jumpers and people who don’t take writing seriously usually do not last.
What is one word to best describe your writing style?
Stacy-Deanne (Dee-Anne) is a novelist of crime fiction, mysteries, and suspense. Her work includes “Everlasting,” “Melody” and “Giving up the Ghost.” Stacy is profiled along with notable authors in the NAACP-nominated 2006 book, “Literary Divas: The Top 100+ African-American Women in Writing.” “Giving up the Ghost” is a 2011 African-American Literary Award nominated novel and a 2012 Top 20 Black Expressions Bestseller. “The Season of Sin” is a 2012 African-American Literary Award nominated novel.