Books Are A Business by Kisha Green

I am destined to be a star.  This is what I told myself as I would sing my favorite Janet Jackson tune into my hairbrush while looking at myself in the mirror.  This dream was a short-lived because reality set in.  I was indeed going to be a star, but not for singing and dancing.

I had another passion – reading.  I owe that to my mother who was an avid reader and instilled the same in me.  I loved mystery and suspense novels by authors like Mary Higgins Clark and VC Andrews.  I also loved reading about the rich and famous.  As such, I turned to such authors as Jackie Collins and for my romance fix, Danielle Steele. 

After many – and I do mean many – years of reading and journaling, I finally decided to try my hand at writing.  After getting feedback from my friends and family I penned my first novel, And Even If I Did, in 2006.  This novel was a story about three Jersey girls looking for love.

This accomplishment sealed my fate.  I had officially been bitten by the writing bug.  I went on to release four more titles, all while operating an online radio show, Writer’s Life Chats and an online literary magazine, Literary Jewels.

I had a passion for anything literary.  After losing my full-time job as a Medical Assistant in 2009, I realized I had to make my passion for books work for me.  During this time, I saw that social media was growing.  I studied the various mediums to determine how I could expand my brand AND make money; hence, my author and product promotion services were conceived. 

Through my research, I learned that the greatest challenge for authors was getting their work in the hands of readers.  I used popular social networking sites to expose my clients to new readers.  Given the success of my author clients, I made the decision to expand my services to other professionals who needed help with exposure.  Today I operate my own publishing company, DivaBooksInc, which is the umbrella company for my services which range from interviews, literary consulting and book/product marketing and promotion.

Although I do not have a degree in journalism or marketing, my motto is “Failure is not an option.”   With that attitude I am destined for greatness.  For every “no”, I create my own “yes.”  Everything I have learned has come as a result of extensive research and determination.

What started as a hobby is now a thriving business that brings me great satisfaction.  I am my own boss which makes me a proud entrepreneur.  At one time I only saw myself as a healthcare worker.  While that title was fulfilling, it was not as fulfilling as helping others turn their visions into reality.  I take great satisfaction in knowing I help others make a living Every day I think of new and unique ways to expand my brand while leaving a legacy for my four children.