In the city that never sleeps there is a saying. “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” Anything goes, which is why the double G’s have been able to go undetected for so long. Starrshma Fields, a.k.a Starr is a bold, bodacious, young, beauty and the leader of the double G’s. The double G’s are a powerful, ruthless, lesbian, social club of plus sized women. The gang of women are professionals by day and gangster biker chicks by night. Starr and the double G’s prove that this isn’t just a man’s world, as they put the squeeze on their targets. Manipulation and blackmail are their weapons of choice and they set their sights on powerful men. As the temperatures rise in Vegas, so does the pressure that the double G’s apply and no man is exempt from their greed. These women are on a mission and they have the game in a choke hold!
Meet J.M. Benjamin; He is a successful, prolific & impacting author hailing from Plainfield, New Jersey. He is also the C.E.O. of A New Quality Publishing as well as an entrepreneur, community activist, mentor and motivational speaker. J.M. spends most of his time traveling worldwide, sharing his redemptive story with places such as schools, juvenile & adult facilities and religious organizations, in hopes of saving and changing lives of others, receiving numerous of accolades and recognition for his efforts.
After serving a substantial amount of time in prison, J.M. was released with a new plan, new direction and new product. His 2006 freshman novel, Down In The Dirty opened doors he never imagined and solidified him as an urban novelist. Since then, he has gone off to pen 10 more tales such as his Essence Best Selling novel series, Ride Or Die Chick, which was recently picked up by Carl Weber’s publishing company, My Manz And ‘Em, which has been adapted into a screenplay by Sundance Film Festival winner, director Alrick Brown, Heaven and Earth, One Way To Heaven and Memoirs Of An Accidental Hustler, to name a few. He is also the co-author of the non-fiction motivational books From Incarceration 2 Incorporation.
In addition, he has contributed to several anthologies with some of Urban Fiction’s top authors. J.M. is known for his impeccable work ethics and his generosity when it comes to guiding and assisting aspiring writers wanting to become published authors. J.M. joined team O.W.L. in 2013 where he intends to demonstrate the highest level of storytelling and book selling with the help of O.W.L. founders Ashley & Jaquavis. J.M. is a proud father and still resides in New Jersey. For more on J.M. Benjamin visit twitter @jmbenjamin, Facebook Jm Benjamin and instagram @JM Benjamin.
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What is your favorite genre? Why? My favorite genre is non-fiction motivational. It inspires me to stay positive and focus, I always feel empowered after reading the genre.
How have you handled an unhappy reader regarding a book you wrote? Honestly, I take the bitter with the sweet. I respect all views good or not so good, because at the end of the day when I drop a book it’s because I liked it or loved it and wanted to share it with the world. When I introduce it to the world, I’m saying that I can handle what comes behind that. I can determine if a review is a personal attack or constructive criticism, I reject the personal and embrace the constructiveness and grow from them both.
What are your thoughts on the ebook craze? Do you think paperbacks are becoming extinct? Me personally, from an author/publisher’s perspective, I can’t stand e-books. I believe that it has made authors/independent publishers lazier than they already were and has made them comfortable with being afraid of what it used to consist of to be an author. As an author, I still do book signing tours with paperbacks and is still well received by my supporters and readers old and new. Although my books are on e-books, (because as a business man I would be a fool not to be), readers still purchase paperbacks when I come to their city or state. i continue to prove that paperbacks are still relevant and still sale. My e-books do not out sell my paperbacks and I sell tens of thousands.
What do you think about ebooks priced $2.99 and below? Is this a reflection of the author’s worth? I don’t agree with the 99 cents or $2.99 pricing for the e-books. What readers have to understand is that we as authors relieve a percentage off of that pricing. It takes a lot to write and get a book into a print ready form whether e-book or paperback. I don’t feel that price is feasible enough, but because the masses have embraced it, readers believe all authors’ work should be in the same price range. I believe that if authors would have set the price at $9.99 and stood firm then that’s how much e-books would cost. So, I blame the inexperience or the under minders for the controversy surrounding pricing.
What advice would you give an aspiring author? Never let anyone deter or discourage you from making your literary dream a published reality. Most importantly though, learn the business!
What are your thoughts on the current state of literary? I think a big boom is about to happen in the African American literary world…Stay tuned!
Do you think the industry is over saturated with too many authors? You can never have too many books in circulation, but I believe the industry is saturated with low quality material.
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