What do you do?
I’m a blogger, an author, a publisher, a website developer and designer, and a computer applications instructor.
My skill set seems to have been developed for such a time as this. I get to use all my time and talents being creative and sharing my creativity with others who appreciate what I have to offer.
How do you stay inspired?
I keep inspired by doing it all! I don’t stop with one idea or one website or one book. Everything I have the time and talent to do, I go for it. My inspiration comes from the failures and successes. If it doesn’t work, I try something else. If it does work, I try to perfect it.
What is one thing you wish you knew before you started your own business?
I started my first business in 1992 as an undergraduate at Howard University, and I didn’t jump into it blindly. I did a lot of research on the business I wanted to start, I interned with a company that was doing what I wanted to be doing, and I purchased and read How to Start and Run a Business in Washington, D.C. three or four times before I started my business.
Where do you see the future of publishing going and why?
We’re in the future of publishing right now. Even though more authors are self-publishing and offering their books in electronic format, print isn’t going away, and neither are traditional publishers.
Traditional bookstores are closing like mad, but traditional book publishers are adapting by changing their business models. They’re now trolling for the best self-published authors and offering them million-dollar deals to sign on with their traditional presses. That’s because successful, self-published authors bring an audience with them.
What advice would you give to a new entrepreneur in your industry?
Do what you love. Be consistent. Nurture yourself, your passions and your gifts and talents. Don’t stop learning, but don’t forget to start doing. Some people plan and plan, but they never try anything. Try something. If it doesn’t work, try something else. If that doesn’t work, try again. Many people never reach their goals because the prize was over the next hill and they decided to end the journey in the last valley.