Attention single mothers who think they can’t live their dreams; Tamika Newhouse became a single mother as a teen and is now a best-selling, award winning, self published author and the founder of a highly successful book publishing company, Delphine Publications. She is also the CEO of Obsessive Soul Media with plans for short films, stage plays and much more. She has been featured in Uptown Magazine, Essence, Juicy Magazine, Vibe Vixen Magazine, and now The Dangerous Lee News & Entertainment Network!
In a recent letter written to your younger self published on your website, The Passionate Spot, you mention that you have a hard time relating to people. Why is that?
I am a unique person; I lack the desire to want to be in crowds and within groups. Naturally I am a loner and choose to be a home body. The simple life is me. So I lack the skills sometimes to interact with others thus I don’t relate to them as I should.
You moved from Forth Wort to Atlanta, a city known as Little Hollywood; do you see California as a future home?
Absolutely not. Not only am I going to return to Texas one day and be bi-coastal but California is expensive. I like Atlanta because it’s still the south but I choose to live in the suburbs of Atlanta because the city itself is too crowded and full of a lot of fake people.
You’ve been very open about your past weight issues, what type of health and fitness routine do you follow? You look great!
I now eat every three hours or so in small portions and I am in the gym 3-4 times a week. I had the desire to lose weight so that I could have better odds of living a longer life. I did a drastic change in my life, hence I had a life style change not a diet.
You recently tweeted that you’re working on titles to be released in 2014. What type of writers/books catch the attention of Delphine Publications?
I like to look at hungry artists. Ones who don’t mind be taught the business and how to brand themselves. I am looking for novels that reflect black readers currently.
Have you experienced any downsides of receiving a certain level of success and notoriety?
Absolutely I have. My level of success brings a lot of hate and sometimes stalkers. I have been threatened or stalked before due to my public figure platform. I have also been talked about negatively from my peers. I shake all of the negativity off because in the end their opinions do not determine my future. God does. I use it as motivation.
Many women, including myself, are looking for revenue to further promote their business and brand. Did you receive any type of grants along the way?
No ma’am, I simply work hard at every dime that comes into Delphine. The investment I have put into myself for years has now come back tenfold. If you do lack the resources to do what you desire fundraisers and donation campaigns for a particular project are always ideal.
Tell us about your new release, Cookie Too:
Cookie Too is a story based on the life of a young woman who is the sister to the character of Cookie in the first book. It details the story of a young girl who did whatever she could illegally to be loved by any man who would accept her. It gives an example to young women on what not to do.
What is the future for Delphine Publications and Tamika as a person?
We are building onto our roaster of authors and have numerous titles set to release once a month of a next several months. We also will be touring the country hitting major cities like Cincinnati, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, Charlotte, Miami, and more.
For once in a lifetime
Emerging from the obscurity of the world into the marvelous light of Christ, Indi Wright is a trailblazer for the Lord. Leaving the ‘glamorous life’ and a background in entertainment, Indi uses her testimony of what God can do through you if you allow Him to use your talents for His divine purpose and glory. Indi Wright is a nationally acclaimed poet, prolific author, pastor, Licensed Massage Therapist, devoted wife and mother of one. Indi has a passion to not only reach but forever impact the lives of many through her powerful, thought-provoking and inspirational literary works.
Her mission is to encourage and empower others to rise above and overcome adverse circumstances in order to walk in divine purpose. Her writings are God-breathed, bringing life and instilling hope in the souls of each reader. After releasing three books, her next two projects are set to debut in Spring of 2013. She is the founder and CEO of IWright publishing company. It is a revolutionary company that goes beyond the typical publishing needs, equipping aspiring writers with valuable information and resources needed in their literary endeavors. As Co-Pastor of True Ambassadors of the Lord Jesus Christ, a prophetic and healing ministry, her bold teaching style is one-of-a-kind, fresh from heaven. Indi is currently embarking on a Midwest book tour with events at Books a Million stores in Sandusky and Chicago.
It’s odd at first to liken an author to a bar owner; the former tends to be more introverted, working alone, while the latter is usually extroverted and operating among chaos. But when you look at the blood, sweat and tears that go into each profession, the similarities are striking.
When you have your finished product, your work is just beginning
If you wanted to build your own bar, you’d have to put in a lot of hard work before you can open your doors: design, construction, hiring, and all other logistics. But once you turn on the lights, your work is only beginning. You aren’t just the person whose name is on the sign; you’re the janitor, therapist, accountant, diplomat, advertiser, and inventory clerk. You have multiple jobs to do to ensure the success of your business, and chances are you weren’t trained for any of them. The same goes for writers. Just because your name is on the front cover doesn’t mean you are just an author. You must also be a promoter, event coordinator, advertiser, account manager and business developer. In both cases, you followed your passion and jumped in head-first. You’ll figure things out as you go along and improvise your way to success.
You will have to deal with unpleasant people
No matter how much you begin to profit, it’s inevitable that one night a customer will enter your bar and have one too many. He or she will become belligerent, and you’ll have to handle the situation. He may even do enough damage to drive other patrons away. Likewise, if you are a writer putting yourself out there, you may receive a bad review from a bitter journalist. You’ll have to deal with this guy. If you get a bad review on your self published book, it’s okay – just keep on truckin’. You’ll have more customers tomorrow.
At the end of the day, YOU call (or pour) the shots
Hard work and sleepless nights-aside, this is your operation and what you say goes. Bar owners can decide what to put on their menu, determine what the drink of the day will be, or who they book for entertainment. As a writer, you have the final say on your cover design, your content, and how you sell your book. You don’t have so-called editors forcing you to make changes you aren’t comfortable with. You’ll have to be resourceful, but barring anything illegal, you don’t have to answer to anyone when it comes to how you want your project to turn out. YOU are in the driver’s seat.
This article was written by Alessandra Macaluso. Alessandra is an Author, Blogger, Writer and DIY addict who loves to share lifestyle tips and recipes on her personal blog.
What do you love most about being a Black woman?
I love the color of my skin and the kinkiness of my hair. I love how we hold so much mystery: everyone wants to know our secrets. I love the strength we possess and our ability to build and uplift a community.
Who or what inspires you most?
The women who contribute to the magazine who have the courage to share their art and their trust in me to showcase it inspire me so much.
My children’s energy, their big dreams, and their unwavering belief that anything and everything is possible–that inspires me!
Advice for Black men and women?
Sometimes you need to leap before you look. When I started my magazine I didn’t have a 5 year plan or any capital, but I believed in my dream and I took a risk. If you want to do big things, you have to take big risks.
What are you working on that we need to check out?
I am currently gathering submissions and laying out the next issue of BLACKBERRY: a magazine, a literary magazine featuring black women writers and artists. This is my way of giving a voice to those who would otherwise be silent. I hope to continue to expose readers to the diversity of the black women’s experience and strengthen the black female voice in mainstream and independent literary markets.
Where can we find you online?
You can find my writing at http://www.alishasommer.com
Name and occupation:
Te-Erika Patterson, Publisher, MySavvySisters.Com
What do you love most about being a woman?
Ladies Night- Where ladies drink free all night long!
Have you had to deal with much sexism in your industry?
No, there is not much sexism in personal development blogging but the lead bloggers are mostly men. I see nothing as unattainable so I study their successes, reach out to them for advice and take as much as I can from that they are doing and put my own sweet spin on it.
Who or what inspires you most?
I am inspired by the women I profile on MySavvySisters.Com. Each woman I choose to write about has achieved success in an area of her life that she once doubted she could. She persevered and she did it and can now teach other women how to do the same. I love women like that!
Something about you that would surprise us:
I have social anxiety to the point where I have to force myself to go out and it is very rare that you will find me involved in social activities that are not related to my work. Even then, I have to take breaks to be by myself and calm myself down.
I am an extreme introvert and I have panic attacks when too much attention is on me. This is weird because I enjoy being a waitress and performing spoken word and speaking in front of large audiences. But, if you invite me to a party at your house with people I don’t know, I’ll show up to show gratitude for the invitation but I won’t talk to anyone and I’ll leave in about an hour. Oh, and I can’t hold office jobs, they make me physically ill simply being there and looking at those filing cabinets and cubicles.
Advice for women entrepreneurs:
Be bold with your endeavors. You were not created to support someone else’s dream. You are the foundation; get started.