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Tamika Newhouse, Atlanta, GA. - "Published Author"
Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.
I am a 26 year old woman who had a dream of being a novelist at the age of twelve. By the time I was 21 I had my own company a major book deal and was a mother of two. My dreams became my main goals to pursue.
Explain what type of business you operate?
I am a book publisher. I publish books for us and by us. That simple!
How long have you been in business?
At the age of 21 I launched my own publishing company, Delphine Publications by publishing my own book The Ultimate NO NO. I went on from that book and landed a major book deal without an agent all the while publishing other authors and continuing to write independently. It has been a total of five years now.
How did you get the name for your business?
I named my company Delphine after my late mother, Delphine Jamison for the sole purpose of paying her tribute and continuing on her legacy.
What motivated you to start this type of business?
I always tell people I am writer, writing didn’t choose me it chose me. So when starting this company I just simply wanted to write. I had no clue it would grow into something more that could actually take care of me and my family.
What are your top 5 must have business tools/aids?
Determination, creativity, motivation, basic math skills, and obsession. (Regina: FABULOUS, these business aids are obviously important but are not material items!)
Where do you see your business in 5 years?
I see my company growing in numbers by at least double the amount. I see a wide range of writers that I have helped along the way make their publishing dreams come true and I see myself speaking about my journey as a young businesswoman.
What inspire me are the ones I see around me that are unhappy but lazy. I never want to live a life just because. I want to live the life I have always wanted and live out my dreams.
Who is your business icon or who’s business ethic do you admire?
I admire Demetria Lucas and Zane. I love the image that Demetria puts out to the worlds and I love the empire that Zane has built. They both motivate me.
If you were standing in front of a room full of hopeful, promising, entrepreneurs what would you say to them?
If you are not obsessed about your dream then walk away from it now. It takes an obsessed person to go through the hell you are about to walk through in order to live out your destiny.
Tamika Newhouse is a self-published bestselling author who founded Delphine Publications, at the age of 21; Tamika appeared on various bestseller lists and won Self Published Author of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards only 9 months after her debut novel. In 2010 she was inducted into Who's who in Black San Antonio and she landed a major publishing deal without an agent and still continues to write independent projects. In 2011 her company Delphine Publications won an African American Literary Award for Best Anthology as well as Tamika won for the second time Self Published Author of the Year. She was also nominated by the National Women in Business Association for the 2011 Entrepreneurial Spirit Award.
Along with Delphine Publications, Tamika is the founder and President of African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC) - an online book club and radio show catering to avid readers across the nation. She is also CEO of Obsessive Soul Media. With future projects in the works from short films, stage plays and much more, Tamika is a young woman on a mission. She founded the Baltimore Urban Book Festival in 2011 and runs and operates the event today.
Tamika presently tours the country speaking about overcoming her teen pregnancy to fulfill her dream, as well as teaching aspiring writers the publishing ropes. A former radio host, she hosted her own Internet radio show (AAMBC) for over three years and continues to expand her brand. She is currently living in San Antonio with her son and daughter and is currently working on her fifth novel He's My Favorite Mistake.
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A Woman who knows what she wants and knows how to get it!!
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