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TYORA MOODY-WOMEN MAKING HISTORY Month

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TYORA MOODY

Tyora Moody is the author Soul-Searching Suspense novels in the Serena Manchester Series, Victory Gospel Series and the Eugeena Patterson Mysteries.  As a literary-focused entrepreneur, she has assisted countless authors with developing an online presence via her design and marketing company, Tywebbin Creations LLC.  Popular services include virtual event planning, social media management, book trailers and book covers.  She is also the author of the nonfiction book, The Literary Entrepreneur’s Toolkit, and the host of The Literary Entrepreneur Podcast.  For more information about her  literary endeavors, visit her online at TyoraMoody.com.

You are a woman with many talents. How do you manage so many different projects/businesses and maintain a ‘day job without stressing out?

Well, I can’t say I don’t get stressed out. LOL! Especially after a long day at the day job. I manage an entire department and I’m often called on to put out fires.  I have learned over the years that as long as I stay at my day job, I needed to let go of those services that were stressing me in my business. I decided to start to focus on only providing services that kept my passions alive and brought me to life when I started to work on them at night.

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I do have a habit of being overly ambitious. What I have learned is to accept what I get done in a day or week is okay.  Maybe that’s what you were meant to accomplish. I have moved one step towards a goal and made at least one or two clients happy. The goal is to provide a quality service.

I also prefer to work a little bit on this project and a little bit on this project until I reach my goal. I have found putting these large projects on a to do list without any baby steps in between make you more stressed.

What made you decide to become an entrepreneur!  At what point did you consider yourself a professional in your new field?

I grew up with two entrepreneurs – my parents. My dad was a contractor and I watched him build houses, tile bathrooms, do carpentry work and even brick laying. He was a jack of all trades, but really good with everything he touched. My mother had a beauty salon for almost thirty years. So as a teenager I worked in her shop and watched how she interacted with customers. Her customers loved her and were incredibly loyal.  I take a lot of what I’ve learned from both of my parents and use those skills in my business.

So, I guess in the back of my mind I always thought I would do something as an entrepreneur. I wasn’t sure what… it came to be me over time.

I started to think of myself as a professional once I became more serious an established my LLCs, increased prices and really started thinking bottom line like a business.

No one succeeds alone. What type of team members do you require to meet your goals?

You’re exactly right! In the first couple of years I was very much a solopreneur. I had the skills so I did it mostly everything myself. The problem with that model is there are only so many hours in a day and you can easily burn yourself out.

When you need to hire a virtual assistant or outsource, you should carefully consider it and not let your budget deter you. I have used a virtual assistant for several years and still outsource some of my services. It helps to keep the business running on those days when you’re tied up on other projects or just flat out tired.

I look for people who are dependable and have the skillset that matches the quality of service I want to deliver. I also network with others who may or may not be in the same business as me and try to assist where I can. Collaborations and partnerships are very encouraging.

HOSTILE EYEWITNESS b2If you were offered a sound project but it didn’t fit into your career plans, would you accept it to finance your main interests even it meant delaying one or more of them? Why or why not?

At this point in my life. No. Maybe a few years ago I would have. I’m in my 40s now… rapidly approaching mid-40s.  I just flat out no longer want to spend my energy on what I really am not passionate about doing.  I’m okay with waiting on God to provide the increase when it’s time. Plus I’ve been there when I have taken on projects for finances versus really making sure that’s what God intended for me to take on. Those projects tend to give you the worse headaches and regrets.

How do you rebound when things don’t go the way you’ve planned?

Well first I evaluate what went wrong and what I needed to learn from the experience. Many times if a service doesn’t go right, I may review the workflow and try another process. I think an entrepreneur you have to take risks and be flexible. You can’t let fear of failure or even when something falls flat keep you down. It’s all a part of the growth process.

You have a recent Eugeena Mystery book release? Do you have plans to move your novels into another industry such as film or television?OvenBakedSecrets_FINAL

I would love to see Ms. Eugeena live in person either in a play or a web series. In the future, I can see casting auditions for someone to play her. A film would be great too!  Ms. Eugeena fits that audience who loved watching Murder She Wrote except Ms. Eugeena has a bit more sass to her style.

What’s next for you?

The first book in a new romantic suspense series will be released March 31, 2015. I’m pretty excited about having readers check out Hostile Eyewitness, the first book in the Serena Manchester series.

Also, I’m wrapping up the final draft for an anthology project, called When Women Become Business Owners. It’s been an exciting journey and I’m looking forward to introducing some writers who will be published in a book for the first time.  This book will be released June 9, 2015.

How can we contact you?

I encourage your readers to visit me at my website, TyoraMoody.com. You can find out pretty much about all my online activities with my businesses, Tywebbin Creations and Tymm Publishing.

Also follow me on Twitter – @tyoramoody  and Like me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authortyoramoody

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ELISSA GABRIELLE-A Woman Making History

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Elissa Gabrielle brings a whole new definition to a one-woman show! She appears to be doing it all!

Elissa Gabrielle has the uncanny ability to take newcomers and mold, shape them into literary superstars and has created multiple award-winning authors and best-selling books in the process and has taken her talents to new heights by cultivating and ushering in superstars under Elissa Gabrielle Entertainment.

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Empowering, Enlightening, Engaging and Inspirational, Elissa Gabrielle is a powerhouse in the literary industry. Respected by many, revered in the highest regard, Elissa Gabrielle maintains a spirit of excellence in all she does. She is known to have the midas touch. The sky is the limit for this sassy, sundry and prolific author. Elissa Gabrielle has broken the ceiling of literary excellence with her gift in the skill of multi-genre writing. The author of multiple poetry books, numerous novels and contributor to several anthologies, Elissa has proven herself to be well-versed in artistic creativity.

 

Her colloquial and imaginative creations have lead to sensual and seductive inclusions in Zane’s Purple Panties, Erogenous Zone: A Sexual Voyage, Mocha Chocolate: A Taste of Ecstasy, The Heat of the Night, Historie Chocolate D’Amour, Pillow Talk in the Heat of The Night, Zane’s Busy Bodies: Chocolate Flava 4 and more.

As a Literary Entrepreneur, Elissa is the founder of the greeting card line, Greetings from the Soul: The Elissa Gabrielle Collection, collaborator and creator of The Triumph of My Soul, and publisher of Peace In The Storm Publishing. Elissa has managed to turn relatively unknown authors into household names and has molded and shaped the careers of some of today’s brightest literary stars. In addition to these innovative achievements, Elissa has graced the covers of Conversations Magazine, Big Time Publishing Magazine, Disilgold Soul Magazine and has been featured in Urbania Magazine and Black Literature Magazine.

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Peace In The Storm Publishing has been nominated in several categories in the African American Literary Awards Show, and has won Independent Publisher of the Year in 2009, 2010 and 2011. In addition, Elissa Gabrielle won for Self-Published Author of the Year in 2010 for her explosive novel, “A Whisper to a Scream.” Elissa also won for Self-Published Author of the Year for the collaborative effort, “The Heat of the Night.” Overall, Peace In The Storm Publishing has garnered more than 30 literary awards and nominations.

 

Elissa Gabrielle won Female Author of the Year and Fiction Book of the Year for “Eye of the Beholder” and Erotica Book of the Year for the ground-breaking anthology, “Pillow Talk in the Heat of the Night,” at the 2014 African American Literary Awards.

 

Elissa Gabrielle was named Associate Publisher of Modern Flavor Magazine in 2014 and in 2015, Elissa Gabrielle became the Publisher of Real Life, Real Faith Magazine and the Producer of Real Life, Real Faith with Cheryl Lacey Donovan – a weekly radio broadcast.

Her writing and publishing passion is rooted in her desire to give a reader’s soul a rise, one page at a time and grounded in her quest to bring forth the Triumph Anthology series, an ongoing testament of faith. The first anthology in the series was the highly acclaimed The Triumph of My Soul, which will be followed by The Soul of a Man and The Breakthrough respectively. “I started the Triumph series because in life, we all fall down, but by the Grace of God, we get back up. There is always victory in tomorrow,” Elissa says about the Triumph series.Elissa Gabrielle Collage jwh newer

From the novelty of her writing, her innovative and triumphant spirit and the successful culmination of her publishing company; Elissa Gabrielle remains an ingenious and creative force to be reckoned with in terms of delivering distinct, fulfilling and entertaining literature. By pushing herself to stay a cut above the rest, Elissa Gabrielle brilliantly and consistently delivers Literary best.

 

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