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Meet Angela Allen of Angie K Books

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angela Allen.

Hi Angela, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I have always been a reader. Never thought about writing a book for people to read, however, I would write on and off but put it away. In 2015, I decided to complete my first manuscript and self-publish. Family and friends release and got a good response.

I republished with a publishing service that I ended up removing my book from there due to lack of participation and financial issues and republished a 2nd time on my own. That birthed my own publishing company in 2018. Angie K Books. Between 2015 and 2020, I have written seven books 2021 was my eighth book.

In August 2020, I opened up a bookstore on the more predominantly black side of town being we never had one. Unfortunately, it didn’t do what I expected so I closed its doors in October 2021. I have now published six authors with diverse genres and offer coaching, editing, and ghostwriting.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Not smooth but always a learning experience. I had to learn that even when I didn’t win I didn’t lose. I learned.

Having so many books in a few years but not being a best seller or opening a bookstore that wasn’t successful made me feel like a failure at a point.

I am grateful I have and have had some very supportive people in my life to help me through it.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
I am an Author, Editor, Publisher, Ghost Writer, and Writing Coach.

I love writing because I love creating a story that someone can relate to but it’s entertaining. I love editing, publishing, and coaching because I love people. I love helping people be at their best. What sets me apart is my company is family-oriented.

I don’t want authors to just be a number. I genuinely care about everyone I work with. I won’t allow anyone to put out anything there not mentally, emotionally, or spiritually ready for.

Do you have any advice for those looking to network or find a mentor?
Find a mentor that you can genuinely learn. They don’t necessarily have to be in your industry so have two or several.

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