Felicia Baxley is a 4x author, podcaster, and the Owner & Founder of Hustle Write Publication, LLC. Felicia published her first book in January 2020, and since then has published three other works, created a podcast, and opened her own publishing company. She strives to connect with women who have a story to tell, but aren’t sure how to get their stories written and/or published. In 3 months, she managed to have over 500 downloads on her podcast, sell over 200 copies of her first book, release two more books, accept her first high-paying clients, and accept numerous ghostwriting clients, all while maintaining a full time job. Since then, Felicia has launched her business, released another book, sold over 500 copies to date, has over 1,000 podcast downloads in multiple countries, and works with numerous clients to turn their vision’s into reality. And yes, she still holds her full time job as well. She is the author of “The Help Meet: Understanding Your Calling As A Wife”, “Waiting or Warfare: Is God Telling You to Wait or War?”, “Ready, Set, BOSS’D UP: 7 BOSS Tips for the Aspiring Entrepreneur”, and her upcoming book, “Gospel Girl Savage: Journey To Genuine Authenticity” which releases September 2020. She first began writing in elementary school, and found throughout her school age years that it helped her deal with depression, suicidal thoughts, and anger issues. Now, she knows how to not only write the right book, but also create multiple streams of income from each book that she writes. Her podcast, “Boss in the Making” supports this, and is dedicated to sharing the good, bad, and ugly when it comes to building a brand and becoming an entrepreneur. Through her business, Hustle Write Publication, LLC; she offers independent publishing, ghostwriting, editing, and coaching to ensure her clients not only get their story out into the world, but do so in a way to generate multiple streams of income for themselves.
” I finally got the revelation that God wanted me to go ahead and publish my books. I went with that and published Book #1 in January 2020 and have since published two additional books.”
VERSAFI MAGAZINE: IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO SEE WOMEN ENTREPRENERS FOLLOW THEIR GOALS AND DREAMS. DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BECOME AN AUTHOR?
FELICIA BAXLEY: Yes. I wrote stories even as a child. I always told myself I would be not just an author, but a successful author. It was all a matter of putting in the work.
VERSAFI: WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION THAT LED YOU TO PUBLISH YOUR FIRST BOOK?
FELICIA: I finally got the revelation that God wanted me to go ahead and publish my books. I went with that and published Book #1 in January 2020 and have since published two additional books.
VERSAFI: SPEAKING OF FIRST BOOK, I SEE THAT YOU RELEASED A BOOK THIS PAST JANUARY CALLED ‘THE HELP MEET: UNDERSTANDING YOUR CALLING AS A WIFE’ THE TITLE LOOKS REALLY GOOD. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
FELICIA: I was going through some things with my significant other. In prayer (heated prayer might I add) one day, I was given so many relationships about MYSELF in what we were going through at the time. This prompted me to write not only the revelation I got, but everything else God began to teach me.
VERSAFI: WHAT IS THE PRIMARY MESSAGE YOU WANT WOMEN TO TAKE AWAY FROM READING THE BOOK?
FELICIA: That book specifically is designed to help women, married or looking to be married, gain a different perspective on what their role is in marriage.
VERSAFI: I NOTICED YOU ALSO HAVE OTHER BOOK PROJECTS AS WELL WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING! TELL US MORE ABOUT THE BOOK ‘READY, SET, BOSS’D UP: 7 BOSS TIPS FOR THE ASPIRING ENTREPRENEUR. I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO GLANCE AT A FEW PAGES OF THE BOOK AND IT LOOKS AMAZING!
FELICIA: Since publishing and opening my podcast “Boss in the Making” in January, I have been on a journey to entrepreneurship. Ready, Set, BOSS’D UP includes just a few tips that I’ve learned along the way. It includes things that have helped me to generate income and has ultimately allowed me to open my current business, Hustle Write Publication LLC.
VERSAFI: THE LIST CONTINUES IN YOUR BOOK JOURNEY. CONGRATS ON YOUR NEW BOOK ‘WAITING OR WARFARE: IS GOD TELLING YOU TO WAIT OR WAR?’ THAT WILL BE RELEASED JULY 7TH 2020. WHAT PROMPTED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
FELICIA: This is another God-inspired book based on my own spiritual battles and seasons of waiting for manifestation to take place.
VERSAFI: I DEFINITELY LOVE THE TITLE ‘GOSPEL GIRL SAVAGE: JOURNEY TO GENUINE AUTHENTICITY’ THAT IS ALSO SET TO RELEASE LATER ON THIS YEAR. YOU ARE REALLY POPPING OUT THESE BOOKS! HOW DID DECIDE ON THE TITLE?
FELICIA: This book is designed to kind of step on toes. It takes the reader through some of my personal journey to learning to have my own relationship with God, rather than having a religion with God. This title was just fitting as it describes my personality.
VERSAFI: AS THE BOSS BABE YOU ARE, WHAT MADE YOU WANT TO CREATE A PODCAST CALLED ‘BOSS IN THE MAKING’?
FELICIA: When I got started in January, I knew I wanted to help as many people as I could. I wanted people to see me start from scratch; with no social media accounts and no internet following. If I could do it, I wanted to share everything about the journey to inspire and encourage others to get started as well.
VERSAFI: TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW YOU CREATED THE PLATFORM FOR OTHER BOSS BABES AND ENTREPRENEURS. WHAT IS THE SOLE PURPOSE OF YOUR SHOW?
FELICIA: The sole purpose of my show is to share the encounters I have as an entrepreneur. It essentially tells the good, the bad, and the ugly I experience as I continue to grow and scale my business.
VERSAFI: YOU MENTIONED THAT AS OF TO-DATE YOU HAVE OVER 1,000 DOWNLOADS. THAT’S IMPRESSIVE! WHAT TYPE OF MARKETING TOOLS DO YOU USE TO PROMOTE YOUR PODCAST?
FELICIA: I use social media and ads to market my podcast. I let my following know when a new episode is posted, I have worked with Christen Miller at 31 Blessons to help with promotion via her podcast, and I utilize the audience of the authors I interview on my platform when they promote their segment.
VERSAFI: RECENTLY YOU LAUCHED YOUR OWN PUBLICATION COMPANY CALLED ‘HUSTLE WRITE PUBLICATION LLC’ WHAT WAS THE PROCESS OF GETTING THAT DONE?
FELICIA: I again worked with Christen Miller through Hope and Vision Outreach who helped me with filing the proper paperwork. After that, I simply put in the work to ensure I had the necessary tools, resources, and software. Now it’s marketing and working with clients.
VERSAFI: WHAT OTHER SERVICES DO YOU OFFER BESIDES PUBLISHING?
FELICIA: Through Hustle Write Publication LLC, I not only have Independent Publishing with royalties paid out among the highest in the industry, I also offer ghostwriting services for those looking to write their personal stories, webinars are offered to assist authors (we even have a webinar to teach authors how to self publish as we understand not everyone wants to do independent publishing), we have editing services as well as book coaching and consulting. In the future we are planning to host writing camps and offer scholarships.
VERSAFI: THROUGHOUT YOUR JOURNEY, HAVE YOU FACED ANY CHALLENGES?
FELICIA: Absolutely, there are a number of challenges you face as an entrepreneur. I’ve dealt with lack of support from those I thought would be there to anxiety and depression about the process.
VERSAFI: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING ENTREPRENEUR OR AUTHOR?
FELICIA: The advice I ALWAYS give entrepreneurs is to first get started. It doesn’t matter what ideas you have if you never put in the effort and work to make them reality. The of course I advise ANYONE to write a book, or have one written for you, it is one of the easiest ways to get started and build. It all takes work, consistency is KEY.
VERSAFI: HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR FULL TIME JOB AND YOUR BUSINESS?
FELICIA: Yes, I do still work a full time job. I am one of the ones to have been blessed enough to get a number of projects done during COVID19 because of the additional time I have working from home. But it’s all a matter of prioritizing my time and my projects, getting rest, and knowing Rome wasn’t built in a day.
VERSAFI: TELL THE READERS HOW THEY CAN REACH OUT AND CONNECT WITH YOU.
FELICIA: I love engaging with entrepreneurs and emerging authors via my social media accounts. I am on Instagram @hustlewritepublication and my Facebook page is Hustle Write Publication LLC. For those who are interested in any services our company offers, I can be emailed at email@example.com and for those interested in a webinar, I have a SPECIAL code just for the readers. Simply go to learn.hustlewritepublication.com and use code VERSAFI for %20 off any available webinar which all come with downloadable slides, a video presentation, and worksheets.
You can find Felicia on social media. IG: @hustlewritepublication and FB: Hustle Write Publication LLC For any inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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