We had the good fortune of connecting with Sharon Jenkins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sharon, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’d just been laid off from my nonprofit job as a director and was looking for a home-based business to sustain my current quality of life. I’d always been in business education, and I had a passion for writing. It just made good sense to combine the two. In doing so, my first step was to become a lifelong learner about starting, running, expanding your business. I also realized that networking and forming strategic collaborations were also key to your business success.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am an authorpreneur. I expertly combined the skills of an author and entrepreneur to build a compassionate, caring space for authors to write, edit, publish, distribute, and market their books. In this supportive incubator, we lovingly walk you through the process, so that you can successfully deliver your book baby. I also have created an Authorpreneur Coach Certification Program where consultants, coaches, speakers and writers can add an additional stream of income to their existing offerings. I am most proud of the collaborative relationships that we have formed and the many book ideas that we have helped to come to fruition.
I kissed a lot of frogs on my journey. One of the most difficult things was establishing where I fit in the marketplace. My company is a boutique company that tailors your experience based on your individual book writing goals. There are a vast number of people who don’t really understand the writing industry. Everyone wants to be a bestselling author, but often they don’t want to do the work that legitimizes them as a force to be reckoned with in the industry. I soon realized that it was better to partner with an individual to help them author their book like a midwife does a pregnant, expecting mother, offering them support as they go through the process and educating them along the way about best practices.
I want the world to know that we love authors. It’s plain and simple! We believe that if you have a book inside of you, then it’s time to go to the delivery room and we are proud to help champion your book writing success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love Houston and the fact that it’s one of the most diverse cities in the nation. I would definitely take them to Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen for dinner, Nara Thai for lunch, and Black Bear Diner for breakfast. Somewhere in there I would incorporate a visit to the Houston Zoo. It’s a sensational experience. The Ensemble Theater would be at the top of my list for evening entertainment. I love the intimacy of the theater and the skilled presentation of plays that resonate with my experience. A visit to the Houston Symphony would also be on my list of things to do. On Sunday, I would take them to Lakewood Church to experience the love there and multiple nationalities praising God. I can’t forget soul food; I would also take them to Mikki’s Soulfood Cafe. If they were shoppers, I would also take them to the Galleria.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the CEO Ministry of The Windsor Village Family Church. Their love and support over the last decade has been instrumental to my success. Their commitment to Christ and servant leadership has helped equip me for my marketplace ministry. The classes, opportunities to serve in leadership, and support have helped keep my business alive, even during the pandemic.
Bruce Bell, Photographer