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Young mother starts her own publishing company at 21 and goes on to become best-selling author

INSPIRATION: Tamika Newhouse

INSPIRATION: Tamika Newhouse

MEET TAMIKA Newhouse a best-selling author from Atlanta who founded her own publishing company at the age of 21.

Tamika, the founder and CEO of Delphine Publications, has appeared on various best-seller lists and won Self Published Author of the Year at the 2009 African American Literary Awards – only nine months after her debut novel.

In 2010, the 30-year-old landed a major publishing deal without an agent and still continues to write independent projects.

Along with Delphine Publications, Tamika, who has been featured in Essence and Vibe, 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.

Tamika, who became a mother at 16, says motherhood helped her “channel what was important in life”.

“I could look at my being a mother so young as a way of stopping me from living but it helped me develop into the young independent entrepreneur I am today. I have no regrets,” she said.

Her advice for success follows in the same vein: “If you crave this dream try and fulfill it. We live once and we all have that day when it’s all over and when that time comes we most certainly want to be at peace. Be serious about your dream and research what you need to do to make it happen because at the end of the day if your dream does not come true you can’t place blame on not trying.”

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