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Hidden Gems: Meet Andrea Kitten

Today we’d like to introduce you to Andrea Kitten

Hi Andrea, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
The first time I had the desire to be an author was in the third grade. I would write poetry all the time, and a substitute teacher told me I could be an author. That was my first encounter with a real-life author, so the idea that I could become published always stuck with me throughout my years.

I studied Mass Communications in college, and after three short semesters, I could no longer afford to attend my university, so I took a couple of years off. I started performing as a spoken word artist, and I would travel around the U.S. and Canada, spitting poetry and doing features at coffee shops and bars, until I began producing my own poetry and art shows, giving local artists the opportunity to showcase their art form on the stage. Though I was deeply passionate about building a community around the arts, I decided to go back to school when I found out I was pregnant with my son. Being a starving artist and a free spirit wasn’t going to be enough to take on the responsibility I had on the way.

Meanwhile, I still had the desire to write my book. I was involved romantically with a man who told me I didn’t have a story worthy enough to tell because I hadn’t grown up in the projects like him, hadn’t sold drugs like him, or shot anyone like him, and that led me to believe that I just wasn’t interesting or gritty enough to publish my book.

Nevertheless, going back to school was a great experience for me. While there, I interned in the marketing department of a photography firm, became a journalist and editor of the school newspaper and yearbook, interviewed legendary celebrities, won many awards and fellowships within the field of journalism, and graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism.

Upon being involved in a domestic altercation with my ex, I moved myself and my son back home with my mother. I got a book coach and three months later, I published my first book. Sometimes God will allow you to go through certain situations in order for you to be awakened to your true potential, your power, and your dreams; that’s what happened to me. I went on to help several other friends to publish their books. Then I published an anthology called Yonitry for women’s empowerment and healing several years later. It was through Yonitry that I realized the transformation and impact I was able to help women to receive through writing and publishing their stories and also for the women reading these vulnerable and relatable narratives.

This led me to becoming a book coach. Through my 90-day program, Beautiful Book Goddess, I’ve been able to help women entrepreneurs to write, publish, and sell their books while simultaneously helping them to become better versions of themselves, spiritually and professionally and expanding their brands and businesses through their nonfiction books. I am so passionate about helping women to publish their passions and have helped 25 women to become authors, with projected plans to help 125 more this year.

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?
Under my business, Andrea Kitten Studios, I have my book coaching program, Beautiful Book Goddess and my publishing imprint, Ismet Free Press. In the beginning, I ran into some issues with getting my clients to publish their books after writing them because at that time, I was offering two separate programs, one for writing and one to teach them how to publish. They would sign up for the writing program and finish their manuscripts, then get cold feet about enrolling into the publishing program. What I found was that they didn’t want to have to handle all of the work required to publish their books. This prompted me to 1) combine my writing and publishing programs together to get their full commitment to publish their books upfront and 2) expand my services to take care of the full publishing process to take that task off the authors’ hands.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Being a Book Coach is my absolute passion! The most rewarding part, outside of seeing my client’s finished products, is seeing the transformation that takes place in their spirits and their businesses being expanded. Beautiful Book Goddess is not just about writing and publishing your book. I have a framework that I teach through the acronym BOOKS.

B = Build your story.
O = Open your heart.
O = Own your identity.
K = Know how to publish.
S = Sell your book.

We work on the full person, from personal development to helping the author to create a brand and online presence. This is what sets us apart from programs that focus solely on book production. We’re into empowering and transforming people from the inside out.

How do you think about happiness?
I am happy to be alive, happy to have family and friends that support me and uplift me, and happy to be a blessing to others. On every single day that I wake up, I am happy. I think that’s what the meaning of life is… to find joy in where you are, what you’re doing, and who you’re doing it with. To have fun. What makes me happy? Luther Vandross and Stevie Wonder music, waterfalls and beaches, quality time with my loved ones, inspiring others, pleasant surprises, and dancing to Afrobeats.

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Pharoah Haneef

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