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Exploring Life & Business with Kimbertly Jones of WP Publishing

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kimbertly Jones.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Well, my story spans over five decades of experiences that has helped shape the person I am today. My parents and grandmother (maternal) helped instilled self-confidence, integrity, family values, hard and smart work in me to believe that anything I wanted to do in life was possible.

As a child, I watch my father work as a licensed electrician for the local shipyard by day and work his own electrical business by night and weekends. My mother also pulled double duty attending college full-time by day and the performing the company’s bookkeeping by night. By the mid-70s my parents had grown the family business to the point my father was able to fire his employer and work for himself full time. The impression that this experience left on me helped imprint my entrepreneurial mindset that drives me to this very day. Ironically, my wife and I work in a similar fashion as my mother and father some decades earlier.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My life’s journey has been filled with both peaks and valleys. The funny thing about life, it has a way of socking one back into reality and serving up a huge slice of humble pie. During the economic downturn of 2007-2009, I experience life’s reality check. Being overleverage in business is not for the faint of heart during any time in business, but particularly when the bottom is falling out of the economy. In retrospect, this is the best life lesson that I could have ever endured as I have learned to take a more conservative approach in business, be better prepared for a rainy day and not swing for the fences trying to hit a home run with every business transaction. These were some tough life lessons, but necessary to be the person I am today. So, when I am writing a book, conducting a master session, or giving a keynote talk, I am speaking from experience that meets my audiences where they are not from a theoretical perspective but from a place of practice.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
WP Publishing, LLC was created for authors by an author. Unlike traditional publishers, WP Publishing work with authors to retain their creative license and intellectual property rights. We take great pride in knowing our brand provides the framework and infrastructure for helping writers becoming published through our editorial, publishing, marketing, and distribution services. Not everyone can secure a publishing deal with one of the more high-profile publishing companies and in today’s era, it not necessary. Serving as proof-of-concept, my published works, “Strategic Workforce Planning Federal Guide” and “Salary Rich and Retirement Poor” provide the blueprint for future authors of WP Publishing becoming published. WP Publishing is rapidly transitioning to a one-stop-shop as the company is expanding its offerings to reach broader markets. In the very near future, the organization will be launching its podcast, internet tv, radio and eMagazine through its KimTalks (Keeping Information Meaningful) communication series designed to keep meaning discussions relevant beyond the 30-day news and social media cycles. My latest book release “Salary Rich and Retirement Poor” will be the first of the KimTalks series as far too many people are discovering they are not financially prepared for retirement. This financial literacy series will address a wide variety of financial topics from social security, preparing a budget, personal and business credit, cryptocurrency, and so much more in between.

Before we let you go, we’ve got to ask if you have any advice for those who are just starting out?
Do not be afraid of actively pursuing your passion, dreams, and/or vision! One thing I have learned for sure over five decades, without action (taking that leap of faith) nothing can be accomplished. Learn to embrace life failures as these become teachable moments. Learning what not to do, is equally important as knowing what to do. Patience and humility are your best friends, remaining grounded will help you maintain greater focus. Take the time to know your business to grow your business. Avoid sacrificing quality for quantity as your customers will appreciate it and reward you with repeat business. Maintain a positive mindset and avoid negative people and situations that distract and detract from your business objectives. Finally, acquire mentors and become a mentor as well, this is an important process that serves as a vehicle for transferring knowledge and wisdom essential to personal and professional growth.

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John Sands (Head Shot, Game Room, Holding Book, UOP Book Signing) Roger Williams (Piano Informercial and Bar Shots)

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