Interview with Niquenya D. Fulbright

Describe your desk
It's wooden with several piles on it. One pile is for trade magazines I sift through to get updated information to share with my clients and workshop participants. There is another pile with active client files I am working through for various consulting projects. Another pile is for accounts payable - BILLS! I also have a mirror, stapler, pen holder filled with my customized promotional pens, and phone.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on the north side of Chicago. It is very diverse on this side of town as it is a virtual melting pot of all kinds of cultures. The diversity has really opened my mind to different ways of thinking and expanded my vision beyond what's just in front of my eyes.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing for as long as I can remember. I learned how to read by the age of two and writing shortly thereafter. My first writing was in a journal diary I kept. Then that progressed to poetry and short stories. As I grew older and my vocabulary increased, I became fascinated with language and word arrangements. I actually speak several languages besides English and I love to weave Old English with French and Latin phrases for artistic effect.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I have found that so many of my clients received their first taste of business ownership in the network marketing world. Almost everyone has joined a multilevel marketing company at some point. So many of those who try out entrepreneurship this way often fail because they are missing a very critical component - the secret sauce of success. I wrote "Why YOU SUCK at Network Marketing" to help those who are failing miserably at MLM experiences to overcome the obstacles that are preventing them from excelling at these wonderful opportunities that really can lead to financial freedom if done right.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like having control. This is why I became an entrepreneur in the first place. I like the freedom of being able to make the best decisions for my specific situation and this is what I teach my small business clients as well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is just getting the story out. I believe stories have the invaluable benefit of being able to convey important messages and teachings because they are experiential learning tools. People grow, learn, and develop through stories, like the great traditions of orators and griots passing down history among generations.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without my fans, I would not be making the impact God has put me on Earth to achieve. It is in His divine plan that we each walk fully activated in our gifts. I am here to serve and I serve through my coaching, teaching, and writing.
What are you working on next?
I want to make "Why YOU SUCK..." a series. Each book will address a different business, management, leadership, or life skill topic. But before I do that, there is another title that I have been working on for YEARS. It was supposed to be my first book but I am so attached to this labor of love that I have been unwilling to release it just yet. I plan to make that change within the next 6 months.
Who are your favorite authors?
I love Steven Covey, Kevin Blanchard, Maya Angelou, Tony Robbins, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker...there are so many others. I am an avid reader.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My purpose. My why. I know that I have work to do. I strive to fulfill my promise to my God each and every day.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I'm almost always writing but on the rare occasions I am not, I am probably on the phone with a client or teaching a workshop, or hanging out in front of the TV with my family.
How do you approach cover design?
I usually brainstorm images that my title conjures in my mind and then search for images that portray the feeling of that title using the brainstorming activity as a guide. Once I have one or two quality images, I submit them to either my graphic designer or a Fiverr guru to work their creative magic. I give the designer creative freedom to manipulate the image and fonts and then select from among the completed work. Hasn't failed me yet. I have some pretty awesome covers.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
These days I switch back and forth between my Kindle Fire and Android tablet. I read my Kindle books on my Kindle app on all electronic devices I own. Funny enough; however, I still prefer to read actual printed books
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Events. I typically host a launch party and a few signing events and then frequent networking events and trade shows where I can display a table. These work best. Everything else is one off.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Greater, faster, farther distribution. Pretty easy to do. I wrote my last erotica novella in 24 hours and had it published on Smashwords within 48 hours after that.
Published 2015-11-09.
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Books by This Author

So You Think You Can Entrepreneur
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 7,570. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Mentoring & coaching
Coach Niquenya, President & CEO of Building Bridges Consulting, shares the story of her entrepreneurial journey including her "why". Small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs will learn about the personal obstacles she has had to overcome to stand out in the marketplace as a small business consultant, executive coach and corporate trainer.
Easily Capture & Convert Coaching Clients with FREE Intro Calls
Price: $19.97 USD. Words: 11,460. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Consulting, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales & selling / management
This home study program by Coach Niquenya of Building Bridges Consulting teaches coaches in any niche to easily capture and convert coaching clients with free introductory coaching calls. The full training course includes a step-by-step guide, call script outline, sample call transcript, audio sample call, and 47-minute video tutorial.
5 Ways to Screw Yourself Out of Getting Paying Customers
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,700. Language: English. Published: November 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Customer relations, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales & selling / management
Every entrepreneur and small business owner is in business with the hopes of making money. In order to make money, you have to have strategies in place to attract, convert, and retain quality paying customers. This isn’t difficult to do but more often than not many businesses screw themselves out of getting paying customers by committing 5 critical mistakes.
40 Acres and Some Bull
Pre-release—available October 1, 2018. Price: $4.99 USD. Language: English. Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life, Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica
When her own mother is victimized by an identity theft ring ran by telepathic gang members who seem to only target white people, a biracial associate attorney from the impoverished and racially conflicted Englewood community joins forces with the Chicago Police Department to investigate and take them down. An erotic sci-fi thriller.
Why You Suck at Network Marketing
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 17,030. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Marketing / multilevel, Nonfiction » Career Guides » Business Management
President and CEO of Building Bridges Consulting, Coach Niquenya D. Fulbright, explains exactly why the average network marketer completely fails at multilevel marketing opportunities. Coach Niquenya provides an overview of the top 4 critical mistakes that network marketers make to S.U.C.K. so badly at making any profits. Perfect for direct sales professionals, entrepreneurs, and business owners.