Renee Spivey, an avid reader since her youth, loves anything that involves authors and books. This love has led to her reviewing for The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers, QBR The Black Book Review and establishing her own review site, All The Buzz, which specializes in author interviews, book reviews, event recaps and virtual book tours. Her reviews have appeared online and in national print magazine.
Most recently, Renee’s focus has changed slightly. She still enjoys promoting authors and books, and that will never change, but Renee now focuses more on graphic and web design, for which she recently earned a college degree. Her client list includes Victoria Wells, Iris Bolling, Margie Walker and New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Brenda Jackson, just to name a few.
Renee shares her journey in Chapter 7: Rising from the Ashes of Her Past to a Brighter Future in the anthology, When Women Become Business Owners
Renee, tell us about yourself.
I love to read! Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a book in my hand and I don’t see that ever changing. I’m the second oldest of five girls. I have one daughter, age 25 and one son, age 21. I’m engaged to the love of my life, my high school sweetheart. We broke up in high school, but 25 years later, found our way back together and after three years of dating, married in April 2014.
What influenced you to begin your business? Were there any trials or struggles that led you to the place where you are now?
The trials and tribulations I have endured in my life are what led me to begin my own business. I wanted to show the world that people with my history can rise above their mistakes and their circumstances and be a successful entrepreneur.
You see, I’m an ex-offender. I don’t tell many people that because I was ashamed. As a young teenager, fresh out of high school and my mother’s strict house, I was easily influenced by peer pressure to do some things I know I shouldn’t have been doing. And as such, I had to pay for those dumb choices. Unfortunately, it was with 22 months of incarceration. It was the worst time in my life, but it was also the best time because it has shaped me into the person that I am today – a hardworking, loving woman of God. I am living proof that anyone can rise above their circumstances and become successful. I’m also a living testimony of God’s grace and goodness, even when I don’t deserve it.
What are your business goals for Literary Signature Services in the next 3-5 years?
My business goals for the next 3-5 years are to continue to grow my business, providing all types of quality marketing services to those who wish to promote their business or service at an affordable price.
Do you have a motto, encouraging quote or bible verse you want to share?
My motto is “let go and let God”. He can handle any problem we face better than we ever can, or think we can. Sometimes it’s hard to let go, but when you do, it just makes things so much easier.
My favorite bible verse is Isaiah 40:31 – “Those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall run and not get weary, they shall walk and not faint”.
What advice do you have for a woman who has been thinking about starting her own business?
In the words of Nike, just do it! Don’t let anyone or anything hold you back! Even if there are others out there providing the same service you want to provide, don’t let that stop you. Provide that service to the best of your ability and don’t be afraid to offer your services to people you never thought would be interested. Trust me, you will be surprised at the positive responses you get. Yes, there may be some negative, but keep on keeping on!
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