Sheila L. Agnew is an author, peer coach, speaker and self-proclaimed “helpmate” motivated by her life experiences to share her gifts with others. Her most honored accomplishment is coaching, mentoring and inspiring people to use their gifts and talents to achieve success in both personal and professional endeavors. Sheila gained credibility coaching women on reinvention, reconnecting and embracing the aging experience following the success of her first book, All About the Vets, A Sharing of Life Experiences for Women of Honor. Vets is an inspirational, non-fiction book with beautiful stories about women who succeed through change, challenge and adversity to pursue their dreams and passions in spite of age. Her second book, Dear _____, Are You Missing Your Calling? is scheduled for release in fall 2013.
Sheila is an entrepreneur with over twenty years experience in event management and marketing promotions. Her education achievements include a BS in Business Administration and MBA in Leadership. She writes daily on two blog sites, Mo Better by Sheila and Our Season, produces a monthly newsletter, Mo Better Inspiration by Sheila, and has written numerous published articles. Born and raised in Chicago, Sheila currently resides in Atlanta, GA where she is the Chapter Director for Over 40 Females Atlanta
What inspires you to write?
I am inspired to write by my life experiences, people I have met on my journey, joyful times, challenges and overcoming.
Tell us about your writing process.
Writing for me is an everyday process. I have notes, journals and tablets that I use when a light illuminates in my mind. Some of my writings come from journal entries as far as ten years prior to writing a story or book. Those are my most enjoyable writing experiences because it helps me to understand the journey. Most of my writing is done early morning or late night. I enjoy the peace and solitude of only me. My land computer is my preference for compiling my books and stories. I enjoy the big screen and my fingers are much faster on a larger keyboard.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have self-published two books. I wanted to experience that process and felt the books needed to be told at the times I wrote them as opposed to releasing when someone else told me to. Like many self-publishers, I wanted creative control. With a background in marketing promotions, I found it exciting to promote my first book All About the Vets, A Sharing of Life Experiences for Women of Honor in 2007. My second book, Dear ___, Are You Missing Your Calling? is six years later and things are much more complicated, especially with the ease of self-publishing online. The competition is more steep. I think new authors should explore all possibilities. There is a wealth of information online to take your book anywhere you want it to go. You cannot just sit and think things will happen. You have to make it happen for you. Explore your options.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Basically, if you are not online with your book, you are no where. Even the top publishing companies cannot do what having an online presence does. Self-publishing has created a great deal of competition in the book industry and growth in the last ten years has been phenomenal. We have already seen many book stores close and put more energy into an online presence. In the future, the nucleus of book publishing is automated.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
women issues, women over 40, non-fiction, inspiration
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print