We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Karissa Hubbard a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Hi Karissa, thanks for joining us today. Parents play a huge role in our development as youngsters and sometimes that impact follows us into adulthood and into our lives and careers. Looking back, what’s something you think you parents did right?
Like every kid, there were days my parents were the worst people in the world to me. Then you grow up and realize there’s no one else you’d rather call mom and dad. The things my parents did right, was treat people right. Not saying they are perfect, but they are the kind of people that give and take care of everyone around them and that’s something I have taken on in my career. I honestly give out so many books for free just because. I’m already doing what I love and that’s reward in itself. I’m a firm believer that if you do good, good will come to you. So, I strive to do right be others and trust that good will come my way in God’s timing.
Karissa, love having you share your insights with us. Before we ask you more questions, maybe you can take a moment to introduce yourself to our readers who might have missed our earlier conversations?
I am a 2x published Author, I’m also an educator and basketball coach. Im an international certified Christian counselor, and a inspirational speaker. I’ve always enjoyed writing, it’s what I went to school for and really study to perfect my craft. I write books to help young people on their Christian journey, as well as I counsel them and give encouraging words to uplift them. I truly want to do what God calls me to, that’s why I don’t just put out books just to put them out, I wait to hear what God wants me to say first then write. I am most proud of the impact it makes on my niece, I want her to know she doesn’t have to do anything but be herself and who God calls her to be to be Popular.
Learning and unlearning are both critical parts of growth – can you share a story of a time when you had to unlearn a lesson?
I grew up thinking that everyone around you is in your corner, and I have had to learn that’s not always the case. Not everyone is for you or wants to see you win, usually your biggest supporters are people you barely know. I’ve had to unlearn how to expect the love and I support I give people back. I’m people can only give love how they know how to and you have to appreciate it.
We’d love to hear your thoughts about selling platforms like Amazon/Etsy vs selling on your own site.
I sell on my site right now, I truly feel like I’ve worked hard on my craft and I want to be the one that reaps the benefits of my hard work. So the pros are I don’t have to give a percentage to anyone else, when I get book orders I’m able to sign all my books and send them, and I’m in control of my journey. The cons are the bigger platforms do provide a bigger audience of people I may not be able to reach.
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