Always Moving Towards Her Dreams: Meet Papaya Wagstaff-Speight

Ms. Speight is a brimming example of the new age entrepreneur.  She is involved in the publishing industry and assists emerging and established writers in getting more exposure for themselves and their work through events and other media outlets through her Sistahs on Lit project.
cocktailmolly:
Okay the last time we spoke you were involved in publishing and entertainment ventures. How has those ventures faired for you during this past year?
Papaya:
I’m still into publishing and I added a company on Artist Revolt Publishing (ARP) The book festival I had in 2015 went really well so I have one coming up in 21 day on the 23rd of April. It was a success and I recieved a lot of great feed back
cocktailmolly:
Great. Where will the book fest be held this year?
Papaya:
It will be at the Silver Spring Civic Center from 10am to 3pm we have a lot going on this year we have 3 workshops and an Authors panel. Single Mom makeover
Also with children activities
cocktailmolly:
Ok. Can you tell me what Sistahs on Lit is about & how did it all come into play?
Papaya:
Sure.  Sistahs On Lit  showcases authors and have them interact with readers of all ages where they can learn that “Literacy is Life on Paper”! Our mission is To promote literacy in our communities. Sistahs On Lit was founded in 2012 as a promoting business for Authors’ books. After meeting several authors, and making sure the readers knew about their work, I began to enjoy my new craft. In 2013 I met Cherita King, who is an avid reader. She has worked with various vendors and entrepreneurs, and together we have hosted a Bottles & Books event with several national bestselling authors. It was a success, has taken on new heights and now hosting their 3rd annual event; a festival in the newly developed Downtown Silver Spring area. In the past two years, Sistahs On Lit has hosted book signings with several published authors such as; Wahida Clark, K’wan Write 2 Eat, Life Changing Books LCB Publications, Racquel Williams RWP Publications, Delphine Publications, & Literary Self-Publishing Authors including: Blacc Topp, Eyone Williams, David L, Monica Mathis- Stowe, Nakia Robinson, Tammara Matthews and many more!
cocktailmolly:
So can i venture to further ask you what inspired your business ventures & your obvious love for the publishing/literary industry?
Papaya:
Well it was a friend of mine that is an author. I was posting her book for her and then she made the suggestion that I should start doing this for other authors that needed help getting themselves out there to the public.
cocktailmolly:
Ah yes … it is amazing how great business flourishes from a mere hobby to a full blown project that meets the needs of others while unleashing one’s own hidden talent/passion. Would you mind elaborating a bit more on yourself; where you started professionally and how far you have come now?
Papaya: 
I started as a reader. I work full time for the federal government for 13 years now. I started my promoting business in 2012 it was doing really good so I had to hired one person to help me (lol). Then after that that when I got the idea to start a book fair. Then I started publishing books.  Here it is 2016 now, and look at how God has blessed me. I love doing this, it’s like Literacry is Life on Paper.
cocktailmolly:
As more and more women are making strides as entrepreneurs, what do you feel will be the positive impacts that will be made by women because of this? On society? Family? Business? And what advice would you give to up and coming entrepreneurs, men & women alike?
Papaya:
I would say just follow your dream have faith and step out there. Don’t be afraid to do something if it fail just try again. Sometimes it is hard juggling family and business, but I set work hours when quitting time comes, then it’s family time.
 cocktailmolly:
My last question to you is where can people reach you to find out about various events you have going on? Should they attempt to connect with you here on FB or one of your other social media links?
 Papaya:
People can contact me via Facebook  (papaya Wagstaff I Speight), through the website www.sistahsonlit.com, or email me at (papaya@sistahsonlit.com), Also we are on Twitter (@sistahsonlit); and Instagram  (sistahsonlit).

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