Young’un of the Week – Seyi Newell: Founder of ‘PAGES’

7 May

I can’t believe I managed to miss an inspiring person from last week’s blog posts! I could kick myself – BUT fear not! I have TWO for you this week: One today and one tomorrow.

Today I am featuring Seyi Newell, founder of new online book retailer PAGES. At 24, her fierce work ethic can only be admired and I hope this interview will inspire others to pick up their idea and fly with it.

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If you love a good book, listen up! This is Seyi’s story:

What was school like? When did you realise what you wanted to do with the rest of your life?

I was quite an individual at school. I was one of those people that hopped from group to group and had a very wide range of friends which made me quite open minded. My school work was also really important to me, I never wanted to fail (that’s still the same) so I always did my best and that still applies to me today.

I was 24 (when I realised my dream job). I had been working in fashion PR for a while, I enjoyed it but I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do forever. Books have always been special to me. I was in a bookshop and I realised that there was nothing on the shelves that I wanted to read and the idea for PAGES literally just came to me at that moment in that shop. Some things just fall out of the sky.

Tell us about your new business, PAGES!

PAGES is an online book retailer for independent publishers which will be launching at the beginning of May. PAGES will also be a place where people can discuss everything from books to art to food. The idea is to make PAGES the go to place for a good book and to open up the world of indies to the mainstream.

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How did it all begin? It must have been so daunting starting from scratch with a brand new idea, where did you start?

I researched it first to make sure that it didn’t already exist. Then I went on a 4 day course with the Prince’s Trust to make sure that it was something that I could do and also something that I actually wanted to do: Luckily I was able to get a lot of help and support from both the Prince’s Trust and Bright Ideas trust. They’ve both helped with funding, mentoring and general support.

Running a business can be scary so I had to make sure I was making the right choice for myself, so I spoke to my mum and my boyfriend about it and they thought I should go for it. I needed a little push.

How do you stay motivated?

It sounds cheesy but you have to keep your eye on the prize. I’m staying positive and working hard because I know there will be a light at the end of the tunnel and there will come a time when I can finally look at my business and be proud of what I’ve accomplished.

For now, I don’t need any more opportunities. I have support and I have help, all that’s left is for me to just do it.

Loads of ambitious youngsters have ideas that they want to turn into reality: What’s your advice to newbies?

Be persistent no matter how many people say no, if you believe in it then do it. Also, know yourself and your brand otherwise you won’t be able to explain it to other people. Know what you’re willing to put up with and what you aren’t. Lastly, know your limitations, there’s nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it.

What have been your main challenges and personal battles that you’ve had to overcome to get to the point of launching PAGES?

It has been difficult to get publishers on board even though they all seem to think it’s a brilliant idea. The publishing industry is very rigid (even though it is always calling out for change) so I’m having to try and work around certain things. The most I can do is be persistent and be aware of what I have to offer.

 

Time for the quick fire questions! Who inspired PAGES?

People who like to write a good book and the people who love to read them.

What kind of stories will be selected for PAGES?

There will be a really wide range of books on the PAGES website from photography to fiction to fashion. The one thing that all these books will have in common is that they will be good and they will be from independent publishers.

How can we get involved?!

At the moment people can go to our website and follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook and sign up to our newsletter. When we launch people can read the blog, there will be so many interesting things on there, but most importantly people can buy a book and support our brilliant independents.

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Handy Links:

The Prince’s Trust

Bright Ideas Trust

PAGES on Twitter

PAGES Official

Follow Me:

@sheldan2207

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TO BE MY YOUNG’UN OF THE WEEK CONTACT ME RIGHT NOW! I WANT YOU IF YOU DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT AND/OR WORK YOUR ARSE OFF TO GET WHERE YOU WANT TO BE! WHETHER YOU’RE A PLUMBER, TEACHER, BUS DRIVER, SOLDIER, ARTIST, SINGER, TRAINER, WELDER…OR TRAINING TO BE IN THE CIRCUS…SHARE YOUR STORY/STRUGGLE/WORK ETHIC NOW!

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE HEADLINES ABOUT YOUNG PEOPLE POSITIVE AGAIN!

– EVERY WEEK ON OWT –

GET IN TOUCH:

shelbyloreane@gmail.com

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