We had the good fortune of connecting with Angela Bell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Angela, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
As someone who has been working from home long before Covid-19 hit, I understand how difficult it is to achieve your personal goals if there is no proper work/life balance. I managed to get a handle on my own work and life balance by creating routines and schedules for myself and keeping to them. Otherwise, I’d likely be in complete chaos because I am a naturally scattered person.
I think it is important figure out what’s important to you and then make time for each of those things. I also think it’s important to allow yourself to rest. Being burnt out just makes keeping to your schedules and routines much harder, and it could possibly make you resentful and stressed out towards your personal goals.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is called Angela Bell Literary Services and I started it in 2017 under a different name. I provide editing and publicity services for authors, poets, and general writers. Though I mainly work with novelists, I accept other forms of writing like articles and journals/planners as well. I got to where I am by understanding my strengths and allowing myself to apply them in my work. Like most creative careers, my field can be very daunting because you never know where things will head. Seeing editors and publicists who have been around longer with more experience can lead to impostor syndrome. So that’s why it’s important for me to acknowledge my own strengths and skills.
The business side of Angela Bell Literary Services has definitely not been the easiest ride. When I started I was very excited to begin working with authors, but I soon learned that running a business is more than the fun and creative side. I didn’t go to business school; I spend most of my time in the Humanities building while attending the University of West Georgia (if you know, you know). My journey has definitely involved making some mistakes, but fortunately, I’ve learned from them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
We’d either go to LIPS for a drag show off of Buford Hwy or the Punch Bowl Social in the Battery. Then we’d have to find a place for karaoke so we’d stay at the Punch Bowl Social or head to Happy Karaoke.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my parents, Alan & Kim! They’ve been supporting my creative business goals since the beginning.