Flourish! With Janica Smith 057

What does it mean to be a Pink Coattails entrepreneurial woman?

For Janica Smith founder of PublishingSmith, this means using her gifts to allow creative people to flourish!


Please join us as Janica tells the story behind her biggest mindset challenge, takes us behind the scenes in her business, shares her coolest resources and more!

Known as the Publishing Navigator, Janica Smith is the owner and CEO of PublishingSmith, she leads a team of twelve people helping passionate, creative people become published authors, as she enjoys taking care of details and providing the framework that allows creative people to flourish.

Janica has been instrumental in publishing books for more than 40 authors and has helped her clients establish more than 35 independent publishing companies.

Her promise is simple: After working with her company, you can hold your self-published book in one hand and a Random House book in the other and you won’t be able to tell the difference.

Big Why

Janica has spent the better part of her adult life looking for a way she could be her own boss. As she puts it, she makes a much better entrepreneur than employee! Her biggest reason for stepping into entrepreneurship was watching her husband retire at a very early age.

As a result, she began to look for a way to stay engaged in work and yet still have flexibility. Plus, she now wants, as many entrepreneurs do, to leave a legacy.

Mindset Challenge

Janica’s biggest mindset challenge was making the transition from being a solo service provider to being the CEO of her company and leading a team. This was a role she had never played before and she had some challenges to overcome but this represented a real opportunity for growth.

Energy Plan


Like many women, Janica put herself last for a long time, but she’s learning to put her oxygen mask on first. She’s a book lover, and makes a point to read every evening. During the day, she also takes time to get up and move around. She bought a timer and it dings every hour to signal her to get up and walk around or outside to the mailbox.


Time away is essential for a complete recharge. Janica likes to take a day at a wonderful place in Austin, the Lake Austin Spa. No computers, no iPhones pulling her away!

Business Fun

Janica is learning some new technology and that’s fun for her. She has recently been learning about LeadPages and ways to use online marketing in ‘non-spammy’ ways. She’s also just partnered with another author’s assistant and they are purchasing the training program they both took from their mentor.

Business Vision

Growing her company to be able to serve more authors is Janica’s vision.

Little Pink NotebookLittle Pink Notebook

~ Personal Development Book –

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

~ Business Book –

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber

The Intentional Networker by Patty DeNucci

~ Favorite Food Find

Janica has recently discovered the world of aged rum while on a vacation in the Bahamas!

~ Recipe – Baked Goat Cheese with Sun Dried Tomatoes (scroll down for the recipe below)

~ Confident Calm Technique

Sitting somewhere, slowing down with your feet on the floor and consciously taking a few deep slow breaths is a simple but powerful technique.

Connect With Janica

Websites – www.janicasmith.com

Facebook – www.facebook.com/PublishingSMITH
LinkedIn – www.linkedin.com/in/janicasmith
Twitter – @janica
Google+ www.google.com/+JanicaSmith
Pinterest – www.pinterest.com/janicas

Say Thanks to Janica

Click here to say thanks to Janica on Twitter!


Baked Goat Cheese with Sun Dried Tomatoes

Ingredients –

1 4-oz. log or container of Chevre goat cheese
1 4-oz  block of cream cheese
6-8 tablespoons (about ½ a small jar) sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil

To Make –

Combine the goat cheese and the cream cheese together and spread into a small greased ovenproof dish.

Roughly chop the sun-dried tomatoes and spread them along with some of the oil they are packed in on top of the cheese mixture

Bake in 350-degree oven for about 15-20 minutes or until bubbly around the edges.

Serve with crackers or sliced baguette. Enjoy!

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