I am thrilled to share. I earned a B.A. in Fine Arts and Teaching before venturing into publishing. Pursuing my graduate work, I received an M.B.A. scholarship. Job opportunities opened to teach in East Chicago and then the Jefferson County Public Schools. As a professional potter, I became a member of the Denver Potter's Guild selling my pottery in the Denver-metro area, galleries, craft-shows, and local events.
Years later, I married and had three beautiful children. With little children in tow, and children's school years completed, I completed a Graphic Design Certification and a Biblical Studies program. A whole new world opened wide. Working for 15-years as a Graphic Designer, I retired. A week later, a homeschool student, 11-yrs old, asked, "Annie would you help me start a company?" Surprised, I prayed. Pozy Pressings was launched and profiled on Fox News 31. She won a contest, flew to Washington, D.C., and collaborated with young entrepreneurs in establishing a non-profit company.
And that's how I stumbled upon the exciting world of publishing! Challenged by her words she asked, "Annie, when are you going to start your own company?" Surprised, I prayed. Ebookannie became a journey of small beginnings. Taking the first step, enthusiasm and adventure filled my life, exceeding my dreams. I am grateful for the twists and turns and press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Helping others tell their stories is my joy. What is your story?
In 2008, Ebookannie burst onto the scene, operating under Thompson Enterprises, Inc. As a newcomer to the publishing industry, I delved into the world of YouTube tutorials and poured over hours of study material to master the art of formatting books. Those early years were the best of my life. I was honing my craft and designing books purely for the love of it. All services were freely given, no charge, and I promised each a real deal, "100% Satisfaction Guaranteed." Every year, I extended my ProBono offer to two authors, full services, free of charge. This was a "Wish of a Lifetime" offer for many, a dream come true. I watched as each held their printed book in hand, turning the pages, smelling the paper, hugging their book. Tears filled my heart for them.
My greatest joy was offering design services to everyone passionate about publishing, regardless of their financial situation. Working with authors from all walks of life was an honor, but one author, in particular, stood out to me. Elmo Ward. Once homeless, he became a world-class athlete and holder of a Guinness Book of World Records title. He published a book, "Mr. Pushups 31,600," and watching him achieve his dreams was inspiring. Another was José Serrano Espinoza, an inmate in San Quentin. What a story!
As books began to roll off the presses, momentum started to build. Every manuscript that came my way captured my heart, and every author had a unique story. Word-of-mouth referrals poured in, and I found myself publishing books left, right, and center. Sometimes I felt overwhelmed and scared, not knowing if I had what it took to succeed in this business marathon. But I dug deep, prepared thoroughly, and stuck to the plan I had set for myself.
I won't lie. There were moments when I felt like quitting. However, the priceless treasures of Ebookannie were always the authors. They were the heartbeat of my business, and leaving was never an option. Today, my love for storytelling and building authentic relationships with my authors continue to drive me forward. Storytelling is the breath of life, and I am grateful for every author who entrusts their stories to Ebookannie. I continually dedicate His company to the Lord Jesus Christ, serving His people in His way. Rich or poor, known or unknown, first-time self-publisher, Indie, or traditional publishing author, we listen to help all publish. The rest of the story...
I'm always looking to meet authors. Give me a call, and let's chat about new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect, 720-238-2502.