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Our Grassroots Story

Before publishing, my education was in the fine arts. Having graduated with a B.A. degree in Fine Art, I was awarded an M.B.A. scholarship for my graduate work under renowned potter Dick Hay. Years later, I received a grant to pursue my education in Graphic Design. A whole new world opened up.
Ebookannie opened its doors in 2008, dba under Thompson Enterprises, Inc. Being new to the publishing industry, I watched zillions of YouTube videos, studied for hours, and formatted books. These were the best years of my life. I was designing books for practice. All services were free of charge, 100% guaranteed. My gift was to give away design services accessible to anyone who wanted to publish. Books began rolling off the presses slowly — but rolling nonetheless. Products and services were FREE. Momentum picked up. Every manuscript captivated my heart. Every author had a story to publish. Authors came, referrals multiplied, and I was off to the races, publishing books. I didn't know how to run this marathon confidently—actually, scared at times. Yet, I trained, prepared, and worked the plan set before me the best I knew how. Multiple times I wanted to quit. My most remarkable treasures in the world were the authors. But, quitting was not an option. Today? Authors are my priceless treasures.

“Storytelling is the breath of life for true authentic relationships.”—Unknown

Hours were spent giving away tips, knowledge, resources, coaching, content, and teaching. People loved seeing their books. Even more, holding them in their hands, smelling the paper. Books were sold on Amazon, Kindle, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and more. Oh, to see their excitement, God's gift to me. None of us were of reputation. Many were poor, yet rich, rejected and yet full of hope. We carried dreams together, humbled to walk with one another and hear each others stories. As authors gained confidence, Indie authors began coming. With hardly enough hours in the day to design, a shift happened. On April 10, 2008, Ebookannie was officially launched. Shepherding authors became my story. 
Rolling up my sleeves, rolling out something new

 

I developed a booklet giving authors a roadmap to navigate each process and phase of publishing. Publishing Made Simple: Book Publishing Phases was the booklet that laid down the step-by-step processes for self-publishing. Authors questions were answered, “How do I publish a book?” "Who's the publisher?" “What is the process?" Timeline?" "Where do I start?" "Do I need an editor? What is a manuscript?" "What is formatting?" "How do I find a designer?" "What company publishes my book?" "How do I market my book?" And of course, "How much will this cost me?" Each had no idea. Every author received this booklet. Joanna Penn, a bestselling author, provided easy to understand resources, sharing her captivating dream stories of being an author. With clarity and encouragement she encouraged writers to publish, helping those who haven't a clue of how to begin. Check it out, The Creative Penn.

 

People don’t know where to begin or what to do

 

So much to learn, so little knowledge. At Ebookannie, there is no question too silly to ask. With a bit of elbow grease and lots of hard work, we are here to help you publish. Publishing success builds momentum. Being famous and generating revenue is not the only drive or goal of a new author. But, it is a crucial factor in budgeting the success of a project. Authors began to write down the vision and run with it. Each studied and learned about the industry, making a plan. Put together a team. Professional editors, cover designers, interior layout designers, and proven and recommended marketing services can help assist you. The self-publishing industry is full of professionals and affordable resources. Let's run together! We are here for YOU and your success! We are the production arm for publishing.

Standing on the shoulders of giants

 

Whether publishing or launching books, there lives a giant of a man among us who has profoundly impacted lives and the industry. Let me introduce you to Joel Friedlander, Founder of The Book Designer. He blazed trails in the self-publishing industry, helping millions across the globe. Authors who choose to self-publish are respected and no longer the 'stepchild" of the" industry. Get used to different. Times are changing. Many have stood on "Shoulders of Giants," learning the publishing business without knowing. Joel's wealth of knowledge, humility, and wisdom has brought success to many first-time authors. He has sacrificed his life for others. A wise saying, "How well you honor those who have gone before you is how well it will go with you."

Get used to different

 

Here's a fact. Books generate 8%-12% revenue of the wholesale price. Why publish? Let's rethink this for a moment. Think out-of-the-box. Get used to different. What if your book were to become a strategic tool for online classes? With Covid 19, online courses multiplied exponentially. Networks of influence were growing worldwide? Video training courses, webinars, interviews, blog posts, newsletters, flooded social media platforms? Many authors launched their marketing campaigns online. Book memoirs recorded events of the year that became historic. People from all walks of life began writing as never before. Perhaps you have a short story, novel, online course, or poem book to write. Go for it. This industry has state-of-the-art professional software that is easy to use, affordable, and generates books for ebook, paperback, and case laminate hardcover in multiple sizes. It's fun and easy. Go for it! Let's talk and enjoy this wild ride together. We are here for YOU.