A "Storyteller" Company
Hi, I’m Anne Thompson, Founder of EBA
Ebookannie is a "Storyteller" company. We tell other people's stories connecting folks around the world. When you share your story, you create connection. Stories have a powerful voice and you should be the one who tells it. Books often get stuffed in boxes, attics, computers or are under a bed simply waiting to be told. Maybe it's time to tell. The greatest storyteller on earth was Jesus Christ. He transformed lives, hung out with fishermen, tax collectors, prostitutes, lepers, and loved sinners. He connected with all who wanted to hear, changing hearts of men with His parables, laughter, words, and stories. Like a wild fire, people could not keep silent having heard Him! He said,"Go tell." He gave us each a story. He's working in your story to fulfill His plan and purpose for you. Now is the time! Go tell!
“So the man started off ...and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them...” —Mark 5:2
Once upon a time, I gave everything away...
In 2005, I started publishing books. Clueless in even how to begin, I started watching zillions of YouTube videos, studying for hours and formatting books. These were the best years of my life. I designed books for practice, free of charge, 100% guaranteed, to anyone who wanted to publish. Books began rolling off the presses slowly — but rolling none the less. Momentum picked up. Each story captivated my heart, impacting my life. I had to give back. More authors began coming, referrals multiplied, and I was off to the races, publishing more books. Little did I know about the marathon ahead. Multiple times I wanted to quit. Yet my greatest treasures in the world were the authors. Quitting was not an option.
“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. 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 our dreams together. All were humble. 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 has become my story.
Rolling up my sleeves, rolling out something new...
I developed a booklet, Publishing Made Simple, giving authors a roadmap to navigate each process of publishing. The Publishing Made Simple booklet laid down the step-by-step processes for self-publishing. Questions got answered like, “How do I publish a book?” “What are the processes & timelines?" "Where do I start?" "Do I need an editor?" "What is a manuscript?" "What is formatting?" "Where do I find a designer?" "What companies publish my book?" "How do I market?" and of course, "How much will all this cost?" Filled with questions, I handed each this little book. The publishing industry is filled with new resources today. I stumbled across a lady, Joanna Penn. She is a writer. I am not. She has resources that are so personable, telling her story of navigating her dream of being a writer. Check her out. Without knowing, she has impacted my life. With clarity and encouragement she shares her story with writers who want to publish and haven't a clue where to begin. Check out Joanna Penn at https://www.thecreativepenn.com.
People don’t know where to begin or what to do...
So much to learn, so little knowledge. No question is too silly to ask. With a little elbow grease and lots of hard work, we are here to help you publish. Publishing success builds momentum. Being famous, generating revenue is not the initial drive or goal of any author I know. Yes, we all need money to pay bills and achieve personal goals. Yet, Kingdom-giving is totally opposite to the world's way of giving. Aligning our hearts with God's heart, His plan, His mission, and His vision is the most life-giving purpose in our life. He will multiply our "two fish and five loaves of bread." Write your vision down (Habakkuk 2:2). Make plans, and the Lord will direct your steps (Proverbs 16:9). Today, the self-publishing industry is full of resources. Let's run together! We are here for YOU!
Thank you Joel Friedlander
Whether publishing or launching, the giant of a man who has impacted my life the most (unknowingly) is Joel Friedlander, Founder of The Book Designer, a renowned pioneer since the 1970's. Joel has blazed a trail in the self-publishing industry helping millions. He's a giant of a man—a wealth of knowledge and humility—one who has sacrificed his life for others.
Here's a fact. Books generate only 8%-12% revenue off the wholesale price. Many wonder, why publish? Let's rethink for a moment. What if your book became a strategic tool to help others. What if it were used for video training courses, webinars, blogs, newsletters or social media platforms? Perhaps it's a memoir for family or friends. Perhaps a short story, novel, or poem book. Vellum software makes publishing so affordable. It's fun and easy. So, go for it! I am. Let's enjoy this wild ride together!
And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail,
I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.