The "Storyteller" Company
Hi, I’m Anne Thompson, Designer/Founder of Ebookannie, the storyteller company. We tell other people's stories connecting with folks from around the world. Stories create connection. Stories have a powerful voice, your voice. Books tell stories but often get stuffed in boxes, attics, computers or are under beds simply waiting to be told. Ever wonder what your story might be? A story that only you can tell.
The greatest storyteller on earth was Jesus Christ. He transformed lives, hung out with fishermen, tax collectors, doctors, business and religious leaders, prostitutes, lepers, moms, dads, kids, and loved sinners. We are deeply love by Him. He transforms hearts of men with His love, Truth, power, parables, laughter, words, miracles, and stories. Like a wildfire, people in His day could not keep silent having heard Him! He said, "Go tell." Today, He still says, "Go tell." What is your story? You have one. He's working in your story today fulfilling His plans and purposes for you. Let's connect and share!
“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 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. Of course, they did. They were FREE. Happy to freely give. Momentum picked up. Each story captivated my heart, impacted my life. I had to give back. More authors began coming, referrals multiplied, and I was off to the races, publishing more books. I did not know about the marathon ahead. A marathon that God had prepared for me to walk in. Multiple times I wanted to quit. Yet, my greatest treasure in the world was the author. Quitting was not an option. Today? Authors are still my dearest 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. 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. Humbled to walk with one another and hear each other’s 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 has become 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. The Publishing Made Simple: Book Publishing Phases booklet laid down the step-by-step processes for self-publishing. Questions were answered, “How do I publish a book?” “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?" 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 encourages writers to publish, helping those who haven't a clue of how to begin. Check out a fabulous resource, Joanna Penn, at The Creative Penn.
People don’t know where to begin or what to do...
So much to learn, so little knowledge. At Ebookannie, the is no question that 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. Yet, a key factor in budgeting. Write down your vision (Habakkuk 2:2) and run with it. Study, learn the industry. Make a plan. Put together a dream team. God will direct your steps (Proverbs 16:9). The self-publishing industry is full of highly professional, and affordable resources. Let's run together! We are here for YOU!
Shoulders of Giants
Whether publishing or launching a book, there lives a giant of a man among us who has profoundly impacted lives. Joel Friedlander, Founder of The Book Designer, blazed trails in the self-publishing industry helping millions across the globe. Without knowing, I have stood on this "Shoulder of Giant" learning the publishing business. His wealth of knowledge, humility, and wisdom has brought success to many. He has sacrificed his life for others. He has impacted my life.
Here's a fact. Books generate 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? What if it were used for video training courses, webinars, blogs, newsletters or social media platforms? What if it were a memoir for family and friends? Or, a legacy book, recording historic events about your family for grandchildren to read? Perhaps it's a short story, novel, or poem book. The latest software development 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.