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As part of our follow-up to the progress the Daughters of Zion CNPP grantee is making within Memphis, Shelby County, and beyond- we are highlighting the weekly Entrepreneur of the Week Award. When asked why Chrystal Epps-Bean was selected as the entrepreneurs of the week, Dr. Kiner declared, “ A business woman to the highest degree. Chrystal is a phenomenal person to have on your team. She is a superstar in the making. She knows what to do to elevate you and that’s a rare gift. We all are blessed to have her as a part of the SBA CNPP. Chrystal is on the rise and I think we all need to catch her wave so we can rise with her. Daughters of Zion is now a part of TEAM CHRYSTAL. Chrystal is the epitome of an Entrepreneur of the Week. Chrystal, we salute you.
Chrystal Epps-Bean answered several questions for the Entrepreneur of the Week.
Q: Please tell us your full name and share a little bit about yourself.
A: Hello everyone, my name is Chrystal Epps-Bean and the name of my company is Anchored Anew Publishing, LLC.
Q: How did you come up with the name of your company?
A: The motivation of that name is two-fold. Being a woman of faith, I believe Jesus is the anchor of our souls, so according to Hebrews 6:19, we have this hope as an anchor for our souls that is firm and secure. I think when we commit our work to Him first, and we seek first the kingdom of God and all of His righteousness, these things will be added to us. That’s the first motivation. The second motivation is, I believe that when you publish a book, you leave a footprint in this world, and you’re able to anchor your legacy in a new way, because a book will outlive you.
Q: How long have you been in business?
A: My Self-Publishing Agency was born last year in 2021 and the Virtual Assistant side was born in 2018.
Q: Have you published anyone besides yourself?
A: It’s not my goal to publish authors, I just help them to get their books published. I’m actually doing the backend work for them. Their only job is to write. So, they write a book and I take care of everything else; the editing, the copy editing, the graphic design for the book cover. I assist them with copyright and their ISBN.
Q: What’s the cost of your services?
A: Right now I’m running a special for $999, and that’s to publish a nonfiction book. With that, they get the copy editing, the formatting, and the book cover. I actually upload their book to Amazon for global distribution and to Walmart. I’m only running that special for like three weeks, after that it’s $1500 for a nonfiction book. I also have helped authors to publish children’s books and the cost of that is $1700.
Q: What is your contact information if someone wants to get in contact with you?
A: They can reach me on my website and book a strategy call for free at anchoredanew.com, or they can email me at email@example.com, or they can call me on my cell (901) 258-1712.
Q: What stands out about your services if someone is out there looking on Google and looking at all these other people who may do a similar service as you? What would you say to a prospective author to tell them why they should come to your business?
A: Okay, for one it’s price. Traditional publishing companies charge over $10,000 to publish a book. A lot of self-publishing agencies out there, they’re charging $3500 to publish a nonfiction book. My price currently is only $999. When that special ends it’s still cost efficient and doable for authors who may not have, you know, extra income or finances to finance a book, it’s still only like $1500. So, price is one, second is, it’s a one-stop shop.
Some publishing companies may only offer just publishing your book or getting it on global distribution channels. I’m offering copy editing, graphic design, formatting, type setting, all of these additional services that you can get under one umbrella, a one-stop shop for everything. I only ask authors just to write the book, and I’ll take care of everything else.
Q: What’s the time frame of that? If I get you my manuscript what’s the turnaround time from manuscript to publication?
A: Thirty days. The ideal book is between 20,000 to 25,000 words. If you give me that book, I can get it copy edited, I can get my team, my graphic designer to create a book cover, and we can get that book on Amazon within 30 days.
Q: How did you find out about the Daughters of Zion’s SBA Community Navigator Pilot Program?
A: It was a blessing. I have a good friend of mine who also has her own self-publishing agency. She is a church member of mine as well. One Saturday, she forwarded me the text that you all sent out to remind us about the Saturday Masterclass. She texted me at 9 a.m., I was there at 12 noon, and I was sold ever since.
Q: What have been some of the things that have inspired you the most?
A: Dr. Kiner for one! Your energy, your knowledge, your compassion, your character, and your integrity. Just everything that you have done as you’ve sacrificed every weekend and even through the week your team is sending us grants. I mean, it’s just unbelievable that you can find an organization who really cares about your success. Who really has a vested interest in seeing you win. Because I know that when we win, you win. And you really are a believer of that, and I just see the genuine and sincerity in your team and what you provide. It is really, really God-sent and I’m so grateful for it. And then all of the nuggets, and you are an inspiration, too, yourself, because you have written over 10 books. I mean, you are a great author, a prolific author, so you inspire me to help other authors to bring their book babies to life as well.
Q: I noticed you didn’t touch much on the Virtual Assistant part of your business, tell us about that part.
A: I have over 15 years of administrative experience, and I found that a lot of small businesses, and even individuals, struggle with doing just basic tasks. They may not know how to create a website. They may not know how to edit a PDF or convert a PDF to a word document. You know, so it’s just little things like that, that I can assist small businesses with. It may be document creation or social media management. I’m also a notary, so, just having an all-in-one task master, if you will, or a professional administrative assistant on the go who can assist you with these things, so a small business can focus on their business and on their bottom line.
Q: What’s your rate for your virtual assistance per hour?
A: It’s currently $25 an hour and it’s only a 2 hour minimum. So, the way it works, you can buy a block of hours. Just say for instance if you know you’re going to need a professional administrative assistant to take care of these tasks for a month’s time, you can buy a block of hours at a discounted rate. And I can work on your tasks virtually, you send this to me, “Chrystal, I need you to create this document,” I create it and send it back to you. You can buy a block of hours or you can buy it by the hour which is $25 an hour currently.
Q: And a block of time at a discounted rate looks like what price?
A: Twelve hours I believe is like $300. You’re able to carry over that time per month. If you don’t use all your time in 30 days, then that time will just carry over. And I keep a timesheet of the tasks, so we can be very transparent of how your time is being used and how much is being used for a particular project.
Q: How do you market your services?
A: I haven’t really been marketing my services. I did pay for Facebook ads but they were ineffective, so my goal this year is to really just get my face out there and start networking.
Q: Do you have any testimony from any of your clients about your services?
A: One of my closest friends, she actually works for SBA, her name is Linda Delaney, LFD Consulting. I have testimonials on my website. I’ve also worked with a speaker and a writer- Penne Allison of Dream Girl Event. She hosts like 1,000 women from all over the country every year. She needed a landing page on the spot. I created a website for her, I have testimonies from her. So, I do have written testimonies and references if needed.
Q: What would you say to someone why they should use your business?
A: I would say that you should use my business because of a competitive price without compromising quality. You’re going to get great service at a great price and at a good quality. And as I said, being a woman of faith, I don’t advertist that, but my goal is to please my Father. I operate in character and integrity. And again, my end goal is to make sure that my customers are exceedingly, not just satisfied, but exceedingly satisfied with my service.
Q: What would you say to everybody reading this article today, that you want them to know about you? What’s the most important thing you want them to know about you?
A: Book a strategy call with me at (901) 258-1712 and you will not be disappointed.
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