WestBow Press Author Annie F. Downs Lands Publishing Deal with Zondervan

Recognition as Christian Blogger and Speaker Ignites Interest in Self-Published Book 


BLOOMINGTON, IND. – April 18, 2012 – WestBow Press, the Christian self-publishing division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., announced author Annie F. Downs’ inspiring debut nonfiction work, “From Head to Foot” has been acquired by Zondervan. An updated and revised version of the book will be available in August 2012 under a new title, “Perfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to Foot.”

After completing the manuscript, “From Head to Foot,” Downs actively promoted it by attending conferences and working closely with a literary agent in the hopes of securing a publishing contract. With no offers on the table, and without books to distribute at speaking engagements, Downs turned to WestBow Press. “The people at WestBow Press were a joy to work with; they were encouraging and really cared about helping me make my book as good as possible.”

Fueled by the popularity of “Annie Blogs,” Downs’ Christian-themed lifestyle blog and her outreach to youth groups and Christian women’s organizations, sales of the WestBow title exploded. “People would pick up ‘From Head to Foot’ and have no idea it was self-published. Based on the numbers of books sold, and the reach of my platform, a literary agent contacted me, confident he could generate interest from top Christian publishers,” said Downs.

Fourteen months later, Downs received and accepted an offer from Zondervan. Her book, “Perfectly Unique: Praising God from Head to Foot,” will be available in September 2012. To watch WestBow Press’ interview with Annie F. Downs, please visit http://www.westbowpress.com/Video/Annie-Downs-Publishing-Journey.aspx.

For more information about self-publishing opportunities with WestBow Press, please visit www.westbowpress.com

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