Gladstone Publishing Services was founded in 1998, and began publishing its first books the following year. “Before the SmokeScreen” by David Goerlitz with Gary LaForest shortly followed by “No Nonsense, Nathan” by Paula Nolte were the titles of its first two offerings. Deborah working with her Senior Publishing Editor, Gary LaForest offered a unique personalized service working hand-in-hand with the writers to bring them into the realm of authorship. After suffering a personal tragedy, the loss of her husband and life partner of 20 years, Donald, Gladstone Publishing’s operation was put on hiatus.
In 2009, Deborah resurrected her love for writing and working with authors and offered her services as a Senior Publishing Consultant. Deborah had remarried and charted a new direction for her life. She honed her skills in publishing layout, editing and book design. She personally launched the writing careers of over 40 first time authors and worked with experienced authors to get their books into print. To see her portfolio of books and book cover designs visit her websites: http://www.gladstonepublishing.com and http://onesmartladyproductions.org. In 2011, One Smart Lady Productions was established by Deborah to focus on producing projects in multiple medias. OSLP specializes in book production, traditional paperback and hardback and the ever popular electronic books. Videography has also been added to the mix of products. Thus we have the name, “OSLP/GPS” One Smart Lady Productions/Gladstone Publishing Services.
In 2014, Deborah began on the path to learning about becoming a National Publicity expert. She attended the National Publicity Summit in New York City and met with producers from radio and television. Shortly after that, she produced a pilot, “Smart By Choice TV” filmed before a live studio audience. Working with her was, Dr. A’Drienne Dixon, former host of “Sistas Talk Show”. These two experiences gave her to vision of how she could build a platform to help first-time authors get recognition on a national and global scale.
In 2016, Deborah flew out to Arizona to the launch of a new online university, Tecademics, founded by Chris Record and Jim Piccolo. It was a client of the Four Percent Portfolio which she is a life-time member. Vick Strizheus’ vision for online entrepreneurs to grow is phenomenal. She grabbed onto the vision and has not let go.
She has experienced an unbelievable education from the Four Percent community and Tecademics. From that conference, she returned and launched her first online store, The Pearline Oyster Shopping Mall. Originally designed to sell pearl jewelry to compliment her String of Pearl book series, she has expanded to multiple specialty collections. Ever seeking to learn more about building an eCommerce presence, she diligently learned more and more about the training and tools offered by Four Percent.
In 2017, she continued her Social Media Marketing education, by investing in online training courses and finally taking a major step and joining the Wealth Generator Community of Investors.
Her transition from downsizing her publishing services and focusing on her financial future has officially begun. Over the years she has mastered book production and now she is focusing on Social Media marketing and financial investments. Deborah admits, “It’s true there are no guarantees in life, but unless you step out on faith, you will remain stagnant and in the mindset of “I Wish…” “What If I…” and more negative thoughts.”
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