Our Company

Blue Bayou Press was founded as a result of its founder, Deanna Cooper Gillingham, a Registered Nurse, realizing how publishing a book could increase the authority a person had in their chosen field of specialization. This authority could then be leveraged to launch a lifestyle business.  

As a nurse, Deanna had reached a plateau in her career and was looking for a way to grow her income and become location independent. As you can imagine, this is not an easy task in a career that normally requires the nurse to be physically present where the patient is.

After spending significant time learning all she could from experts such as Dan Miller, and Pat Flynn, she accepted a challenge by Miller to double her income in the next 6 months. She began writing her first book, which took her a year to write and publish but did result in her doubling her income. Quoting Deanna, “I may not have technically passed the challenge, but I am thrilled with the results. I doubled my income in a year, something I never thought was possible. And just as exhilarating is the positive reinforcement I get from my book helping other people.”

But the self publishing process was a terrible experience and she was disappointed with the lack of credibility of a self-published book as compared to a book published under a recognized imprint. She says, “I was losing sales because people were recommending my book to their peers, but when they went to the bookstore to ask for it, they were told the book did not exist. I knew there had to be a better way. I had been helping friends and associates through the process of writing and publishing their own books based on my experiences, and I decided that I could better help them and others if I started my own publishing company.”

While still pursuing her daytime job as a nurse, Deanna began to lay the groundwork for a new publishing business whose sole vision was to work with professionals to start a businesses by authoring and publishing a book, in the same way she had done for herself.

Deanna Gillingham

Deanna Gillingham

Co-Founder

I have been a RN since 1994 and a Nurse Case Manager since 2011. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including, med surg, dialysis, oncology, hospice, SICU, LDRP, L&D and GI Lab. I have also worked as a travel nurse, agency nurse and patient service rep fitting patients for external defibrillators. I currently work as a telephonic Transplant Nurse Case Manager for a large insurance company.

I am the mother of 4 amazing children whom I home-schooled for a portion of their education and a four legged fur baby named Chloe. The most important things in my life are family, friends, love, helping others, learning, travel and the beach.

Abi Carmen

Abi Carmen

Co-Founder

Formerly from Chicago (26 cold years) but since January 2003 I have been living in Destin, Florida one of the most beautiful towns in the world. Aside from the laid back atmosphere, Destin and the surrounding 16 little beach enclaves are home to some of the most gorgeous white sand beaches I have ever seen in the 18+ countries I have been to. With my move South, I have created an abundance in my life due to the commitment, perseverance, positive attitude, personal development and what I love most, just being me.

I used to think I had to be the somebody someone else wanted but I learned that if I’m just myself, I will attract others like me to me. There is so much power within us all if we just figure out how to discover it or find a mentor to help us realize it. We were created for greatness, each of us in our own right, to touch and impact the lives of others. We were created with all the ‘stuff’ we need to succeed but somewhere along the way, we adopted belief systems that have kept us from reaching our full potential in life.

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