Recently, I decided to finally get something published other than my blog. It’s an eBook breaking down everything I’ve done since 2012 to get where I am today. This includes battling depression, self-doubt, and why I spread myself so thin.
To be honest, I merely wanted to write it for the sake of walking through the process of using Kindle Direct Publishing. It’ll give me several blog posts and videos for the YouTube channel.
This is because I usually only cover topics that I experienced for WriterSanctuary.
And although I started the process as a way to generate future content, this new eBook is really starting to get to me. But in a positive way.
What’s Been the Impact So Far by the eBook?
It’s funny how a marketing campaign can turn into something much different. I started the YouTube channel for WriterSanctuary as a way to augment the blogs, and now I’m writing an eBook to give me more content.
In the case of the YouTube channel, it’s grown into its own entity, although still connected to the blog.
The eBook, on the other hand, is doing far more than just giving me future content.
Boosting My Self-Confidence
I’m constantly struggling with impostor syndrome. I often don’t feel I’m good enough for the success I’ve experienced. But writing about my experiences since 2012 is helping me a lot more than I anticipated.
I’ve done a great deal of work over the past decade. Not only have I dealt with a variety of client types, but I’ve also come a long way as a writer.
Needless to say, writing this little autobiography has done a great deal for my levels of self-confidence.
Establishing Pride in My Accomplishments
Along with confidence comes the pride I have in my work and myself overall. I’ve done an incredible amount of stuff over the years, and I’m still striving to be more than I am.
Sure, there are things I’m not entirely proud of. But for the most part, these were things that had to be done to literally keep myself alive.
Overall, though, I’m proud of the work I’ve done. And I’m exceptionally proud of the work I’ve created for past and present clients.
Getting Me Excited for Future eBooks
And lastly, this is really getting my motor running for writing more eBooks in the near future. In fact, I’ve planned out several detailing everything I’ve done whether it’s freelance writing, blogging, or just using WordPress.
I’m also considering writing a book based on my personal experiences using YouTube, the troubles I’ve faced, and what I’ve done to overcome a lot of my misgivings about the platform.
I’m not looking to get rich off of these. Like the YouTube videos, if these books can help just one person accomplish a goal, then that’s all I care about.
In fact, nothing cheers me up more than when someone says, “Thank you for this.”
A Bit of Interest from YouTube Viewers
One of my viewers actually gave me the idea to write an eBook for KDP in the first place. He was wondering if I had experience using Kindle Direct Publishing and if I could answer a few questions.
Since WriterSanctuary is all about writing in all forms, I figured it would be a great set of articles. At least I know one person who would read the posts or watch the videos.
Ever since I announced I was writing the autobiography, though, I’ve had several people express interest. Especially after I told the live stream viewers what the eBook entails.
In fact, I had a comment this morning on YouTube from someone in Taiwan who is also interested in reading my tale.
I suppose I have more of a dedicated following than I thought. In any case, it’s nice to know that some people are quite supportive of what I do. Well, outside of friends and family, anyway.
When Will the eBook Be Ready?
I did set a goal to write at least 50 pages. Since I’ve never done anything like this before, I’m not really sure how long an eBook needs to be.
For the most part, I write until the story is over.
The problem I have right now is time. I have so many other things going on that it’s difficult to squirrel away a moment or two when I’m not mentally exhausted.
To top it all off, I’m in the process of writing a creative piece to read on YouTube with an ASMR twist. That’s a blog post for another time, but is incredibly fun to plan out.
So, I don’t know when the eBook will be live on KDP. But at the rate I’ve been writing, it’ll be in the relatively near future.
What Other eBooks Do I Plan to Write?
So, I’m starting with a simple autobiography for a freelance writer. After that, I’m toying with the idea of doing more non-fiction works that center around helping people reach their goals.
The ASMR pieces I am planning for the YouTube channel will be made available on Wattpad, though. It’s going to be an ongoing tale that I’ll probably read for 10 minutes at a time.
Depending on how the process is for KDP, I might start working on releasing some shorter novellas.
As for VII, I’m saving it as one of my major books. So, I’m not sure if I’ll go through KDP or start querying publishing houses. Since I have a few connections, I might explore those avenues once VII is done.
As for eBooks on KDP, I have a lot of ideas for more.
The hardest part is deciding on whether I want to sell them on WriterSanctuary, MichaelBrockbank.com, or both. Since I already have WooCommerce installed on WriterSanctuary, though, I’ll probably start there.
Remember, this is all for future content! How do you sell eBooks on your site? How well does the KDP system work? What marketing methods work the best?
I mean, there is a ton of content that a single eBook can provide for WriterSanctuary.
At any rate, the next few months are going to be very exciting!
You Just Gotta Get the Ball Rollin’
I have no doubt that my first eBook isn’t going to be some major success. I’m not anticipating a massive flow of income or generating a huge following.
What it will do, however, is get the ball rolling for my future works and motivation.
This entire process has lit a fire under my ass, and for the first time, I’m truly excited to have something officially published.
Let’s see where this goes.