My name is Michael Brockbank, a self-published author living in the Denver metro area. I began my writing career in January of 2012 and have been a full-time freelancer since February of 2013.
Although I began writing professionally later in life, I’ve always had a penchant for jotting down a story or two.
Today, my skillset lies in blogging, freelancing, and self-publishing. However, my interests span a wide range of topics, which is why I have so many blogs.
As a Self-Published Author
Currently, I reside in the Denver area and put more emphasis on being a self-published author. Although I love blogging and working for my clients as a freelancer, my passion centers around storytelling.
My only regret is that I started so late, despite clearly being a writer at the age of nine. A lot of that has to do with never feeling like I was good enough or that anyone would like to read my stories.
In 2016, I made the decision to separate the ghostwriter from the author and start putting myself out there more. And so far, it’s been an incredible ride.
I published A Freelancer’s Tale in 2021, which is an autobiography about how I became a successful freelance writer while dealing with a severe depression. And although that is technically my first book, I look forward to sharing the creative side of me.
One of my goals for 2024 as a self-published author is to attend a book signing at any retailer in the Denver area. But that will really depend on how seriously I take my writing and how much effort I put into publishing my books.
Aside from books you can find on Amazon, I also publish stories on Wattpad and Inkitt. Once I am done writing the series of books I’m working on, I plan to publish a lot more on those platforms.
But let’s try to get a few things finished before starting yet another project, shall we?
At the moment, I am about to publish my first fictional book, Kingmaker. It’s the beginning of a four-part series that I hope to have completed by the end of 2024.
As a Blogger
I have a lot of different interests. As such, I’ve developed quite a few blogs since 2013, the first being WriterSanctuary.com. Since its inception, that particular site has grown to help other writers find their paths.
In 2018, I launched the WriterSanctuary YouTube channel as an extension of the blog.
I also created CrossingColorado.com as well as ColoradoPlays.com, highlighting my interest in health and fitness and gaming, respectively.
Recently, I added TubeArcanum.com as an experimental blog to help show viewers on YouTube how to manage a WordPress website. I plan to fill the website with everything I learn about YouTube in the process.
Might as well monetize as much as possible, right?
The bottom line is that I love blogging and sharing what I learn with my readers. It’s something that I’ll probably continue to do until I no longer draw breath.
As a Freelance Writer
Content mills such as Textbroker gave me my start as a professional writer. If not for those platforms, I doubt I would be where I am today.
Since 2012, I have completed tens of thousands of projects for clients spanning the entire globe. As a generalist writer, I have covered topics from everything from animals to travel.
The most prominent is the work I do for GreenGeeks Web Hosting.
Today, I am the Content Marketing Team Lead and manage writers to create our blog posts and tutorials. And I work with some of the most amazing people in the industry.
I don’t do a lot of ghostwriting today, mostly because I rather like the fact that my name is tied to some of my best work nowadays. It’s a bit disheartening to know that there are so many amazing pieces of content on the Internet that I can’t claim because I sold the rights.
That’s perhaps one of the biggest drawbacks to using content mills or being hired as a ghostwriter by clients. A lot of your best work is going to go under someone else’s name.
As a Creator
Although writing is generally my biggest investment, I do like to be creative in other ways. In the past, I’ve engaged viewers as a Twitch streamer, played games on YouTube, and am part of a health and fitness podcast called, “Fitness in Theory.”
I also record audiobook episodes of a story I’m writing on Wattpad called, “Despair.”
Eventually, I’d love to try my hand at screenwriting and have already begun the process of learning what I can about the practice.
I doubt I’ll be featured on Netflix anytime soon. However, there may be a few YouTube videos in the near future. I’m not the best actor, but the point is to have fun with the process and learn something new.
Always Looking for What’s Next
I am constantly challenging myself and pushing to see what I can accomplish next. Whether it’s self-publishing my next book or writing about fun places to “play” in Denver, I’m constantly striving to do more.
However, that’s not always a good thing. Eventually, you get to a point when the plate is so overloaded that you have no idea where to start.
Nonetheless, I’ll keep doing what I can to make my mark on the world.