My First Published Devotional and My Experience With Self-Publishing

After much research and hard work on how to self publish, I finally finished a book to sell on Kindle. In the past, I wrote for Demand Studios, Blogger and of course the HubPages which I am obviously still doing. I thought I would try to write an eBook first. Using my past experience in working in the mental health field, along with learning and studying the bible and not to mention my own struggle with depression, I have combined my humble experiences to write a Christian devotional book.

One of my sons, designed the cover for my book in which I am quite pleased with. I am excited and plan to write more. Although, I don't plan to make a lot of money doing this, I am pleased with the finished result and enjoyed learning everything I did to complete the project. I just wanted to say that you Hubbers have been an absolute encouragement to me, especially those who were inspired and encouraged from my hubs. In addition, and your comments were so very encouraging to my spirit. I love you all and enjoy reading hubs that are from my heart.

I would also like to mention that my first book Dealing with Depression Daily Devotions, I made the mistake of just writing and publishing. The format was bad and it needed to be edited and re-edited but this is how I learn. You see my problem (or some say talent) has always been just to write what comes to my mind and heart down. I didn't want any family members or friends to read it, nor did they ask. I just wrote and pressed publish. Later I went and fixed it all up, by tweaking the format and editing it, so I did publish a second edition. I like to work backwards which will drive most people crazy. This helps me learn the best for the next time and it probably does't make that much sense to anyone, especially if you are a perfectionist.

Since that first book I've done numerous other ones. I've published mostly devotional type of books and a few poetry ones. Later I published a few other paperback ones which are available on Createspace and Amazon.

You can check out the other titles if you want by clicking the link to the Author's Page below.



Self Interview

If I was to interview myself a few questions this is what they would be with the answers. LOL! I'm not that crazy but one of my Grandma's sayings were, If you talk to yourself you're not crazy, but if you answer yourself you are! Well maybe I am crazy either way here they are:

1. Do you make a lot of money selling your books?

No, but I hope it will increase with time. It is still in the hobby stage.

2. Do you advertise?

Not really, besides a little bit of blogging. My goal was to self-publish without spending a dime so that any money I make it is gain. If I make more money and it becomes steady I then will pay for advertising.

3. Do you also publish under other names? Yes, I have a juvenile fiction under a different name and a memoirs book. I'm also working on a fiction book right now.

4. How many books have you given away as freebies? Over 10,000

5. What was your favorite Christian Book? It was a book that this very old Christian lady gave me and it was called" Rees Howells Intercessor by Norman Grubb- The Welsh Coal miner a Prince with God. This man's amount of faith was astounding to me and it was all to the glory of God and how God provided for ministries. I highly recommend this book and I plan to read it again.

6. Do you believe that only Jesus Saves? Yes

7. What was your favorite classic type of book? A Tree that Grows in Brooklyn.

8. Who is your favorite Canadian Author? Alice Monroe she is a fiction writer.



I live in Canada and I guess I would consider myself and inspirational writer and I've authored over 15 books. According to some book reviews her books have helped some people find hope and restoration during some bleak times. I wrote the first one because I struggled with depression myself and wanted to write something that was geared towards Christians who also battled with it.

My writing style allows me to share openly and honestly about my experiences so that others can relate and apply it to their own lives. My main focus is on Bible verses and Jesus' teachings and what they mean to me and how they encouraged me, it is not written from a theologian's or a bible scholars point of view. Basically, I just enjoy sharing with others about my past struggles and sometimes ongoing ones as well. As I am learning how to have victory I pass on what I learn. Some people say it is very basic, others say basic but stuff they never really thought about.

A Book Trailer I Made

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nybride710 5 years ago from Minnesota

Congratulations! Maybe you could say more about what is involved in writing a Kindle book? This looks like something I would be interested in and I will check it out.


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you nybride710, Actually I plan to write a hub about it very soon. For now you could check out these 2 links.

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/signin

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltScSWVLQLk

Good luck to you I'm sure you will do well.


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drpastorcarlotta 5 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

Hey Sky321 Congratulations!!!!! With love....


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creativeone59 5 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

Congratulations Sky, may God continue to bless your words of encouragement and bless your published book. Godspeed, creativoene59


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Vickie Bovender 5 years ago from Southeastern US

Hello, Sky. Congrats on the ebook. It's awesome to see a devotional for those suffering from depression. I look forward to buying a copy for my own Kindle. Thank you for providing this important material. Take care~~


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you drpastorcarlotta your words are always encouraging.

Creativeone, Thanks you for words that are always full of blessing.

Vickie Boventder , thank you so much for your support.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Dear Sister Sky: This is quite an accomplishment. I had no idea that you were actually a published writer and author. Congrats and God bless. I love the cover your son did for you too.


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lifegate 5 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Sky,

That's great news--congratulations! I sure it will be a help and blessing to so many people. Thank you for allowing God to use you in this way.


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Congratulations on publishing. I am always happy to see fellow Hubbers publish.

It means lots of people are going to benefit from those personal lessons and experiences and makes the struggles worth it.

I am fighting with myself about the whole Kindle thing. to get one or not.


mikeq107 5 years ago

Sky321:0)

Congratulations I pray that God will truly bless all your efforts....way to go sister

Mike :0)


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you all so much for your encouragement. You all have been a true blessing to me.


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Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

Hey sis, congratulations. It is great. Is it possible to write in different languages?

Please keep writing.


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Yes it is and thank you Vladimir.


lambservant 5 years ago

Wow! Awesome. congrats sky. Isn't it wonderful to be able to use the gifts God gave you to help others and bring him glory. Continued blessings to you.


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you lambservant for your encouraging comment.


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valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Thanks and congrats. I want to do the same, but working full time these days takes a lot of energy out of me. I'm sure I'll buy it as I have paid that much for iphone apps. (:v


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Valerie thank you for your support and I do hope you get some rest soon. God Bless


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Those of you who purchase it please write me a review on Amazon. Thanks I really appreciate it.


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valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

I haven't done it yet. I'm trying to figure out how to get an ebook reader on my new iphone. (:v


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Valerie do you remember saying to me a long time ago that I should write a devotional?


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valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

Sky, I can't find it on ebooks. I don't have a kendle book reader and can't afford one right now, but I do have an iphone with both ibooks and ebook reader on it. Can I find it on one of those?


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Valerie that's ok, but I did find this free Kindle download for iphone. I'm not sure if it works because I don't have an iphone. You could check it out here:

http://download.cnet.com/Kindle-for-iPhone/3000-21...


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valeriebelew 5 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

If it works, it should be in the apps store. (:v


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sandy star 5 years ago from winnipeg

congratulations - i look forward to buying it!


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olgakhumlo 5 years ago from Mira Road Mumbai India

Congratulations!May God continue to bless you.He is the Potter and He is certainly doing His best in your life.


skye2day 5 years ago

'Sista' God rocks! Your hard work and devotion are inspiring. May You be Blessed in abundance, cup overflowing and running over. We serve a generous God. I pray you do very well!! I do not have a kindle, so do I get order the ebook? Your son did a great design on the cover, way to go.

I will purchase one very very soon. I look forward to it. Many Blessings on your adventure with Christ. He is awesome. I am so grateful to know you. Love n Hugs Big Congrats. You keep on shining that light girl.


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

olgakhumlo-Thank you and it hasn't been easy but praise God for his mercy and love.


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Skye2day- You have been such an encouragement to me. Thank you and keep on being a blessing to everyone.


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viveresperando 5 years ago from A Place Where Nothing Is Real

Congratulations! :) Great cover!


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thank you viveresperando


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 5 years ago

Sky, Wonderful! CONGRATULATIONS! God Bless YOU!!!


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks DeBorrah, you are always so encouraging.


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Sky321 5 years ago from Canada Author


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

Congrats, and good luck with your book...hope you have a lot of sales.

a devotional is a great idea for depression...since it is something you can use daily.


Sky321 profile image

Sky321 4 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Enlydia, my sales started off slow but it will be a year this month and they have increased monthly.


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Enlydia Listener 4 years ago from trailer in the country

I just epublished five books...and very slow...but it has only been about a month. My marketing skills need sharpened. I am not disappointed though, since it is also a learning process.


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Sky321 4 years ago from Canada Author

Hi Enlydia, one thing you can try is to see the reviews written under the same catergory of your book and contact the book reviewer. You could send them a free copy and ask them to write you a review. I did this and I was pleased with the result.


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Sky321 3 years ago from Canada Author


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DREAM ON 2 years ago

I love to hear more about your success with all your books. Please could you post here or send me e-mail with an update if you have the time. Keep up the great work.


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Sky321 2 years ago from Canada Author

Sure will. Its been a slow progress. Thanks for stopping by my fellow Canadian.


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Mekenzie 2 years ago from Michigan

Congratulations Sky, Proud of you for pushing forward and publishing on a much needed topic.

I really liked your trailer. Voted up, shared +++

Mekenzie


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Sky321 2 years ago from Canada Author

Thanks Mekenzie, I always appreciate your opinion and thanks for sharing it.

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