What I Learned From Writing My First Autobiography
Blondie L. Clayton
do you want to publish a book
about your life? What about your life can someone else learn something
from? Is there a market for autobiographies of unknown people, first
The market is what you make it. It depends upon your subject and your
passion about your subject, in sharing it with others.
My first autobiography was about a tough subject, sexual abuse. I
discovered after I had written it that it was not a subject people were
readily willing to talk about, even those who had been sexually abused.
I discovered something about my experiences that I felt could benefit
others, so I persisted.
My discovery was the spiritual side to being a human being. This is the
side that is too often ignored or neglected because we don’t
understand it, or our knowledge is so little.
I felt if I
could walk others through my spiritual
awakening that they too might be encouraged and find hope and a reason
to never give up.
I didn’t know what I have come to know, that unknowns who
autobiographies may not find an audience, or enough of an audience to
make it profitable.
What made my investment bring back a return? I chose to publish my own
book to carry my message out to my target audience. I talked to anyone
who would listen, any group that needed a speaker to share a message of
encouragement, hope and joy after tragic happenings in life.
Writing my first autobiography was the catalyst of learning how to
publish a book. I thought that I was just going to write the story,
locate a book publisher and they would handle everything, including the
I know now that was wrong thinking. I was expecting someone else to
sell my book, and all I had to do was sit back and collect the book
sales. That was a disappointment. The glamour of what I had perceived
had gone out of my desire to publish a book.
Deciding to self-publish has really prepared me for a future as a
writer, something I never dreamed of ever doing. Self publishing has
molded me into a better writer and a teacher of what I have learned
along the way.
My greatest lesson has been taking my eyes off of my abilities, what I
can do, as I have watched a spiritual presence in my life, at
work transforming written words, guiding my way as a scribe
purpose and utilizing the knowledge learned to lead other scribes along
It is exciting. To think that when I struggled to comprehend as a
child, reading on a seventh grade level, going into the ninth grade,
destined to be discouraged, and maybe even to drop out, that even then
this spiritual presence was at work for such a time as this.
In order to be taught something, you have to be willing to be
stretched, to step outside of your comfort zone, what you have been
educated to, what you have experienced, or else you are already
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