And so the journey of creating and publishing my Sudanese memoir begins.
This trip down memory lane is part of a longer-term objective to discover new ways of creating multiple streams of income using the internet as the platform. Without a doubt it will be filled with trial and error, many imperfect moments and possibly even some blood, sweat and tears.
I have been researching this 'possible future' on the side over the last year or so and to be honest am quite dizzy from the hundreds of rabbit trails I have travelled down. Having previously shunned social media and cynically viewing any 'make money online' articles as coming from snake oil salesmen it has been slow going learning about this e-world. I view many things with a solid sense of skepticism and this can make research a bit slower. Having a full-time job and a young family also means very little spare time in the first place. However, from what I have seen so far I do think that it is worthy of continued pursuit.
Exciting times lay ahead methinks.
The idea for writing a memoir, in particular, came as a result of two things:
1) I had two old handwritten journals (themselves covered in blood, sweat and tears) from my time as a newbie aid worker in South Sudan in 1999. They were gathering dust under the bed and I planned to save them onto the Cloud in case my house ever burned down! I also thought it would be nice to have them in book form for my kids when they are older.
2) I signed up to a quirky, online 'wantrepreneur' course in January and it's first big task was to validate a business idea in 48 hours. So I thought of using my journals as the 'product' in the form of a memoir and went from there.
A handful of brave souls were willing to pre-order through Paypal in the knowledge that the book had yet to be written but that was enough to prove that it would be worth a try. My minimum target was just 3 sales and if only a couple of people ordered then I would have thanked them for their trust and refunded their purchase.
The race is now on to get a product to market (as they say) and I am under no illusions that the book will be a golden goose. No fairy tales here. Instead, I will achieve a goal of turning my often brief and rambling handwritten journal entries into a physical book (as well as an e-book) whilst attempting to do so with only the few dollars of pre-order cash as my budget. Gulp!
The book will become a tool within my arsenal akin to a business card as opposed to a bestseller. Obviously though I hope some readers will enjoy it as well!
I would like to share the journey with you as this will be the first of many journeys and I would love your comments and words of wisdom along the way! Just hit the 'Comments' link below and please share to your social media friends. Thanks!!
Jason is currently an emergency humanitarian supply chain specialist and budding side hustler. He is also the creator of the daily humanitarian focused journal Aid Memoire.
From selling shoes to avoiding bombs. An eye-opening and honest memoir of my time as a novice aid worker in war-torn Sudan at the turn of the millennium.
A simple yet stylish notebook for humanitarians and aid workers. This 150-page notebook is printed with cream coloured unlined pages with a daily quotation on each page to help inspire and motivate.