About Kyle Burbank:
Kyle Burbank is a freelance writer and author living in Springfield, Missouri with his wife, Rebekah. He is an avid Disney fan, a personal finance blogger, and a blossoming travel enthusiast. Two of these passions met in his first book, "The E-Ticket Life" — a collection of true stories and essays recalling his visits to the Disney theme parks around the world.
Following the release of that self-published title, Kyle took up an interest in sharing his writing and publishing experience with others. That exploration culminated in his latest ebook, "Write, Print, Publish, Promote."
These days, Kyle can be found reading up on the latest deals, strolling Epcot's World Showcase, and writing about it all, in one form or another.
What inspires you to write?
I feel like I spend a lot of time thinking about the way I want to convey a point, tell a story, or share an idea. Sometimes these stay in my head but others continue to grow and almost demand to be written down. Thankfully, I have a few outlets with which to share some of these while others sit in various documents seeking a project. In any case, I just really enjoy putting my thoughts down on the page and watching them grow — that's what keeps me doing it.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to hate outlining essays and research papers as a kid but, when it comes to a book project, it's a must for me. In fact, I've often recommended that non-fiction authors prepare book proposals just for themselves as a way to help develop their ideas.
That said, in terms of actually writing the chapters and telling the stories, I can start in one place and end up somewhere I was definitely not expecting. Especially when I was writing "The E-Ticket Life," I would often find that I thought slightly differently about the stories I was telling or what they meant as it became time to wrap them up. I suppose this combination of "make a plan" and then "wing it" is my writing process.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
Admittedly, I wasn't too keen on the idea of self-publishing at first. That was until a friend of mine who owns a Disney fansite recommended that we partner to publish my first book, using what are really just self-publishing methods disguised as a custom imprint. Following that experience, I took a great interest in how easily and efficiently ebooks were distributed and decided that was a good platform for some future works. Of course, I certainly haven't ruled out physical releases (which I personally prefer) or perhaps even working with a publisher should the opportunity present itself.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Despite the popularity of ebooks, I think there will always be something special about physical, printed books and that people will seek them out as a result. Just look at the renaissance vinyl records are enjoying in the face of digital music.
As for authors, I think there will continue to be more tools for writers to reach readers. Moreover, I suspect we'll see greater demand for longer, well written, thoughtful content that stands in contrast to what we mostly consume of social media.
What genres do you write?: Non-fiction, humor, travel
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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