Merri and I have taken thousands of people to Ecuador and rarely have they been affected by crime. In the more than a decade and a half we lived and worked in Ecuador there only once did a pickpocket attempt to rob us. Our properties in Naples and Lake County Florida, London, England, North Carolina have all been burgled one time (albeit in small ways) or another. Never once in Ecuador.
Having lived and worked in dozens of countries, we do know how to arrange good security and look after ourselves. For example we know how to dress so we look like the locals.
These hats are Bullseye for tourist criminals globally.
Wearing “gringo” clothes (fishing vests, travelers pants and travel hats like the one above) could make you a target. Ecuadorians in Quito generally dress conservatively; a pair of nice pants or dark jeans and a non-descript white/off-white t-shirt will make you look a business person who knows his way around and not a tourist carrying loot!
Ecuador has intense sun and hats are good… but need to be worn in context. Traveler’s hats on a country exploration like this one around Lake Cuicocha are good for protection. In the city they could act like a bullseye.
Merri and I also know where to go and avoid tourist areas. For years, we have warned our readers to avoid Quito’s Mariscal Sucre district, even though the tourist industry aggressively markets this popular tourist area with restaurants, bars, hotels, hostels, and shopping. This has been a dangerous area for gringos and is increasingly a site of crime.
Mariscal Sucre and all parks among other areas can be unsafe at night so taxis are advised for even short distances. Also beware of credit card fraud, which is an increasingly serious problem in Quito as tourists are being targeted in the Mariscal area.
Yet there is crime and a good reason… a good cause that crime has been growing in Ecuador. President Rafael Correa and other far sighted leaders wanted to emphasize a principle of “universal citizenship, free mobility of all inhabitants of the planet”.
Wow, I can really relate to this.
However… we live in a polar universe. Our world is one of opposites and though all problems create opportunity… all silver linings also have a cloud.
The excerpt below from a Christian Science Monitor article entitled “Ecuador: easy base for terrorists and criminals?” by Geoffrey Ramsey takes a look at how this good social change has helped organized crime in Ecuador.
The article says: The Ecuadorean Constitution calls for ‘universal citizenship,’ granting free mobility – with or without a passport. But lax regulations are raising fears of easy access for terrorists or organized crime. Allegations that Ecuador’s lax immigration policies make it a strategic asset to terrorist organizations like al Qaeda are overblown, overshadowing the real danger: that the country is emerging as a hotspot for transnational organized crime.
Ecuador’s leftist President Rafael Correa was voted into office in 2006 on promises of wide-ranging reforms, vowing to push forward a constitutional referendum. The move was passed by referendum in 2007, and Ecuador adopted a new constitution in 2008. But while Correa has embraced the progressive charter’s guarantees of social and economic rights like access to clean water, education, and universal health care, not all of the document’s reforms have played out so well.
Perhaps the most contentious was Article 416, which declares that Ecuador “upholds the principle of universal citizenship, free mobility of all inhabitants of the planet and the gradual end to the condition of foreigner as transforming element of unequal relations amongst countries, especially North-South.”
Correa initially supported the initiative with enthusiasm, calling for an end to “those 20th century inventions, passports and visas.” However, it soon provoked a huge influx of migrants from regions such as Southeast Asia and East Africa, many of whom used Ecuador as a stepping stone to enter the United States or Brazil.
The real security threat in Ecuador lies in the heightened profile of organized crime in the country.
Fortunately Ecuador’s government is responding.
Hotelier and promoter of Ecuador archeology, Patricio Tamariz, explains. Patricio helps the Ateam Ecuador in Bahia de Caraquez and his hotel provides discounts to Ecuador Living Club members.
Good news! At a meeting recently held at the Ministry of Tourism, it appears that the Ministry will be working with one of the world’s leading tourism security experts, Dr. Peter E. Tarlow.
Dr. Tarlow has a world-wide reputation and has worked across Latin America on tourism security issues.
Tarlow has made several trips to Ecuador.
I, Patricio Tamariz, have worked hard to bring Dr. Tarlow and his team to Ecuador where they will use Bahia de Caraquez/ San Clemente/San Jacinto/San Vicente and Canoa area (Cantones Sucre y San Vicente as a pilot project.
We hope that this pilot project will result in a national tourism security plan. Tarlow will be working under the leadership of the Ministry of Tourism with the full cooperation of the local authorities.
Tarlow has participated in the training of police at several Olympic Games and is currently working with the Brazilian police in preparation for the World Cup Games and the 2016 Olympic Games.
Tarlow has advised US agencies such as the Department of the Interior, the US National Park’s Department, and the Department of Homeland Security. Tarlow has appeared on national television and radio programs in the US, write a monthly electronic newsletter on tourism and is a member of several university faculties. You can learn more about him Tralow’s website at the link below.
Wherever you travel and even at home…. be alert. Crime is everywhere and we all need to make security a part of our lives. When we accept our safety as part of our own personal responsibility… rather than the government’s, we can lead a safe comfortable life wherever we may be.
Patricio Tamariz and Bo Rinaldi recently published the book The Secret of Paradise, The Mysteries of the Pacific Coast of Ecuador
One way to earn enough in Ecuador is to write to sell.
Below is an excerpt from our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” which teaches how to write to sell wherever you live.
The ideas behind all the marketing strategies this course will review are:
#1: Build a list.
#2: Create a simple message focused to that list.
#3: Use the list to kick start spreading the word.
The two driving forces in our marketing strategy are:
#1: Build the list with “Niche Pay Per Click”.
#2: Focus the list with “Authenticity”.
The key to our successful self publishing is our list and we use Pay Per Click to keep adding new names to our list.
Using Pay Per Click successfully requires three steps.
#1: Keep campaigns focused on a niche. If you try to expand your niche too broadly it is hard to remain authentic and unique. The John Locke case study below shows a good example of the importance of focus. Locke created a strategy that pushed his sales from 63 copies in September 2010 to 369,115 copies in March 2011.
He was the first self publisher to have 1 million Kindle downloads. This attracted attention of big publishers but Locke refused to have his books published by big publishers.
Merri and I decided to focus on “International Micro Business” and “Funky Micro Business” because the focus of “Small Business” “Micro Business” or “Funky Business” were all very competitive phrases. We decided to be known as the people who can help readers create a “Funky Micro Business” and an “International Micro Business”.
Any pay per click campaign we launch for our International Business Made EZ online course will include words “international” or “funky”.
#2: Keep the sales page (also called the squeeze page or landing page) focused to the phrases in the campaign. If I were creating a pay per click campaign for Funky Micro Business, I would be sure that readers would click onto a sales story about how to benefit from a funky micro businesses and nothing else. Though we have a focus on multi currency investing and Ecuador and natural health… nothing about these products would appear in the funky micro business sales page.
#3: Tie both the campaign and sale page into a thematic string that leads to a main message and website. The focus in our Ecuadorliving.com Pay Per Click campaign provides a good example.
First, our campaign is about Ecuador Living… not just Ecuador. This campaign is zeroed in on North Americans and Europeans looking to live in Ecuador. All the phrases in the campaign are related to problems and opportunities for potential expats and investors in Ecuador.
Our Ecuador pay per click campaign is not geared to Ecuador tourists for example.
The sales page here is self explanatory. See how it leads readers to our website and the FREE Ecuador handbook.
The focus of the sales page is a thread that sews together the focus of the pay per click ad and leads to getting the reader to order FREE Ecuador Handbook
This is where our work really begins to let the reader get to know and trust us and to see the ways we can help.
The Ecuador Handbook is just the first step. Then we send a FREE email about Ecuador to the reader every day. The goal of the email is to “in some little way make the reader’s life better”.
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Seven Secrets of Self PublishingHere are seven secrets that can help you earn as a writer and self publisher.
These secrets are important because growing numbers of unknown writers have become famous writers and rich by self publishing over the internet.
Take for example Amanda Hocking. After self publishing her first book at Amazon.com in the spring of 2010 she became one of the the best-selling e-authors. In the next year her book sales grossed approximately $2 million.
In 2011, St. Martin’s press paid Hocking more than $2 million for the world English rights of a four book series. In 2013 she sold another series to St. Martin’s Press.
E.L. James is another such story. She sold 250,000 copies of “50 Shades” via Createspace and Amazon.com before publishers noticed her and published the erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed which sold over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time.
Hugh Howey is a third example. He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks. Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon. This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.
These are great inspirations.
I know Hugh. This type of success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person. He deserves every accolade he receives and he does not take a bit of this success for granted. Hugh is pouring enormous energy into be worthy of his readership. We’ll share some of Hugh’s secrets in a moment.
Neither you or I are likely to have this type of success. That’s not bad. The good news is… we do not need this type of success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle. Self Publishing offers so many opportunities that one can have a life that most people only dream of as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.
May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.
What most success stories like those of Hugh Howey or E.L James or Amanda Hocking rarely share is the many hours of writing they devoted before their self published book sales soared. They were journeymen first… stars second.
The sevens secrets are the journeyman secrets… call them a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income and fulfillment.
Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.
Merri and I are not writing stars. We are journeymen who have for 40 years, year in a year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.
Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars. Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.
In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably for you too. First some history.
Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts” about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in. This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.
My story allowed me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following my adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.
Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world, have homes in Hong Kong, England, a farm in North Carolina, orange groves and home in Florida… hotel and condos in Ecuador and work that we love and feel has meaning and purpose.
Self Publishing has become a new business art form and the seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.
Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing. Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology. Everything seems new… except the seven secrets. Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many. We love it due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps. The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.
The First P is Passion.
Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing. This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted in life. Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all, you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets on writing to sell.
You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget. Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.
So the question is… What do you love to do?
What’s Your Passion: An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain? He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms. For example: “What Is Whip Lash?”
The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read. These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.
There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business. It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.
Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.
I’m passionate about investing, so I write and self publish ideas about investing. Merri and I love Ecuador… so we wrote about Ecuador.
What do you love? If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf. Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art? Write and sell publications in these fields.
Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues? You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.
Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place? Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.
Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.
This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers. To be immersed in our passion and get paid well for it. That usually enough.
The seven Ps are:
#4: Profitably Priced Product
#5: Prospecting Pathway
In 1974, I had a business that never got ahead. I was almost penniless, in debt and living from hand to mouth. Then I discovered these seven secrets. They helped me write and sell book after book and report after report. Since then, our self publishing business has brought in millions.
How to build a solid business.
The key to building a successful self publishing business is to use the Golden Rule of Simplicity and the 7Ps to create your publication. The premise behind the Golden Rule is that if you have a passion… you have a problem. Your problem is a desire to fill.
The Golden rule of writing uses a writer’s desire as a compass to direct the creation and sale of the publication.
Here is the Golden Rule of Simplicity: Your Desires Are in Others. Your Desires ID Markets. Your Habits Reveals Pathways. Your Emotions Create Stories. Your Demands Create Publications.
This creative pathway works whether your publication is written by hand and sold on the street corner or published for Kindle at Amazon.com. These simple but basic fundamentals guide the creation of your works whether you use the most sophisticated equipment and algorithms or are totally low tech.
The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend seminar. We offered the course for $1,500 and were surprised when 80 delegates enrolled. People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.
Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience. We created a course based on our current self publishing activity.
That was more than 20 years ago and thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades. You can see a few current success stories at the links at the bottom of this note.
This course is not theoretical. It describes step-by-step how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now. We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong six figure annual income.
Another thing that is unique is that Merri and I do this entire business by ourselves with the help of David Cross, our son-in-law and webmaster. You will not have to build an organization to self publish. Though we have over 35,000 readers who have subscribed to our ezine and though we have have made millions we still work from home. You’ll be able to do the same—if you wish—because the course includes everything we did and do—explained in vivid detail.
To this end, I have created a special offer. When you enroll in a Writer’s Camp, I’ll immediately send you an online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher,” which is normally $299. I’ll also send our online course on how to use the internet and a website in your business and three additional bonuses.
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Here is one of the many interviews of successful self publishers that are included in the course.
A Christian Science Monitor article “Ecuador: easy base for terrorists and criminals?”
Dr. Peter E. Tarlow website www.tourismandmore.com