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I can write… right?   This is the question so many readers ask.

The answer simply is yes.  The bigger question should be… can we sell what we write… at a profit?

See how one writer has published an Ecuador book for Kindle below.

I am a writing fool.  I write every day… have been since the 1970s and love it!

Still I remember sitting down at my oak dining table and starting my first book (Passport to International Profit). The doubts and the questions and worries I had are still clear.

May I share what some of our friends and those who have attended our courses have written about their writing.  They did it!  So can you.

Sue Herron wrote:  Merri and Gary, I wanted to share with you the item Mike has now checked off his bucket list.  He has written and published a book, Black Diamonds.  “Meagan Turner’s cruise to Alaska takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself caught up in fulfilling a legend to reunite two Native American lovers. The path she chooses leads her on a journey of self-discovery and exploration that tests both her courage and willingness to follow her heart. The town of Homer provides a scenic backdrop for a captivating tale of romance and intrigue. Black Diamonds is Book 1 in the Colors of Alaska Trilogy and is the first novel by author J. Michael Herron.”

You two were an inspiration to us as we read about the eBook publishing in your blog.  He always thought he would write a mystery but ended up writing a love story.  He is now working on the second book in the trilogy, Blue Ice.  He set his 2013 goals to write the three books in the trilogy and publish them and then write a stand alone as well.

Just thought I would share with you how our 2013 is starting out.  I know this year is going to be AWESOME for all of us.

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You can order Black Diamond for Kindle at Amazon.com.   Click here.

Nicki Goff  who attended our writers camp wrote shortly after that she had completed her first book “Easy Quinoa Recipes” with 13 quinoa recipes.

Then she sold 10,000 downloads in five days and obtained dozens of good reviews!

Getting these downloads is step three in a seven step process. We (and others) have been helping Nicki and our delegates walk through these steps so they can earn income through writing and publishing again and again.

Nicki is now well on her way to wonderful self publishing success.   She just completed her fourth book, “Under Cover Gardening” that’s on free promo today Thursday, January 24, 2013.

She wrote:  Hi, Gary,  Book sales are actually going well, and I’m having a lot of fun with this. I’m so grateful to you and Merri for

pushing me to get some action going!

My newest book is free at Amazon.com on Thursday, January 24, 2013 only.

The free promos really get things going, and seem to reignite sales.

Two more in the works – both on gardening topics.  Best wishes for 2013 to you and Merri.   Love, Nicki

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Click here to get Nicki’s book free (January 24, 2013 only): The Under Cover Gardening Guide.

These are examples of what others have done to date.  In our online self publishing courses and at our Writers Camp we help you learn seven steps so you can write and sell your publications.

The seven steps to everlasting wealth with writing by the way are:

Step #1:  Define the passion.

Step #2:  Reach like minded souls.

Step #3: Engage the interested reader.

Step #4: Monetize.

Step #5: Optimize the Monetization.

Step #6:  Expand the Monetization.

Step #7: Look for Cross Fertilization and Long Tail Monetization.

You can take these seven steps wherever you live…. in Ecuador or abroad.

Patricio Tamariz from Bahia, Ecuador wrote:  It is a pleasure for me to announce that my book on the Pacific Coast of Ecuador, and especially for the Bahia de Caraquez region, has finally come out in Amazon.com.

I hope you remember me I am the owner of CasaGrande in Bahia de Caraquez (www.casagrandebahia.com) and of the archaeological ecolodge at Chirije (www.chirije.com).  Casa Grande offers a discount to Ecuador Living Club members.

The book is titled: The Secret of Paradise, The Mysteries of the Pacific Coast of Ecuador.

If possible I would appreciate it if you could send out the word to all your followers, I know it will be a great book for all of those who want to hear about the history and the harmony of this area.

There should be a color and also a black/white version of the book in paperback . The Kindle edition is also available.

I do not have yet any books here in Bahia, so I can send you one. But once you come down here, I would love to invite you here and give you a personal tour of Chirije.  I hope you enjoy the book.  Patricio

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Order ($8.39)  The Secret of Paradise, The Mysteries of the Pacific Coast of Ecuador

#1: Our online course Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher

#2: Our Writers Camps

#3: As an Independent Positive Community Publisher

We will also have a session in our Super Thinking + Investing and Business Seminar this February 1-2-3, 2013

Seminar Expands to Historic Eustis

The February seminar has grown too large for the meeting accommodations in Mount Dora so has expanded a short distance down the road to Lake Eustis.

Downtown Eustis is experiencing a rebirth as the Lake Eustis Foundation has been established to revitalize the historic district.

The vision the foundation has for the area is retail, restaurant and office space on a lower level with luxury residential living space above. The seminar will be conducted in the Lake Eustis Foundation meeting hall in the historic district.

Here are photos of the area you can see from the meeting hall.

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Sunset on Lake Eustis

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Boardwalk on Lake Eustis

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Downtown…

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Historic Downtown Eustis

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Old Eustis at Night

Merri and I will both talk about how to write to sell along with:

Bob Gandt

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Our friend, Bob Gandt, published his first story at age sixteen – the same year he first soloed an airplane. Since then he has logged something over 25,000 hours, written and published thirteen books and countless articles.

Gandt’s flying career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his books. He has been a Navy fighter/attack pilot, weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and airline captain.

At age 20 he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy. As a carrier-based attack pilot, he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. In his 1997 deja vu work,”Bogeys and Bandits” (Viking Penguin), he joins a Navy F/A-18 training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.

In 1965 he began his career as a pilot for Pan American World Airways. For the next 26 years he flew around the globe, domiciled in places like New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong. His 1995 book, “Skygods” (Wm. Morrow & Co.), recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the once-great Pan Am.

In 1998 Bob made his screenwriting debut on the CBS series  “Pensacola: Wings Of Gold”. Drawing on the material from his book “Bogeys and Bandits”, he worked as writer and technical consultant for the twenty-two-episodes, which starred James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.

Bob’s sixth non-fiction work, “Intrepid”, co-authored by Bill White, with a foreword by former naval aviator and presidential candidate and senator, John McCain, was published in the autumn of 2008. In November, 2010 – “The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of WWII and the Men Who Fought It”, from Broadway Books.

In 2011 The New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States announced that Bob was winner of the 2011 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.

Dave & Sherry Johnson

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Dave and Sherry are venture partners with Merri and me and David Cross in the Positive Community Magazines. Dave and Sherry moved to Asheboro, North Carolina, a town voted by Forbes magazine as one of the worst ten small towns economically in the USA.  After being clobbered in the last economic downturn they rose like Phoenix rising from the ashes and created Small Community Magazines that bring good news to the community and earn the publishers excellent profits.  They are helping to expand this community concept globally.

David Cross

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David has an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience spanning 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.   He started working with the internet from the getgo and we have been lucky that he helped us start our website in the 1990s.
He was also Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD.  David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009 until he came to work with Merri and me full time.

Dr. Jim Vigue

Jim has a master’s degree in leadership, an MBA in marketing and a Ph.D. in holistic health. He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging
Medicine and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is board certified in alternative medicine.

Jim is also a former USA Baseball/Major League Player’s Association Coach of the Year as well as an award winning author on such diverse subjects as baseball, finance and menopause.  He works with many professional athletes and his baseball book spoke out against steroids long before the condemnation  was popular.

Jim’s most successful book has been my menopause (and other mid life issues women and their partners face). His son Kris  also wrote a book while a college student that was subsequently used by the University of Dallas in their sports management program entitled “How to Achieve Your Million Dollar Dreams at Any Age”. The book  isn’t about making a million dollars but more about making all your big
dreams come true, a great subject for high school and college. Kris had his dream of playing major league baseball ended by a career ending injury his freshman year at Stetson. Kris was named one of the top high school players in the country by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. His book is about having to give up on one dream and transition into others.

Multi Currency Value Investing Seminar

Old Accord Creates New Profits – Multi Currency Investments.

Earn more with multi currency stock market breakouts.

Improve Safety – Increase Profits

Learn how to improve the safety of your savings and investments by selecting good value and diversified investments in a multi-currency portfolio.

Few decisions are as important to your wealth as the value of the markets and currencies you invest in.  This has been our area of expertise since the 1970s and we have worked with and advised some of the largest currency traders in the world.

Gain Protection First – Against the Dollar’s Purchasing Power Loss.  In 1913 the The Federal Reserve Act created the Federal Reserve Bank to protect the purchasing power of the US dollar, which has since lost about 94% of its purchasing power.  Here is its price compared with gold since 1900.

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Dollar chart from pricedingold.com (1)

The Fed has let the dollar lose most of its strength plus has allowed interest rates to fall so low, that safe investments cannot keep pace with the drop in purchasing power.

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Chart from Grandfather Economic Report (2)

Many investors have forgotten about the risk of a falling dollar because the greenback has been strong for the past five years.  This temporary dollar strength came after the great recession of 2009 just as there was temporary dollar strength after the great recession of the 1980s.  Then about six years after the recession, an agreement was made by major governments to weaken the dollar.

There was a severe global economic recession affecting much of the developed world in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  The United States and Japan exited the recession relatively early, but high unemployment would continue to affect Europe and the UK through to at least 1985.  As a consequence between 1980 and 1985, the US dollar had appreciated by about 50% against the Japanese yen, Deutsche mark, French franc and British pound, the currencies of the next four biggest economies at the time. Then the governments reached an agreement and exchange rate values of the dollar versus the yen declined by 51% from 1985 to 1987.

Now the world is again in the same place.  The recession is over.  Europe is a bit behind in recovery and the dollar is higher than before the recession.

There is no reason for the greenback to be  strong.

The agreement in 1985 was called the Plaza Accord.   Over just two years the greenback dropped nearly 50% versus other major currencies.  The next accord will generate great profits for those who know what to do while it ruins the purchasing power of dollar back investments.

The strong US dollar and low interest rates have created one of the biggest stock and multi currency breakout opportunities in history.  Learn how to create a plan to profit from multi currency shifts ahead.

One reason for the potential gains is that stock markets and currency values are cyclical.  Due to low interest rates created by the 2009 economic downturn, the US and a few other equity markets have risen to some of their highest prices, ever.  These markets offer very poor value now.  The steep valuation creates incredible profit potential but also hides some enormous risks.  Learn how to develop an investing strategy based of earnings, cash flows, dividends and book values to increase potential for profit and reduce the risks.

Next Extra Profit Created by Value Breakouts

Over the history of US equity markets, the  price of overall markets have risen about 9.1 percent, respectively, compounded annually.  Yet over more than a hundred years of stock market activity,  a majority of the profits have come from just a very few dramatic breakouts.

Equity markets are ruled in the short term by emotions that create unpredictable ups and downs.  Numerous fears of defaults, worries of double dip recessions, high unemployment, concerns about fiscal cliffs, hold investors back.  Yet global population growth and advances in production and prosperity are relentless economic fundamentals that increase value.

When fear holds back a a fundamentally rising value, rising profit potential grows.  Values increase as prices stagnate.  Then markets break free and rocket upwards creating wealth, prosperity and growth.

Find out which breakouts are likely to take place next.

Stocks rise from the cycle of war, productivity and demographics. Cycles create recurring profits. Economies and stock markets cycle up and down around every 15 years as shown in this graph.

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The effect of war cycles on the US Stock Market since 1906.

Bull and bear cycles are based on cycles of human interaction, war, technology and productivity.  Economic downturns create war.

Here is the war stock cycle.  Military struggles (like the Civil War, WWI, WWII and the Cold War: WWIII) super charge inventiveness that creates new forms of productivity…the steam engine, the internal combustion engine,  production line processes, jet engines, TV, farming techniques, plastics, telephone, computer and lastly during the Cold War, the internet.  The military technology shifts to domestic use.  A boom is created that leads to excess.  Excess leads to correction. Correction creates an economic downturn and again to war.

Learn how the Cyber War (WWIV) may change the way we live and act and how this will affect currencies and investments.

Learn:

* How to easily buy global currencies, shares and bonds.

* Trading down and the benefits of investing in real estate in Small Town USA.  We will share why this breakout value is special and why we have been recommending good value real estate in this area since 2009.

* What’s up with gold and silver?  One session looks at my current position on gold and silver and asset protection.  We review the state of the precious metal markets and potential problems ahead for US dollars.  Learn how low interest rates eliminate  opportunity costs of diversification in precious metals and foreign currencies.

* How to improve safety and increase profit with leverage and staying power.  The seminar reveals Warren Buffett’s value investing strategy from research published at Yale University’s website.  This research shows that the stocks Buffet chooses are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price-to-book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios), but his big, extra profits come from leverage and staying power.  At times Buffet’s portfolio, as all value portfolios, has fallen, but he has been willing and able to wait long periods for the value to reveal itself and prices to recover.

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This chart based on a 45 year portfolio study shows that holding a diversified good value portfolio (based on a  good value strategy) for 13 month’s time, increases the probability of outperformance to 70%.  However those who can hold the portfolio for five years gain a 88% probability of beating the bellwether in the market and after ten years the probability increases to 97.5%.

Time is your friend when you use a good value strategy.  The longer you can hold onto a well balanced good value portfolio, the better the odds of outstanding success.

Learn how much leverage to use.  Leverage is like medicine, the key is dose.  Buffett leverages his portfolio at a ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1.  This rate of expansion by the way is called the “Golden Ratio”.  It is a mathematical formula that controls the growth of most natural things; trees, the shape of leaves, the spiral of shells, as well as the way economies and societies grow.

We’ll sum the strategy, how to leverage cheap, safe, quality stocks and for what period of time based on your circumstances.

Learn to plan in a way so you never run out of money.  The seminar also has a session on the importance of having and sticking to a plan.  See how success is dependent on conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk.  Learn a three point strategy based on my 50 (almost) years of investing experience combined with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists.

Enjoy investing more with slow, worry free, good value investing.  Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These are major foundations of the Behavior Gap, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  The losses created by this gap grow when investors trade short term under stress.

Learn how to put meaning into your investing by creating profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal goals.

Learn how to span the behavior gap.  Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire.  By nature investors are risk adverse, when they should embrace risk.  Purpose is the most powerful motivator,  stronger than fear and greed.  One powerful way to overcome the behavior gap is to invest with a purpose.

Combine your needs and capabilities with the secrets and the math of our good value model portfolio.

Share ideas about my good value portfolio.  My personal investment portfolio comes from a continual analysis of international stock markets and a comparison of their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.

Markets included in this portfolio are:

• Norway
• Australia
• Hong Kong
• Japan
• Singapore
• United Kingdom
• Taiwan
• South Korea
• China

These markets have been chosen based on four pillars of valuation.

• Absolute Valuation
• Relative Valuation
• Current versus Historic Valuation
• Current Relative versus Relative Historic Valuation

Learn how to use Country ETFs to easily construct a diversified, risk-controlled, equally weighted representative country portfolios in all of these good value countries.

To achieve this goal my portfolio consists of Country Index ETFs that track an index of shares in a specific country.  These country ETFs provide diversification into a basket of equities in the good value countries.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  You can invest in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

Learn the results of a $80,000 share purchase cost test that found the least expensive way to invest in good value.  The keys to this portfolio are good value, low cost, minimal fuss and bother.  Plus a great savings of time.  Trading is minimal, usually not more than one or two shares are bought or sold in a year.  I wanted to find the very least expensive way to create and hold this portfolio so I performed a test.

The Test for Low Cost Trading

Research put every part of this portfolio in place, except knowing the best, easiest and least expensive way to buy.  A search for an optimal way to buy and hold boiled down to two methods.  One tactic to test was to use a unique online broker that appeared to offer the lowest cost deal.  The other approach was to use a community bank in Smalltown USA.  The small town bank that I use looks after my 401K trust account and their service is first class.  The benefit of small banks is that they still treat us as a human beings (instead of a number) and when we need, it’s easy to go right to the top to answer a question or get a problem resolved.  There are no call centers and the bank and the person looking after my account is just around the corner.

I created a test to see which offered the least expensive service.

Working with my banker in Smalltown USA,  I created two accounts, one at the online broker and the other at the bank. I placed $40,000 in each.

I set up the order for the country ETFs online, while my trust manager set up orders for the identical amounts of the same shares in his system.  Then we got on the phone, coordinated our timing and on a count of three each pushed the button “BUY”.

The results of this test  show how you can gain on any purchase of country ETFs.

In this special offer, you can get this online seminar FREE when you subscribe to our Personal investing Course.

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(1) Dollar chart from pricedingold.com

(2) Grandfather Economic Report