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Ecuador Retirement Horizon

An Ecuador retirement brings a broadened horizon.

An example is seeing all the wonderful ways that holidays… such as Easter are celebrated in Ecuador.

Take the example of Fanesca!  Until you have lived in Ecuador over an Easter season, you might not have known about this exquisite treat!

Here is a the story about Fanesca from Roberto Ribadeneira head of Ateam Ecuador in Quito.



Photo of Fanesca from El Comercio

People love fanseca in Ecuador, in fact turns out that it is not a plate that is for “Semana Santa” (Holy Week) only, but Ecuadorians are eating it from February to April.

In fact in the south of Quito they make the biggest fanseca in the world. According to El Comercio, Wendy Yancha contributed with products that she grew in her own land. She came up with: 180 pounds of lima beans, 120 pounds of  corn, 270 pounds of  kidney bean, 180 pounds of “melloco” 120 pounds of “chocho”, 120 pounds of  peas, 90 sambos” and 60 “pumpkins”. All these products are organic and no pesticides were used.

There are about 140 people that came together in order to make the biggest fanseca in the world and many hundreds will enjoy its unique and delicious flavor.
Other products that go in this plate are: fish (bacalao), peanut,  fruits, cheese, milk, eggs and butter.

They all will cook everything on Thursday March 28th, it’s a monumental task but they will make it happen.

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Making Fanesca from El Comercio

Many others will choose to make fanseca at home, or eat it at many restaurants that have prices for everyone. You can buy a plate for $3.50 and in more expensive restaurants for over $15.

Making this dish is a lot of work, but if you know how to do it and enjoy having a great meal, then the final result will amaze your palate.

Christians in Ecuador eat fanseca on Holy Friday mainly because they are not allowed to eat meat. But the dish is so popular and so good, that people are preparing fanseca anytime now.

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Homemade Fanesca

Writing this has made me hungry of course, so I am going to enjoy a plate of fanseca for myself, so next time you are in Ecuador I hope you can get to eat fanseca, its’ something you will enjoy.

A lot is being written recently about retiring and about encore businesses.  I  do not see a career in the 50s, 60s or 70s at a time when we have the greatest experience and perhaps more wisdom… an encore. 

To me it makes more sense that this is the career we are here to be about.  Nature makes us focus on growing surviving and passing on our genes in the first stage of our lives.  This is essential for the survival of the species.  We are in experienced and do not have quite as any options when we have the family, the mortgage and the kids education to deal with.  We have a huge financial concern that drives our activity.

Finally… the family has grown and we can focus on our passion and service, applying all we have learned without as much regard for the bottom line in dollars.

This is why I like the idea of writing and publishing to sell.

A USA Today article entitled “Boomers turn to encore careers after retiring” by Rodney Brooks shows one way t do this… turn something a person has always wanted to do into a writing business.

Here is an excerpt. Boomers are living longer, healthier lives, so they live longer in retirement

Baby Boomers are finding second or “encore” careers are an option

And many are becoming entrepreneurs or working at non-profit agencies

Sitting at home through a 20-or 30-year retirement is no longer an option for an increasing number of Baby Boomers.

Some are looking to do something else because they have to for financial reasons. But, increasingly, Boomers are embarking on entirely different “encore” careers after retirement.

“The reality is people are living longer, healthier lives, and when they get to the point when the need to make a change — they retire, are laid off or sell their business — they are 60 years old, and they say ‘I still have another 10, 15, or 20 or years and I want to do something,'” says Nancy Collamer, author of Second Act Careers: 50+ Ways to Profit From Your Passions During Semi-Retirement. “It’s out of financial necessity is some cases, but it’s lifestyle in other cases.”

Take Linda Lombri, 65, and Virginia Cornue, 68, both of Montclair, N.J. In their post-retirement lives, they have re-invented themselves as mystery writers, even though neither had written fiction before. They began an e-book series, the Sandra Troux Mysteries, which is sold on 10 websites, including Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Apple iTunes. The first in the series, The Mystery of the Ming Connection, was published last year under their pseudonym, Crystal Sharpe. Their second in the series will be out this spring; the third in the fall.

Both fans of the Nancy Drew series when they were young girls, they have re-imagined her into a trio of female Baby Boomer characters. “Not only are we reinventing ourselves, we have our characters reinventing themselves as well,” says Cornue.

Opportunity for Positive Influence

When you write, you gain a great opportunity to have a positive influence.  Here is a note one reader who wrote a book sent:   Gary, I just handed a book that I had here in Bahia to the President of Ecuador yesterday morning, when he visited us.  I am sending you a chapter that you can look at, chapter 12-Ecuador, “The Secret of Paradise”.  There is a personal conversation I had with the President that should be quite interesting.  I hope you can have time for a quick read of it.

I did read this and here is an excerpt from “The Secret of Paradise” by Patricio Tamariz and Bo Rinaldi.

As I participated at the beginning of Ecuador’s tourism initiative as the first Executive Director for the Tourism Promotion Fund for Ecuador, I pulled as hard as I could to position our country as a leader in sustainable tourism. I could see it would be a difficult task positioning ourselves as such. Nevertheless, the word got out so much, with Ecuador presented as a travel destination, that I was interviewed in many segments of travel news around the world – three times by CNN, four times by the BBC, and by many others. As difficult as it was, I can see that we positioned ourselves very well in the travel industry segment of our market. Still, there is much to do.

When our President Rafael Correa stayed with us at our archaeological site and Eco lodge Chirije, I mentioned to him that now we have to place the real estate traveler in a priority position. I explained that when a traveler comes in for 12 days, 11 nights to the mainland and Galapagos, they might leave a good 4,000 USD in the local economy. A real estate traveler, on the other hand, might stay at least 4 to 5 times (7 to 14 days each visit). Then when the land was bought, rent a house or apartment until their house is built. Just the building of the house might be in the order of 100,000 USD plus. This the president knew, it is a presidential compromise, especially for the Ministry of Tourism, to position Ecuador as a retirement destination. The project is called Destino Retiro. I know the President will increase government spending in infrastructure and services where he will place the country with incredible connectivity enhancing tourism and also augment budgets for the communication and promotional aspect of this destination. Ecuador had more than 1.2 million international arrivals in 2012.
Let’s hope in 2020, the new graphic country brand “Ecuador. Love Life” will be in tune with what the global market perceives of my country. Let us go beyond having a hexagon strategy to the world and let Ecuador be in the top of the mind of the respectful, responsible and enlightened traveler as the place to go…the place to live…the place to make friends…the place to love life.

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You can order Secrets of Paradise at Amazon.com


Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 


Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   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.com.  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.

That’s what he’s doing now.

Hugh Howey

Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you 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 Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom 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 more than 40 years, year in and 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 will be 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 Merri and 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 our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

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 is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution 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.

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.

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 Whiplash?”

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.

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.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 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 written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, 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 annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund . 

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.      

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” that you will receive on MP3.


Boomers turn to encore careers after retiring by Rodney Brooks