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We can enjoy living a better retirement in Ecuador or wherever if we have sufficient income.  This is why a big part of our write to sell course is about monetization.   Writing is enjoyable and fulfilling, but being a starving artist is not a great pinnacle career.

Many writers if they are steady and can survive to write enough will through effort, work and luck capture the national psyche.  This is usually an accident where something written happens to click so well in the market place at exactly the right time that it spreads easily and enjoys monumental sales.

Three examples I recall include JK Rowling (Harry Potter), Dan Brown (Da Vinci Code) and James Redfield  (The Celestine Prophesy).   They built a huge almost overnight readership with a great book and good luck.

All three…

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James Redfield

are great writers and tapped into…

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Dan Brown

the national psyche.

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JK Rowling.

Yet in the competitive virtual world we have today we need more than luck to build a readership.  Even if you write a great book, the idea of going viral or having a million copy viral seller is warm and fuzzy but the odds are remote.

The proof of the odds can be seen in the book written by J.K. Rowling who wrote her latest  book “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” under the pen name Robert Galbraith.  She did so to be able to write and be “published without hype or expectation”.

Even though, as Galbraith, she and her agents knew all there was to publishing a book, she sold a modest 1,500 copies from the launch in April 2013 into July.

Then one of Rowing’s attorneys told a trusted friend who told another friend who immediately tweeted the world.


Only after it was revealed that “The Cuckoo’s Calling” was written by Rowling did most of the big publishing players who had originally failed to review the book take a second look and say they’re impressed.  This week The Cuckoo’s Calling is #1 on the Best Seller List.

Other best selling authors have also proven this point.  Stephen King for example was worried that his successes had more to do with his early success than his actual talent.  To find out he wrote a number of books as Richard Bachman. None were major hits.  Only after his pen name was uncovered did they enjoy better sales.

Were Rowling and King’s pseudonym written books good?  Yep.

Did Rowling and King and their publishing team know how the publishing system works?  Yep.

Yet these books were not great viral hits.

The only author I know who has been able to understand the national psyche is James Patterson.  He is a great writer and has market research skills gained when he worked at  J. Walter Thompson.  He rose from  junior copywriter to become the CEO of their North American operations.

He loved writing more than advertising  guess and how his novels account for one in 17 of all hardcover novels sold in the United States!

I have lucked out twice in this way on a minor scale, yet these two publications generated more revenue than all my other publications combined.

The key though is not to try hitting the national psyche.  Instead, if you love writing or the idea of writing, learn how to make a decent income from writing.  This income will keep you going so that along this enjoyable path that helps you hit a viral success.

This is why we teach how to monetize publications to create an income path using the Seven Ps in our write to sell course (Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher) and Writer’s Camps.

One of the Ps is a Prospecting Path.  The Kindle Direct Publishing Select system can be an excellent prospecting path.

A reader asked about this when she wrote:   Hi Gary,  Enjoyed your article regarding Kindle Direct Publishing.  You mentioned that there is a 70% royalty return to authors.  The service currently offers two royalty options:  1) author keeps 35%, no delivery costs, no compulsory book lending, may be sold in any country without altering royalty. Author may choose to price book at any price.  .99 – $199; 2) 70% royalty.  Author pays a delivery fee for EACH book.  There is a list of countries for which author reaps 70%, while Amazon may lower royalty and book prices in other countries.  With this option they require author agreement on book lending.Amazon may add restrictions or conditions to author regarding book sales.  Author MUST price book between $2.99-$9.99.

I was wondering if you had considered BOTH options prior to your selection of the 70%.  It would be interesting to read your analysis of these two programs offered to e-authors.  BEST WISHES.

One sure and steady way to earn a growing income is to use Amazon.com and other e-reader distribution systems to collect a group of like minded souls.

My recommendation is to write a first publication as a prospecting tool rather than an income generator in a three step approach.

#1:  Write the first publication as a give away.  Do not worry much about the royalty. Do not  expect the book to be a great income generator.  See this first effort as a step in the process of getting paid a little to build a readership of like minded souls.  If it goes viral… great.  Just do not expect or count on such a fortuitous reaction.

#2: Price the publication a little higher rather than lower.  The higher price is not for a a higher royalty, but to create a higher perceived value for the information you publish.

#3: Use the Kindle Direct Publishing Select system to offer this book free.

There are very specific rules Amazon requires, and if we do want to offer the free trial it’s a 90-day commitment.

Here’s the summary:

1.    Exclusivity: While ebooks are enrolled in KDP Select, Amazon demands exclusive publishing rights. Ebooks enrolled in KDP Select must not be for sale or given away anywhere else online or offline. Amazon is really strict on this – you can’t even give away review copies.

2.    A ninety-day cycle: Ebooks are enrolled to KDP Select for 90 days. After 90 days, you choose whether or not to re-enroll for another 90 days.

3.    A lending library: Amazon Prime customers can borrow one ebook a month for free. If you enroll in KDP Select, your eBook is one of the titles Prime customers can borrow. You get paid when someone borrows your book. The amount varies, but it’s typically around one or two dollars.

4.    Free promotions: For each 90 day cycle, you have up to five days where you can give away your eBook for free. You control which five days these are.

5.    Publishing on Kindle:  What does it mean to publish exclusively on Kindle?

When you choose to enroll your book in KDP Select, you’re committing to make the digital format of that book available exclusively through KDP. During the period of exclusivity, you cannot distribute your book digitally anywhere else, including on your website, blogs, etc. However, you can continue to distribute your book in physical format, or in any format other than digital.

See the KDP Select Terms and Conditions for more information.

Turn your passion into profit.  If your passion is writing or if you have a passion you want to write about, then you  should begin building a readership of like minded souls.  Feed this community… your own unique community… with a continual flow of useful and interesting information that makes their lives better.

This is a solid path to creating extra income for a better retirement.

James Patterson shared the importance of loving what you do when speaking at a dinner to celebrate him.  The New York Times article James Patterson Inc. tells what Patterson said at the dinner:   Patterson then proceeded to tell one of his favorite stories about his mother’s father, who drove a frozen-foods truck in Upstate New York. During the summer, Patterson said, he would occasionally get up at 4 in the morning to ride along with him. As they drove over a mountain toward his first delivery, Patterson’s grandfather, an irrepressibly joyful man, would be singing at the top of his lungs.

“One day he said to me: ‘Jim, I don’t care what you do when you grow up. I don’t care if you drive a truck like I do, or if you become the president. Just remember that when you go over the mountain to work in the morning, you’ve got to be singing,’ ” Patterson went on. “Well, I am.”


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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.