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Ecuador Synchronicity

We can create better lifestyles when we pay attention to synchronicity.

Have you ever pondered on what synchronicity brought Ecuador to your attention or into your life?   What random firing of the universe collided with your awareness so that of the 57,915,323,781 square miles of earth surface… this tiny 109,468 square miles became spotlighted for you?

We live in a world that changes so fast… we cannot possibly keep up with all that is going on.  We have to find simple ways to spot changes meaningful to us.    One way to focus on what is relevant in our own particular life… is to watch for synchronicity… nature’s way of saying… “Hey look here.”

An interesting lifestyle synchronicity recently helped brighten Merri’s and my life a lot.   This chance coming together may help you have a better lifestyle too.

West Jefferson is a tiny little town… a half hour from our farm.   We love it and go each Saturday morning to the Farmer’s Market on the Back Street where can pick up fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers that our neighbors in the county have grown.

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Festival on the Back Street.

They have festivals… great Bluegrass concerts

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Free concert at the Back Street Park.

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West Jefferson Farmer’s Market on the Back Street.

After our shopping, we pick up any feed we need  for the the chickens and horses.  Then we head over the the West Jefferson Coffee House owned and operated by our friend Julie Mc Gunegle.  If you are ever in town be sure to stop in at the cafe for an espresso or cool drink.  She has created a warm at home style and I usually sit back with a Back Street Blend coffee and a homemade chocolate chip cookie.

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West Jefferson Coffee House.

That Back Street Coffee House is the site of this newest synchronicity.

One of our major projects has been helping readers improve their lifestyle with changing technology.  In this endeavor we continually research how to write to sell using ereaders.

Whatever a person might do… whether in publishing, or providing a product or service through a fulfilling micro business … some writing and some selling is likely to be involved.   Knowing how to use the internet to write to sell can help just about anyone who wants to build a new lifestyle with their own micro business.

Good writers are usually prolific readers so I read a lot – of what I like.  This creates writing inspiration and I ask continually why did I like this… or not.  I am always thinking about how each book got into my Kindle.  What was the process that made me aware?

The key is read what you like.  Do not worry about genre.  Your goal is to write from the heart and connect with readers who are like minded souls.  Keep this process fun and light. Good writing should not be hard work!

Part of my research has been tracking a number of great science fiction writers who have used Amazon.com to build a great success.  I observe how they succeed so I can share the lessons with those who have enrolled in our self publishing course.

The writers I have been tracking include Suzanne Collins with the Hunger Games Trilogy, Hugh Howey  – Wool (The Silo Series), Sara King (Zero Legend Series), Phillip Richards (Union Series), John Scalzi (Human Division Series), Ryk Brown (Frontier Series) Ann Aquirre (Enclave Series), and Jay Allen (Crimson Series).

The writers in this genre have been very successful in attracting readers and providing them with a continuing flow of stories… at a cost so low that their work is hard to turn down.

This has been a pleasant form of research at my end as I enjoy science fiction.

I especially watched the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and the Silo Series by Hugh Howey with interest because they both managed to tap into the National Psyche.

You are probably aware of the “Hunger Games” as it was turned into a movie.

You may or may not know Howey’s books.  If not chances are you will soon because film rights to the series were sold to 20th Century Fox, with Lionsgate also expressing interest.

In addition last year Howey signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to distribute Wool to book retailers across the US and Canada.

Earlier this year I used  a portion of “Hunger Games” and of Hugh Howey’s works as case studies for lessons of our self publishing course.

Howey’s work was of special interest due to the rapid pace of its success.  He wrote “Wool” in 2011 as a stand-alone short story and decided to publish it through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing system, so he could enjoy the freedom of self-publishing.

The series grew in such popularity, that he added more entries.  Then interest began building for international rights in 2012, starting with a deal for Brazil.

What sets him aside from most publishers who start with Amazon and then move to retail print publishers, is that Howey kept exclusive to sell his books online.  He notably turned down seven figure offers in favor of a mid six figure sum in return for maintaining e-book rights.

Here is the synchronicity.

I had no idea that while I was sitting in the West Jefferson Coffee House reading Hugh’s books, he was sitting in the same cafe writing them. 

I had not a clue till friends invited Merri and me to dinner with their neighbor and her son… Hugh Howey.

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If you like Science Fiction be sure to order Hugh Howey’s,  Wool Omnibus

This Omnibus Edition collects the five Wool books into a single volume. It is for those who arrived late to the party and would like to save a dollar or two while picking up five stories in a single package.

For those interested in observing how an author builds a readership for Kindle… signup at  Hugh Howey’s website.

I had dinner this week with High. He is a fascinating person and I learned a lot about how to develop a readership through Amazon.com.

I’ll be sharing a lot of what I picked up in our Self Fulfilled course but here are two important points I gained during our conversation that applies to almost everyone.

First… focus on your product or service not the profit.   It was clear that Hugh Howey does not worry about selling his books.  He simply focuses on writing good stories in the belief that the sales will come.

Second don’t worry about your background.  He, as so many good writers are, has a varied background that appears to have little to do with writing.  Howey’s history includes being a roofer and boat captain before becoming a writer.

This reminds me of Jack London (another great author).   Self-educated in San Francisco, London worked in a  cannery, then bought a sloop and became an oyster pirate until he crashed the ship, so he worked as a member of the California Fish Patrol.  Then in In 1893, he signed on to the sealing schooner headed for Japan. When he returned, he took  jobs at a jute mill and a street-railway power plant.  Then he became a tramp, a career that landed him in the Erie County Penitentiary.  After all this he returned to Oakland and attended High School.  Only after all that did London begin his writing career.

The great American Pulitzer Prize winning author Willa Cather who wrote novels about frontier life once wrote:  “Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired before the age of fifteen.”

The lesson here is… you are unique as is what you know.  What you have done is a rich and rare breeding ground for great stories.  Never underestimate even the humblest beginnings.

This has been a fun and fulfilling synchronicity for me.  The thoughts gained have enriched my life as I hope they will yours as well.


Join us in West Jefferson for our Labor Day Writer’s Camp August 31, September 1-2. See details.

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.

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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.