Second Wind

Welcome to Adventure 2013 in time for a Second Wind.  Merri and I look forward to sharing it with you and helping us all stay on the leading edge.

Linked below is the report that you have asked for “How to Earn With Positive Community News”.  We were overwhelmed with orders and feel privileged… honored and thankful that so many have responded. Thank you.

Before we link the report, let me share a great story to start this “Best Year Yet”.


Kyocera ceramic knife and a Ponkan Mandarin (called Nagpar Suntra).

Being ahead of the pack can be profitable and is always an adventure.  Of course some times the leading edge is sharp!

One that subject, I am a bit of a knife and flashlight nut (I think it’s a guy thing).   As we became increasingly involved in citrus preparation, I saw an excuse to acquire the sharpest knife possible for slicing lemons, grapefruit and orange.   That led me to ceramic blades and the best I discovered were made by Kyocera.

This is the same company I wrote about offering solar panels at decreasing prices and in February 2010 this site looked at its shares as a potential green investment.  The shares rose from $88 to $102 in just a couple of months.

However it is the founder of Kyocera that we should focus on today.   As we start a New Year, if we desire a new lifestyle… he is definitely leading edge!

Yesterday’s message mentioned him,  Inamori Kazuo.  He started Kyocera, a ceramic company that now employs 66,000.  Then he started Japan’s second-largest telecom network and at 78 years old became the new CEO of Japan Airlines and led the airline out of bankruptcy.

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Now at 80, he is not slowing down!

I was writing about Kazuo’s feats at 80 when a reader sent this note.

Hello Gary, Just wondering about age. I’m 69. Do you think that might be too old  to start writing and self publish? I only have a high school education to boot. What is your honest opinion?  Thanks.

I replied: 69. Gosh you are still a kid as you can see below!  Merri and I are still going strong.  Some… in fact many of our delegates are in their 70s and beyond.

Education has nothing to do with good writing. As we mature we are more settled, have more experience, see a bigger picture and write better.

One writer who has attended our Spanish courses aged 72 just ran a Triathlon: 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike ride and 3 mile run.

Then I shared the following examples of people having success at ages way past their 60s.

A New York Times article by By Deborah Sontaga entitled “At 94, She’s the Hot New Thing in Painting.” shows one great example.

Here is an excerpt.  After six decades of very private painting, Ms. Herrera sold her first artwork five years ago, at 89. Now, at a small ceremony in her honor, she was basking in the realization that her career had finally, undeniably, taken off. As cameras flashed, she extended long, Giacomettiesque fingers to accept an art foundation’s lifetime achievement award from the director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Her good friend, the painter, Tony Bechara, raised a glass. “We have a saying in Puerto Rico,” he said. “The bus — la guagua — always comes for those who wait.”


Photo of  Carmen Herrera by Todd Heisler/The New York Times

And the Cuban-born Ms. Herrera, laughing gustily, responded, “Well, Tony, I’ve been at the bus stop for 94 years!”

The clue?  Live beyond logic and work hard.  We live in a chaotic… ever changing world where there is so much we cannot know.

Do what you love.  Serve and stay with it as you embrace the change.

Another article popped up entitled “Super Gran: World’s oldest gymnast aged 86 performs jaw-dropping routine on parallel bars”

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This one said: If you were inspired to take up a sport by the London 2012 Olympics but then quickly dismissed the idea because you thought you were too old – then think again.

A German gymnast has shown age is no barrier to sporting achievement by being named the world’s Oldest Gymnast at the age of 86.  Johanna Quaas appeared on This Morning and amazed presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with her display of strength and agility on the parallel bars.

That led me to Google the phrase “86 year old writers”.

Wow.  I saw articles again and again of 86 year olds doing amazing things.

One article said News: 86-year old author introduces book to FHS students.   Never say never… With shining eyes and a smile full of pride, Denis E. “Don” Bergeron presented his first book, a memoir titled In Front of Patton, to the Friendswood High School library. At the age of 86, this writer’s career has just begun.

Another title was “86-Year-Old Veteran Chronicles His Life in Heartwarming Rage Comic” and said:  “Rage comics” are a memetic phenomenon.  Because rage comics typically express primal responses to utterly mundane but often “scene”-specific experiences, it would seem unlikely that an 86-year-old man would be the author of what many Reddit users are calling the greatest rage comic ever made. Published earlier this week on the man’s birthday, the comic details in deeply personal terms the events of his life, beginning with his earlier memories from childhood and including his service in World War II, estrangement from his children and discovery of true love.

A Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors article “What You Know Best & Love Most is Key” says:  Martin Garaway was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star. The article talked about his many years of writing short stories as he drove a taxi in New York. It took him over five years to write his novel, The Theft of the Anasazi Pots, finally getting it published at 86 years old.

Another article was titled “Linus Bike, a Commuter Bike Manufacturer, Gives Kudos to 86-Year-Old Paperboy”.   According to the article published on the First Coast News website, 86-year-old Bud Schaefer from Minnesota started biking about four years ago after his children bought him a bike for Christmas. Being 82 at the time, Schaefer insisted the gift was a waste of money.  Instead, the article affirms, he discovered a new found passion for biking.  Schaefer even got himself a job riding bikes professionally. Well, as a paperboy that is. According to First Coast News, the job requires Schaefer to deliver 37 newspapers from the Rochester-Post Bulletin, around three dozen, each day. He even had to replace the tires due to overuse.

A article tells of Om Prakash in India who published his first book at 86.  The article says: When he was a student at the University of Delhi, the capitol city of India, he became involved in Gandhi’s “Quit India” freedom movement and served as a community organizer for the next four years until India gained its freedom from the British. Towards the end of this period he was imprisoned by the British for his activities as a freedom worker.

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Dr. Om Prakash

While in prison, he had the time and opportunity to think about his future. One spring morning, while in a deep meditative state of inner awareness, the outline of a life of service to others began to emerge. By the time he was released from prison it had turned into his passion.

Dr. Prakash has been in the private practice of Clinical Psychology for more than 30 years. About 10 years ago he added coaching services to his practice and this year published his first book, From Change to Transformation & Beyond.

An article from a Chinese website shows that age is not a hindrance there either.  Entitled: “More Universities for Elderly Students in China” it says: China now has 16,676 universities catering to the needs of the total 1.45 million students who believe they’re never too old to learn.  The university curriculum lists more than 50 classes. Yang Quan, an 86-year-old woman, published a collection of her poems earlier this month and became the twelfth student in her school to see her poetry in print.

This site has a message about 15 year olds in business and centenarians still active in work and play.

Never say “Never”.  No matter how old… how young… how rich… how poor…. or where you are there is a way you can improve your lifestyle in a positive way.


Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

Here are seven secrets that can help you earn as a writer and self publisher.  


Join me as a wirter and self publisher.

These secrets are important because growing numbers of unknown writers have become famous writers and rich by self publishing over the internet.

Take for example Amanda Hocking.  After self publishing her first book at in the spring of 2010 she became one of the the best-selling e-authors. In the next year her book sales grossed approximately $2 million.

In 2011, St. Martin’s press paid Hocking more than $2 million for the world English rights of a four book series.  In 2013 she sold another series to St. Martin’s Press.

E.L. James is another such story.  She sold 250,000 copies of “50 Shades” via Createspace and before publishers noticed her and published the erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed which sold over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time.

Hugh Howey is a third example.  He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks. Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon. This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

These are great inspirations.

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

Hugh Howey

Hugh’s success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He deserves every accolade he receives and he does not take a bit of this success for granted. Hugh is pouring enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.

Neither you or I are likely to have this type of success.  That’s not bad.  The good news is… we do not need this type of success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing offers so many opportunities that one can have a life that most people only dream of as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like those of Hugh Howey or E.L James or Amanda Hocking rarely share is the many hours of writing they devoted before their self published book sales soared.  They were journeymen first… stars second.

The sevens secrets are the journeyman secrets… call them a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for 40 years, year in a year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably for you too.  First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following my adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

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, have homes in Hong Kong, England, a farm in North Carolina, orange groves and home in Florida… hotel and hacienda in Ecuador and work that we love and feel has meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form and the seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.  Everything seems new… except the seven secrets.  Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love it due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted in life. Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets on writing to sell.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whip Lash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings.  I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

I’m passionate about investing, so I write and self publish ideas about investing.  Merri and I love Ecuador… so we wrote about Ecuador.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  To be immersed in our passion and get paid well for it.  That usually enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

In 1974,  I had a business that never got ahead. I was almost penniless, in debt and living from hand to mouth.  Then I discovered these seven secrets.  They helped me write and sell book after book and report after report.  Since then, our self publishing business has brought in millions.

How to build a solid business.

The key to building a successful self publishing business is to use the Golden Rule of Simplicity and the 7Ps to create your publication.  The premise behind the Golden Rule is that if you have a passion… you have a problem.  Your problem is a desire to fill.

The Golden rule of writing uses a writer’s desire as a compass to direct the creation and sale of the publication.

Here is the Golden Rule of Simplicity:  Your Desires Are in Others.  Your Desires ID Markets.  Your Habits Reveals Pathways.  Your Emotions Create Stories.  Your Demands Create Publications.

This creative pathway works whether your publication is written by hand and sold on the street corner or published for Kindle at These simple but basic fundamentals guide the creation of your works whether you use the most sophisticated equipment and algorithms  or are totally low tech.

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend seminar.  We offered the course for $1,500 and were surprised when 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a course based on our current self publishing activity.

That was more than 20 years ago and thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.  You can see a few current success stories at the links at the bottom of this note.

This course is not theoretical. It describes step-by-step how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong six figure annual income.

Another thing that is unique is that Merri and I do this entire business by ourselves with the help of David Cross, our son-in-law and webmaster.  You will not have to build an organization to self publish.  Though we have over 35,000 readers who have subscribed to our ezine and though we have have made millions we still work from home.  You’ll be able to do the same—if you wish—because the course includes everything we did and do—explained in vivid detail.

To this end, I have created a special offer.  When  you enroll in a Writer’s Camp, I’ll immediately send you an online course  “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher,” which is normally $299.   I’ll also send our online course on how to use the internet and a website in your business  and three additional bonuses.

Bonus #1: Get the 50 minute Video Workshop worth $99 “How to Start Your Own Internet Business” presented by our webmaster David Cross,

Bonus #2: Get FREE, the $299 online course “The Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have an Internet Business”.  To read more  about this course click here.

Bonus #3: Our Super Thinking Workshop in an MP3 file so you can listen on your computer, burn a disk or listen on you Ipod or in your car.  This recorded course sells for $199.

Bonus #4: A special report only available to those who enroll in “Self Fulfilled” entitled  “Three Secrets for Creating Publishing Ideas”.

Bonus #5:  Self Fulfilled 202 and 203.  Self Publishing is changing so fast that the course continues to evolve.  We added Self Fulfilled 202 in 2012 and 2o13. Now we are adding Self Fulfilled 303 in 2-14. You’ll get all new lessons we add for a year.

In all, you get $896 of bonuses FREE.

Whether you are an engineer, doctor, housewife, business owner, or retiree… self-publishing offers a way to turn your passion into profit.

Don’t miss this special opportunity. Order Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher today.

Self Fulfilled Special $299


Gary Scott

Self Publisher and Author

See success stories from Self Publishers.


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