Global economic shifts have altered the way most people can earn.
Recent statistics suggest that unemployment has fallen in the US… but at the cost of enormous added stress. Millions are under employed or working so hard that the process is not fulfilling, healthy and barely worth the effort.
Millions are escaping the rat race… creating their own business or moving abroad.
See below great opportunities in publishing and vineyards.
Small magazine publishing businesses are one great way to earn. Merri and I learned how to earn in Ecuador with publishing. Our friends Dave and Sherry Johnson learned how to earn with publishing small magazines.
Dave and Sherry’s first magazine in Asheboro.
Publishing Benefits. The income from small Positive Community Magazines is wonderful… as much as $17,000 gross a month (with profits over $11,000) but it’s the wonderful fringe benefits that come to publishers which make this business really great.
Dave sent a note about these benefits.
#1: Freedom of setting your own hours. Working when you where and when you want to… not what you are told. This saves time, frustration and stress. Dave says he has no commute unless you count the 8 seconds it takes to walk from the bedroom to his office. You don’t have to ask permission to take time off to attend your children’s sporting events, concerts, plays or any other event.
#2: Freedom of expression. One of Dave’s favorite reasons for having his own publishing business is that he can work at home in his pajamas! One great writer I know used to work in a SuperMan suit! Whatever yanks your chain is okay in this business.
#3: You have complete control over your earnings. If you want to earn more, give yourself a raise by working more and increasing your revenue.
#4: The tax benefits are tremendous. An expanded portion of your lifestyle becomes tax deductible.
#5: When you work hard, you are working hard for your benefit and wealth not someone else’s.
#6: You get PRESS credentials. Dave says that some big venues (like NASCAR) require official credentials which you can get by calling the press office. Publishers can create their own “PRESS” badge and it usually gets them “behind the scenes” access. In addition when there, everyone of course wants to talk to the press so they can end up in the magazine. Being part of the press also (usually) gets you free admission into most events. Worst case scenario, you trade/barter an ad to gain admission.
Recently Dave attended an event called the “Big Sip”. Not only did he get free tickets, he received free VIP tickets which gave him and his wife Sherry access to the show early and gave access benefits that non-VIP ticket holders will not have… separate and earlier session, special demos, a special program, commemorative glass, more participation, a coupon booklet and entry to win free tickets to a national Big Sip Expo.
#7: Prestige (Celebrity Status). Dave & Sherry get invited to everything because people want their magazine at their events. Additionally, they are very well known around town.
#8: Service You Provide to the Community. The Johnsons are told again and again told that the content of the magazine they publish shines a positive light on the community.
#9: You can give a voice to positive organizations that normally wouldn’t have one. They raise the awareness to programs being hosted by the myriad of organizations in their town that most people would normally never hear of.
#10: Philanthropy. The Johnson’s have chosen two non-profit organizations to support. One of the things non-profits need is press coverage and advertising. They give about $10,000 worth of advertising a year to our non-profits and various other groups to help them get the exposure they need.
#11: They even save lives. In one issue of their magazine they told the story of a little boy who was struggling with a rare disease that caused life-threatening seizures. One day, while his mom was out shopping, the little boy had a seizure so she rushed him to the hospital.
She called ahead and the nurse met her at the emergency room. As it happens, the nurse had read the article in the magazine (which someone had brought to the nurse’s lounge) and she recognized the little boy from the article. Since she knew immediately what was wrong with him, no time was wasted and he was treated quickly. They were told that this particular seizure was especially bad and that the article probably saved his life. This doesn’t happen every day but once in a lifetime is good enough!
How’s that compared to being stuck in a cubicle just to make the mortgage?
With these thoughts in mind, Merri and I share with you the report How to Earn With Positive Community News
See another way to create a multi dimensional lifestyle….
Wine and Vineyard Investing
By Steve Rosberg
In the six years Ushay has been involved raising capital and operating the Los Arbolitos Vineyard project, we have come across the most varied investor questions and related situations.
Perhaps one of the oddest happened last year, when an acquaintance – who has been in the investment advisory service business for years – approached to ask wine-wizard Andres Rosberg if he would consider joining him and a group of his customers on a tour to Austria.
His goal was to combine a wonderful luxury pleasure trip with the exploration of investment opportunities, and wouldn’t Andres go to cover the topic of “wine investment”.
“Wine investment? Hmm, what exactly do you have in mind?” he asked him. “Do you mean buying bottles and holding them as they age? Buying a winery? Buying a vineyard and selling grapes to wineries? Or enjoying the life of a house in the vineyard?
He looked – a little lost – and said “I don’t know, I never thought about it!”
So, let us go over a little of what we have learnt these past years.
Starting with aging wine, this goes from the absolutely hedonic notion of buying wine before (or right after) the wineries release it and storing it until it has reached a more advanced level of maturity – but not more, as it goes downhill after that. The dividend? Better wine at home, nothing to be sneered at. And occasionally, the possibility of taking something that through aging has become special (“You can’t get any more of this harvest … etc.”) to share with friends, and making a bit of a social splash. In this scenario, you need to see that what you buy is apt for aging, and you have to store it in the right conditions, or it will be a disappointing exercise.
One step up, although we don’t know how you could tap into it on a small scale, is to note that, f. ex. in Buenos Aires restaurants that have a real wine-list, the general price difference between one vintage and the next of the same wine is seldom under 15% and often over 20%. Pretty steep, considering you have a zero credit-risk asset in storage, no?
Then, playing in the serious leagues is buying top end wines – the kind of stuff we can’t afford.
A good place to learn about this (and, eventually, invest in it) is Liv-ex, the London based fine-wine exchange (www.liv-ex.com). It gives the concept of “liquid financial asset” a new perspective. See below the LVX 100 chart.
Click on photo to enlarge.
Moving closer to the grapes, the next level of wine investment is the winery. And that too, comes in all colours, sizes and locations – so no two are the same. Broadly, this ranges from garage crushing for home consumption to large-scale concerns producing industrial wines – which too go from bulk to high-end with a focus on quality. And not to be forgotten, the incredibly alluring boutique winery which will carry YOUR character and maybe your name into the mystical realm of a bottle of wine.
The spectrum is so broad …
If you are serious about doing a “real” winery investment, you not only need to have a grip on grape-sourcing, processing, aging and finance skills, and overall understanding of the wine business, but also a powerful distribution arm, unless you plan on increasing inventory every year.
If you are into the more romantic boutique winery concept, consensus is that your best bet is to wait for the next cyclical shakeout (crises happen everywhere from time to time) and buy somebody else’s dream project for a song. It keeps capital costs down, no mean feat in a super-capital intensive project. No matter how romantic it is, believe me, it IS capital intensive.
There is, of course, the variant of the winery with its own vineyard, the type which provides a scenic background for photos of cool-looking people talking and looking at a glass of wine surrounded by lush green vines laden with ripe fruit. This is better than winery alone, as you get to source part or all of your raw material from a vineyard that you control. But it requires that, aside from having the industrial marketing and financial skills mentioned above, you also be a good farmer.
You may find hybrid projects, where there are teams on the ground to farm your land, to run your winery, and to ship your produce. We have seen some spectacular ones in our neck of the woods, in Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital. These are valid options, provided you know what you are going to do with the wine.
Somewhere in here is a niche for the gifted wine-trader, who can sell a shipment and then go and source it for delivery. Definitely not for amateurs, if you want to keep your shirt. But for the right persons, ROI is infinite as they have no investment. Success as a trader is the best way in to a winery ownership project.
Getting to the grape – to the pure agriculture play – we have the possibility of buying or planting a vineyard, with the aim of being good farmers and selling the produce to the wineries.
This was the path Ushay chose at Los Arbolitos Vineyard, as we have the best land, the dream-team team on the ground to operate it, and the right market environment to sell high quality grapes for recurring profits, plus great capital gains.
But be careful. Before you buy a vineyard or land to create one on, check with the neighbors (not only sellers or their agents …) about the environment. Is it hail city? Frost paradise? What about water? Is there any, surface or well? And salinity? Is the water table too high? And the soil? Is there electricity to run the pumps? Available labor? Are you thinking of the right variety/ies, in the appropriate wine region?
The person flogging the property may not be so concerned about these things as you need to be. And you really don’t want to buy the property and learn the answers to all the questions afterwards.
New, exotic wine regions are often very short of supplies, skilled labor and service providers – let alone customers, so this too is a major consideration.
Finally, there is the possibility of living in a vineyard full or part-time.
This is not such a frequent find, unless you want the whole farming package too.
But it exists, as in La Morada de los Andes (www.lamoradadelosandes.com).
In this case, you have a real-estate investment which allows you a life-style you normally only read about. You are surrounded by vines, you can take a glass of any wine you like and have your photo taken in the vines, with the mountains behind you, and get together with neighbors who are also into embracing nature, pristine air, and year-round breathtaking landscapes. You can hear yourself think. And, like buying wine to age yourself at home, it allows you to enjoy the best in life with family and friends while at the same time creating an enduring legacy.
Yes, investing in wine is worth looking into. That granularity – as opposed to the uniformity of financial assets – makes it fascinating at every step of the way, requiring our attention and intelligence to separate wishful thinking from desirable reality. Which brings the added bonus of stimulating our vitality.
Others are leaving the stress and pressure behind and moving to a country with less stress. Ecuador Ateam member Stephen Milden tells how North Americans are earning in Ecuador.
The world is changing and this is making it harder for the middle class to earn a living without giving up a life. We can shift with the times in many ways with our own small multi dimensional business abroad or in small communities.
Learn Spanish as you learn about South American farming and timber. Meet Steve Rosberg in Argentina or Uruguay. Steve will provide a presentation about vineyard, timber and agricultural investments during the Super Thinking + Spanish courses in Montevideo this February. Join Our Super Spanish teacher, Spiro Michas, and Steve Rosberg as you learn to speak Spanish in three days and find out more about timber and agricultural investments in Argentina and Uruguay.
2015 ScheduleSchedule 2015 Seminars and Courses
We conduct our Investment seminar at Jefferson Landing in Jefferson North Carolina.
Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct to help you gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns.
Here is the courses we currently have scheduled in 2015.
Turn $250 into $51,888… in Four Years or Less.One (of eleven) sessions at our October 17-18, 2015 Value Investment Seminar is about silver and gold and how conditions that created fortunes in 1986 are much the same now.
Turn $250 into $51,888… in Four Years or Less. If someone offers you this, I would normally say “Run from them as fast as you can!”
Yet in 1986. This is exactly what I wrote in a report that told how to borrow to buy silver.
I have to admit. I was wrong. Readers who followed the report made more than that amount in less than four years.
Here is a photo of that ad in 1986.
Conditions for silver’s recovery are similar to 1986 now.
The offer in 1986 was for a report called the Silver Dip that showed how to borrow 12,000 British pounds (US$18,600) and use the loan to buy 3835 ounces of silver at around US$4.85 an ounce.
This chart from Kitco (1) tells the story.
Silver had crashed in 1986, I mean really crashed, from $48 per ounce. As prices decreased from early 1983 into 1986, total supply had fallen to 449.7 million ounces in 1986. Mine production was restricted by the low prices at this time, with silver reaching a low for this period of $4.85 in May 1986. Secondary recovery also was constricted by these low prices.
Then silver’s price skyrocketed to over $11 an ounce within a year. The $12,000 was now worth $42,185.
The loan was in pounds and in May 1986 the dollar pound rate was 1.55 dollars per pound. So the 12,000 pound loan purchased $18,600 of silver. The pound then crashed to 1.40 dollars per silver. The loan could be paid off for $13,285 immediately creating a $5,314 profit. So the profit grew to $47,499 in just a year.
British 12,000 pounds gets US$22,800. Then the pound crashed again to $1.50 and could be paid off at $15,700 for another $7,660 profit or a total profit of $55,099 in only three years. Of course there was interest on the 12,000 pound loan, but this was less than 10% or $3,600 for the three years. In other words, there was $51,599 profit in three years. That’s remarkably close to the promise.
Yet there is a really big question. Would we have made this profit, had we taken the loan and invested in the silver?
There was plenty of potential for loss as well as profit. After rising from $4.85 to $11 per ounce, the silver price crashed again, clear back to below $5.00 an ounce and the investment was again worth about $12,000. The British pound fluctuated dramatically against the US dollar so there was plenty of room for loss as well as profit in the currency shifts.
Silver & gold charts from stockcharts.com
This historical chart of silver shows why conditions may be set for a spike in the price of silver. Note in the chart above that the huge profit in 1986 came from the second spike in a head and shoulders pattern. The bubble peaked in the late 1970s, but traders and commodity conditions sucked speculators back in for what is called a “Dead Cat Bounce”. This type of price recovery comes for no reason other than the price has fallen so much.
The dead cat bounce created huge and quick profits in 1986. We have the same scenario for silver prices now.
The price of silver reached a speculation driven historic high (over $50 an ounce) about four years ago and has since plummeted to prices that are almost back to 1987 levels.
If history repeats itself, expect silver prices to rise sharply in the next one to three years. Then there is a great risk that the price will crash again. Investors can again expect to double, triple, even quadruple their speculation in as little as a year.
But then investors must take that profit! The profits in silver will be quick and history suggests that these profits will not last long.
This is why the “Silver Dip 2015” will be one of the seven portfolios, the most speculative, we will study at our October 17-18 Investment Seminar in Jefferson, North Carolina..
This is also why I am releasing a new “Silver Dip 2015” report.
This report is exclusively available to subscribers of our Purposeful Investment Course and our Value Investing Seminar delegates.
This silver speculation is so time sensitive with such fast profit (but also loss) potential that I will not offer it to readers who have not received the education in Pi or at the seminar. We will cover when and who should and should not speculate and how to limit losses and take profits.
The same conditions are in place for gold and the Silver Dip looks at both speculations in silver and gold.
There is also another, much safer, once every 30 year opportunity that I have described in a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.” This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small good value investments. The mathematics behind the idea of this investment strategy are currently extraordinary. Currency diversification has always been important for safety, but right now a multi- currency opportunity is brewing and has more profit potential than we have seen in over three decades.
Our Investing Seminars started 32 years ago when one of the best set of three currency and equity conditions ever existed. Over these decades, our semi annual seminars have updated what’s going on in global investment markets and what to do. Yet in all those years, few times have conditions offered as much long term opportunity as in 1982. The Dow alone rose from 1,000 to 14,000 in that period.
Then the cycle ended. Warren Buffet explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview. He said: Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!
Now three of the great economic conditions have returned.
Conditions have come together just as we saw at our first seminars in the 1980s. The US dollar, the US stock market and the price of oil are acting almost exactly as they did in the early 1980s. Knowing these conditions and why they have merged and what to do about them can help you create a fortune.
Learn how to gain this potential (we’ll review three ways to accomplish this at the seminar) in the Keppler Good Value Country Strategy with ETFs (Country Index Exchange Traded Funds). For example there are currently ten good value developed markets, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom. You can easily create a diversified portfolio in each or all of these ten countries with Country Index ETFs.
We review Country Index ETFs at the seminar and look at specific portfolios you can create to tap into these three economic conditions.
We’ll review seven portfolios at the seminar, starting with a Primary Portfolio which consists of equal amounts of country ETFs in each of Keppler’s good value ranked markets, with a weighting of 70% in developed markets and 30% in emerging markets. This is, an easy to start, very slow trading, safe and secure, worry and stress free portfolio that still has excellent profit potential.
The second and third and fourth portfolios are the Primary Portfolio with trailing stops. One portfolio uses a 25% trailing stop, one 20% trailing stop and one uses the smart stop system created by Dr. Richard Smith. This system uses algorithms that provide alerts when to sell and when to reenter shares.
The fifth is a derivative of the Primary Portfolio that replaces ETFs with and or includes income producing equities.
The sixth is a Disaster Portfolio to protect wealth if events around the world become really unglued. The seventh portfolio is the higher risk, leveraged portfolio that includes some speculation in currencies and commodities.
The goal of this study is not to recommend any one portfolio or approach but to help subscribers to understand the characteristics of each so they can better determine how to invest themselves based on their financial means, needs, experience and skills.
Gain the importance of experience & mathematics. Invest better than a hedge fund manager.
As a run up to my 50th year of speaking and writing about savings and investments around the world I decided to ask my friends who are mathematical and legal geniuses to share a weekend with us to cut through the fog of rapid change and learn how to beat the systems that can seem so bewildering.
Hedge Funds were the fashionable place to invest in the 1990s, but since then their performance has been falling.
However some hedge fund managers succeeded for one simple reason. A Telegraph article “How can we avoid the next financial crisis? Urgently listen to those who foresaw this one” explains why a few managers succeeded, when it said: It’s no coincidence that the biggest winners of the downturn – John Paulson, Paolo Pellegrini and Jeffrey Greene – were approaching 50 years of age. They retained vivid memories of past real-estate problems. Youth was a detriment to pulling off the greatest trade ever and to preparing for the downturn.
The successful hedge fund investors succeeded where most failed because of their experience.
I’ll provide the 50 years of experience at the seminar. I have been through the rise of gold to over 800 an ounce (in the 1970s) and silver to $48. I experienced the stock market’s bear that began in 1968, the Black Monday crash in 1987 when the Dow had its biggest one day drop ever and the dotcom bubble as well as the collapse in 2008. I worked my way though the first dollar devaluation in 1971, the Plaza Accord arranged dollar collapse and two major downturns in the Japanese yen, plus invested through the 1970s, 1980s and late 2000 recessions.
We’ll share how these experiences which prepares us for our investments now.
Michael Keppler provides the Math.
The idea of using math to find good value equity investments led me to ask mathematical analyst, Michael Keppler, to join us in the Blue Ridge for the seminar.
Michael is a brilliant mathematician. We have tracked his analysis for over 20 years. He continually researches international major stock markets and compares 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. He compares each stock market’s history. From this, he develops his Good Value Stock Market Strategy. His analysis is rational, mathematical and does not cause worry about short term ups and downs.
Red Lining Your Investments
According to Keppler’s analyses, an equally-weighted combination of good value markets offers the highest expectation of long-term risk-adjusted performance. His mathematical predictions have been eerily accurate as the red line below shows.
Each quarter Michael shares with me (and other professional investors) his “Total Return Predictions”.
Click on chart to enlarge.
This chart shows the entire real-time forecasting history of Keppler for the KAM Equally-Weighted World Index, he started in 1993. Keppler continually shows what his mathematical formulas predict for markets four years ahead. These numbers are based on mathematical relationships between price and value over the previous 15 years moving forward in monthly increments. In this way Keppler uses numbers to continually adjust to the ever-changing market norm.
Keppler’s chart includes two remarkable episodes. The first in the period when global equity markets peaked and crashed over a five-year period from 1997 to 2001. Keppler’s Equally-Weighted World Index predictions stayed above the upper forecast band and accurately predicted the recovery and how much global markets would rise.
The second remarkable period started in October 2008, when again Keppler’s forecasts accurately showed where markets would reach as they fell below the lower forecast band.
Imagine the extra profit professional investors have today when they invested in these depressed good value markets before they again rose.
Keppler’s projections now indicate that global markets are expected to rise from between 2.1% and 13.0 % in the next three to five years.
Learn about Keppler’s projections and about Asset Allocation from Michael Keppler in person at our Value Investing Seminar October 17 & 18 in Jefferson, North Carolina.
Our October seminar will be at the Jefferson Landing Country Club.
Enjoy the autumn leaf change and learn how to survive and prosper with value investments.
Jefferson leaf change view.
Learn amazing tax benefits as well. I have invited my tax preparer, Conrad Oertwig, to join us.
Seven of tax secrets that Conrad will share include:
* How Dutch-treat entertainment allows you to deduct your own meals.
* How to entertain for business and help the charity of your choice because a charity sporting event produces double the deduction of a business meal.
* How one magic word can allow you to deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location.
* How to earn an extra $11,425 by using antiques as office equipment.
* How to gain $12,976 by using two vehicles for business.
* How to reduce tax by having a second office in the home.
* How to travel by cruise ship and deduct up to $680 a day.
Plucking common sense from the tax law is time consuming and difficult work. For more than 25 years, Conrad has gained great satisfaction by helping his clients extract tax dollars from the tax law. He has over 400 tax savings tips and will share some of the most important lessons at the seminar.
To help you get an early start on tax savings, I will send you Conrad’s report “7 Secrets to Paying Less Tax… for the One-Owner Business” when you enroll in the seminar. I’ll also send you “The Silver Dip 2015” as soon as it is released.
Join Michael Keppler, Conrad Oertwig, Merri, and me, plus video presentations by Leslie Share, Eric Roseman, Thomas Fischer and Richard Smith. The “Value Investing Seminar” looks at how to protect purchasing power and pensions with value investing. The course teaches how to add safety and create profits by spotting multi currency and global equity cycles through good value mathematics.
Hear from other speakers via video. The seminar will include online presentations including:
One way to protect our wealth and freedom is to have a good attorney who understands how to use appropriate planning so you can also be protected rather than hurt by the tax laws.
Leslie Share: How to use and benefit from US tax law living overseas and for wealth preservation.
Leslie has been our friend and adviser of more than 30 years, and I have asked him to speak to the seminar online at the October Value Investing seminar. Leslie is an attorney in Coral Gables, Florida who specializes in general, corporate and international taxation, estate and gift tax planning, internal revenue service matters at the agent and appeals level plus most important, he specializes in wealth preservation.
He has the highest possible Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.
Leslie is the type of attorney who can help gain asset and wealth protection if you live in the US or abroad.
The best way for boomers to protect their wealth is with good value income producing shares. Not everyone can wait for their assets to grow. Many need investments that create income now.
Eric Roseman: How to select good value income producing shares.
I have worked with Eric for decades and use his ability to select good value income producing shares. Understanding the intrinsic value of any equity is an elusive concept, but one of the best ways to assess value is by looking at the income it generates. Eric is a master at sniffing out the shares that provide a good income now as well as potential appreciation later. Learn from his strategic ideas for current market conditions.
Thomas Fischer: The impact of multi currency leverage leverage on portfolios.
Thomas Fischer has been a friend and investment adviser for nearly two decades. As a former currency trader in Germany and London, he has a keen sense of currency fundamentals and how and when to use leverage.
Richard Smith: How to overcome the behavior gap with Trailing Stops.
Dr. Richard Smith, founder and CEO of TradeStops. Richard earned a PhD in Math and Systems Science, and even he had to learn the hard way that it takes more than intelligence to win in the game of investing. He has spent the last 10 years researching and developing algorithms and services that give individual investors the tools they need to remain in their personal investing comfort zone, and to succeed! With his background in mathematical theories of uncertainty combined with his own investing and trading experience, Dr. Smith understands risk management and how to use it as a self-directed investor to master the market.
Finally at the seminar I’ll review the 50 Golden Rules of Investing. Learn how to protect against shady investment advice, unreasonable and hidden fees. Learn how to protect yourself from your own emotions. Learn when it is best to buy shares and determine which type of share is best for you. Find out how to avoid the loss fear syndrome and stop getting caught by great sounding stories that can rob your wealth.
Share my 50 years of experience. Gain advice that is sterling as we head towards my golden anniversary of writing about saving, finance and investing. Our value investing seminars are filled with valuable information but we have fun and take time to relax and socialize as well.
We look forward to joining us this October.
Saturday, Sunday, October 17-18, 2015, Jefferson, North Carolina.
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Seven Secrets of Self PublishingHere 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 Amazon.com 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 Amazon.com 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. This type of 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 be worthy of his readership. We’ll share some of Hugh’s secrets in a moment.
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.
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 condos 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:
#4: Profitably Priced Product
#5: Prospecting Pathway
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 Amazon.com. 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 Publisher and Author