Three Reasons to Write for Fulfillement & Profit


Here are three reasons to write and be an independent publisher… insight… lifestyle and expansion.

See what this means below.  Recently Merri and I began a joint venture to help more writers become independent publishers.   This is potentially the largest and biggest expansion we have ever made.  Part of the kickoff is to update our online course on how to write to sell.   Here is an excerpt from Chapter One of that update.

Three Reasons to Write for Fulfillment & Profit

By Gary Scott

Morning mists of early dawn lay in sheets at meadow’s edge.  Pale sunlight warms morning birds that dance on pine straw and applaud the rising sun. Their song is harmony with the creek rushing below, nature’s sweet symphony in tune with the freshness of this new day, pure and ready to enjoy.

North Carolina-deep in the mountain forest. The morning starts slowly in the Blue Ridge, I am sitting in the fresh, cool air armed with a steaming mug of coffee to ward the morning’s chill. My day’s work is nearly done.

I often start writing at five, even four in the morning. My goal? To write four hours a day. I often finish at nine or even eight.  Then, depending how the day feels, I can say my day’s work is done.

Not every day is this short. Some days I write a marathon staying at the keyboard seven, eight, even twelve hours!  The morning I wrote this lesson, we felt like a walk, with our hound Mah, in the woods instead.  Essentially my day’s real work was over.  Yet by the end of the day, I was still be thousands of dollars richer.

For the rest of the day,  I do mostly as I feel.  If the kids are home, we’ll play. Other days, I just putter.  Some days I take out a canvas and paint or concentrate on playing my flute. Other days, I just sit in the sun and read.  Other days I grab my camera and sit at the edge of the meadow cloaked in camouflage, watching and waiting to capture photos of wildlife… deer, wild turkey, rabbits and coyotes… even bobcats.  Some days I hike in the dawn mists to a writing desk that I have set in the middle of the wilderness.

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Here I am at our North Carolina forest writing station.

Such is the day in the life of an independent publisher.  This is a life as perfect as any I could ask for.  Through publishing and writing my wife, Merri, and I have become wealthy beyond our dreams. More important we have become self-fulfilled!

This course shows how you can be a writer, publisher or an independent publisher, make millions (if you wish) and most important, be self fulfilled too.

Let me be honest. I can work four or five hours a day but normally work more. I probably work more hours than most. Often I write seven days a week plus spend even more time researching.

To be really financially successful, especially in the beginning, publishing will probably require you to work hard too… especially to begin.

What sets publishing above most businesses is that you can choose the amount and type of work you want to do.  Since the work can be of your choosing, it can also be fun. With fun, work doesn’t seem like an effort.

I start my work early because I love doing so. I feel cozy sitting quietly in the sunrise creating thoughts and ideas to share with my readers. The work is not just for the money either. I write about what interests me. The task of writing is a pleasure. I look forward to this time shared with the keyboard and my thoughts.

My daily work goals are to enjoy everyday, provide services to the universe, earn enough for a wonderful life and to pay for my existence.

It is easy to reach such goals through publishing. This manual is about more than just how to write to sell. If you wish, run your own profitable independent publishing business. It does give simple step-by-step instructions on all you will need to do to enjoy and earn from writing and publishing.

Then it gives much more.  This course shares a way to do something you love and make a profit in the process!

If you decide to write to fulfill… to sell or to create your own publishing business, you can have a schedule that suits you.   You don’t even have to write to publish and sell! (I explain how in the next chapter.)

If all above is true, you are probably thinking that publishing is a pretty good deal. But the day described is not a total description of what I do. What I really do is even better.

The day I described is the way I used to live when I had a vacation home in North Carolina.  I lived differently at my home in Florida. There after working three or four hours we would quit work and take a long walk and perhaps go fishing in the lake. Then we would choose what to do next.

Years ago in Florida we had another job to do since our offices were located there. We had to pick up the mail. This was not something we ever minded either. In the publishing business mail means money! Every day, hundreds, usually thousands and some days tens of thousands of dollars (our best days are over $20,000) arrive in the mail. As you can imagine, opening the mail was one of our favorite jobs.

Then we added a place on the beach in the Dominican Republic, life was different there as well. There, we usually ambled to the restaurant for a cup of fresh Dominican coffee, then went for my walk on the beach, a swim after our day’s work was done by eight or nine in the morning.

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This was our condo in the Dominican Republic (the first on the beach) and I would write on the rooftop in the morning breeze.

Naples and our village in the Dominican Republic became crowded (my wife Merri and I are recluses).

We sold out and purchased a 252 acre farm in one of North Carolina’s most remote counties, plus a 962 acre plantation in Ecuador that is so isolated that we don’t even have electricity.

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View from my North Carolina farm office at dawn.

Then in our writing research we visited and fell in love with Ecuador.

We were also able to buy a 962 acre hacienda in a cloud forest.

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View above the clouds from my writing desk at our Andean hacienda, Rosaspamba.

Our writing allowed Merri and I to buy a colonial hotel in a charming Ecuador village.

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Here we are writing in the courtyard of…

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their Colonial Ecuador hotel.

Our writing allowed us to buy a penthouse on the beach.

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The Ecuador sunset I enjoy while writing at our Pacific penthouse.

Finally as we reached our 70s… and my mom (90) an age when most people retire, we were able to buy a 16 acre home in a Florida orange grove so our family from Oregon, Florida and England can be together and we could expand our business of writing and publishing from there.

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Writing in Florida

This may not be the way you want to live, but the point is that through writing and with an independent  publishing business you can live anywhere, anyway you desire!

Starting without a penny… deeply in debt, writing and independent publishing have brought all of these material benefits to Merri and me, numerous homes… investment property and millions in the bank… all debt free.

We have lived in some of the most crowded cities in the world (London and Hong Kong) and now choose to live in some of the most isolated wilderness one can find.   You can write and have your own writing and publishing business in almost any type of place today.

Writing and publishing brings money but it also creates freedom and much more.

Choice of home sites is not the only freedom we have gained. We travel as well…sometimes, a hundred thousand miles or more in a year. We traveled all over the world and almost always came back from each trip with more money than when we started.  All because of writing and publishing.

Also because of publishing, wherever I go, there are friends and clients to meet. People that respect me, and people I respect.

To top this all off, almost every trip we take is tax deductible!

Most important through writing and publishing Merri and I feel fulfilled and that we are making a positive contribution to society and the world.

This is the lifestyle that you as a writer or independent publisher can have. You can make a fortune, gain friends, prestige, work to your own schedule and gain enormous tax benefits too.
It won’t take you a lifetime either.  My wife and I started our self-publishing business from being broke.   Today, we have three homes, no mortgages, money in the bank and much, much more income than outgo and a multitude of experience we have gained.

This course shares that experience with you!

But I have not touched on the two most important reasons for being a publisher. More important than the money, the freedom and the tax benefits is the satisfaction!

Sure we can work when we please and go where we wish, but more important, the fields in which we work are ones we love. Work isn’t really work. We enjoy each and every day of work. We wake in the morning excited about the projects ahead and when we go to bed, we look forward to the next day. Because we love what we do, work becomes play. Our work is so much a part of our lives, that we do not see our days as work. Our livelihood is a natural, active and rewarding part of our existence and creates a certain timelessness that most people who really work do not enjoy.

We do not sacrifice during the week to enjoy the weekend. Though we often change our schedule on weekends, we might just as well work right through because we are having fun with a project.
Though we take trips, it is not to get away from work, but to get stimulating fun, exciting, new ideas for work!

Though we often stop working at four, other times we might work 12 hours a day for a week, because we are so caught up on a project.

We have no plans for retirement. We are not patiently whiling away our life, waiting till the day we can quit working in the expectation that we will find some magic bliss.   We are not living a half life waiting for the day when we have some magic amount of money in the bank feeling that these numbers on a sheet of paper will suddenly make us feel good.

We enjoy the bliss of each and every day, doing what we love and hoping we can do it forever!

Another great joy is that my wife and I get to do all of this together.

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Merri and me headed to our North Carolina office.

I joyfully admit my publishing business may not have succeeded at all had Merri not been there to help me. Publishing gives us common interests many couples never have a chance to share. We never come home from work not understanding what the other has gone through. We enhance one another and this has added a greater dimension to our relationship. We have so much in common through the business. This business is perfect for us both. We make the business better by operating as a team. The business makes us better together helping us to achieve common goals. Its possible that a couple can live and work at home if they choose. They can have extremely low overheads, share the same experiences and include the family in projects and mailings.

An independent publishing business can be great for families as well.

Families that learn together stay together and have fewer problems.

College Confidential

“College Confidential” ranked #42 at Amazon.com, written by a college student who attended our Writer’s Camp last summer!  See the story below.

Family togetherness is one of nature’s best social tools. 

Being together even for meals can have a profound effect on health and balance.   With this in mind we began encouraging family groups to attend our summer camps in the Blue Ridge.

We were gratified at the great results in this first attempt.  We had a mother-daughter, father-son and a family of four at the camp.

One mother-daughter team reported after the camp: Hello, Merri and Gary,  My daughter and I had a fantastic time at the Writer’s Camp this past weekend.

We both felt we gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on “How to make money with our writing skills!”  Thank you.  Your and Merri’s expertise on transmitting knowledge to others is phenomenal.  The warm, personal feel of being with you both along with the great people in the class was great!  Thank you again for all the added information gained in all areas of life and what I consider gourmet meals served to us all.  Donna/Jeanna

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The son, a college student, of the father-son team wrote:  Hi Merri!  I just attended your Writer’s  Camp with my dad this past weekend.  I didn’t get to express how much I appreciated all that you and Gary did for us this weekend because we were in a hurry to get to the airport. Letting us stay in your cottage and having us for your writers camp was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! Gary and Merri’s stories of adventure, success, your lessons, and advice are truly priceless!!

This camp has inspired me. Writing has always come naturally for me but I never was able to view it as a business opportunity.

This camp has shown me not only that writing can be profitable, but HOW to make it profitable! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me. In my lifetime, I could only hope to see the success that you and Gary have achieved.

I not have only signed up for your newsletter, but I can’t stop spreading the word to my friends about my experience. Thanks again for your amazing hospitality,  Mitchell

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Writer’s Camp delegates deep in study.

The father of the family of four wrote:  Hi Gary and Merri:  Just thought y’all would like to know that today Doss published his first book.  It is called College Confidential and it is currently listed at number 42 on amazon. com.  He would not have done it but for our experience this summer at your Writer’s Camp.

So, here is thanking you both very much.

Bill Winter

By a student, for students, College Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Success written by Doss Winter is filled with practical tips and insider information addressing everything from Academics to getting your Zzzzs. Start your college career off on the right foot with veteran advice that will help you survive and thrive during this new chapter of your life.

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Doss Winter. Congrats!

College Confidential solves “How To” mysteries like: how to study effectively; how to endear yourself to a professor; how to handle an unruly roommate; how to manage in a drinking culture; how to live within a tight budget; how to avoid landlord troubles; and how to stay mentally and physically fit.

College Confidential gives you the tools you will need to handle the inevitable challenges that you will face and promises to help you to become a stronger, smarter, and more confident student, ready to take on the trials of higher education!

Order College Confidential at Amazon.com here.

Of course the couples and those who attended on their own enjoyed and gained a lot as well.

One single delegate wrote: Good Day Merri, (Queen of Scots)  Have just returned from the writing seminar conducted at your farm in Ashe County, North Carolina, I thought I’d give you my take on what I experienced. To suggest that the location, hosts, seminar content, and accommodations were adequate would be an understatement.. (tell them what you’re going to tell them)

This was my introductory visit to the northwestern corner of North Carolina and it appears, from looking at the map, that this area could be considered the “foothills” of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Remote? You bet! But a beautiful place for retreating when life or weather calls for relocation.

Corresponding as we have for the past two years was simply a forerunner to our one on two meeting and I am so pleased that we found this opportunity.  You are both most personable with dynamic and pleasing personalities. I was extremely comfortable the entire weekend and thank you for making that possible.

The seminar itself opened a whole new world that I hope to explore in the coming months. I drove away from your farm with a well inflated right rear tire and a wealth of information that could catapult me into a whole new profession should I opt to go that route. I still have a number of professional business ideas that I intend to pursue, however, the concepts and ideas conveyed in your seminar will serve to enhance whatever I undertake going forward.

But if there was one underlying common denominator that I recognized, it was the fact that you are both so well qualified to present in this field of communication. Probably my most prolific observation was how well read and knowledgeable you are. The breadth and depth of knowledge on so many diverse yet associated subjects kept my unswerving attention. It also opened my mind to a variety of fields that, heretofore, I would not have considered relevant to my interests. And as a presenter, Gary is prolific. I drove away knowing that not only did the seminar give me my money’s worth but I was introduced to some very valuable contacts. (Tell them what you experienced)

The bottom line is your seminar was both eye opening and entertaining. I came, I saw, I learned, and I even ate healthy. Thanks for everything. John

Plus a couple who attended emailed this:   Our forefathers in this land, the migratory Americans, have been credited with the origin of the phrase “walk a mile in another man’s shoes”.  This is an ancient wisdom that suggests that we  cannot really understand someone else unless we live their life.

Yet modern virtual technology that creates broadband virtually assures that everyone has different views.  This makes it harder for families to share common interests.

The life of a writer and publisher can be absolutely wonderful.

But can writing and publishing be good for you?

You don’t have to work in the morning. You can work from ten to two in the middle of the day, from eight till midnight, or at a different time every day. You don’t have to do the business with your husband or wife. You can do it with your kids, a partner, employees or you can do it all by yourself. And you can do it part- time while you keep the job you have.

Publishing can be your sole source of income or you can use publishing to make your existing business bigger and more profitable.

You do not have to try to make millions. You don’t have to travel. You don’t have to have homes all over. You can live and operate your own independent publishing business just about anyway you want, if you follow a few simple rules I have discovered. (I’ll tell you how I think you could even operate a publishing company from a car in a later chapter!)

This course is about those rules and how if you follow them you can be a successful publisher and self fulfilled!

To begin let me share, why if you choose, a publishing business can be successful for you.

Turn Your Passion into Profit

One day my youngest daughter asked me what on the surface appeared to be a childish question. “What is the greatest problem in the world?”, she asked.  I was about to give a quick childish reply but realized this was a genuine serious question. Here was a way to give my daughter an insight into life. She was waiting, totally open and innocent, ready to accept my reply. This could be important, I thought. “Wait a day”, I replied.

By the evening, I still didn’t have the answer and decided to meditate and then sleep on it. Whenever I have trouble finding answers, I use a technique learned clear back in the days when I lived in Hong Kong. I meditate and then let my sleep do the thinking. I just think about the question, without expecting or even wanting the answer before I drift off to sleep.
As usual my subconscious did its work. When I woke I knew the world’s greatest problem. I felt ready to answer my daughter.

At breakfast we shared this thought. “Stifled passion is the world’s great problem. In our civilization we are rewarded for concentrating on thinking and stifling our feelings and passion.

“Most people spend most of their times doing things they do not feel good about. Since what they are doing is not satisfying, they cannot love it, have a feel for it or let it be a full part of their lives. They cannot get into their work so it becomes boring and they don’t what to be doing what they are.

She asked for an example and I explained. “The way most of us work is a perfect example. Most people work just to make money. Most people work so that in their spare time they can enjoy their passions and eventually retire. Hopefully they will then have enough money and enough good health to enjoy their passions. These people stifle their passions most of the time and drudge off to work. They live for a paycheck and the dream that some day they will be able to do what they really want to do.

“Living this way makes many people unhappy. Imagine the problem just one unhappy person creates. People are grumpy at work. This makes their fellow workers and customers feel bad. The products and services they provide and their customers suffer. One unhappy person creates unhappiness in others and this gloom spreads. Giving shoddy service and products make everyone feel even worse! By the end of the day when everyone goes home they feel so bad that they even mean to their loved ones. This makes it hard for the kids to grow properly, so they are more likely to end up feeling bad when they grow up. One stifled passion can create hundreds, thousands, even millions more!”

At that moment I realized why I love the publishing business so much. Publishing is a business that allows you to turn your passion into profit!

Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to get into publishing just to be passionate. You can make a fortune in publishing (of course I can get passionate about that) but there is more to it than just the money.

If you love golf, then you can publish things about golf. Love travel, fishing, dolls, art? Publish about these things. This is the magic of publishing. You can immerse yourself in your passion and make money in the process.

So a day in the life of a publisher can consist mainly of being involved in your passions. Watching, doing, learning, understanding that passion better so you can in turn share that information with others who share the passion. Once perfected, your publishing business can give you an almost perfect lifestyle (one suited for you-not one dictated by others).

Your days can be like Merri’s and mine. Better still, they can be the way you want them to be.

Start when you want to start, but probably eager to get going as soon as possible. Quit when you want to quit, but chances are you’ll get so involved, the family will often have to drag you away for dinner. You can make as much money as you like, but will need less. Without needing fortunes to retire (because you’ll never want to), without needing money to get away from business and with just about everything you do creating a tax deductible business expense, your money will go further. Also when you gain bliss with every day’s work, lots of spending that used to be done for satisfaction in life won’t be needed.

In short your publishing business can do just about everything a person could ask. I could go on about this forever, but I hear Merri calling. Dinner’s ready, and I don’t want her to have to come up here and drag me away!

In the next chapter, I explain how to publish even if you don’t want to be a writer.

End of Lesson #1

There are three reasons for writing.

Usually our writing desires spring from a mixture of all three reasons… insight… lifestyle… and expansion.

Insight

Insight is the part where we have something we want to get out… something that needs to be said and we have it to say.   We have the need to make our insight excite others.   This is a lofty desire… that emanates from the deepest universal aspects of our being that goes beyond the mortal coil.   Patanjali… a great Vedic philosopher described our knowing as being like that of a light bulb.  We think that the light is ours… when it is really the universe using our form and function to speak to itself.   We are light bulbs. Our nature is to spread the light we see within and one way to let it shine is by writing.
This creative creature within has an urge to communicate and with money is not much concerned.

Lifestyle

Like it or not the physical part of our being… needs food… and clothing, shelter…a computer (or a pen at least-though the job has been done with quills in the past), electricity… gas… braces for the kids… savings for the future… to pay taxes… an advertising budget and once in awhile maybe a vacation.  Even the most dedicated writers sometimes need a break.   So the idea of writing to earn income is a time honored and often very successful tradition.  We write to sell!

Expansion

Expanding through writing puts us into the publisher’s realm.   We share insights… sometimes our own… but also those of others… build a focus of consensus that expands some aspect of humanity through words… thus expanding our lives in the research and sharing process and enriching the lives of those who read what we publish.

Learn Three Ways to Gain from Writing.

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#2: Enroll in in our ONLINE course.  You can use the fee later by applying toward payment to a Writer’s Camp.   Learn more about the online course Self-Fulfilled – How to be a writer and Independent Publisher.

#3: Attend our Writer’s Camp March 15, 16, 17 and we’ll deduct the cost of the online course or reserve a place at our Writer’s  Camp and receive the online course FREE today.

Writer’s Camps – Join Us & Learn to Write to Sell

Attend our Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains this summer or Florida this fall.   When you enroll, you start immediately with our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” (normally $299) which we send FREE, plus a pass to our Montreal investing seminar worth $799 to $999.

See how to attend two courses for the price of one and save $799 to $999 here.

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Delegates  talking over books at last year’s summer Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge.

Our Writer’s Camps help you learn writing to sell… the business of writing and how to publish.

Attend our Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge Mountains this  summer.   When you enroll, you start immediately with our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” (normally $299) which we send FREE.

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

or

November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Please indicate which camp you’ll attend in the comments section.

My wife, Merri, and I have possibly the smallest… yet one of the highest earning… self publishing company in the world.

Our high earnings come from writing, self publishing secrets we learned and refined over the past 45 years of writing to sell.  These secrets have worked so well they have earned extra millions for Merri and me and we share them at our writer’s camps..

Our goal at the camps are to help you “Get Started”… but to “Start Small” and maybe like us stay that way… small… tightly focus but highly profitable.

45 years ago I started writing because I was broke.  These problems over 40 years ago affected me for life.  In fact I am so hung up on this that that Merri and I (we are so thankful that we can) give away money to help create jobs… we have now donated close to a million dollars in our quest to reduce joblessness.

Fortunately we do not have to work for money now.  In fact we kinda retired almost 20 years ago. Now we do what we love and that happens to be writing!

Merri and I are writers and self publishers.  Merri and I began publishing with no money and little background. We started small! As already mentioned, I was bust and had no background in writing. I did not finish college.  Yet we have earned as much as $20,000 for a single day’s work… and have earned consistently year in and year out… while we do what we love… because of a few secrets.

Our self publishing business has brought us millions. We own five houses, a farmhouse, six cabins and over 1,000 acres of land. Plus more money than we can spend, in the bank… safe, secure bonds and shares… no mortgages… no credit card bills and zero debt! We always make an annual six figure income but some years we bring in seven figures…over a million dollars.  That’s because we figured out that the lion’s share of income earned from writing goes to the publisher.

Now we write to be self fulfilled… to share what we have gained from living, working, investing and writing all over the world.

We want to share these secrets with you so you can make a strong income and follow your destiny in a way that suits you and that you love.

There is more good news than the money.  The secrets we share make working fun. You are your own boss. You gain respect so your ideas are listened to.

Most important you can be self fulfilled as you make the world a better place by writing.

We want the work on your publication to begin right away…. tomorrow even.  I’ll explain how you can begin right away in a moment.

Now let’s get to the important stuff.  Our life is less stressed (not stress free – every business has stress) but Self Publishing can be a low stress business… no commuting… choose your own hours… immersed in your passions with like minded souls. Work at home. How refreshing!

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Here I am at our Florida home… at work?

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Here I am at work in the Blue Ridge.  Better than a cubicle for sure!

You can have fun every day doing what you love as you accomplish goals that are important… to you… and are a service to your community.

What do you love? Why not make the kinds of money I’ve just mentioned publishing your passion and do something good for the world at the same time?

Your passion and self publishing create…magic, wealth, happiness.

Three other things you gain.

#1: Respect. If you are not a recluse like Merri and me, you’ll find yourself the center of attention at social events and with your friends and in business because publishing is highly respected.

#2: Power. Everyone wants publishers to distribute good information about them. And everyone fears publishers a bit. The pen IS mightier than the sword!

#3: Protection. Writers are protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. You do not need a license to publish. There is no government watchdog nor do you have bureaucratic red tape involved in publishing. Publishers enjoy almost more freedom than any other occupation because of the Freedom of the Press. This is so powerful because the first amendment is actually a part of the Bill of Rights. Just in case you missed this in school (as most students did including me) here are the exact words of this amendment:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

You become the press and you are set free. You cannot get more protection than that.

You can enjoy this wonderful lifestyle.  Married, single, rich, poor, in good and bad health, educated and not, travelers and those who want to just stay at home. This is who self publishing works for… those who want a gradual part time improvement in life and those who want to make big enhancements now.

This workshop appeals to anyone who would like to write or publish or both.  We will look at how published products can include compilations, catalogues, CDS, interviews. Plus we’ll look at how to develop treks, tours, visits, products and services.

For example, you’ll see below how one delegate who attended the workshop used her publication to sell real estate.

This course is for individuals and couples. We include those who want their own publishing system together as a family business.

This workshop is not theory. Merri and I share our real time experiences. We start at the beginning over 40 years ago but mainly look at how we earn hundreds of thousands and even millions a year in our exciting lifestyle…right now.

We study and listen to many other self publishers as well.  I invite them to our home… to see what ideas we can share and how we can learn from one another.

Self employed, retired, professionals and those who are employed who want to add extra income or who want to change their life entirely will benefit. Previous course delegates have included investors, chiropractors, doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, other professionals and those who already own their own business and of course retirees.

Take for example this “get started” inspiration who shows that even busiest professionals can get started writing and self publishing.

Laury Dahners shows how a professional can have an active, full career and write novels and self publish in spare time.  He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is an orthopedic surgeon who teaches at the University of North Carolina Medical School, Department of Orthopaedics.   He became interested in writing novels and has written a great science fiction series in his spare time.

I discovered Laury’s Elle Donsaii series on Amazon.com and enjoyed reading it so much that I devoted an entire lesson about this series in our online self publishing course “Self Fulfilled How To Be a Self Publisher”.

See the first part of my interview with Laurance Dahners on “How to be busy yet also be a prolific writer” below.

Another example is Hugh Howey… a beginner who has enjoyed great success. 

Hugh is a writer that every self publisher should meet and hear because his educational background has little to do with his writing and he only recently began selling his books.  His self publishing company is already exceeding a million sales.  Yet selling has not been his main goal.

Hugh’s story teaches us many lessons.   First he shows that you do not have to have a degree in literature to succeed in writing.   He dropped out of college and moved from job to job, being a Caribbean yacht captain, doing computer repair, roofing, and finally working in a small Appalachian town as a bookstore clerk.

In 2011 while working at a book store, he typed out a short story “Wool”, during his lunch breaks.  Soon this publication was earning him over $100,000 a month on Amazon,

Hugh’s story shows how offering free or low cost books at Amazon.com to build a list of interested readers is one of the first steps to successful self publishing.  This makes financial sense because low cost books immediately earn more for self publishers than high cost print books earn for writers sold through the old, dying, traditional bookstore route.

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Getting beat in chess by Hugh Howey at our home.

Which would you rather have… 6% of $10 or 70% of $3?

The math to this question brings an obvious answer and creates opportunity for those who want a writer’s life.

Starting with online books allows you to lower price…  increase volume and cut out a publisher, distributor and book store who normally absorb up to 88% of the income created by a book.

You can start self publishing with no printing costs, no shelf space, no inventory, no postal delivery.  Most of the publishing expenses are eliminated.

The writer keeps 70%.

Amazon keeps 30%.

Another lesson from Hugh Howey’s story is that you can write anywhere… even part time.  Hugh wrote “Wool” in his spare time at home and in his breaks at work.  Part time is how many self publishers start.

You can start anywhere as well.  Hugh H0wey did all this from Boone North Carolina, a small mountain town population 17,189 people.

Not every writer by the way will do this well.  Fortunately most don’t need to.  To see why, keep reading.

Buyers of books fall into niches.   Choosing the correct niche is a first step in the elusive process of capturing the national psyche.  When you tap into this phenomenon, you can earn millions just from online sales.   I know. This process has netted an extra $2,072,614.89 for my business in the past several years.

Yet the income from selling ebooks… as profitable as it can be… is only a part of the earning potential.

In Hugh’s case in 2011, Hugh began selling Wool through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing system, choosing to do so due to the freedom of self-publishing.  After the series took off he began soliciting international rights in 2012, including signing a deal for Brazil.

Then Hugh’s book was optioned for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

In 2012, Hugh signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to distribute Wool to book retailers across the US and Canada, but he turned down seven figure offers and took a mid six figure sum in return for maintaining e-book rights.

In the months ahead he’ll be visiting San Francisco, Boston, Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid, Helsinki, Istanbul, Rome, Amsterdam, Milan and Taiwan… not as a tourist… but to help launch his books.  As an aside this is the way to see the world… working with others rather than as a tourist. This is how to see the real part of a country… with its business people… not as a tourist.

That’s just a few of the things that can happen when you tap into the national psyche.

The first step in this process is to focus on a niche and create trust with the readers in that niche.

Take Bob Gandt’s story as another example.  Bob speaks at some of our camps and tells about his niche…. flying and war.  He published his first story at age sixteen – the same year he first soloed an airplane. Since then he has logged something over 25,000 hours, written fourteen books and published countless articles.

At age 20 he was at the time the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy.

In 1965 he began his 26 career as a pilot for Pan American World Airways.   His 1995 book, Skygods (Wm. Morrow & Co.), recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the once-great Pan Am.

His 1997 book Bogeys and Bandits (Viking Penguin) told of a training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.  This book led to and a CBS series Pensacola: Wings Of Gold.   Bob worked as writer and technical consultant for this twenty-two-episodes, which starred James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.

When you get CBS telling your story 22 times… believe me you have tapped into the national psyche.

Now  Bob’s focus is on self publishing.  As an author whose numerous books have been published for and sold through book stores… he sees the bookstore  path filled with dinosaurs and feels one of his great accomplishments is to have kept the digital rights to his books.

We have Hugh who started with ebooks and added print.  Then we have Bob who started with print and has added ebooks.  They all come together and are part of the process… but ebooks makes this easier than ever before.

Bob’s passion is flying and the military.  His books reflect this.  Learning and sharing your passion with like minded souls is just fun. There is no other way to say it.  This is how life should be lived and self publishing lets you live it this way.

The lesson is that technology now provides all of us with many ways to write to fulfill our passion and create profits.

Bob Gandt

Merri and I with Bob and Anne Gandt at our home.

Author Scott Nicholson is another writer (who also beats me at chess).    See below how he has had over 800 rejections and figures that he has sold 7,500 books for each one.  Scott’s gained such success that Amazon.com’s publishing company signed him to write two books.

The eBook revolution makes this entire process easier because Amazon sales can be like prospecting tools.

Some amazing websites and businesses have been and will continue to be built using eBooks.  Kindle sales act like a search engine.  They are the starting point that attracts the original readers who become the nucleus of your success.

Technology especially favors small publishers today. Portable computers, the internet, wireless access, on demand printing smart phones and electronic readers all create enormous new potential for small publishers.

Laury’s, Hugh’s and Bob’s stories show how writers can write in any type of genre. be any age.  Hugh writes fiction.  Bob writes both fiction and non fiction.

May I add that this workshop has done a pretty good job already?  Here are a few examples of small self publishing businesses that started after attending this workshop.

One inspirational story and lesson comes from Barry and Janae Weinhold who write only non fiction. Barry and Jane were already highly successful authors when they attended our Writer’s Camp. They wrote: We were successful authors before attending the Writer’s Camp, with our first book published in 1989 selling over 200,000 print copies. With the tips from your course last fall, we have published six new ebooks in Kindle format that are now available  at Amazon.com.

Thanks for helping us get the word out about Barry’s 2-part Breaking Family Patterns series. Janae has also released her 3-part Con Job series.

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We’ve co-authored “How To Break Free of the Drama Triangle and Victim Consciousness.”

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Our monthly royalty checks are now coming in and we are very pleased with the response to our new books (656 books sold and 1295 free downloads in seven months). We have six more new ebooks in the pipeline for publication.  Our goal is to publish twelve new ebooks by our one-year course anniversary. We couldn’t have published this quickly without the great support we received from your Writer’s Camp. We highly recommend it to anybody seeking the fast track to becoming independent self-publisher.

Self Publishers can also write in more than one niches.

Nickolette Goff writes non fiction in two niches.  After attending a Writer’s Camp Nicki used what she had learned to help promote her first book… a Quinoa recipe cookbook with 13 recipes.  She had 10,000 downloads of the book in five days and obtained dozens of good reviews!

You can get 13 more great quinoa recipes in Nicki Goff’s book at the links below.

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See more on Nicki’s books below.

She wrote:  Hi, Gary,  Book sales are actually going well, and I’m having a lot of fun with this. I’m so grateful to you and Merri  for pushing me to get some action going!  The free promos really get things going, and seem to reignite sales. Two more in the works – both on gardening topics.  Best wishes for 2013 to you and Merri.   Love, Nicki

Nicki learned at the camp that getting these downloads is step three in a seven step process. We (and others) have been helping Nicki and our delegates walk through these steps so they can earn income through writing and publishing again and again.

Nicki is now well on her way to wonderful self publishing success.   She just completed her fourth book in a totally different genre gardening. This book is “Under Cover Gardening”.

She used the three day free Kindle marketing program again.

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Nicki wrote:  Gary: My book was downloaded exactly 6000 times during the 3 days, and is selling around 5 per day right now.  I’m very pleased with the results – three 5* reviews so far.  Nicki

The Process.

Chances are that most books you write will not tap into the national psyche.  However Nicki’s books show the process that you use to create a steady income as you build inventory.   She is publishing numerous books in each of the genres she loves.  This creates extra income and added inventory if one of your books becomes a big success.

In one of the the Hugh Howey videos you’ll see at the camp…  Hugh tells how he wrote an entire series (called the Bern series) and sold about 3,000 books.   Then when his book Wool (part of the Silo series) took off, he sold 850,000 or so of the Silo series but the Bern series also became a best seller with sales in the 150,000 range.

Let’s look at Nicki’s example again to see these benefits. Imagine this. Nicki writes a half dozen books, three on organic gardening and three on quinoa.

Then imagine that Oprah is interested in quinoa, reads Nicki’s book and has her on the show.  Nicki’s quinoa book sales will go bananas.  So too will all her other quinoa books.   Add further to this example and say that the national psyche just happens to be focused on better nutrition when this all happens.  If so, Nicki’s organic gardening book sales will skyrocket as well.

To sum this up… at the camp you’ll learn the importance of writing a lot for your niche.   The increased number of publications will allow you to keep your price low, but generate income that keeps you writing as you build inventory so any bigger success can grow in exponential bonds.

You can also self publish at any age.  A number of our friends who have used our writers course to self publish are in their 70s and 80s.  Yet college students have self published as well.

The father of the family of four wrote:  Hi Gary and Merri:  Just thought y’all would like to know that today Doss published his first book.  It is called College Confidential and it is currently listed at number 42 on amazon. com.  He would not have done it but for our experience this summer at your Writer’s Camp.

So, here is thanking you both very much.

Bill Winter

This book is written by a student, for students, College Confidential: An Insider’s Guide to Success written by Doss Winter is filled with practical tips and insider information addressing everything from Academics to getting your Zzzzs.

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Dos Winter

See how to get Dos Winter’s book below.

Small self publishers are in a win – win situation for many reasons.

Mike Herron who attended our camp loves to travel so he researched places he loved to complete two romance novels. He wrote:   Hello Gary, I wanted to thank you and Merri for once again providing a wonderful and motivating experience at the Writer’s Camp last month.  As with your other workshops I’ve attended, it inspired me to return home and finish my second book and get it published.

I’m pleased to announce that Appalachian Gold is now completed and available for people to purchase and read.  It is available on Amazon in either e-book format or as a print-on-demand hard copy.

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If any of your readers are aspiring authors who have yet to be published I would strongly encourage them to sign up for one of your writing camps at the first opportunity.  I know the experience will provide them with the skills, knowledge and perhaps more importantly, the motivation, to return home and turn their dream into reality.

If you love to travel self publishing can help make this possible and… by the way… perhaps turn your trips into a tax deductible expense.

The workshop provides a Path called the seven Ps. They provide a simple, small and easy path for starting your own publishing business.

The writer’s camp refines both Merri’s and my 40 years of experience into its most essential points. All of us will have to work intensely to cram everything into three days.

This workshop is conducted by Merri and me.  These camps are intimate which allows us to personally work with each delegate to assure that all who attend can create their own publication.

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

or

November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Please note which camp you’ll attend in the comments section.

We’ll send you an email giving you details and your preparatory assignments for the camp, travel, etc.

We’ll set up our line of communications as well as deliver our online Self Publishing course.

We’ll send you what you need to get started. We’re going to be learning from the first minute, and we want you to be ready.

Get started and work with us and the online course until the camp begins.

Best regards,

Gary

P.S. This is a chance to experience the dream life of a writer and self publisher.

We are going to work hard the entire time from now until the camp but the effects of this retreat won’t end on day 3. They’ll just begin.

One of the finest benefits you gain will be new like-minded friends. Our previous workshop delegates have stuck together…formed support groups and helped each other develop, grow and profit. This is called an “old boys network” in some places. Every major university and educational system has one…this invisible power because “who you know”, not just “what you know” works. We’ll encourage this so your alumni group can enhance your efforts whenever required.

May I share three final examples of how big, your little self publishing business can become from our workshop?

A long time friend, who had just retired from a 30 year career in the oil industry joined our program. His passion was to learn more about health and looking at the deep, more spiritual aspects of life since he had ended a financially successful career. He has gone on to publishing the leading healthy living magazine where he lives.

Not only was he able to publish 20,000 copies of a 48-64 page magazine on healthy living every month, he was able to meet and work with leading health and spiritual leaders like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dwyer and even the Dali Llama. What a thrill.

Michelle Toole, an at home mother, made a fateful decision… to attend our self publishing course.

Michelle was disabled when she took the “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” camp.

She took what she learned from our publishing courses and created her own successful global micro website.

Michelle wrote:  “I have some great news, my web site  http://healthy-holistic-living.com is now getting on average 2,000 visitors a day! Yup my little one man show web site now gets close to 60,000 visitors each month!  The power of the internet is amazing as well as the opportunities.  We have said it before but it deserves saying again the internet is truly the great equalizer.

“My web site is at a point now that it is growing without much effort and produces a nice passive income allowing me to continue working on my second site http://home-remedies-and-natural-cures.com and to get my third site up and running.  I am also working on various joint ventures with other web sites focusing on helping others start their own web business. I am doing monthly webinars helping disabled individuals start their own business on the Internet and will be starting a coaching club in the new year.  The opportunities are only limited by one’s imagination.

“Again I can not thank you and Merri enough, I look forward to many great adventures and new experiences in the coming years!”

Another successful self publisher who attended our workshop wrote :

“MY HEAD IS STILL SPINNING from all of the valuable input I received. Out in the boonies, 2 + hours from the airport in Charlotte , North Carolina it was not your typical setting for a business seminar.

“It was presented by a fascinating guy with an interesting career history. Gary Scott and his wife, Merri, split their time between their idyllic farm in North Carolina and their property in the mountains of Ecuador . I first heard about Gary through my interest in Ecuador .

“By his own admission, Gary is often ‘a bit ahead of the curve’ which is part of what makes his material interesting. You sense the authenticity of what he is saying but it has not caught on in the mainstream media or pop-culture.

“The input is that is already affecting my life was not just from the instructor, but from other participants. The small group, less than twenty, seemed to be intimately bonded as soon as the seminar started. People from all walks of life and all parts of the country gained insights from the information that was geared to create a ‘life of your choosing more so than just a successful business. A very simple but powerful concept. Why do we want the money in the first place?

“The lifestyle aspect of the course was taught by example. We, as a group, were temporarily inserted directly into the lifestyle led by Gary and Merri. No better way to learn than by doing.

“The course content suited my needs very nicely. It addressed issues pertinent to FilmTrips and my marketing company, MJ Media. New life has been injected into several FilmTrips projects that had been languishing on a back burner for quite some time. Gary talks about being open to ‘connect the dots’ and take advantage of distortions or discrepancies between economies and countries. I am in a very good position to do that. Telephone and Internet technology has certainly arrived to help make it happen. I will keep you posted!”

In the workshop we learn how to use the “Business Evolutionary Process.” Start with a small idea. Let the idea build enthusiasm. Let the enthusiasm lead you to an education. Let the education create action. The action will bring, deeper ideas…so you can start small and grow.

This is what so many others who have accepted Merri’s and my invitation have done and are doing now….as are we. A never ending process for all.

We hope you will join this growth process with us. If you do, this letter…the invitation and the workshop will be fateful and fun.  Register today!

Delegates from our last camp wrote:  My daughter and I had a fantastic time at the Writer’s Camp this past weekend.  We both felt we gained a tremendous amount of knowledge on “how to make money with our writing skills”!  Thank you.

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

or

November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Yours and Merri’s expertise on transmitting knowledge to others is phenomenal.  The warm, personal feel of being with you both along with the great people in the class was great!
 
Thank you again for all the added information gained in all areas of life and what I consider gourmet meals served to us all.
 
Donna/Jeanna

Another wrote: Have just returned from the writing seminar conducted at your farm in Ashe County, North Carolina, I thought I’d give you my take on what I experienced. To suggest that the location, hosts, seminar content, and accommodations were adequate would be an understatement.

This was my introductory visit to the northwestern corner of North Carolina and it appears, from looking at the map, that this area could be considered the “foothills” of the Appalachian Mountain Range. Remote? You bet! But a beautiful place for retreating when life or weather calls for relocation.

Corresponding as we have for the past two years was simply a forerunner to our one on two meeting and I am so pleased that we found this opportunity.  You are both most personable with dynamic and pleasing personalities. I was extremely comfortable the entire weekend and thank you for making that possible.

The seminar itself opened a whole new world that I hope to explore in the coming months. I drove away from your farm with a well inflated right rear tire and a wealth of information that could catapult me into a whole new profession should I opt to go that route. I still have a number of professional business ideas that I intend to pursue, however, the concepts and ideas conveyed in your seminar will serve to enhance whatever I undertake going forward.

But if there was one underlying common denominator that I recognized, it was the fact that you are both so well qualified to present in this field of communication. Probably my most prolific observation was how well read and knowledgeable you are. The breadth and depth of knowledge on so many diverse yet associated subjects kept my unswerving attention. It also opened my mind to a variety of fields that, heretofore, I would not have considered relevant to my interests. And as a presenter, Gary is prolific. I drove away knowing that not only did the seminar give me my money’s worth but I was introduced to some very valuable contacts.

The bottom line is your seminar was both eye opening and entertaining. I came, I saw, I learned, and I even ate healthy. Thanks for everything. John

The son of a father son team sent this note:  Hi Merri!  I just attended your writers camp with my dad this past weekend.  I didn’t get to express how much I appreciated all that you and Gary did for us this weekend because we were in a hurry to get to the airport. Letting us stay in your cottage and having us for your writers camp was an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life! Gary and Merri’s stories of adventure, success, your lessons, and advice are truly priceless!!

This camp has inspired me. Writing has always come naturally for me but I never was able to view it as a business opportunity.

This camp has shown me not only that writing can be profitable, but HOW to make it profitable! Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom with me. In my lifetime, I could only hope to see the success that you and Gary have achieved.

I not have only signed up for your newsletter, but I can’t stop spreading the word to my friends about my experience. Thanks again for your amazing hospitality,  Mitchell

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

or

November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

We share David Cross videos abd Skype sessions at the camp.

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David has an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience spanning 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.   He started working with the internet from the getgo and we have been lucky that he helped us start our website in the 1990s.  He was also Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD.  David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009 until he came to work with Merri and me full time.

More who have written about the Writer’s Camp.

From Sandra, a restaurant owner:  “Dear Gary and Merri, Yes I did it! Without you and your wonderful writing class I would not have been able to see my potential!! I THANK YOU BOTH! You told me to write about what I know and I did. Thank you for all the encouragement. Starting today, we are taking orders and I wanted you to be the first to know! So here goes…..I have some exciting news to share! I have just written my first book and very much appreciate your help. This book would make a great gift for any bride-to-be or even the parents of the bride (especially if they’re paying the bill)! Please check it out. I genuinely appreciate you helping me spread the word! Thank you!! Sandra”

From Jerusha, an anthropologist:  “Hello Gary and Merri. I am the first in the class to publish! I published a calendar on www.lulu.com!

From Todd, a wedding photographer:  “Thanks, Gary and Merri name recognition is beginning. Here is my new photoletter that your program helped me develop. I’m getting more clear about my own marketing now, so I may be able to better advantage of it. I am planning now to send out an email once a week showcasing new photos and creating awareness for my products and services. By mid July, I will place my first greeting card order (with a printing company Merri recommended in Cotacachi). So, I will soon have an inexpensive product to offer along with the more expensive prints that I sell. So far, I’ve got 60 opt-on subscribers to my email list, and I am telling everyone I know about it, so it’s starting to grow nicely. My first goal is to have 1000 readers. I’ll see how quickly I can accomplish it. Take care, Todd”

From Micky, a real estate broker:  “I want to say thank you for the inspiration and encouragement that I received through your publishing program. I recently published a 28 page booklet” Naples is Priceless “. This FREE booklet is being distributed through the Chamber of Commerce, banks, hotels, etc. With over 25 years as a Realtor I can now let potential real estate buyers gain knowledge and inside tidbits about this beautiful area. Again, thank you for helping me develop my potential. Micky”

Our online course “Self Fulfilled –  How to be a Self Publisher” is normally $299.  See more here.

Save the $299 and receive this online course FREE now.

August 30-31-September 1  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Jefferson, NC.

or

November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl.

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

See how to attend two courses for the price of one and save $799 to $999 here.

Hugh Howey

See an eight minute video interview with Hugh Howey here.

 

laurence Dahners

To see the four minute video with Laurance Dahners, click here

 

See a four minute interview with Scott Nicholson on how he has gained from rejections

See Bob Gandt’s story here.

Bob Gandt

Click here to start the video

Bob’s passion is flying and the military.  His books reflect this.  Learning and sharing your passion with like minded souls is just fun.  There is no other way to say it.  This is how life should be lived and self publishing let’s you live it this way.

Bob Gandt

Read about Bob Gandt’s fiction here.

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Dos Winter

Order College Confidential at Amazon.com here.

appalachian gold

 Appalachian Gold is now completed and available for people to purchase and read.  It is available on Amazon in either e-book format or as a print-on-demand hard copy.

quinoa-book

You can order Nicki’s Goff’s book at Amazon.com.

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You can order Barry and Janae Weinhold’s  “How To Break Free of the Drama Triangle and Victim Consciousness.”

 

 

 


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