Photo from Citizens Against Government Waste.
The webpage of Citizens Against Government Waste says: The automatic cuts known as sequestration, necessitated by the Budget Control Act of 2011, kick in on March 1, 2013 barring a further delay or enactment of an alternative. In addition, the continuing resolution (CR) funding the federal government for the first six months of fiscal year (FY) 2013 expires on March 27, 2013, meaning Congress must decide how to fund the government through September 30. Finally, the normal budget process for FY 2014 is set to begin shortly, although the President’s budget has been delayed and senators had to be threatened with losing their pay in order to pass a budget resolution for the first time in four years. Hanging over these deadlines is the nation’s record $16.6 trillion national debt, which is a constant reminder of the profligate spending that has become rampant in Washington.
There has been a lot of negative noise government cuts slowing the economy. Perhaps in the short term the ripple effect will reduce growth. The silver lining is a vastly important positive growth factor that is good for the economy.
The simple fact is… every dollar left in the hands of private enterprise, and kept from the government, will have a more positive impact on the economy.
Governments are inefficient in their spending. US government spending is the most inefficient because at unsustainable debt levels government spending becomes an illusion. The government prints more and more money. That money buys less and less.
Money left in the private sector is more likely to be converted into real productivity and growth.
Whatever happens know that less in government is good. Know that this will bring positive change. Look for the positive. Know that this can make your life better. Adapt to this change.
Photo from New York Times article linked below.
Take for example Detroit. Where could conditions be worse?
A New York Times article entitled “Private Boom Amidst Public Blight” says: Private industry is blooming here, even as the city’s finances have descended into wreckage.
In late 2011, Rachel Lutz opened a clothing shop, the Peacock Room, which proved so successful that she opened another one, Emerald, last fall. Shel Kimen, who had worked in advertising in New York, is negotiating to build a boutique hotel and community space. Big companies like Blue Cross Blue Shield have moved thousands of workers into downtown Detroit in recent years. A Whole Foods grocery, this city’s first, is scheduled to open in June.
On Friday, just as Michigan’s governor, Rick Snyder, was deeming an outside, emergency manager a necessity to save Detroit’s municipal finances, the once-teetering Big Three automakers were reporting growing sales.
“It’s almost a tale of two cities here,” said Ms. Lutz, who is 32. “I tripled my projections in my first year.”
Around the country, as businesses have recovered, the public sector has in many cases struggled and shrunk. Detroit may be the most extreme example of a city’s dual fates, public and private, diverging.
At times, the widening divide has been awkward, even tense. As private investors contemplated opening coffee bean roasters, urban gardening suppliers and fish farms, Detroit firefighters complained about shortages of equipment, suitable boots and even a dearth of toilet paper.
“You’ve got to walk before you run, and for many years we weren’t even walking,” William C. Ford Jr., executive chairman of the Ford Motor Company, said of the developments of late within Detroit’s private sector. “But now it’s really interesting.
Even as the political and financial situations continue to deteriorate, in spite of that, there is very hopeful business activity taking place.”
In the eyes of some, the signs of a private sector turnaround have only served to accentuate divisions: a mostly black city with an influx of young, sometimes white artists and entrepreneurs; a revived downtown but hollowed-out neighborhoods beyond; an upbeat mood among business leaders even as the city’s frustrated elected officials face diminished, uncertain roles under state supervision.
Change is with us… always has been and always will be. Technology that aids the emergence of the global economy speeds up the change and creates a widening gap between the rich and the poor.
Many of us can make positive contributions as we enhance our lifestyles with a micro business. Learning how to use modern technology to write and publish can help you have a personal boom that helps reduce the public blight.
We can help you learn how to write and publish to sell in three ways.
See info below on different writers who will be attending this course…and offering more and more insights!
Merri and I will both talk about how to write to sell along with:
Our friend, Bob Gandt, 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 and published thirteen books and countless articles.
Gandt’s flying career has been as eclectic as the subjects of his books. He has been a Navy fighter/attack pilot, weapons test pilot, flight instructor, air show performer, and airline captain.
At age 20 he was the youngest aviator in the U.S. Navy. As a carrier-based attack pilot, he logged over 300 carrier landings and nearly 2,000 hours in the A-4 Skyhawk. In his 1997 deja vu work,”Bogeys and Bandits” (Viking Penguin), he joins a Navy F/A-18 training squadron at the same base where he had trained years before.
In 1965 he began his career as a pilot for Pan American World Airways. For the next 26 years he flew around the globe, domiciled in places like New York, San Francisco, Berlin, and Hong Kong. His 1995 book, “Skygods” (Wm. Morrow & Co.), recounts the meteoric descent and crash of the once-great Pan Am.
In 1998 Bob made his screenwriting debut on the CBS series “Pensacola: Wings Of Gold”. Drawing on the material from his book “Bogeys and Bandits”, he worked as writer and technical consultant for the twenty-two-episodes, which starred James Brolin as the commander of a Marine F/A-18 training squadron.
Bob’s sixth non-fiction work, “Intrepid”, co-authored by Bill White, with a foreword by former naval aviator and presidential candidate and senator, John McCain, was published in the autumn of 2008. In November, 2010 – “The Twilight Warriors: The Deadliest Naval Battle of WWII and the Men Who Fought It”, from Broadway Books.
In 2011 The New York Commandery of the Naval Order of the United States announced that Bob was winner of the 2011 Samuel Eliot Morison Award for Naval Literature.
Sue Herron wrote: Merri and Gary, I wanted to share with you the item Mike has now checked off his bucket list. He has written and published a book, Black Diamonds. “Meagan Turner’s cruise to Alaska takes an unexpected turn when she finds herself caught up in fulfilling a legend to reunite two Native American lovers. The path she chooses leads her on a journey of self-discovery and exploration that tests both her courage and willingness to follow her heart. The town of Homer provides a scenic backdrop for a captivating tale of romance and intrigue. Black Diamonds is Book 1 in the Colors of Alaska Trilogy and is the first novel by author J. Michael Herron.”
You two were an inspiration to us as we read about the eBook publishing in your blog. He always thought he would write a mystery but ended up writing a love story. He is now working on the second book in the trilogy, Blue Ice. He set his 2013 goals to write the three books in the trilogy and publish them and then write a stand alone as well.
Just thought I would share with you how our 2013 is starting out. I know this year is going to be AWESOME for all of us.
You can get Black Diamond for Kindle at Amazon.com FREE TODAY March 12, 2013. Click here.
Dave & Sherry Johnson
Dave and Sherry, after being clobbered in the last economic downturn rose like Phoenix rising from the ashes and created Small Community Magazines that bring good news to the community and earn the publishers excellent profits. They are helping to expand this community concept.
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.
Dr. Jim Vigue
Jim has a master’s degree in leadership, an MBA in marketing and a Ph.D. in holistic health. He is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and the American Association of Drugless Practitioners and is board certified in alternative medicine.
Jim is also a former USA Baseball/Major League Player’s Association Coach of the Year as well as an award winning author on such diverse subjects as baseball, finance and menopause. He works with many professional athletes and his baseball book spoke out against steroids long before the condemnation was popular.
Jim’s most successful book has been my menopause (and other mid life issues women and their partners face). His son Kris also wrote a book while a college student that was subsequently used by the University of Dallas in their sports management program entitled “How to Achieve Your Million Dollar Dreams at Any Age”. The book isn’t about making a million dollars but more about making all your big dreams come true, a great subject for high school and college. Kris had his dream of playing major league baseball ended by a career ending injury his freshman year at Stetson. Kris was named one of the top high school players in the country by Collegiate Baseball Magazine. His book is about having to give up on one dream and transition into others.
#2: Join our Publish a Positive Community Magazine Workshop March 18, 2013. See more on why we believe in small positive community magazines. Order a FREE report here.
#3: Take our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”.
You can attend one, two or all three programs.
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Writer’s Camps – Recorded on MP3Learn how to learn how to wrote and self publish from our recorded Writer’s Camp…
Seven P Secrets of Self PublishingHere are seven secrets that can help you earn as a writer and self publisher.
When you write, you can work anywhere. Here I am working in my greenhouse.
Gain the freedom to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.
These seven 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.
I know Hugh. Sometimes we get together at my farm and play chess (he beats me badly).
These writers are great inspirations.
Hugh’s success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person. He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.
Neither you or I are likely to have this type of success. 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 explain how many hours of writing each 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 more than 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 Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.
That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.
Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.
Self Publishing has become a new business art form 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.
One 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 “Writer’s Camp” seminar. We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled. People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.
Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience. We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.” Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.
Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.
You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you. The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop. I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299. You save $598.
We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .
These courses are not theoretical. They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now. We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.
This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course. The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business. This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.
Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business. Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.
Here is a special offer. We provide two emailed courses “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.
We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell. In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process.
Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product.
You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).
David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s. He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.
You can learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.
For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners. He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.
David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small. From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.
David is an essential part of our web based business and Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc. wrote: “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”
As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.
David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use. In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.
There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding. Expand your borders now! Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.
If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days. You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.
You also receive a report “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.
Plus you get more in the program.
You receive the Report, “How to Finance a Small Business Overseas” (no extra fee).
Merri and I have always preferred to start our micro businesses through cash flow. However in the early the days of our business I found myself raising extra capital several times. I have also helped numerous businesses raise money to get started. This report shares several experiences to give a thumbnail sketch of how to raise money abroad.
In addition you receive any updates we make on any of these courses reports or recordings, free for a year. Businesses usually need to evolve. Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses. Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year. We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.
My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:
- “International Business Made EZ” course
- “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
- Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
- The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
- The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
- Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
- Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.
We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .
To order International Business Made EZ and the entire “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program for $299. Click Here.