Our seminars share information on ways to help readers earn with their own writing micro business.
Our writers camps …
fill up this room.
and I start.
However, I am just one of several speakers.
The problems we grapple with at the seminars are how to deal with a changing world. The change makes life hard for those who stick with the lifestyle model that worked from 1945 to 1995… ie… grow up… get a good college education and get a job for life with a great company… like Xerox… or Kodak… or for even more safety a government agency like the Post Office. Merri’s brother who was brilliant and followed that path from high honors from Georgia Tech… was a Stanford Fellow. etc. and turned down a major position with DuPont to have job security at the Post Office. He was laid off in his 60s during PO cutbacks in Memphis…. a victim of disruptive technology.
An article at www.finance. yahoo.com entitled “In Hard Economy for All Ages, Older Isn’t Better … It’s Brutal” by Catherine Rampell for the New York Times outlines some of the problem when it says: Young graduates are in debt, out of work and on their parents’ couches. People in their 30s and 40s can’t afford to buy homes or have children. Retirees are earning near-zero interest on their savings.
In the current listless economy, every generation has a claim to having been most injured. But the Labor Department’s latest jobs snapshot and other recent data reports present a strong case for crowning baby boomers as the greatest victims of the recession and its grim aftermath.
These Americans in their 50s and early 60s — those near retirement age who do not yet have access to Medicare and Social Security — have lost the most earnings power of any age group, with their household incomes 10 percent below what they made when the recovery began three years ago, according to Sentier Research, a data analysis company.
Their retirement savings and home values fell sharply at the worst possible time: just before they needed to cash out. They are supporting both aged parents and unemployed young-adult children, earning them the inauspicious nickname “Generation Squeeze.”
New research suggests that they may die sooner, because their health, income security and mental well-being were battered by recession at a crucial time in their lives. A recent study by economists at Wellesley College found that people who lost their jobs in the few years before becoming eligible for Social Security lost up to three years from their life expectancy, largely because they no longer had access to affordable health care.
The article tells the plight of one boomer who says “I will probably be working until I’m 100”. Then it adds: As common as that sentiment is, the job market has been especially unkind to older workers.
Unemployment rates for Americans nearing retirement are far lower than those for young people, who are recently out of school, with fewer skills and a shorter work history. But once out of a job, older workers have a much harder time finding another one. Over the last year, the average duration of unemployment for older people was 53 weeks, compared with 19 weeks for teenagers, according to the Labor Department’s jobs report released on Friday.
Our seminars look at ways to earn with a writing micro business while having fun, fulfillment, profit while doing good for the community.
Let’s look at how two speakers at a recent writers camp helped delegates at the seminar earn through writing.
One speaker, Bob Gandt, has a history of successful writing for decades through the traditional publishing – book store model.
Bob 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.
Bob shared secrets of writing and how he was able to get into the publishing bookstore stream.
Information is great… but like good fuel in a car it is pretty useless without an engine, wheels and transmission. This is why our seminars, courses and the pages at our websites share information so you know a direction and contacts that provide traction so can go.
Meet us and our contacts at an upcoming Writers Camp.
Read more about Bob Gant’s books at www.Gant.com