PCM Report Part II – Life of a Publisher

Here are excerpts from the first chapter in our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Writer and Publisher” so we can see what a delightful… as well as profitable profession publishing is.

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 in 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 a 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! This morning we feel like a walk in the woods instead. Essentially my day’s real work is over. Yet by the end of the day, I will 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 the piano or my flute.  Other days, I just sit in the sun and read. 

Such is the day in the life of a publisher.  This life is 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 a self-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 working at the rest of my publishing business.

To be really financially successful, especially in the beginning, publishing will probably require you to work hard too. 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 and enjoyment, 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 every day, provide services to the universe, earn enough for a wonderful life and to pay for our existence.

It is easy to reach such goals through publishing. This manual is about more than just how to run your own profitable publishing business. It does give simple step-by-step instructions on all you will need to do in a publishing business, but then it gives much more. This book shares a way to do something you love and make a profit in the process!

If you decide to have your own publishing business, you can have a schedule that suits you. You don’t even have to write! (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 Naples, Florida. There after working three or four hours we would quit work and take a long walk on the beach and swim in the sea. Then we would choose what to do next.

We also had 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 a walk on the beach, after our day’s work was done by eight or nine in the morning.

But then Naples and our village in the Dominican Republic became crowded (Merri and I are recluses). We sold out and purchased a 259 acre farm in North Carolina’s most remote county, plus a 900+ acre plantation in Ecuador that is so remote that we don’t even have electricity.

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This may not be the way you want to live, but the point is that with a publishing business you can live anywhere, anyway you wish!

I 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. Both work and work well for a publishing business.

Publishing means money, but it also means freedom.

Choice of home sites is not the only freedom either. We traveled as well…sometimes, a hundred thousand miles a year.

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

This is the lifestyle a 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.  Today, we have three homes, no mortgages, money in the bank and much, much more income than outgo.

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 and the fulfillment we feel when helping our readers who shape our small community of like minded souls!

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 took trips, it was not to get away from work, but to get stimulating fun, exciting, new ideas for work!

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

Merri and I are entering our 70s yet we have no plans for retirement. In fact we are launching our most ambitious busness plan yet.

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, Merri, and I get to do all of this together.

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. It’s 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. 

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Merri and I on our way to work at our farm. (We’ll look at this in more detail later).

The life of a publisher can be absolutely wonderful.

But can 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 self-publishing business just about anyway you want, if you follow a few simple rules we have discovered.

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.

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Working at our home in Florida

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 genuinely 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.

“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.

The information industry has become one-half of our gross national product…making publishing THE ultimate business.

The Great American Dream still exists! Being a publisher means that you start at the top and work with the things that YOU find interesting. People love you when you write about them, countries love you, businesses love you!

In publishing you can start exactly where you are. You can make publishing an entire new career.  You can even use publishing to enhance and expand your current business. There is practically no overhead. You can work anywhere you choose.

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Chapter Two – The Life of a Publisher

Chapter Three – Three Foundations of Success

Chapter Four – Longevity

Chapter Five – Publishing for Couples

Chapter Six – If You Have Children

Chapter Seven – Synchronicity in this Publishing.


Return to Part I of this Report


Further Research

New Yorker Warren’s Way by James Surowiecki

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How Charlie Munger Saved me a Fortune

Forbes America’s Fastest-Dying Towns