Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Health Requires Freedom - In Retirement and at Work

I just received the following e-mail from Henrick Hillerstrom in Geneva:

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Henrik Hillerström"
    Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 12:49 AM
    Subject: Thank you / Website you might find interesting: healfi.com

    Ernie Zelinski,

    First of all, thank you so much for your book
    The Joy of Not Working,
    it has been a great inspiration for me in the last few years: I went
    backpacking around the world for a year and am now "working" on becoming
    financially independent. I look forward to read your new book as well!

    I just wanted to let you know that I have just launched an extensive
    website to inspire healthy living: www.healfi.com . My theory is very
    simple: you cannot be perfectly healthy if you are imprisoned in a
    regular job that you do not enjoy. Health needs freedom.

    Looking forward to hear what you think,

    Greetings from Switzerland,


    Henrik Hillerström
    CH-1208 Geneva

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Retirement News about Retirement Planning for Boomers

Baby Boomers, born from 1946 to 1964, are planning to work longer, save more money and spend less, to reach any semblance of the retirement they once envisioned.

According to AARP:

  • 35 percent of those ages 45 to 54 have stopped putting money into their 401(k), IRA or other retirement accounts.

  • 25 percent said they have prematurely withdrawn funds from their retirement accounts.

  • 56 percent have postponed a major purchase.

  • 24 percent have postponed plans to retire.
"Today, I see myself working until I drop," says Kyril Wickenberg, 59, of Savannah, Ga.

Here are some recent headlines about retirement planning:

Here are two retirement quotes:

    Life begins when the kids move out and the cat gets run over.
    — Author Unknown

    An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young.
    — Oscar Wilde
See Best Retirement Poems to Help You Retire Happy, Wild, and Free.

Monday, June 15, 2009

How I Got 101 Book Deals Around the World

Arab Edition of The Lazy Person's Guide to Success
This book has been published in Chinese traditional characters, Chinese simplified characters, Korean, Russian, Dutch, Portuguese (in Brazil), Spanish, French, Indonesian, Arab, and English. It will soon be published in Bulgarian.
It has sold around 75,000 copies and has earned me over $87,000 in pretax profit, mainly from foreign rights.
I received the following e-mail the other day:

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: FRA
    To: vip-books (at) telus (dot)net
    Sent: 2009 5:20 PM
    Subject: to
    Ernie Zelinski - about books


    I am a writer too. I wrote 4 books using my name a 1 using a pseudonym. If possible please write 2 or 3 lines about how you sold the rights yourself so that I can try the same. Didn't you hire an agent to go to Frankfurt or to sell rights for you? Didn't you pay any service (such as a mag) to place an ad about your books? Did you contact publishers directly? Didn't you go to other fairs such as the US and London? Did you publish anything where you explain this in details? (ebook etc.)


    Fabio Araujo

This was my response:

    Sent: 2009 7:26 PM
    Subject: Foreign Rights Sales

    Hello Fabio:

    First, I have never been to the Frankfurt Book Fair and have no plans to go, even though this is where the foreign rights deals are supposed to be made.

    I first started selling foreign rights when foreign publishers started contacting me. I made the mistake of turning my first 4 or so inquiries to an agent in Montreal.

    I fired the agent when I turned over an inquiry from a Spanish publisher to him and he didn't do anything with it for a month.

    I still use agents in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. For European rights, I normally have not used an agent, although I am using one for 3 of my books that will soon be published by a Bulgarian publisher. I don't use an agent for South America.

    In short, my foreign rights sales come from publishers contacting me and from my sending out my books to foreign publishers that may be interested in my books.
    Regarding a distributor for my books, I won't have any problem since I sent out 2 of my books to the 7 top distributors in the U.S. and 5 have shown an interest so far.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

No Traditional Retirement and No Free Beer for Retirees

Here are some latest news stories about tough times for retirees, including having to go back to work and having to give up free beer:
Here are some resources for retirees:

If you are a retiree thinking about going back to work, here are some tell-tale signs that you should read Career Success Without a Real Job:

    You just may have to read Career Success Without a Real Job if you have ever invented a college or university that did not exist to place on a résumé.

    You just may have to read Career Success Without a Real Job if everyone at your workplace distrusts everyone else because it is their only defence against assholes.

    You just may have to read Career Success Without a Real Job if you have ever on your résumé claimed to be a member of the Kennedy clan.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Real Career Success Is Sailing Out of the Rat Race

I received this message from George Horning of Santa Barbara, CA on the Ernie Zelinski Page at Morgan James Publishing:

    "Read Real Success Without a Real Job a couple of years ago and it started the wheels in motion. Last week I put a down payment on a yacht in the S. Pacific and I am going to sail around and get out of the rat race! Just wanted to say thanks for the inspiration. I tell everyone that will listen about your book. Changed my life and I know it can do the same for anyone else! You are the man!"
I asked George to place a review on the Amazon.com page for Career Success Without a Real Job which he did.

In return I am sending George an autographed copy of one of my books, likely
The Joy of Not Working, if I have a copy left.

You can follow George at the following links:

NOTE: If you have read either one of these three books:
and would like to receive a free autographed copy of either:
just post a great review of the book that you have read on both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.

Then e-mail me at
success101coach@yahoo.com with your address and and I will send you the copy of your choice.

Ernie Zelinski

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Songs about The Joy of Not Working

I just received this e-mail from Pietro Casaro in Italy:

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Pietro Cesaro
    To: vip-books (at) telus (dot) net
    Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 12:39 PM
    Subject: greetings

    Greetings from Italy Mr. Zelinski

    I wrote you some times and you always answered me. I write from Italy, last time you told me i' m a special reader because i read some books such as the Italian versions of
    The Joy of Not Working (3 times), The Joy of Not Being Married (2 times) and in English I've read Career Success Without a Real Job, How to Retire Happy, Wild, and Free, and in spite you gave to me the e-book 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep Forgetting, I've bought the same this copy and i've appreciated also this book.

    In these days i've ordered
    The Lazy Person's Guide to Success:.

    If you remember when i wrote you last time i was gonna record a song where i mentioned the book
    The Joy of Not Working, but i'm not ready to do it. Instead last summer i self published a cd of covers -home recording- and i hope sooner or later to record some songs penned by myself where i include the song i was speaking. I leave you the website where you can listen (..... and laughing at the same time) the pre-listen of the tracks.

    I hope you're well.

    Thanks for your precious advices.

    Pietro Cesaro
    Belluno- Italy


For the record the late Ben Kerr, Toronto busker and mayorality candidate, wrote two songs relating to my books: The Joy of Not Working and The Joy of Not Being Married .
Here are the words to The Joy of Not Working:

    The Joy Of Not Working Nine To Five

    I know the joy of not working nine to five
    Singing every day at Yonge and Bloor
    Strumming my old 5-string guitar
    It's the joy of not working and that's for sure

    People say that I'm a lucky guy
    And they wish that they could be like me
    To know the joy of not working from nine to five
    To be foot-loose and fancy free

    But they'll never loose the treadmill that they're on
    And it's sad to see dejection in their eyes
    The joy of not working could be there
    But they're just too afraid to try

    Ernie J. Zelinski wrote a book
    The Joy Of Not Working is its name
    'Cause Ernie is a fellow just like me
    And the joy of not working is his game

    I know the joy of not working nine to five
    Singing every day at Yonge and Bloor
    Strumming my old 5-string guitar
    It's the joy of not working and that's for sure

    Strumming my old 5-string guitar at Yonge & Bloor
    It's the joy of not working and that's for sure
    The joy of not working and that's for sure
    © 1994 by Ben Kerr

For more letters and songs about the international bestseller The Joy of Not Working (over 225,000 copies sold and published in 17 forerign languages) see The Joy of Not Working Website

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