About GaryHorton
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I'm a copywriter and novelist living in the midlands of South Carolina. Most of my writing experience has been fiction and technical projects, but recently I've ventured into salesletters and writing for the web.

My passion is writing novels. However, my novels don't pay the bills. In fact, the cost of editing and design of my first novel, Some Glad Morning, was quite substantial and still met with a barrage of rejection letters from publishers. Fortunately, I was able to publish it myself on Amazon where it earns a modest return.

It is my hope that through WA I can consistently earn enough to self-publish my novels at the rate of at least one a year. This would change life radically for me. Beyond that, I intend to continually challenge myself to build an ever growing online business.

The power of the internet to create income has always fascinated me. I'm thrilled to be here at Wealthy Affiliate. It's my hope that WA will make it easier to master the technical stuff so I can focus on content creation.

Since joining WA, it's been my pleasure to unsubscribe from the legion of emails sent from affiliate marketing gurus.
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I'd be happy earning $100K+/yr
I'd be ecstatitc earning $250k+/yr
I'd invest as much time as is needed to reach these goals.
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GaryHorton Premium
I'd be happy earning $100K+/yr
I'd be ecstatitc earning $250k+/yr
I'd invest as much time as is needed to reach these goals.
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cbseidner Premium
Great goals..........just joined over the weekend myself; you're in the right place; great support, Kyle and Carson are "very involved" in the Community and have already sent a personalized note.....can't find that!
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GaryHorton Premium
Thanks for the encouragement cb!
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spidermonkey Premium
Is that possible here?
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Hi, i like that positive attitude,its great to see you have high goals just keep focused and carry on.best of luck!
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Carson Premium
Hi Gary,

These are great goals and I know that you will work hard to achieve them! One of the most important aspects of building a successful business is having goals so that you always have something to work towards!

Keep on taking action within the community as you have done here, you are well on your way!

I am here to help, so please let me know if you have any questions while you get started. I look forward to helping out!

Carson
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AppleofGold Premium
Hello Gary, I have been looking for you! I joined WA because of you, so how do I get you credit for this? You saved me from making a huge error in searching for a retirement career! Thanks, millions! Please check out my Bio and ad comments, if you have time. Thanks in advance
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Lynne!

Welcome aboard. It's a pleasure to meet you.

I'm thrilled you joined Wealthy Affiliate because of me and so glad you didn't join some online scam.

You joined WA through FlorenceKi's link so she will get credit for it. That's okay. FlorenceKi will take good care of you and I'm always happy to help you too.

All the best,
Gary
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ShelGas Premium
Hi Gary. Nice to meet a copywriter here at WA. I am seriously thinking into becoming a copywriter in a few niches. I do have a bit of information if you need any help or I can refer you to some more information. Will help you as best as I can. I wish you great success in your Copywriting business. Looking forward to hear from you.
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, ShelGas!

It's a pleasure to meet you. Thanks for stopping by to chat.

Writing persuasively in invaluable online. However, much has changed and continues to change with copywriting. Many of the old methods no longer work as well as they once did.

People are becoming blind to ads and headlines. They've learned to ignore sales pitches, not to mention the attention span has shrunk to 8 seconds!

I think the trend in sales in more towards relationship and integrity. While the words we use are still important, it's essential not to be manipulative with our language, but instead to be as helpful and genuine as possible.

I worry that many good writers are ruined when they take copywriting courses because it makes their writing manipulative instead of helpful. This is actually counter-productive.

All the best,
Gary
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nigelchua Premium
Gary, I love this comment:

"Since joining WA, it's been my pleasure to unsubscribe from the legion of emails sent from affiliate marketing gurus."

You're right - I too have unsubscribed from most of the scammy ones, and kept only the best, on top of WA.

Wishing you all the best! =D
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Hi Gary,

I appreciate your immediate interaction and support. After reading your profile I feel that we are very similar, except that I have not yet published a novel. If you visit my website bearmilleroutdoors , you can see what my passions are, but I have not been able to achieve my dreams and goals to this point. I have been in the IT industry for the past 33 years, but I always wanted to be a writer and focus on my passions, but I have not been able to do that.

A few years ago I created my website, and for a while I had a lot of products on my site, but I ended up being black-listed by Google because I had assisted-opening knives on my site, just like Cabela's, WalMart, and Bass Pro Shops have, but I was not one of those big retailers. It is hard enough to compete with those guys and Amazon, so I took all of my products off my site and just focused on writing, which has tended to dwindle since that bad experience three years ago.

Sorry for the novel, but I am reaching out to you because you seemed so supportive to me within the first few hours that I joined this site. I need advice on how to proceed. I feel like I have done so much of what AW teaches, but there are some specific areas where I need help, and I don't know if I should sign up for the monthly membership when I feel that I have so much already in place. It doesn't help that I have recently left my job and I am currently unemployed, so taking on another monthly bill is not something I am sure I want to do.

I don't know, you just seemed helpful and encouraging, so I thought I would start this conversation with you. If this is not something you want to engage in, please don't hesitate to tell me so, you won't hurt my feelings in any way.

Thanks,
Bear
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Bear!

I just saw your message. I’m on the east coast, South Carolina, and starting my day. It’s a pleasure to help you. You have a terrific website and are far ahead of the learning curve.

I’m sorry to hear you got slapped by Google. They can be a fickle bunch. I’m sure Wealthy Affiliate can help you make your website profitable.

I can relate to your frustrations in pursuing your passions. Life gets in the way. It took me a long time to arrange my life so I could write novels. Incidentally, when you’re ready to write your novel, I’d be happy to help you there as well.

Since you recently left your job, I think we need to get your website profitable as soon as possible.
My experience with recovering a site that was hit by Google is limited, but we have some members here who can help you. You can post your questions on their profile like you did here.

However, I think it will be more productive if you approach these members with a private message.
At the free starter membership level, you do not have private messaging. You will have to upgrade for that, but your first 30 days is only $19.

That will give you 30 days to dig in and see how we can help you. You can get a lot done in a month.

Meanwhile, go through the training to be sure you have all the fundamentals and click the boxes at the bottom of each lesson so you can track your progress.

Here are the people I suggest you contact:

Steve at: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/ivetriedthat
Jay at: https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/magistudios

This post by Jay may be helpful too. I’m sure we can help you. You have a beautiful website in a profitable niche. With your outdoor experience and writing skills, I’m sure you will be successful.

Your situation reminds me of the story of the burned ships. Do you know it? It’s about an invading force that came by sea. Once the troops were on land, the commander gave the order to burn the ships. With the ships gone, success was the only option.

Gary
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Hi Gary,

Thank you so much for getting back to me and sharing your advice. I think I will try the Premium subscription for at least a month.

Also, my idea for a novel is to take everything I have written for my website (3+ years of material), and make it into a book of general outdoor knowledge, skills, and stories. I am not sure how to go about that, but I have everything in one Word file organized by topic, and it is a lot of material. Any advice on that?

I will continue working on the training and seeing how Wealthy Affiliate can help me. I appreciate your time.

Thanks,
Bear
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Bear!

Glad to help.

Wow! It seems you've already written your book. There are a couple ways you can go to get it published.

At this point, if you had the money, I recommend you hire a professional editor to help organize and polish your draft. You may have more than one book in all the material you have. Unfortunately, editors are expensive.

Expect to pay at least a couple of thousand dollars for an editor. If that's not in the budget, you might consider self-publishing or contacting agents or publishers.

Taking a step back, based on what you've told me so far, I suggest you focus on making your website profitable for now. That's a big project. Your book is a big project too. If you try to juggle them both at the same time they both will suffer.

So, focus on your website for now. Once that's established, we can look at ways to publish your book. Books, particularly first books, are usually not profitable. It takes years to build up a readership.

That said, when your website is profitable with lots of visitors and you have a large opt-in list, it might be easy to self-publish your book (or books) and market them to your list and through your website.

So, again, it comes back to getting your website profitable first.

I'm here for you,
Gary
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BelieveItYes Premium
Hey Gary !

Do you mind subscribing to my youtube channel?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpVZPdYPkw47GLBKf6wCIAA

It would mean a lot to me. This channel is my dream job : makeup artist

Please check it out and subscribe! and let me know if you need me to return the favor, by subscribing to your channel or anything that can help your business =) I will be happy to do it! :D
Many thanks!!!
Sarah
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GaryHorton Premium
Hi, Sarah!

I'm glad to subscribe to your channel.

Here's my channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpTuIbwt8xvRUYg0WgxBtfg

What else can I help you with?

All the best,
Gary
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BelieveItYes Premium
Thanks Gary it's very nice of you! Subscribing back =) Love your videos! you're talented !!
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