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Gordon Burgett wrote How to Plan a Great Second Life: What Are You Going to Do With Your Extra 30 Years? during the last months of 1999. He currently speaks nationwide about this topic, offering keynotes, break-out sessions, workshops, and spousal programs at conventions, company meetings, retreats, and universities.

In October of 2002 his third edition of The Travel Writer's Guide was published (earlier editions were published by Prima in 1994 and 1997 and were Writer's Digest Book Club top choices.) A month earlier Gordon's Sell and Resell Your Magazine Articles was also published in its second edition; the first was published by Writer's Digest Books in 1997 and was a Writer's Digest Book Club top choice.)

Burgett has given 2000+ professional speaking presentations since 1981.

With 1,700+ articles and 31 books in print, he has appeared extensively on radio and TV, as a guest author and a publishing specialist. He has also produced 26 audio cassette series and singles. Burgett is a long-standing member of the National Speakers Association, the American Society of Authors and Journalists, and the Publishers Marketing Association. Burgett's other books include:

Publishing to Niche Markets
Niche Marketing for Writers, Speakers, and Entrepreneurs
Self-Publishing to Tightly-Targeted Markets
How to Sell More Than 75% of Your Freelance Writing
The Writer's Guide to Query and Cover Letters
Empire-Building by Writing and Speaking
Speaking for Money (with Mike Frank)
Treasure and Scavenger Hunts
Ten Sales from One Article Idea
The Query Book
Life After Dentistry (with Dr. Jay Hislop)
Standard Marketing Procedures for Dentists (with Reece Franklin)

Four of Burgett's books have been Writer's Digest Book Club top choices: Sell and Resell Your Magazine Articles, The Travel Writer's Guide, The Writer's Guide to Query and Cover Letters, and How to Sell More Than 75% of Your Freelance Writing.

Gordon has owned and directed a publishing company, Communication Unlimited, since 1982. It specializes in books, reports, and cassettes about writing, empire-building, and niche publishing. In 1995, the company merged with Marsha Freeman's Team Systems and created Dental Communication Unlimited and Medical Communication Unlimited, to begin a series of standard operating procedures manuals (and other, related office operations products) for health care professionals.

Burgett earned four academic degrees: B.A., University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (Latin American Studies), M.A., University of Wisconsin, Madison (Luso-Brazilian Studies), M.F.T. Thunderbird Graduate School (Foreign Trade), and an M.A., Northern Illinois University (U.S. Intellectual History). He was twice an university dean, taught Portuguese and history, created a city recreation program in Illinois, directed CARE (and Peace Corps) programs in Colombia and Ecuador (including the Land Directorship of the HOPE ship medical/dental program in Guayaquil), twice studied in Brazil, played professional baseball, and led a gold hunt up the Paushi Yaco (Upper Amazon) River in Ecuador.

Gordon can be reached via his website.

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