My book is free on Amazon today (4/17) only

The ebook version ($9.99) of my book, Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1 will be FREE all day on today (4/17).

Just click the “buy now for $0.00” button and you’ll own it forever and can read it whenever on any device.

I don’t make any money from this promotion, so I’m only doing it once. It is my hope, however, that it helps drum up additional interest and also yields additional reviews to help solidify its nearly 5-star rating.

Even though it’s free, I’d still love to use this opportunity to get as many copies into circulation as possible, so if you know anyone (friends, family members, coworkers…) who might appreciate a free book or potentially benefit from its content, please give them a heads up. That would be awesome.

It is unclear to me if this is an Amazon.COM exclusive, or if this promotion is active on international Amazon sites. In any case, grab it while you can, tell anyone you think might care, and please consider leaving a review if you find value in it.



My book is free on Amazon today (4/17) only

Newsletter: April 10, 2019

Ok, folks! Here’s the news some of you have been waiting for!

The Kindle edition of my book which regularly sells for $9.99 will be totally free — for one day only — on Wednesday, April 17th!

Newsletter: April 10, 2019

Set an alarm (or reminder) on your phone right now for April 17th. And then tell anyone you care about that my book will be free.

This is a $10 gift from me to you — or from you to anyone you care about. I want people who wouldn’t ordinarily be able to afford my book — or who wouldn’t otherwise know it exists — to have a chance to read it. Because that’s what authors want — READERS! And I poured my heart into this book with the hope it would provide value to people.

If you’re thinking, “I don’t own a Kindle device.”, you don’t have to! The Kindle app can be installed on any phone, tablet, or computer, too.

You might also be wondering how I’ll make any money if I give my book away for free? The truth is, I don’t. I don’t make a cent.

But one potential benefit I do get is more great reviews to help solidify the solid rating my book already has and more positive word of mouth that will hopefully lead to more book sales later.

And one final thing to observe is that the paperback edition is truly the ideal version of my book because it’s intended to be “dipped into”, but the ebook is a great introduction and has all the same information.

I’m hoping that those who love the ebook may actually want to help support my work by upgrading to the print edition. And that would be awesome.

One last thing, if you already own my book — and you enjoyed it — please take a moment to leave a review. I’d really, really, really appreciate it.

In summary:

My book will be free on Wednesday April 17th. Set a reminder or an alarm and tell everyone you care about (please). Text your friends. Call your family. Share this news on social media. Just help me let people know about this news. I’d really appreciate it. Thank you!

I will actually have more cool news soon! If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to my Youtube channel. If you like my book, you’re going to enjoy my youtube videos.

May the love you put into what you do always find its way back to you,
Zero Dean

Newsletter: March 13, 2019

Happy mid-March!

Newsletter: March 13, 2019I’m happy to announce that the Kindle edition of Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1 is now available worldwide.

It’s only $2.99 if you already own the print edition. Otherwise, it’s $9.99 (US) — but see the “Heads up!” below for discount news).

You can read the first 50 pages of my book right now for free (just select “download a sample”) to whatever device you prefer to read on.

If you’re a member of the Kindle Unlimited subscription service, you can grab it for free. It’s also available for lending between family and friends — so you can share it.

Heads up!

If you don’t want to pay full price for the ebook edition, Amazon is giving me five days over the next few months to discount my book however I want. As promised, I will be using one of those days to make my book available for free. For the other 4 days, I will likely reduce the price to $4.99, $2.99, $1.99 and $.99. I’ll let you know as soon as I know the details (and give you at least a few days notice before each of the promotions).

But if you want to support my work by paying full price, you can do that, too! I certainly appreciate all the support I can get!

Ok, that’s it for today’s news. Thanks for reading!

May the love you put into what you do always find its way back to you,
Zero Dean

Summer & Fall travel plans

Summer & Fall travel plans

Big news!

I am currently planning a major summer road trip which incorporates:

  • a book tour
  • a speaking tour
  • a mobile podcasting & interviews tour
  • a photography tour

Details are currently very fuzzy — and subject to major changes — but this is what I know so far:

Departing city: San Diego
Departure date: To be determined (as early as the end of March)

Known destinations:

  • Baltimore, MD/DC area: I have plans to stay in the Baltimore/DC area for at least a few weeks, possibly longer
  • Nashville, TN: I don’t know if I will be traveling this long, but I have to be in Nashville in October for my brother’s wedding

Other destinations:

What I know: I will be leaving San Diego and driving across the country to the Baltimore, Maryland area where I will be staying for at least a few weeks. I will eventually be making my way back to California. That’s all I know for certain at this point.

This trip will likely take months and I do not plan on being in any rush to get from one place to the next. The destinations I visit are completely open at this point, but I plan on sticking with a general trajectory without backtracking to places I’ve already been to or traveling too far out of the way to get to anywhere in particular unless it makes sense opportunity-wise.

Right now, where I go and what I do is entirely dependent on interest and available opportunities at this point. While I have a general path of travel in mind right now based on places I’d like to visit, I’m flexible.

Because traveling isn’t cheap and I will be funding this trip out of my own pocket, paid engagements and money-making opportunities will likely be a priority (out of necessity). Currently, my book sales are not enough to support something like this, but maybe they will be eventually.

If you’d like to help, buying my book or gifting it to someone via Amazon helps pay for a little more than a gallon of gas. Or, if you’d like to wait, the copies I sell as I travel will net me a higher profit per book, but without the benefit of buyers being able to leave “verified reviews” on Amazon. But since very few people leave reviews anyway, I’m not too concerned about it. :)

I’m hoping paid engagements (speaking, photography, etc) will help offset some costs, but based on previous experiences, it’s not something I’m planning on.

What I will be doing as I travel:

  • Blogging / Videos: I will discussing my journey as I travel and sharing whatever I think may be of interest to people (or whatever people express an interest in).
  • Podcasting & interviews: I will be podcasting as I travel and interviewing interesting people. If you would like to be considered or know someone who should be considered, let me know.
  • Book signings: When there is interest, I will arrange to have several copies of my book made available at book stores, coffee shops, or other meeting places.
  • Meet-ups: I will be connecting with people who have an interest in meeting to talk or participate in an activity (social outings, adventures, etc).
  • Speaking engagements: Where there is interest, I will be speaking at schools, businesses, organizations about anything related to the contents of my book or my travels.
  • Photo shoots: I will be arranging natural light portrait photography shoots wherever possible.
  • Photo adventures: I will also be taking advantage of my proximity to scenic places to shoot landscape and nature photos.

And if all that wasn’t enough, I will also be working on Volume 2 of my book series. While I am hoping to have it out by the end of this year, there’s a good chance that this trip will likely interfere with that. But if I can pull it off, I will certainly try.

Because of this publishing goal, there will be days where I do nothing but sit in a cafe — or the woods — and write. Which is another reason why this trip will take months. But even on the days that I’m not traveling, I’d like to get in the habit of producing short video clips to let you know what’s going on.

I will be making up a lot of this and adapting as I go. If you followed my previous travel adventures (ie 2010-2012/13) — or if you’ve read my book — you’ll know I have some experience with this sort of thing. But unlike before, I now have the benefit of having had years to reflect on what I could have done better in order to avoid certain issues.

Other goals:

This will essentially be an opportunity-seeking adventure. So lots of things are possible.

And besides all of the aforementioned things I plan on doing, I will also be using this trip as a way to test the viability of setting up a portrait photography related (or other) business in a particular city. I previously had a photo studio in the Baltimore area — and still have some connections there — which, besides wanting to catch up with friends, is one of the reasons I plan on staying in that area for a few weeks.

I’d like to hear from you:

  • Whether you simply want me to sign your copy of my book or want me to do a book signing at a place you suggest (book store, coffee shop, wherever…) and can help me arrange it, let me know.
  • If you’d like me to speak at your meet-up, company, or organization, let me know.
  • If you’d like to participate and/or be interviewed on my podcast, let me know. I’m looking for interesting and passionate people. I’ll have more details on this later.
  • If you’d like to participate in a modeling or portraits photo shoot, let me know.

Basically, if any of this sounds interesting to you — or if you have ideas, suggestions, or feedback — let me know. If you received this via email, you can simply reply to this address. Or if you are reading this on my website, you can visit the contact page to send me a message.

Newsletter: March 6, 2019

Newsletter: March 6, 2019

My first book features approximately 400 lessons based on actual experiences compiled into a single volume. In the course of 8 years, many of the excerpts of lessons that I published online went viral – reaching a global audience in the tens of millions (often without attribution). Over the years, many of my most viral pieces have been plagiarized or mistakenly attributed to known authors like Paulo Coelho.

I literally devoted thousands of hours to the lessons in this book and thousands more to ensure that its contents – from the first page to the last – were of a consistent high quality & offered something of potential value to readers. I chose to self-publish because publishers are primarily focused on profits above all else and I wanted to be certain that my book met my vision without interference from “the system”. I wanted this book to be about one thing, the potential value it provides. I truly poured my heart into this book & I hope it shows. It’s not perfect, but it’s the best book I could have written without taking years more to write it.

I’m proud of it.

Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1. It’s on Amazon.

Latest news Feb 5 2019

Here’s the latest news for February 5, 2019…


Congrats to Jocelyn Glas! Jocelyn was the only person — out of a global audience of well over 1,000 people — to participate in January’s giveaway. As a result, I’ll be mailing her a free signed copy of my book.

If you (yes, you — the person reading this) are actually interested in opportunities to get a free signed copy of my book, let me know. Otherwise, I’m going to explore other outlets beyond my blog and newsletter readers to give away copies.


In case you missed it, I rebooted my presence on Facebook at the tail end of last month. If you’re interested in keeping up with me there, be sure you have post notifications turned on. And, actually, if you’re following me elsewhere and want to keep up, then turning on post notifications for those places (instagram, twitter…) is generally a good idea as well.


Just a reminder, but if you’ve read my book and found value in it, your positive review on Amazon or Goodreads would be greatly appreciated. Even if you can’t leave a verified review on Amazon, a non-verified review with a photo of your copy of your book would be nice.

Ok, that’s all for now. Thanks for reading.



Latest news Jan 27 2019

Here’s the latest news…


I’ll be giving away 1 signed copy of my book every month. Details about how to participate this month are in my last update. You have until the end of this month (end of Thursday) to participate.


I’ve rebooted my presence on Facebook. This means I’ve put my old page with 35,000 followers to rest. If you’d like more information on the reason — here’s my new page.  If I get better results this time around, great. If not, then this will be my final Facebook venture before abandoning it completely.

Book Update : Dec 13, 2018 NOW AVAILABLE!


Lessons Learned from The Path Less Traveled Volume 1 is now available on Amazon! | | | | |

READ BELOW for the latest news and how to get a SIGNED COPY at no additional cost.

 Please note: From January 1st on, if folks want a signed copy, I will be charging $10 to pay for time and shipping). 

If you would like a SIGNED COPY, here’s what to do:

    1. Order the book on Amazon (
    2. Choose “this is a gift” option
    3. Have the book delivered to ME (send me an email to request the shipping address)
    4. Use the “include a note” option to specify:
      • What you want your inscription to be (if applicable)
      • What you want me to draw (if applicable)

I will then:

    1. Receive the book
    2. Sign it
    3. Write an inscription (if applicable)
    4. Draw something (if applicable)
    5. Reseal the packaging
    6. Ship the book to the address you provide using media mail (cheaper)
      • If you are in the domestic US, I will pay shipping.
      • If you are outside the USA, I may require a small payment if it ends up costing me money to ship you my book. (If you are not comfortable with this, do not have your book shipped to me.)

If you have any additional instructions or details to provide or the “gift note” doesn’t provide enough space, please contact me.

If you want a rush delivery (priority mail or faster, then I will require payment for the difference to ship you the book).

Please understand, I’m happy to pay for shipping (until December 31st, 2018) as long as it doesn’t end up costing me more money to send you the book than the amount I actually make from selling the book (and it really isn’t much). Also note, I don’t actually receive any royalties from my book until at least 60 days after it’s paid for.

If you don’t want a signed copy, you can just order the book as you would any other book on Amazon.

See for the latest details.

Wishing everyone happy holidays!


Book Update : Dec 13, 2018 NOW AVAILABLE!

Book Update : July 2, 2018

Hey Folks.

It’s been so long since my last update that some of you may have forgotten that you subscribed to my blog or my book updates list. In fact, so much time has passed that it is entirely possible that this content is no longer of interest or of relevance to you. And if that is the case, please know that you can easily unsubscribe using the instructions provided at the bottom of this message.

To those of you who decide to stick around, thank you!

What happened!?

Life happened.

As you know, things don’t always go according to plan. And progress on my book(s) is one of them.

In the spring of 2017 — as I neared completion of the first book (in a series of 3) — my progress began to slow. Despite spending several hours each day in front of my laptop, my productivity on my books would come and go in spurts. While the lessons that encompass all three books have essentially been finished since 2016, the personal narrative I decided to weave through the series has been… tricky. The narrative has been difficult for a number of reasons — most of which have to do with the constraints I wrote myself into (Though some of them have to do with the nature of the content itself. Personal stuff is, to re-use the word, tricky.)

In any case, there wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t sit down to spend several hours writing. And as spring turned into summer, I became increasingly disappointed with my progress and productivity.

And then, in July 2017, a friend of mine — who is a general contractor — surprised me by asking if I’d be interested in helping him with his business. He had more work than he could keep up with and was looking for extra labor. I thought it sounded like an interesting opportunity and one in which I could learn a number of new skills — and get paid in the process. And it seemed like a good way to shake up my routine with the hope that the changes would allow me to make more progress on my books when I had the time to work on them.

So my friend asked me if I would help. And I said yes. And I was excited to be doing something completely new for a change. And while I knew my new routine would change things, I had no idea how much or in what ways.

At first, I thought I could work and write. But, um, no. I quickly discovered that after spending 8 or more hours each day performing laborious activities, I was too exhausted (mentally and physically) at the end of the day to even think about writing.

“Ok. Fine. I’ll write on weekends,” I thought.

But here’s the thing, the nature of what I’m writing requires me to be intimately aware of what I’ve written, what I’m writing, and where I’m heading. And this means being able to retain over 1,200 pages of information (if not intimately, then at least generally). And the more time I spent away from book writing, the further removed I felt from the content. So although I had two free days a week to write, it would always take me a bit of time to re-wrap my head around what I was trying to do and get back into the frame of mind to write.

And as time passed, this became more and more difficult to the point that I just stopped writing.

And even more time passed.

And lots of things other than book writing happened. And lots of lessons were learned. And, as usual, lots of past experiences are still being processed.

It’s funny how we can get swept into things (of our own choosing) that can sort of take us in directions we didn’t intend to go. And it isn’t that these are necessarily bad places to go — there are always lessons to learn — but boy, they can sure mess with one’s game plan!

So why the update now?

This update comes as a result of that fact that I recently stopped working for my friend. And, in a way, it feels like I’m finally able to gather my bearings after being caught up in something that swept me far away from where I intended to go.

What’s the plan now?

Although I hope to get to book writing sooner, my plan is to begin writing again in earnest in January 2019. In the meantime, I’m venturing back into portraits photography — for a few reasons. Not least of which is it’s something I can get excited about (but also because I can no longer make ends meet without an income).

A possible twist…

One of the things I’m currently considering is releasing one or more of my books — as they were originally written — without the personal narrative. While I feel that the personal narrative adds a vital element to the books, I also feel that it is the lessons contained within that will be the most helpful to people.

So I’m thinking about publishing an “alpha” or “beta” version of my book(s) or release them in “editions” that will be updated, improved, and added to over time. Ie. Lessons Learned from the Path Less Traveled (Book 1): Not Everyone Will Understand Your Journey — “Edition 1” or “2018 Edition” or something along those lines. Of course, I may be shooting my book sales in the foot by releasing them before they are presented as I ultimately envision them, I also feel that the sooner I release my books, the sooner some people may be positively affected by the lessons contained within.

So that something I’m thinking about.

Will I be writing/posting more content (to my blog)?

I’d like to. Despite the lack of progress on my books, I have been taking notes over the last year and there are a number of things I’d like to write about once the spark to write them hits. Generally speaking, the content I write is most often triggered by events that happen in my life. Now that I actually have a bit more time to write and think, I suspect that will happen with far more frequency.

Questions? Comments? Concerns? Ideas?

You are more than welcome to get in touch with me to discuss any of the above!

That’s all for now.

I hope this note finds you happy, healthy, and enjoying the journey of your life.