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Publishing

Writing
Groom's free-lance articles have appeared in the Washington Post, Builder, Export Today, the Montgomery Sentinel, and elsewhere. He wrote several hundred essays for the Outrage.com, as well as editing and writing for PositivePress.com. He has writtten extensively about investing for AnnuityNet.com and SeekingAlpha.com.

Groom is the author of a number of ebooks, as well as three printed books: Tragedy to Triumph: 100 Amazing and Inspiring Comebacks, Living Sanely in An Insane World and Life Changing Advice from People You Should Know. More information about these books is available here. He has given many radio interviews to promote these books, and was interviewed on a national Fox News television program about Living Sanely.

Online Publishing
Background: Groom served as Director of Content and Site Development, and later as a consultant, for AnnuityNet.com (now Ebix) a pioneering online financial services company owned by GE Life and Annuity Assurance Company, John Hancock Variable Life Insurance Company, Keyport Life Insurance Company, Lincoln National Life Insurance Company, and others. The company was the first to sell variable annuities online.

Groom created PositivePress.com and TheOutrage.com. Positive Press has delivered Positive News and the Positive Quote of the Day to millions of readers. There are currently approximately 43,000 subscribers to the Positive Quote of the Day.

What the media has said about Groom's web sites:

Featured venture:

  • Positive Press:
  • CNNfn: "Success caught Groom by surprise, but sometimes even journalists find it satisfying to learn that nice guys can finish first."
    Yahoo: "Be sure to contemplate their thought of the day and send in your own good news."
    USA TODAY: "Positive Saying of the Day has found a niche in cyberspace."
    Reuters: "Groom chooses bounce-back stories, stories of quiet heroism."

    Positive Press also had a wide variety of other features: In addition to the Positive Quote of the Day and Positive News, there was a line of branded merchandise. The quote is also offered on a branded basis, and can be privately labeled to keep a company's message or product in front of clients, potential customers, or employees.

Other venture:

  • The Outrage:
  • Web Magazine: "a brilliant use of the Web"
    Netscape's Netcenter: "Unbridled rants that can brighten even the dullest day"
    The Boston Globe: "John Groom also understands that man's nature is contradictory"
    Playboy: "Entertaining rants on topics such as NBA labor negotiations and government waste."

    The sites have also been featured on CNN Headline News, NPR, major radio stations throughout the world, and many other print and online media.



Book Publishing

Featured Project:

  • Official Lies: How Washington Misleads Us, by James T. Bennett and Thomas Dilorenzo.

    This book examined the communications endeavors of the federal government. Official Lies was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Orange County Register, and elsewhere. Success magazine purchased an excerpt of the book. C-Span featured the book on their broadcast. The authors were interviewed on scores of radio stations across the U.S. Official Lies sold 3.5 times as many copies as the typical public policy book.


 

Other book publishing ventures:

  • The New Home Buyers Guide: A Real Estate Agent and Developer Tells How to Save Money and Minimize Risk in the Purchase of a New Home from a Builder by Martin E. Turk.

Living Sanely Series by John Groom:



Non-Profit Publishing

Featured Venture:

  • Study by John Groom entitled "Communications, Publishing, and Public Policy."

    This extensive study examined the various methods by which public policy organizations attempt to market their message. The study was endorsed by a number of foundation and institute leaders, including former Treasury Secretary William Simon. Groom also wrote an article for Philanthropy magazine based on the study.


  • Distribution of public policy books in Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall.