Principles of Contracts: Self-Interest

— — — — Previous Chapter: The Narrowness Principle — — — — All business deals are based on trust, and it’s a trust backed up by a trustworthy legal system. Without trustworthy courts, high trust between people in a culture, and an environment characterized by trust and reciprocity, business …

Principles of Contracts: The Narrowness Principle

— — — — Previous Chapter: The Third Cousins Rule — — — — “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Matthew 7:13, NIV Seldom, if ever, have the words above been truer …

Principles of Contracts: The Third Cousins Rule

— — — — Previous Chapter: What is a Contract? — — — — Disputes and Contingencies So, contracts are legal documents that obligate the signers to particular courses of actions in the event of enumerated contingencies. What about disagreements? After all, as a legal document, it’s always possible contract …

Principles of Contracts: What is a Contract?

— — — — Previous Chapter: Introduction — — — — A contract is probably not what you think it is. It’s not an ironclad dictate that you must sign or die. It’s not something that strips you of your rights. It’s not even a piece of paper (although the …

Principles of Contracts: Introduction

Why Contracts Matter Money is truthful. When a man speaks of honor, make him pay cash. -Robert A. Heinlein, speaking as Lazarus Long, Time Enough For Love, 1973 The Concert In the early part of this century, I participated in a charity event to benefit the family of a dead …

It’s Time To Bust It Open

As part of my self-education as a writer learning to market his work, I’ve been watching trends in e-books and audiobooks as well as publishing industry trends, and thinking about them in the context of podcasting as an endeavor that takes a lot of passion and commitment from very creative …

If You Build It, Will They Come?

Free content – particularly in the audio fiction space – suddenly seems a lot less of a perpetual free lunch than it did six months ago, and it’s got a lot of folks freaking out in my corner of the Internet. Providers are dropping like flies this year! Matthew Wayne …

What Book Publishers Could Learn from Drug Dealers

by J. Daniel Sawyer Thanks to Amy Gahran for sparking the idea Literacy is like heroin – it’s habit-forming. The more people try out the habit, the more likely they are to retain it. Exposure to books breeds consumption of books, which is good, because the act of reading requires …