Realm of the Bitcoin Black Market Economy

The realm of Bitcoin is one of confusion and the dark market.  Bitcoin is a tertiary form of payment that is slowly taking over the backroads of the Internet.  Bitcoins are holograms, Bitcoins are nothing but bits and bytes in the internet ether and, sometimes, Bitcoins are actually made of metal you can hold in your hand.

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How to Impress American Express and the Credit Bureaus: Make Mid-Cycle Payments

As you may know, I’m in the American Express fold again after being absent for several years, and it’s good to be back.  There are several things I’ve forgotten, and had to relearn about having an AMEX Gold charge card, and I’ll share them with you now because you may find them valuable, if not hard-earned, nuggets of truth.

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Joining the National Writers Union

If you are a writer — with or without an agent — and if you need help in negotiating a contract, then you should consider the benefits of becoming a member of the National Writers Union.  The NWU won’t act as your agent, but they will read your contract and offer you advice and counsel on what should be changed in the boilerplate.  Book publishers always want authors to sign a standard contract.  That puts all the advantages on the side of the publisher.  With the NWU at your side and in your ear, you stand a better chance of getting a fairer contract negotiated to suit your rights and needs as a writer.

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How to Get Paid on Time

When you work as a freelance writer, getting paid on time is always a big problem because companies see you as they see themselves:  A monolithic monetary monster where paper replaces actual money in the bank.

How can the freelancer get the corporation mentality to understand the need to make rent and meet the payroll?  The answer is:  It cannot be done.  Contractual payment deadlines are only enforceable one way:  On the freelancer when deadlines must be met.

You cannot make an entity understand emotion or deadlines — except when you are on the cutting end of both when it comes to handing in work for a pauper’s price.

The power dyad between producer and creator will never be fairly subsumed — except when the consumer’s insatiable desire for the product forces the producer to fairly treat the creator.

Unless and until that craving for content becomes the norm — the freelance creative force will always fall fallow to the whimsy and dismay of a punishing, corporate, mindset.

The only defense against the want for rent is easy access to credit cards and, if you’re lucky, the safety net of a Money Market savings account.  Pleading the poorhouse only gets you more heartache and dismay as you are newly viewed as vulnerable and spastic.

Rising Scale Payouts

I have been wondering a lot lately about why “hot” books don’t cost more than ordinary books and also how a Rising Scale Payout might work in our new eReader world of direct book distribution:

I can also see a rising scale that, as a text becomes more popular, the price will rise 1 percent of a penny or so for each one sold — so hot texts will become hotter faster as readers will want to jump on the train before the price becomes too high.  Then, as the text begins to die, a sliding scale tips in that will more quickly reduce the price of the text down to nearly free — unless it gets hot again!

I’ve never understood why hot “books” are discounted so deeply and ordinary books have such a high price.  I understand the thinking that a hot book will sell more at a lower price — but what makes a hot book?  A low price?  I don’t think people care about price when they want to really read a book.

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