I will be attending a 3 day conference in Austin with literary agents, editors and publishers from all over the United States the third weekend in June. This will give me a chance to network with other successful authors and perhaps start promoting my new book “Quilly”.
I am currently about two-thirds the way through my second book and can’t wait to introduce you to my main character Quilly. Stay tuned!
I will be giving a book review of EMPIRE LOST at the Wimberley Library on Monday February 25th at 6 PM. I invite you to come and hear why I wrote this book, questions that the book poses, and a few readings from the book. I think you’ll find it to be an enjoyable experience.
Just a few statistics for you to chew on. Come to your own conclusions.
In 1980, CEO’s made 42x what blue collar workers made. In 2011, CEO’s were making 380x a workers’ average pay. This is the largest gap in the world.
The median expected salary for a typical CEO is currently $732,317, but the highest paid CEO made $131 million dollars.
Scott Decarlo, editor of Forbes Statistics Department noted that often the boss’s salary out strips investor gains.
So what does that tell you?
Would you ever tell a lie? Would you ever cheat? Do you ever push the line just a little? Have you ever leaned just enough to change the balance? Your first thought may be “no”, but studies in both economics and the social sciences suggest otherwise. It just depends on the incentive, or better said—everybody has their price. That’s not to say we might not cheat for a good cause; we often manage to rationalize it as nobility but that doesn’t change the game. A rose, is a rose, is a rose… For most people it’s not like taking a gun and committing a robbery, it’s more like fifty shades of gray. I submit to you that this is generally how corporate fraud occurs.”One toe over the line.” Actually, it’s easier to catch the guy with the gun and put him in jail than to detect white collar crime AND white collar crimes generally merit less jail time. Still as Don Henley put it in his song, “you can steal more money with a briefcase than a gun.” “Empire Lost” explores this idea. It also deals with the idea that people feed on each other’s dishonesty. It talks about how you can know ‘without knowing’. Is that as bad as outright participating? How often do we look the other way, and isn’t this cheating just as much. Just a few musings for when you look in the mirror. What’s your price?
Maybe Jamie Diamond of J.P. Morgan Chase should read my book “Empire Lost” so he will have a contingency plan when his credit default swaps inevitably bite him in the ass. He would be well advised.
My new book is set in my home town of Houston and while it could have had a backdrop just about anywhere, I hope the reading is as hot as a Houston summer. So my suggestion is read it with a wine cooler.
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