“Would I Lie To You?” just .99! Catch up with Marc and Jesse NOW!

Get it here! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WNMVKZC

Yeah, I submitted “Lie” for a BookBub, and got the rejection yesterday morning, so I immediately put it on sale myself. Time to start beating the drum for “Strength,” which, I’m please to report, is getting great responses from beta readers. Nobody’s complaining about too much technical/Bitcoin stuff, so far…

The challenge of writing on highly technical subjects was best expressed by Michael Lewis, talking about how he wrote The Big Short:

To my surprise these peculiar people [the men who “won” the Crash by betting against the big banks] proved willing to tell me their stories. But when I set out to retell them I ran into a couple of problems. One was the sheer complexity of modern finance: how to explain credit-default swaps and collateralized debt obli­gations to my mother? I’m actually not sure that my mother ever read The Big Short— she prefers mysteries—but she has always been my standard: if my mother can’t understand what I’m saying, there’s no point in saying it. The second, related problem was how to get my mother to want to understand credit-default swaps and collateralized debt obligations. It’s never enough to explain complicated things to a reader; the reader needs first to want to know about them

Or, as Albert Einstein (allegedly) said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”

Of course, money is fascinating, and the prime reason people wanted to know about CDOs was, well, the excitement that comes with seeing the billions of dollars “won” by the protagonists. For Bitcoin, it’s a “mere” $400,000,000 or so, but still…

 

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