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September 12, 2007

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cynthia

i think you should go for your money, not in an asshole sort of way but they said they would pay you for your work and you should get it.

Daniel Miller

1. The Wikiklesia cover is awful! You couldn't get Nic on the job?!

"I'd rather spend the rest of my days pushing work out for free to projects like Wikiklesia than have the sour taste of having to chase poorly run, industrial-sized Christian publishing houses for cash." ...Yes. If you have the option to write what you want w/o compensation, always the better choice. And if you have the choice to not do business with American companies that openly claim their "Christianity," better still. It's funny that all sorts of companies here will advertise their faith, I assume to attract customers who are either of the same faith or would trust someone of faith more than someone not...but given the number of horrible experiences I've had with Christian businesses here, it has the exact opposite effect with me.

Duke

I just finished your book. I especially enjoyed the chapter of gifts. It has some great insight to it. I understand the concept of the gift starting a flow that continues beyond the economic model of paid services. But couldn't it also be carried out by charging for an item and the "gifting" back more than was paid for. As with the artwork, it would then live in both realms.

I say this because I came from "inside" the church where I spent the first 16 years of my professional life as a minister. I got sick of the old model of the church AND the minister being supported by the beggars bowl and all the baggage that goes with it. Now I produce products or provide services but charge for them up front. My old friends say I shouldn't, that I should do it free of charge and allow people to give, that's the Christian model. But as I said before I was on the inside and I know that "free" never really meant free. Free tapes were given because they knew they could pound them with fundraising letters loaded with guilt and obligation until they received far more than the "free gift" was worth.

I think my model is much more honest and if I give more than was agreed on in the purchase will it not carry the same flow of a gift?

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