If You Mean Business…

…so do I.

My passion in writing a new kind of Business Fiction has its roots in a very simple concept–business literacy.

80% or more of us will work for a private enterprise as part of our careers. Yet our school systems, and increasingly our employers, are not investing in a foundation of basic knowledge for all employees to contribute to economic growth and individual success.

Concepts like the difference between investment, revenue, expenses and profit are not taught in our schools. 70% or more of new employees don’t understand how to read their paychecks. Choices for retirement plans, or medical insurance, or career paths, leave most employees floundering in the dark, desperately seeking information to make wise decisions.

Increasingly, human resource departments teach policies and procedures, legal do’s and don’t’s. Managers certainly don’t have the training budget to invest in a company’s most precious resource–a well-informed workforce.

Non-fiction books teach economic theory, or entrepreneurialism, or management practice. Business Fiction as a literary genre has lost its place in mainstream publishing, yet “edu-tainment” is still a viable method of teaching new concepts in a fun way. Like Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park, exposure to new ideas and technologies can be framed within the context of entertainment.

Covered in my current and future books are topics such as:

  • Financing a new enterprise—VCs, Wall Street, private equity, value supply chain
  • Labor—workplace relationships, risks of contractors, stock options as compensation
  • Marketing—internet-based journalism and worldwide customers
  • Legal—property rights, both intellectual and real, and their protection
  • Global trade—impact of outsourced manufacturing, including political ramifications

Please join me and form a human bridge connecting business knowledge with the people who need it most. I am focused on creating alliances between corporations and colleges, foundations and non-profit organizations, all with the purpose of creating value to both sides of our economic engine, through the lasting power of story-telling.

Already joining with me is Taliesin Nexus, a liberty-supporting organization teaching the realities of the creative business to emerging writers and movie producers. Students from Community Colleges are reaching out for more knowledge through reading, recognizing that’s what made people like Warren Buffett successful. Respected magazines like Wealth Management already recognize the place for Business Fiction like mine, naming my debut novel Private Offerings in their Best Business Fiction for 2015.

But we need more, especially those willing to reach out to the non-management, non-entrepreneurial, who will perform miracles at their jobs if we help them contribute to the bottom line of productivity.

After all, if you and I don’t mean business about teaching business, who else will?

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