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Final Draft Readers Needed

by Jason Stotts

Editing of penultimate draft of “Eros and Ethos” is going well and it is about 1/3 edited now. I anticipate having a complete final draft sometime this summer with publication in the early Fall. To that end, I’m looking for around 3 volunteers to serve as proofreaders.

You must be willing to commit to returning each chapter within 2 weeks and you must commit to doing this for all of Volume 1, which is 7 chapters. I’m anticipating about one chapter a month through Summer.

If you’re interested, email me at Jason(at)JasonStotts.com and let me know why I should pick you. If you have experience editing, that would certainly be a plus. If you have background in philosophy or sex, that would also be a plus. If you just really enjoy reading, that works too. There is no special background that you have to have, because the book is written for a general audience.

The people selected will be thanked in the book and receive a numbered and signed first edition.

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Eros and Ethos Announcement

by Jason Stotts

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After much agonizing over this decision, I’ve decided that I will be publishing Eros and Ethos, my forthcoming book on sexual ethics, as two separate volumes. Thus, instead of:

Eros and Ethos: A New Theory and Application of Sexual Ethics

It will be:

Eros and Ethos: Volume 1, A New Theory of Sexual Ethics

&

Eros and Ethos: Volume 2, A New Application of Sexual Ethics

There are a number of reasons for publishing Eros and Ethos separately. The primary reason is that each half of Eros and Ethos is as long as most nonfiction books by itself: Volume 1 is around 100,000 words or about 210 book pages and Volume 2 is around 95,000 words or about 200 book pages. So, as you can see, publishing them separately makes sense. Moreover, each can easily stand on its own as a separate book. Most importantly, this means that I can focus my attention on finishing the final drafts of Volume 1 and getting it published right away.

Volume 1 should be released within the next 6-8 months and Volume 2 should follow within the next 3-5 years. After both volumes have been published, I will release an omnibus edition, in probably 7-10 years, that will bring together revised editions of the first two volumes and include another 50-100 pages of original content.

This is really exciting news for me, because it means that Eros and Ethos: Volume 1 will be published soon!

I’m so excited about this. I’m excited for you to see it. I’m excited for it to be in the world. I’m excited about all of the original philosophy that it contains, which has never been done by anyone before. I’m excited to have created something that I think is amazing, new, revolutionary, and a boon for human flourishing.

I’m excited to have done something about which I can be proud.

To give you an idea of why I’m so excited about, and proud of, this project, let me give you just some of the things it includes:

  • A new theory of ethics.
  • A new theory of emotions, including how to understand the connection between a person’s beliefs and their emotions.
  • A new theory of erotic love and better ways to think about love more generally.
  • A new theory of sexual attraction and a full explanation of it.
  • New ways to understand sexual orientation, sexual identities, as well as masculinity and femininity.
  • And much more!
  • AND, most importantly, all of this culminates in a new way to understand sex and its importance in a human life.

I really think that these books have the potential to make the world better and improve people’s lives.

I’ll send out another update once I have a better idea of the publication date, but it’s time to get excited about it.

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2015 Retrospective

by Jason Stotts

Usually, in early January, I do a big “Best of” the year post that highlights my best essays from the year. This year, however, there weren’t many essays on Erosophia. Nevertheless, it’s been a really big year for me! (Older best of’s: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009)

First, Erosophia turned 10  this year! I’ve been blogging for ten and a half years now. It’s funny, because I started blogging on a lark. At some point I started to really enjoy it and people kept reading it, so it’s just worked out that I’m still doing it.

Second, I graduated with my Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2015 and started work as a MFT Intern specializing in sex therapy in Palm Springs (more details here).

Third, I started my first full-length fiction book “The Wizard’s Tower”. It’s about half done now and I hope to release it in the next year or two. As I get closer to releasing it, I’ll give out more details about the book and maybe even put up the first chapter here on Erosophia.

Finally, 2015 was a huge year for Eros and Ethos: A New Theory and Practice of Sexual Ethics, my forthcoming book on sexual ethics. I started writing it in January of 2008, so I’ve been at it 8 years now! I finished the complete first draft of E&E in 2014 and spent 2015 working on revising it and making it into a much better book. I’m about halfway through the third draft now and then there will only be one last quick copy-editing draft. I’m expecting to complete it and offer it for sale this year (hopefully!!!).

As we get a little closer, we’ll be setting up a website for the book launch at www.ErosandEthos.com (it’s not live yet). We’ll also announce a firmer publication date and set up a pre-order system. I’m also planning on doing a limited print of 50 or 100 books that are numbered and signed. They will be available through the Eros and Ethos website. The print version will follow the digital by a couple of weeks.

There is, however, one potential problem. Eros and Ethos is long. The present word count is a little over 170,000 words, which makes Eros and Ethos 20,000 words longer than both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets combined. Depending on the words per page calculation, publishing it as a single volume will be between 680 pages (at 250 wpp, which is what Amazon recommends), to 566 pages (at 300 wpp, which is average nonfiction), to 378 pages (at 450 wpp, which is pretty small print on large pages). Given that most nonfiction books clock in around 200-250 pages (at between 300wpp and 450wpp), this is a problem as it might disincline readers, who will think it’s simply too long to read.

So, one option I’ve been kicking around is separating Part 1 from Part 2 and publishing them separately as Volume 1 and Volume 2. This would yield two regular sized books. The problem is that both ways have pros and cons, which I’ve tried to list below (you’re welcome to add to the lists in the comments).

Publishing Together

Pros:

– The reader can start with either the theory or the applications

– One unified volume

– Won’t have to separate out references to missing parts

– Won’t have to edit to disentangle Part 1 and Part 2

– Won’t need new covers

Cons:

– Less $, since selling 1 books vs. 2

– Longer time to completely publish (need to wait between volumes)

– Too long of a book might discourage readers (some people may never read who might have read a shorter book)

– Fewer published books (author’s vanity)

Publishing Separately

Pros:

– Publish 1st book sooner (less time to edit it all)

– More overall $

– Shorter books, easier to read and more likely people will read

– More total books published

– Build reputation for subsequent releases (maybe)

Cons:

– Will need new covers

– Potential continuity issues

– Only get 1 shot to impress readers and people might prefer theory to applications or vice versa (This is my biggest worry)

What do you think of the publishing issue? Realistically, I think that it’s full of good and interesting stuff and everything that’s in it is in it for a reason.

Either way, 2015 was a great year for me and I’m hoping that 2016 will be even better and see the publication of Eros and Ethos.

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Update on Eros and Ethos

by Jason Stotts

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I’m writing with an update on my forthcoming book Eros and Ethos: A New Theory and Practice of Sexual Ethics. Eros and Ethos is completely written and is in editing now. I’m making great progress with my editors and we hope to have everything ready for publication in the Spring. As we get a little closer, we’ll be setting up a website for the book launch at www.ErosandEthos.com (it’s not live yet). We’ll also announce a firmer publication date and set up a pre-order system.

I’m also planning on doing a limited print of 50 or 100 books that are numbered and signed. They will be available through the Eros and Ethos website. The print version will follow the digital by a couple of weeks. The only way to get one of the limited edition numbered and signed copies will be to get one early. After the initial batch, they’ll be gone forever.

I’m really excited that things are moving so well along! I really can’t wait to share it with you all.

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Happy 10th Birthday Erosophia!

by Jason Stotts

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I really can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since I started blogging!

Blogging is interesting.  I never set out to be a blogger.  In fact, I only started writing a blog on a lark.  Then, I just sort of kept writing and at some point things got interesting.  Somewhere along the line people started reading and then I accidentally became popular. I still have no idea how. I’m glad it happened though.

Anyway, I’m happy to announce that we’re half done editing Eros and Ethos and we’re optimistically shooting to release in Q4 of this year, probably December. Editing is going a little slower than I would like, but the book is definitely benefitting from it and it’s much better now than it was before we started.

I also want to announce that I’ve started writing a second book, tentatively titled The Wizard’s Tower. This book, unlike Eros and Ethos, will be fiction. It’s a fantasy book set in a land where wizards rule. It revolves around a new High Wizard and the choices he must make as a ruler who never had any aspirations to rule.  It’s already a third of the way written and we’re starting work on the cover. Joseph Pearson is helping me with this project as well (if you need design work, check him out). Here’s a really tentative cover he mocked up for it:

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I hope to have The Wizard’s Tower published in the next two years.

One other announcement: the Erosophia Podcast is going to start recording again! We got a little behind there, but we’re back on the ball now and we’re starting to record again next week.

If you’ve enjoyed Erosophia these last 10 years, please consider sending me some love.

You can donate via PayPal:


You can buy me a birthday present from my Amazon Wishlist

You can email me and tell me that my work has had some impact in your life: Jason(at)JasonStotts.com (I could really use this one right now).

Or, you can like Erosophia’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ErosophiaBlog.

Finally, I want to thank all of you, my readers and listeners, for a great decade and I look forward to many more years to come.

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Eros and Ethos

by Jason Stotts

I recently wrote a proposal for funding for Eros and Ethos and I thought it was pretty good, so I’m going to share parts of it here.  Click through if you’re interested.

Continue reading ‘Eros and Ethos’

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Volunteers Needed

by Jason Stotts

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I am sending out a call for help from you, my dear readers.  As you probably know, Eros and Ethos is done in draft.  Some chapters have had many revisions and are around a 7th draft and some are only a 2nd draft.  Suffice it to say that the book is in a really well-polished first draft edition.  This is where you come in.  I need one or two people to read a draft and provide comments on the content, readability, and style.  I don’t need a line-editor right now, but if you’re interested in that, let me know and I will definitely appreciate your help when the time comes.  I would ideally like your comments back in 4-6 weeks, so you would need to commit to that timetable.  If you are able to do it, but need longer, let me know that as well and we might be able to work something out.  I would like to get Eros and Ethos published this year if it’s feasible.

I can’t offer you much for your help, but you will be mentioned by name and thanked in the acknowledgement section, you’ll get to read the book before anyone else, you’ll get to see how it evolves, and you will receive one of a very small number of printed, numbered, and hand signed first-edition books.

If you’re interested, email me at Jason (at) JasonStotts.com or contact me via twitter @JStotts.

I could really use your help.

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CatalystCon Day 1 and Revelations

by Jason Stotts

I’m at CatalystCon here in LA and so far it’s been interesting. I’ve met some interesting people and tomorrow the talks start.

A weird thing happened, though. Twice, people have asked me what I do, since most people (it seems) here are involved in some sort of activism or related fields like counseling, education, etc. I responded, both times, that I write a blog about sexual ethics and I’m working on editing my first book on the topic and that I’m getting my MA in clinical psychology. One of the women I talked to asked me what sexual ethics is and to explain it.

Now, this seems like it should be the easiest question in the world for a philosopher specializing in sexual ethics…but it wasn’t. I fumbled my answer pretty badly. This got me to thinking that I seriously needed to work out an “elevator pitch” for what I do and for Eros and Ethos. I mean, I should really be able to respond, and hopefully succinctly, about what I do in a way that anyone should be able to understand.

So, that’s what I’m going to try to do here. Let me know how it sounds.

What is sexual ethics?

Sexual ethics is the field of philosophy concerned with integrating sex into your life. It also covers things consent, rape, incest, bestiality, and anything related to sex about which you might use the words “good” and “evil”.

What is your book about?

My book is called Eros and Ethos and through it I’m attempting to create the first sexual ethic that integrates sex deeply into what it means to live a good human life.  I don’t think we can give an account of what it means to live a good human life if we omit sex.

Why are you writing it?

A lot of reasons. Primarily because I think that sex is too important a part of what it means to live a human life to be left out of ethics. Also, because we cannot hope to win the current debates around sex when we have ceded the moral high-ground to those who hate sex and the body. If we want to win the debates about gay-marriage and abortion, we need to argue for them from a position of moral certainty.

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