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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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Starbucks Writer-in-Residence Program

by Jason Stotts

As a writer, I spend a lot of time in coffeeshops.  I love coffee and getting out of the house and into a new environment can also really help to get going with writing.  As I was sitting in Starbucks the other day, I was thinking that they should create a formal program to support local writers.  I was also thinking that this program would be good media exposure for them and would generate much more positive buzz than it would cost to run.  So, I put together a quick pitch and some ideas.  I worked out even more of how the program would actually run, if Starbucks decides to do it.

Pitch:

Coffeehouses have long been associated with writers and other creative people. Starbucks is in a unique position to leverage this historic relationship in a way that benefits both the writing community and Starbucks itself. I’ve devised a program that will lead to: 1. A widespread positive media campaign for Starbucks, 2. Increased goodwill among Starbucks regulars and the writing community, and 3. An optional potentially lucrative publishing program. The best part? The program can be run by a small functional team and would have very little cost. Moreover, the cost would be fair outweighed by publicity and goodwill.

 Benefits:

  • Great publicity for Starbucks.
  • General Goodwill.
  • Writers are a big part of Starbucks’ regular customers and would increase goodwill with that community.
  • Potential to monetize program through profit sharing with publishers and selling advertising space.
  • Potential for profit from selling books inside stores (only the “select” books that make the cut).
  • Very little needed to create program, no infrastructure or logistics changes needed.
  • Program can be overseen by a very small functional team.

Practical Aspects:

  • Starbucks would “sponsor” writers for 1-6 month blocks where they would offer them unlimited drinks and a reserved table (drinks could be limited to low cost drinks, making cost nearly zero).
  • Starbucks could also offer cash stipends, if the program is monetized through affiliation with a publisher.
  • Would give out special “Writer-in-Residence” cups that would have to be used to keep down environmental impact and further reduce cost, while highlighting program.
  • Starbucks would have option to publish books at the end of sponsored period or work with publisher for program.  Starbucks would retain percentage of profits.

I think the program has a lot of potential and would be great for both Starbucks and the writers they sponsored, not to mention everyone else who got to enjoy the books and stories produced through the program.

What do you think?

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