4. What advice or words of wisdom do you have for fellow writers? For writers focused on political economics, I recommend striving for a blend of seriousness (analysis/critique) with humor and satire, both of which are great ways to communicate difficult challenges. While humor laughs with, satire laughs at. Both are important for maintaining a humble perspective about the current situation, not just the results of the elections in the U.S. but many other current events as well.
5. What trends in the book world do you see and where do you think the book publishing industry is heading? More people are reading books on Kindles or some other reading device than ever before. While I do not believe these devices will replace hard copies any time soon, the trend shows an increase in ebook purchases coupled with a decrease in hardback purchases. The social media is also playing a role in how books are being promoted and marketed. Many writers who do not have the budget to hire full-time team of marketers, agents, and publicists are having to learn how to divide their time between crafting their message (book, essay, article) and engaging in messenger activities, e.g., book launches, podcasts, and interventions in social media. Of course if you are Danielle Steel or Thomas Piketty you do not have to worry so much, but for the majority of writers we have to make prudent decisions about how often and to what extent we invest energy in messenger activities.
7. If people can only buy one book this month, why should it be yours? That is another marvellous question. People look for inspiring messages, they look for voices that are uplifting and they buy books for any number of reasons. One of them is to learn something new, about on an important and timely topic. It can be and indeed is very liberating to understand key issues, not just in economics but in any field. This book does not delve into all of the issues surrounding President-elect Trump's campaign discourse and promises, but it does present a new angle on the foundations of sane economic policy. It requires thinking about common things, e.g., flows of goods and services, flows of money, surplus income, credit, and innovation, from a different perspective. People should buy this book because a patient reading might very well prove enlightening. They should consider reading this book because sane economics is fundamental for the long-term hope for America and humanity.