Having published, how do you let people know?

We’re going to start a new section here at the Continental Telegraph. We will indeed be having a standard review section but why not slightly turn the idea upon its head? Have the readership here being the reviewers?

That means that we’re looking for extracts from books that you’ve published. There’s not exactly a great shortage of self-published e-books these days after all. Let us have your sample chapter say – the one you already allow people to read for free as a taster. Or if you’re pushing out a poem or two, or a review, or a part of a story, that’s fine. Let us publish, on an entirely non-exclusive basis, that bit you’re already allowing people to read for free.

We’ll publish a set of them each weekend. Our readers get a taste of you and your work. No doubt some will offer criticism of it – sometimes robust. Both sides here get something useful. Authors an exposure to the reading public, the public an exposure to authors and works they might not otherwise hear of.

Send an email to “timworstallATgmail.com” with the extract. Also, let us know where the complete, or perhaps other of your, works are for sale. We’ll see how it all works out.

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  1. This is my choice pick to be reviewed.

    Tax Justice
    Tax Us If You Can. A report for the Tax Justice Network published in September 2005 setting out its manifesto for action. Richard Murphy was one of the principal authors of the report.

    The Price of Offshore. A report produced for the Tax Justice Network showing that offshore tax havens cost the governments of the world $255 billion a year in lost taxation revenues.

    Closing the Floodgates A report for the Tax Justice Network on behalf of the Leading Group of Nations on how the massive tax losses by developing countries could be stemmed. Substantially written, and edited by, Richard Murphy it contains key chapters explaining how tax avoidance takes place.

    Fiscal Paradise or Tax on Development? A discussion of tax haven activity for the Tax Justice Network and presented to the Special Committee on Globalisation of the Belgian Parliament 14 February 2005.

    The Extractive Industries
    Ghana‚ EITI – Delivering on the Promise? A report written for ISODEC in Ghana highlighting the problems with the first EITI report published in that country.

    Extracting Transparency. A report for Global Witness, the Publish What You Pay Campaign, Transparency International and others on the need for an International Financial Reporting Standard for the Extractive Industries.

    Digging for Justice. An article from Accountancy Magazine, December 2005 on the need for an International Financial Reporting Standard for the Extractive Industries.

    Making It Add Up. A report on the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative for Save the Children and Global Witness and presented to the World Bank conference on the EITI February 2005.

    Country-by-country reporting
    Country-by-Country Reporting. An article for the Tax Justice Network giving ten reasons why country-by-country reporting by major corporations is so important if we are to have a fairer world.

    Location, Location. An article published in March 2004 in Accountancy magazine, the journal of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, about Richard’s proposal for a new International Accounting Standard to tackle tax avoidance and evasion.

    Reporting Turnover and Tax by Location. The proposal for a new International Accounting Standard referred to above, published in 2003 by the Tax Justice Network and the Association for Accountancy and Business Affairs.

    Tax havens and secrecy jurisdictions

    The current economic crisis
    In place of cuts. Published by Compass, this is a comprehensive analysis of the UK Tax system and offers a straight forward set of proposals which would start to make it fairer. The report was written by George Irvin, Dave Byrne, Richard Murphy, Howard Reed and Sally Ruane.

    The Green New Deal. Joined-up policies to solve the triple crunch of the credit crisis, climate change and high oil prices written by the Green New Deal group of which I am a member.

    The Cuts Won’t Work. The second report of the Green New Deal Group which argues that cutting public spending is the last thing any economy needs when in a recession.

    The Great Tax Parachute. Written by Richard Murphy for the Green New Deal group. As the public are told by all the main political parties that large spending cuts are inevitable, the Green New Deal Group show that real alternatives exist. This briefing reveals, for the first time, that the public deficit could, in fact, be substantially offset by a range of progressive measures on tax.

    Green Quantitative Easing. A paper by Richard Murphy and Colin Hines exploring the whole issue of quantitative easing and suggesting that because the first round of quantitative easing was captured for the benefit of the finance industry any new round must be very different with cash being spent into the economy to create a Green New Deal nationally and locally, with the only debt to be repurchased being PFI debt, to remove once and for all the legacy of that appalling system of finance.

    • We are asking for people to write reviews for us. Or, alternatively, for us to be supplied with things to be published, so that readers may have a taste and possibly review in the comments.