Invoice Past Due
April 21, 2003 3:55 PM   Subscribe

Invoice Past Due "Obviously, a book about a corporatized future names a lot of names. Since I didn't want to give companies free advertising, I invoiced them for product placement." The follow-up letters and responses are amusing. [via a reader comment at]
posted by kirkaracha (6 comments total)
I have used the word “taser” in my novel seven times. Admittedly, the people that have them are the unthinking guardians of evil corporations, and often use them on homeless people and cyclists, but I have guaranteed the future of your product – at least until the year 2036, when the novel is set.
posted by kirkaracha at 3:56 PM on April 21, 2003

This is a hoot! Thanks kiraracha!
posted by WolfDaddy at 4:23 PM on April 21, 2003

Wait! I am the one who linked it at kottke! You should be thanking ME!

I saw Jim do a reading of several of these letters during sxsw, it was great. He also shows little video clips where he goes into the local McDonalds (and such) to collect on his invoices. Very funny stuff.
posted by Andrea at 5:58 PM on April 21, 2003

Thank you both! A fun read.
posted by UKnowForKids at 6:12 PM on April 21, 2003

Are the self-published books any good?
posted by eustacescrubb at 8:37 PM on April 21, 2003

i \pelf? Meh.

The extensive information on the site regarding indie publishing? Extraordinarily valuable, the more so for being gathered in one handy-dandy place.

Great find, thanks!
posted by adamgreenfield at 2:07 PM on April 22, 2003

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