You are to weave the story of a failed and twice jailed Australian entrepreneur . suggested title : " Not Really Guilty ".
Designed as a 3 to 4 hour read e-book ,the entrepreneur will feature in most of the chapters of this ( autobiographical) fiction. There will be at least another 15 characters - many with a high profile in the legal and investment profession .You will be provided some details about these characters by the subject but you will need to conduct online research to complete the character picture(s).
The subject will provide extensive material about his life's journey from rags to riches to rags , from the Waldorf Astoria hotel in New York to a prison cell in Parramatta Jail . This source material will be provided by face to face interviews over skype with the subject.
To conduct the selection of the successful contractor = author the employer will provide some details about each of the characters ( eg Dennis the barrister, mid 50s, elite school education, north shore resident, with very shiny shoes , suffering short man syndrome ...much despised in the legal profession and in cahoots with ASIC) . You will then compose one of the chapters to be called " Millenium Madness " which will feature a cocktail party held at the subjects palatial residence in 1999 in which some of the below characters feature . This chapter will tell a tale of unbridled conceit and hapless ambition as some characters borrow from investment banks to invest in ridiculoulsy overpriced dot com stocks .There is much braggadocio and some illicit sex . The subject's frailties are revealed also .This chapter ( the contractor trial chapter) - of your own creation- should comprise 5,000 words ..and will be assessed on its readability..and capacity to keep the reader entertained and stimulated to continue the read. You should reveal some of the trials and tribulations and aspirations and strengths of most of the characters whilst capturing that period's descent into investment madness. Those characters will include:
Dennis Strong..the morally bankrupt barrister depicted above ( now in his late fifties)
Don Greer ...the lawyer cum banker whose ascent to power and influence is due to political skill only ( now in his late fifties)
Pattie Downer... the subject’s best friend and confidant who is a small time Eastern suburbs ( Sydney) drug dealer ( now in her early sixties)
Alex Drysdale...raffish ,good looking and well travelled Englishman who marries and discovers he is gay ( now in his early fifties)
Simon Boer ... a steady family man , committed Christian who despairs of the subject’s buccaneering ways whilst admiring him at the same time ( now in his late forties)
Liz ...the subject’s wife of 39 years, a romantic stoic who met the subject at age 16, fell helplessly in love , married at 20 and has had 6 children by him
Larry Adler..the departed 80s entrepreneur who benefits from the subject’s talents but plays a hand in his demise ( deceased 1989)
Lawrie Connell...the 80s disgraced merchant banker who was a client of the subject and an early backer ( deceased 1996)
Mike Rand ...a former cell mate and convicted drug dealer (now in his early sixties)
Murray Rosencrantz...a former Bear Stearns investment banker from New York blessed with rat cunning and a need to prove himself to his Jewish fraternity ( now in his early fifties)
Justice Kim Santow...the departed former Supreme Court judge ( deceased 2008)
Ivan James..the subject’s former banker and fellow director who wrecks his merchant bank with a $[url removed, login to view] loss( now in his fifties)
Ross Dempsey...solicitor and spineless ASIC enforcement division agent whose misgivings about ASIC’s treatment of the subject lead to his sacking ( now in his forties)
Trial participants receive $300 plus 1% royalty . Selected contractor receives $300 per chapter plus 2% royalty per chapter .Completed work must be submitted within 6 months of commencement
Employer will pay $20 to successful trial participants to provide the opening paragraphs of the '"Millennium Madness" trial chapter . This should be from 800 to 1000 words and should touch upon a description of the preparations made by some of the characters for the party. Alex is anxious about his attire and is hoping to score some illicit sex, Don is concerned to make conversation with Murray and Ivan about the latest IPOs on Nasdaq (( september to november 1999)) in the hope of securing a $2million margin loan facility from Ivan's bank , Liz has joined Simon's fundamentalist church and wants to impress some of her 100 guests with her bible knowledge and Murray wants to suss out what is a good real estate buy in and around the North Shore of Sydney . You may introduce 3 new characters of your own creation. The employer will be looking for good descriptive prose ...to describe what is for many characters their most widely anticipated new Millennium social event in 1999. The employer will select up to 10 contractors for this sub trial of 1000 words. You must complete within 1 week of commencement.
To undertake this sub trial for which the payment is now increased to $50 the contractor must research IPOs on Nasdaq during late 1999 plus research the topography of the North Shore of Sydney and proceed to pen 800 to 1000 words of the opening paragraphs of the "Millennium Madness" chapter which starts with the sentence :
" Alex fumbled with the distinctive yellow envelope. It was Monday morning and post marked 30 November 1999. The quality of the envelope and its unmistakable yellow hue confirmed the sender. It was Stuart Mather and his adorable wife Liz. ' Could this be his invitation to that much anticipated party?' he wondered.""
additional information about the central character:
the subject 80s entrepreneur is Stuart Mather....married to Liz Maher in 1973 after they eloped when they were both aged 20 .
Up until " Millenium Madness"" some of the elements of Stuart's character to emerge in the book are:
a seeker of redemption from the financial losses inflicted on his fortune by the 1987 stockmarket crash
spiritual bravura..in the face of the suicide of his brother in 1981 and his only sister in 1990
a haughty disdain for the establishment ..especially the knob-end investment managers and their fascination with mediocrity
a dangerous willingness ( and susceptibility ) to fail
a naive trust of his friends
immense self regard untamed by self discipline
some unfortunate encounters with low-rent judges