How to Make a Goal and Stick to It

In this Holiday Doodle, Missy demonstrates why it has often been a source of bitter irony that I am the one who has been considered to be a cartoonist, not her.

Now, on to business. I promised you an announcement, and an announcement you shall have!

If all goes according to plan, within the next week or two, my fourth book of Basic Instructions comics should be available. It is called Dignified Hedonism, and it’s different from my previous books in a few ways.

It is larger: It contains 146 comics (more than any of my previous books), and the book itself is larger, so much so that the individual comics are now almost the exact dimensions of the previous books’ covers.

It is cheaper: The paper version of the book will cost $9.99 on Amazon. This is substantially less expensive than the last book, and cheaper on a cost-per-comic basis than the two before.

It will be available digitally at launch: There will be a digital version, but rather than making it a native Kindle title, I’m going to try something different. For $4.99 (probably processed by a company that is neither Amazon nor Paypal, because I want to explore my options, and I know some of you have issues with those companies), you will get two DRM-Free PDF files, one high-rez, and a smaller one that can be easily loaded onto almost anything that can be used as an e-reader.

I don’t know yet if I’ll be offering signed copies of this book directly through my website. If I do, it will be only available to readers in the United States, as international shipping has become prohibitively expensive.

Thanks for your time. I’ll post more information when it’s available.


« How to Remember the Good Times | How to Make Your Position Clear »

Reader Comments (18)

But... but... I want signed physical copies! How much is the shipping cost from USA to SEA? If I were to pay for the shipping, will you still offer them?

Note from Scott: Thanks for asking. I haven't decided yet if I will be selling signed copies directly from my site this time around. It depends on the demand. If I do, they will only be available in the US. I sent off some books to France and shipping literally doubled the cost, which I just find unacceptable.

October 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Damn, Scott, that first panel caught me off guard. Well done, sir.

Also, YEA for new book!

October 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteraustin travis

Wait, what? You freely admit you trace photos (and use the tracings for stock material), while I see Missy demonstrates skill... oh wait...

Well played, sir, well played. Ironic, indeed. But I consider you both artists anyways.

October 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

For non-Amazon/non-Paypal digital sales there's always Gumroad. A lot of people I know are very happy doing their digital sales that way.

October 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterfluffy

Looks like great one liners run in the family.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKieran

"I sent off some books to France and shipping literally doubled the cost, which I just find unacceptable."

Isn't that a choice for the customer to make?

Anyway, great to know the new book is on the way. I'll be buying it just as soon as I can.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMike Taylor

If someone is willing to foot the bill for the shipping outside the US, you should probably let them--they actually want it that badly.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Yay, book! Yay, non-Kindle e-book!!! Yay, holiday doodle! And am I the only one who momentarily had visions of Scott in dire trouble with an underling of Satan? :-)

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdavid t-g

And I'm here to tell you that that right there was funnier than a Volkswagon full of clowns.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterR. Dan

"That ship has sailed, Rick." I love that line.

I also love your idea of punishment. LOVE IT.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDania

Ultra dumb question from an ultra dumb man who never shops online: if it's available on, does that mean it's easily obtainable for Canadians from

Note from Scott: Yes, should not be a problem. Thanks for asking!

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBart

Best part about being on a cruise for 4 days: coming back to two Basic Instructions comics to read and the announcement of a new book. Worst thing: diet and ghoulish skin tone jokes hit a little close to home.

Any chance I can buy a book, drive from Sarasota to Orlando then trade beer for a signature?

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCuncator

Ultra dumb question part 2: What's the difference from buying overseas a regular copy to a signed copy? Why would it be even more expensive?

(By the way, I'm from Brazil, and sometimes I feel that I'm the only person on my country to read you comics, and have your calendar on my desk.)

Note from Scott: That's not a dumb question. In fact, to be honest, I don't really know the full answer. What I do know is that when you buy the unsigned copy, you buy your book from Amazon, a huge corporation that is in the shipping things business, and has many resources I do not. If you buy a signed copy, you're buying from me, a guy in Florida who goes to the post office and mails it. I don't know what shipping costs them, but I know what it cost's me, and for four books, the shipping runs about $45.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGPA

Literally every funny thing in the comic, I saw coming. Of course, it wasn't until I got close enough to make out the letters that I laughed.

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

I would just like to say that even though I didn't expect it to show up, I searched 'dignified hedonism' on Amazon. The second result returned was Curious George season 2. Kids shows sure have changed since I was young...

October 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGH

For some reason I thought the title in the "Recent Instructions" bar was "How to make a goat and stick to it."

October 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterArfnotz

Don't tell people the goals you are trying to achieve, that is a bad idea. The brain works in a way that when you tell people the goal you kinda convince yourself that you already achieved it. Try to stick with reminders, and stamp the idea in your head of what the reward that it'll bring along. Luck to everybody achieving their goals.

October 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Giron


I've been using Sellfy, because I'm not sure if abandoning Paypal altogether is such a great idea. It has a substantial user base and users trust it to process their payments. Would love to hear more about that Gumroad thing you are talking about, it looks great.

July 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThomas D.
Editor Permission Required
You must have editing permission for this entry in order to post comments.