How to Deal with the Truth

I’m going to take a moment here to answer a couple of questions about the book.

“Is it possible for me to buy a paper copy directly from you?”

If you have specific circumstances that make it difficult to deal with Amazon, please feel free to e-mail me explaining the situation. I’m happy to see what I can do, but I can’t get into the business of selling and shipping copies myself. It’s just not practical. If you look at my store page, you’ll see that I’ve stopped offering signed copies of my Basic Instructions books outside of the US. International shipping has become much more expensive.

“How is the book doing?”

Without getting into specific numbers, the book is doing better than I had any right to ever expect. Reader feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. My book is Amazon’s  #4 best seller in, “Magic & Wizards fantasy, and #25 in Kindle books, “Science Fiction/Adventure.”  I’m Amazon’s #83 ranked author for Kindle Science Fiction (Ray Bradbury is #71, William Gibson is #99). Financially, while I won’t actually see a dime for another couple of months, on paper I’ve made what a first time author could realistically expect for their advance (which is often the only money an author ever sees).

“Will there be a sequel, and when?”

I’m working on ideas for the next book. I plan to start actually writing it in May. I’ll keep you posted.

"Is there anything you’d do differently?”

Yes. I regret not getting a professional copy editor, and plan to on the next book. Those who have helped me ferret out the typos in the book have done a great job, but I have a superhuman ability to generate typos.

This has been an amazing experience, and it’s just getting started. I’m grateful to all of you who have helped, whether you read the sample, bought a copy, left feedback, or told your friends.  Thanks again!

Oh, and thanks for using my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada).

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Reader Comments (22)

I loved your book, bought the Nook version after reading the free sample. Awesome cliff hanger on the free sample, it's almost as if you planned it that way.
However, there are still typos, more towards the end I noticed. Maybe I'll read through it again and actually take some page number notes. For some reason, the typos didn't bother me because I was engrossed in the story. I love that matrix like stuff!
Ironically, I recently read a science article that they are currently running tests to see if we are, in actuality, just a computer program. Apparently they are looking for the FILE! hahaha

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJesse, aka ProudPapaJD

Mullet-head boss is self-aware! Cripes! Another great comic!

April 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNH

I'm a professional copy editor in my day job. And I freelance. And I'm reading Off to Be the Wizard right now ... *Bounces up and down hopefully*

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

Mullet boss for the win in panel 4!

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

"I’m working on ideas for the next book. I plan to start actually writing it in May. I’ll keep you posted"

YAY! You just made my day!

Oh, great comic, love that Mullet boss ordered a burger from a chicken place!

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

"The truth? You can't handle the truth!"

On a different note, finished the book Saturday. I enjoyed it very much. And my 24 year old computer geek data base fiend Linux loving Trekker son likes it too.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

Was keeping an eye on the Kobo website for the appearance of 'Off to Be the Wizard'.
Was delighted to find it had made an appearance at last, but I couldn't find it once I signed in.
It's kind of frustrating, only being able to find something when you're not signed in; feels like it should be the other way around.

Probably for the best; bedtime here in Aus.

Here's the Kobo link. ~Missy

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTani

Silly question, but which version do you personally make more $$ from -- Kindle, Nook, paper, other?

(I'm curious, and don't really know anyone in a position to ask or know the answer, and who would also tell the truth.)

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterXuuths

Re: My book is Amazon’s #4 best seller in, “Magic & Wizards fantasy, and #25 in Kindle books, “Science Fiction/Adventure.” I’m Amazon’s #83 ranked author for Kindle Science Fiction (Ray Bradbury is #71, William Gibson is #99).

For your next book, you have got to find the weirdest, most obscure category, and we'll make you the #1 ranked author of all time.

He's #1 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Fantasy > Arthurian. ~Missy

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersintaur

I'm currently reading "Off to be the Wizard" on my nook.

Is it odd that I picture Martin as a bald guy with a van dyke?

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDan

Holy crap you actually beat out the Dresden Files...

Ah,well. Quite a few did. And it's not like there isn't good reason. Congrats, Scott. When I can I'll be sure to get your book.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLocnil

I thought in a previous comment you mentioned it would soon be available in iBooks. Is that still going to happen?

It's in the works -- Smashwords feeds out to the iBooks store, but I think they have to jump through some hoops first. Hopefully it will show up soon. ~Missy

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

I haven't a Kindle, so I bought my copy on the smashwords site. Hope you still get a PR boost from sales there, as well.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

This seems more like something Jenkins would do, Mullet Boss...

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersav

Good job offering that free sample. It's a great way to get people hooked when they might not splurge on the book otherwise. I really enjoyed the book, by the way.

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

How many would like to see it in Google Play books?

Quite a few, going by comments and emails. It's on the to-do list. ~Missy

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTheMortallyWounded

I also think the free sample was a great idea. It got me hooked and I bought it as soon as it was available on Smashwords.

I commend you on a wonderful read. Frequent laugh-out-loud moments - I even found myself practically flailing around in delight at some of the zingers/surprises. Your style actually reminded me a lot of Douglas Adams' work and I seriously think your sense of humour, clever ideas, and excellent delivery are every bit as good as his. I'm recommending the book to others, eagerly awaiting the sequel, and constantly daydreaming of how the story would look in movie format... :o)

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNiilo Van Steinburg

Been reading your comic for awhile, never fails to make me laugh. Just commenting to say I've bought your book, the preview was awesome and I expect the rest of the book shall be. Keep up the good work!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterExguardi

Bought the kindle version of the book, LOVED IT! Liked it so much, I ordered the dead tree version, too, since I'm old.

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

Lol at third panel. Very well done Scott. I can only dream my everyday conversations can be like that

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Mullet Boss has proven once again why he is the boss. The man has it all together, and if he looks like an idiot while getting what he wants, he is okay with that!

April 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMe

Would totally love to see the book in the Google Play store.

April 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Ollie
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