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We all knew this day would come. The second edition of my debut novel, Off to Be the Wizard is available now. You can get it in paper form, as a Kindle book, and (amazingly) as an audiobook. 

Can you see the excitement in their eyes?

I was proud of the first edition, but I do believe this version is a real improvement. That said, if you’ve already read the first edition you will have all of the information you’ll need to enjoy my second novel, Spell or High Water, which comes out in June, but is available for pre-order now.

I will be giving away a few signed copies of Off to Be the Wizard on this site, starting next week. I’ll give you more details on that when they are finalized.

I know there are some of you who don’t like to buy things from Amazon. In all honesty, my publisher is owned by Amazon, so you’re not going to be able to totally cut Amazon out of the deal. That said, you can request the book at your local book store or Library, and mitigate things a bit that way if you like.

I hope you all realize that this wonderful thing would not be happening for me if it weren’t for the patience, support, and enthusiasm of you, the people who read my comic. I try to never forget that, and I hope you don’t forget it either.

Thanks again.

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Reader Comments (25)

Sweet! I didn't know that you wrote novels! Now i must find them! yay!
PS: Basic instructions is in my top 3 fav comics!

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

I'll read the new edition to prepare for the second novel. I loved the first book. Congratulations.

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commenter1415dr

I love everything about this comic. So funny, so true. Thanks Scott :)

March 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMorgan

I love the emerging sense that Fictional Scott's only actual responsibility in his job is to make Jenkins fill out his RJ-17 form.

By the way, please consider facilitating actual discussion in these comment threads by turning off moderation. See my discussion here.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike Taylor

I bought the first edition. Wasn't there a free upgrade offer? I can't remember . . .

Note from Scott: Sadly, no, there was not. I think if you bought the paper version of the first edition it might be possible to get the kindle version of the second edition for 99 cents.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

This is consistently one of the funniest comics I read. I loved your first book (the first edition), and I eagerly await your second book!

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt K

Is it me or is Mullet Boss getting smarter? Much more and he might become sentient.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStevens

I was little worried about you, Scott, until the last panel.

My usual way of handling this is to say "Yay! We suck less!", but now I will be quoting the immortal Scott Meyer, who said
"But it's less bad, which is good enough"

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDB


March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterORione

So did the cats do the voices for the audiobook?

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRedshift

Who is doing the narration in the audio book?

Note from Scott: Luke Daniels.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterXuuths

Why isn't Mullet Haired Boss a villain for The Nameless? Jenkins is the villain at work and a villain for the stabber or whaterver his name is. even old rick has a villain counterpart and he was/is pathetic

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjschis78

When I buy software, and Microsoft later decides it needs some minor changes, I get to download those updates for free. They don't charge me for new software till they come out with a sequel.

I bought your first edition as an e-book. Shouldn't I get to download your updates for free?

Note from Scott: I understand what you're saying, but if you buy a movie, then they release a directors cut, you don't get a copy of that for free. If you buy an album, then they release a remastered version, you don't get that for free. If my publisher hadn't sunk a lot of money into professional editors, layout artists and cover artists, they might be able to give away the second edition. As it is, they have people they need to pay. That said, I went to great pains to make sure that there is nothing in the new material that will be necessary to understand the plot of book 2.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

Fictional Scott also has the duty of meeting the client. But nothing else, nothing non-futile, comes to mind.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I am bummed that there is not Nook edition this time for the new book

Since I purchased the 1st edition of OTBTW off of B&N, there is no way for me to get the update without re-buying it???

Note from Scott: Sorry about that. As I said, my publisher is part of the amazon empire, so the odds of the book coming out for the nook are pretty low. That said, I went to great pains to make sure that there is nothing in the new material that will be necessary to understand the plot of book 2.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKevin Harrelson

I was just wondering, who was the model for your "Mullet Boss" drawings? Was he a real boss of yours?

Note from Scott: He's not modeled on any one persn, but rather a mix of negative traits several of my bosses have displayed.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

Mr. Scott, one question, considering that you have been blessed with the gift of drawing, and now, with the gift of writing, i have to ask if you have considered making a graphic novel?
if not... Dude... please consider it. That would be awesome.

Note from Scott: I have considered it, but I'm not nearly good enough of an artist to make that work.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCarlos Castillo

Are the cats included with the book purchase?

Note from Scott: No. The cats stay with me! About the cats, the orange one is the newest member of our family. She's the sweetest, most well mannered cat ever. When we adopted her, she had been at the shelter for 6 months. Nobody adopted her because she's 2 years old, and there were kittens available. Please, people, if you're looking to adopt a cat, consider an adult cat. There are some great ones out there.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea

The advantage to adopting cats that are two years or older is that you get to check out their adult personalities.
Kittens have an eight week socialisation period. If they are pushed away and ignored, that is how they will socialise with humans as adults. If they are played with and handled, they see us as sources of play and affection all their lives.
From eight weeks to 1 1/2-2 years, they play with anything. Then their adult temperaments begin to show. Lots of people just assume you get a kitten, and it will play with you 'til it grows up, then turn "indifferent" automatically. It will revert to how it was socialised for its first eight weeks automatically, so you can foster a mother cat and socialise the kittens, then keep one, you can get a kitten from someone who knows how to socialise them, you can get an adult cat that is affectionate, or you can do what most people do; adopt a cute, random eight week old kitten and take your chances with how it will turn out.
Congratulations, Scott, for making one of the smart choices.

March 19, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

I love the new cover art.

March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThomasG

It just occured to me; looking for a cat is like looking for a girlfriend. You want one that is affectionate, but not clingy. Has it's own personality, but is not crazy. And most of all, won't bite the hand that feeds it.

March 20, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMike N

So, what is actually new in the second edition? Just some typos fixed or really new material?

Note from Scott: there is over 3,000 words added. Most of that is a new action sequence.

March 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAbu el Mot

Cute kitties!

March 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

In response to "Note from Scott"--you should definitely have called the updated book your "director's cut." For a book, that would be awesome!!!

March 24, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

"Can you see the excitement in their eyes?". Well, if looks could be translated into words, they might sound like this:
Left cat: "How do you dare to disturb us?"
Right cat: "Got no other place to leave things?"

November 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIgnacio Agulló
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