Next week (Dec 16 - 20) I'll be doing interviews on Skype and phone about my new book (How to Fail almost Every time and Still Win Big...).

But I'm adding a twist to the process, just to see what happens.

I'll do the interviews in the priority order of biggest reach. So if no one but a high school newspaper asks for an interview, I'll do it. For next week only, no media outlet is too small. I'll do as many as I can fit into my schedule.

If you're interested in talking to me next week (or sooner), just email me at dilbertcartoonist@gmail.com and tell me roughly how big your audience reach is. Send me your Skype ID and/or phone number. I'll either call you when I have a minute or email to arrange a time.

You don't even need to be a professional writer. You just need a way to distribute the interview within your company or organization.

My guess is that I'll end up talking to just about everyone who asks. I don't have an assistant answering my email. I'll read everything that comes in, but I might not be able to respond to all of it.

Perhaps I'll be speaking with you soon. This should be fun.



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Dec 12, 2013
quote 1:
"Studies show that people value things less when they are cheap or free."

quote 2:
"My experience building mobile apps is that everything free gets at least 10x more downloads."

You're the economist, do the math. If 10 times more people read it, and they only value it half as much, then you still have an impact thats 5 times bigger.

I understand that your publisher doesn't want to work for free, I was talking about you. You can pay him.

"Name one book that's free that changed the world"
1) I think your goal (sic!) of changing the world is unrealististic. At best you will change the minds of a few thousand people. I think the "give away path" broadens your audience.
2) I read a lot of books for free. I either lend them from friends, download them for free or get them in the public library. The being free may influence my opinion before I read it, but afterwards my judgement is based on the content.

I am not young. I really didn't want to get in an argument with you, I am on your side. I give you that its easy for me to speak, it is not my money.

"The best things in life are free"
Dec 11, 2013
I am trying to figure out a way to schedule you on Monday with me Boy Scout troop, but Internet access at the church is not good.

At the meeting on Monday, I read them the last part of your A Perfect Moment blog entry.
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Dec 11, 2013
[Name a free book that changed the world or that more than two people you know have read.]

The Four Gospels did, in a way. Free copies sent all over the empire by mail.
But you've got a point: I don't think I know anybody who actually read them.
Many pretend, though.
Dec 11, 2013
I've just begun reading your book, and thoroughly enjoyed your impressive list of failures, including the lessons you learned. It made me wonder why you don't have a Dilbert character who cheerfully marvels at the lessons they get from failure. Dilbert's company is certainly ripe with failure opportunities. Maybe name the character Sunny or Sonny. Or Scott.

Dec 11, 2013
To BobNL: Price is not ultimately set by the producer, it's set by the consumer, and it's a signal of value. Scott won't know how much value he's created, or good he's done for people, if the book is free, so that would ultimately stifle his contribution to society. The feedback sales gives him will show him how he needs to adjust to create more value for people. With the profits on the sales, he can give the book free to those who can't afford it if he thinks that's a good idea. Much more productive to work with how things really are than how you wish they were.
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Dec 11, 2013
Agreeing with Icebrain. i.e.: why not give it away for free, since you are not in it for the money, but to help people be more succesfull?
Maybe you think that anything thats free will not be taken seriously. Then instead maybe just give it away to college students. It makes you look more sympathetic, and college students are an important part of the audience for this particular book, and they're the ones that may not buy it for the soul reason that they don't have the money.
Just saying.

[1) Studies show that people value things less when they are cheap or free. This particular book depends on a perception of value to be useful. 2) My publisher is not in the charity business. I needed a publisher for editing, PR, getting on best seller lists, and more. 3) Name a free book that changed the world or that more than two people you know have read. Capitalism works for book awareness.

Interestingly, my book discusses the importance of having a basic understanding of psychology and business no matter your career goals. You are exhibit A for that point, which I do not intend as an insult. I am guessing you are on the young side, and none of what I explained is common sense. -- Scott]
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Dec 10, 2013
Why does the book cost $20 on the google play store? (OK, it's $19.99)

I would have thought a digital version with no printing or distribution costs would be significantly cheaper?
Dec 10, 2013

I believe you wanna help improve the world, I really do
But then if making money is not a goal, why don't you give it away for free? It would blast the distribution problem.
My experience building mobile apps is that everything free gets at least 10x more downloads.
And chances are, the people that need to read it the most are the ones short of $10 bucks to buy it.
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Dec 10, 2013
My cat will listen in. Is that OK?
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Dec 10, 2013
Scott, why are you making so much effort to promove this particular book? I don't remember you doing the same about the old ones.

[My other books were just for entertainment. This one is a lever that could change the world. But only if it gets noticed. I have all the money I need personally. This is for the people who want more from life and can't quite find the handle. Imagine making success just a bit more accessible for a billion people. That's the potential. -- Scott]
Dec 9, 2013
But your book is titled "How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big" and not "How to Fail almost Every time and Still Win Big"
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Dec 9, 2013
What a wonderful idea. I'm tempted to request and interview but if selected I'd have to come up with some questions. I read -- and enjoyed -- the new book but don't think I'd squander the chance to ask questions about this book. I'd much rather ask you about God's Debris or The Religion War. But good on you for taking this fresh approach. Would love to watch or listen to these. Any thoughts along those lines?
Dec 9, 2013
Bought it on Amazon. Love it and read it over a weekend. It is indeed the best book you ever wrote. Thank you so very much.
Dec 9, 2013
I have a twitter account with 1 follower. I'm considering blocking them.
I only have 3 interests: computer programming, skiing and running. And I don't want to talk about running.

When are you available for an interview?
Dec 9, 2013
I'll have to see if our marketing department will let me conduct an interview for our company newsletter. I have some burning questions - here's a heads-up:

> Working for poor managers led to your development of Dilbert and your success. I work for poor managers - why aren't I a multi-millionaire?
> What do you wear while writing, and what percentage of the book was written in the buff?
>What do you plan to fail at next?
>Have you sent your book to any famous failures, like the person responsible for the Obamacare website?
Dec 9, 2013
Hey Scott,

I purchased (Kindled) your book on the first day it came out. It is awesome, absolutely perfect. I had wanted to be one of the first to write a review on Amazon, but I'm reading and re-reading it bit by bit. There is too much good stuff in there to read at normal speed. I still plan on writing a review.

Two thumbs up. I'll try to evolve more thumbs just for this book.

[Thank you! I'm glad you like it. -- Scott]

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