Reader feedback: male investors also enjoy fiction

Right now, about the only way you can get a copy of Findependence Day is through this web site or (if buying by the case) directly through me. Anyone who orders single copies from PayPal via this site should know that I personally put the book in the mail the same day as the order is received.

I mention this because just a few weeks ago, I fulfilled an order from one Brian Creed in Calgary. I don’t usually hear from these readers after the fact but was pleased to receive an email from Brian giving me some feedback. First he said how “easy” it was to order and that it did indeed arrive in a matter of days. But more gratifying was his feedback on the book itself.

I’ve singled this out (he gave me permission to go public on it) because all along I’ve had this theory that men generally prefer non-fiction takes on financial content and that it’s women who are more appreciative of the story or fictional format this particular book takes. Indeed, being a male, Brian did admit that he hardly ever reads fiction, bearing out my theory. What I was happy to see, however, was that he DID read this book and was as much caught up by the story as the financial content. Here, slightly edited, is what he emailed me:

Thanks for writing Findependence Day. I really like the format of how you followed Jamie and Sheena through the various stages of life. I am 35 and could relate to many of the challenges they encountered with raising a young family, saving for retirement, moving up, investing, etc. It took me just a few days to finish and I could hardly wait to see what would happen next. My wife said I couldn’t put the book down because it was more like fiction (non-fiction is 99.9% of the stuff I read). Either way, many of the stories hit home for me and it offered some new ideas that I am implementing in my own life. — Brian Creed, Calgary.

Video clips on Findependence Day,

Here’s a casual video shot over lunch last week by Norman Evans of It’s about 2 minutes and talks about the new e-book mentioned last post, about Findependence Day and the coming e-book in an American-only edition. It also mentions the article last year on the rise of the Boomer Entrepreneur and Michael Morris’s new venture. For full video on, click here.

The ambient noise of fellow diners is a bit high.

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My best 2011 columns now a National Post e-book

If you’ve seen the ads in the print editions of the National Post and Financial Post this week, you may have noticed that you can now buy the best of my 2011 columns as a National Post e-book, for the bargain price of $1. This innovative new program, announced in December here, lets you buy these ebooks via Apple iTunes (or the Apple iBooks app), Amazon Kindle Store, Kobo eBooks, Google ebookstore and the Sony ReaderStore. I can confirm it works on the iBooks app on the Apple iPad.

It’s 143 pages, fairly substantial by e-book standards, and is organized into three parts: building wealth, drawing down on it in retirement, and financial literacy.

For more info, visit

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New Masters of Money post: Spend Less, Save More in 2012

‘Tis the season for new year’s resolutions. Here is my latest Masters of Money blog with a simple mantra for 2012: Spend Less, Save More. You’ll also find similar posts from some of the other Masters of Money contributors, like the even more concise Make Do suggestion from Carolyn Cakebread, which you can find here.

On a similar theme is my end-0f-year piece in the Financial Post, entitled Time to Face the Spending Music.

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