The official news release announcing the new US edition of Findependence Day has just gone up on PR Web. Click here to view. Since the publisher does not as a matter of course send out review copies to the media, any member of the press interested in reviewing the book needs to contact the publisher to formally request a copy.
The contact for this is at the top right hand of the release linked above: Marketing Services, Trafford Publishing, 888-232-4444. There’s also an email request form there. If you tried and found the process unwieldy, drop me an email at email@example.com and I’ll try to expedite the request.
For some reason — perhaps because I was finalizing the new American edition of the book — I missed this The Canadian Wallet review of the Canadian edition that ran in January of this year. For those who missed it (apart from myself!), here it is.
I was intrigued by the reviewer’s suggestion for several sequels that might focus on single people or other markets. The original and the US edition are of course both oriented to couples embarking on family formation.
Anyone up for a sequel?
Of course, as soon as I completed the original Canadian edition in 2008, I had an idea for a sequel, possibly following the Michaela character (Jamie & Sheena’s daughter) forward as she enters adulthood — somewhat like my own daughter Helen, who has just graduated from university.
If there are any readers out there who think any of these sequel ideas might be promising, leave a comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For now, I have my hands full with MoneySense and the US edition.
Speaking of reviews, over the past week, a handful of 4-star and 5-star reviews have appeared on Amazon.com in conjunction with the new American edition. One of them describes the book as a “bargain: where else can you get a financial plan for under $30?”
As noted on Twitter, there have been a fair number of stories in the press lately about the resurgence of vinyl records: as recently as Friday morning on BBC World News.
When I tell people vinyl actually plays a big role in the subplot of Findependence Day, I usually get some blank stares. So I’ll summarize it here. The Jamie character is 28 years old when the action begins, which makes him an echo boomer or member of Generation Y. He carries an iPhone everywhere he goes and, like most of his generation, listens to music mostly via MP3s, although he also frequents traditional music stores to buy physical CDs and DVDs.
After he meets a financial planner (Theo) on the financial reality TV show, Jamie “gets religion” about guerrilla frugality, and starts brown-bagging it and visiting a vinyl record store in Boston. Ostensibly this is to save money but also because the proprietor is a fee-only financial planner on the side, and recommended highly by Theo.
Will cloud-based music eventually vanish?
Jamie returns frequently for vinyl bargains and financial advice and ends up creating a hobby web site and selling vinyl through the site around the world. He starts blogging about the future of digital music, taking a bit of a “retro” approach as he champions the superior audio quality of the Boomers’ old vinyl records. He starts to fret that all the music held on the cloud and in mobile devices will eventually vanish. When a blog he writes entitled “The day the music died,” goes viral, his web site starts attracting interest from big social media sites, which spins the plot in another direction.
The other recurring theme in Findependence Day is real estate. This ties in to the vinyl subplot when Jamie decides to venture into commercial real estate, living in an apartment above a commercial unit that eventually becomes a vinyl-themed Internet cafe. When it too attracts attention for its franchising potential, the plot again advances. On top of all this, there are romantic complications, as Jamie’s marriage with Sheena encounters turbulence triggered — as is so often the case with modern couples — over disagreements about money.
You can read the first two chapters free at Amazon.com, which includes the very beginning of the vinyl subplot midway through chapter two, when Theo suggests Jamie should visit his friend Bobby at the Vinyl Cave.
In addition to the various e-book formats found at Trafford.com (see previous post), Barnes & Noble is now making the new US edition of Findependence Day available on the Nook, and at a slight discount to the regular e-book price of $3.99. Details here. Note that you can also peek at the first two chapters, table of contents and new foreword by Sheryl Garrett without having to commit to purchase.
P.S. I sometimes refer to the new American edition as Findependence Day USA to distinguish it from the original Canadian edition. However, the actual title in both versions is simply Findependence Day.
Sony e-reader, Kobo, iBooks, iPad, iPhone, Stanza, Bluefire (OS & Android), Kindle and in PDF format for various Personal Computers. Go to Trafford.com here to order. Kindle version is from Amazon.com here.
Wanted to share a nice review on the Amazon Kindle site today about the new US edition of Findependence Day.
Here’s what Rob has to say:
A unique and well-written book that is doing something important….. it is teaching you more about becoming financially independent than anything else out there. The narrative story is easy to follow for those who would never read a financial book and a nice format change for those who would. Well worth it – enjoy.
Some may wonder why if I celebrated my Findependence Day and 60th birthday party over the weekend (see previous blog), then why on earth am I still going to work to engage in the stressful job of putting out a worldclass personal finance magazine.
My answer ran today on my sister blog housed at MoneySense.ca, which we call the Financial Independence blog.
Here it is in its entirety.
The Kindle edition of the new American edition of Findependence Day is now available at Amazon.com, along with a free sneak preview of the new foreword by Garrett Planning Network’s Sheryl Garrett, plus the first two chapters.
Tonight is the official launch party for the new U.S. edition of Findependence Day. The two main ingredients of the cover are fireworks and balloons, and here they are ready to be unleashed. It also happens to be the actual day I turn 60. I’m billing this as the world’s first Findependence Day party. Since we coined the term, we’re entitled to make that claim, right?
Does this mean I’m now financially independent enough not to show up to work on Monday at MoneySense magazine? In theory, yes, since in Canada you can collect the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) as early as age 60. In practice, however, it will be business as usual. But as I say in the book, the key point about Findependence is that you may choose to keep working, but because you want to, not because you perceive you must.
With many North American baby boomers turning 60 and 65 in the coming months and years, I expect there to be many Findependence Day parties — at least if the term catches on and the US edition of the book gets any traction. Here’s how you can help: please use your social media to spread the word, especially if you have American friends you think would benefit from the book if they just knew it existed.
And exist it does, as you can find elsewhere on this site. The paperback and hardcover editions are now available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and Trafford. An e-book edition selling for $3.99 will be released in a few weeks. And of course, the first or “Canadian” edition is also available directly from me by clicking on the Buy Canadian edition button.