Do people like our book?

Do people like our book? We’ve had over 750,000 copies sold and organizations buy our book every year. But let’s ask the real experts… Amazon reviewers.

So we’ve had 27 reviews so far with 4.2 stars out of 5. Let’s hear what the experts have to say:

The writers of the book were resplendent… This made the book easy to follow and hard to put down.
- jmccon (five stars)

I don’t even know what resplendent means, but I hope it’s good.

The humour also helps ease your mind…
- Quasar (five stars)

When you spell humor as “humour,” I think you live outside the US. Maybe we have an international audience?

Moreover, the prose is written with what passes for humor for some people… and nearly impossible for non-Americans to glean what information is real and what is not.
- Moni3 (one star)

Nope. We should stick with a US audience according to Moni3.

This is the perfect gift for a new graduate … especially girls !!
-
Betty Johnson (five stars)

On occasion, I’ll get two emails within a week from readers. “This book is perfect for guys.” “This book is perfect for women.” Hopefully it’s perfect for everyone.

If you’d like to learn more about our book, see our sample pages, purchase a copy online, or request a sample for your organization. If Amazon reviewers like the book, I’m sure you will as well.

Kind Words About Our Book

One of the best known personal finance magazines and websites, Kiplinger, recently named Life After School Explained as one of the “Five Great Money Books for Young Adults.” 

Read their review:

If you’re clueless and overwhelmed by what lies in store after you untie yourself from Mom and Dad’s purse strings, this is a good book to get your feet wet. It’s short and humorous and doesn’t weigh you down with a lot of confusing terminology.

I read it cover to cover in about two hours and actually understood what it said — without my eyes glazing over once. It’s sprinkled with witty anecdotes, pop culture references and comic strips to keep the mood light, even though it discusses such heavy-weight topics as choosing a health insurance plan, filling out tax forms and investing your money. It also covers lighter-yet-important subjects, such as how to avoid looking stupid at a business meal, what to wear on your first day of work and what to look for in a good apartment.

Life After School Explained is written by a team of young professionals who draw largely from their personal experiences in the real world. Its focus is for those who don’t know anything about living on their own, which, whether we want to admit it or not, is probably most of us. It’s basic, straight forward and a cinch to understand.

Thanks for the kind words, Kiplinger!

Book Annual Special

Now is the perfect time of year to order our book popular book, life after school. explained., due to our Annual Special.

Once a year, we send lots of orders to our printer all at the same time. Due to the large order size, we receive a printing discount which we pass onto our customers (Annual Special).

So place your order by January 25th for delivery around April 3rd and save.

We hope your seniors or new hires love the book!

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New product: eBook

Since 2001, we’ve sold over 750,000 copies of our popular book, life after school. explained. Today we’re excited to offer it as an eBook.

What is it? In short, our eBook is a digital version of our book. It’s easy to set up and can go “live” in minutes.

To help promote your eBook, we include fun invitations to share with graduates:

You can even promote your eBook from the custom cover of your physical book by purchasing both products:

To learn more, download “Life After School. Explained.” from the App Store or Google Play and select any customer. Or just visit our website.

We think graduates will love it and hope you do, too.

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Book Update

We’re excited to announce the biggest update of our book since we first wrote our book.

We’ve added three great new topics: Watching Football, Mortality, and Interviewing.

You’ll also notice a complete redesign of the pages. Compare our new pages (top) to old pages (bottom):

We think your readers will love the ‘minimal’ approach and focus on detail:

Request your free sample to see our book update. We think you and your readers will love it.

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New Life 101 Topics

One of the favorite parts of my job is creating new life 101 content for our book and app.

Our topics reach tens of thousands of readers annually, so we’re thoughtful when we add something new. Is the topic worth adding? Is it helpful?

After starting with an initial list of fifteen potential topics, we narrowed the list down to three. And the winners are…

Watching Football (sneak peek) – How can you enjoy watching “the big game” with friends when football doesn’t interest you?

Mortality (sneak peek) - What happens when a loved one passes away? And do I really want to be an “executor”?

Interviewing (sneak peek) - How do you get the big job after landing the big interview?

Look for these updates in our book and app soon. We think you and graduates will love them!

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Beautiful book covers

Some of our book buyers use their own graphic designers to create their customized book covers. I’m always inspired by their creativity.

I thought you might enjoy some of my favorite covers over the years.

If you’re designing your own cover, I encourage you to download large versions of the above images for inspiration. Enjoy!

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The 8-page Insert: Our Field of Wildflowers

Two blocks from my house is a big open field. My kids like to run in it, neighborhood dogs like to fertilize it – in short, it is generally enjoyed by everyone around us.

The other day, it turned vibrantly purple.  Soon, perfectly rational adults were staging pet photo shoots and roving bands of little girls were gathering weedy bouquets. In short, something good got even better.

Our customers customize the outside and inside cover of our book and give it as a thoughtful gift. Graduates love our content and our buyers love the branding.

So how do you make it even better?

Add 8 pages of custom content to the front of the book. It’s not quite a field of wildflowers, but the 8-page insert is a great way to share a lot of specific information about your institution.

We love to read the creative ways our customers use their insert:

Keeping In Touch: Showcase the ways your alumni or members can stay connected.

Benefits: Share details of your alumni benefits program.

Career Services: Let your alumni or members know about career services you offer.

Our 8-page insert is an inexpensive way to include substantial information about your institution. We can even print color pages (at a slightly higher cost) if your information looks better nestled against something bright, like say a field of purple wildflowers.

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The Birth of our Book

As I mentioned in a previous post, Cap & Compass started as a seminar company. Here’s one of our very first high-quality promotional pieces:

Duke University seminar (2001)

Our client schools liked the seminars, but they wanted something that could reach ALL of their graduates. So, the content from our seminars grew into our popular book, “life after school. explained.

Customization

At first, I only gave schools the ability to customize the cover with a few lines of text. The gold star on the cover was my groovy idea. I’ve since learned the value of a graphic designer.

First book cover design (2001)

In 2005, Dartmouth College wanted to buy the book for their seniors, but they wanted to customize the book on their own. I begrudgingly said ok, and they used a big photo:

Dartmouth College cover (2005)

It looked fantastic. I learned to get out of my own way, and let my customers brand the book.

Here are some more examples of customized covers over the years…

Syracuse University cover

Procter & Gamble cover

Alpha Sigma Alpha cover

So I started marketing the book with a host of customization options, including inside covers and 8 page custom text inserts. Sales took off.

To date, some 500,000 of our books have been given out at graduations, senior picnics; and as corporate welcome gifts to recruits, interns and new hires.

Our book at St. John's University graduation

Today, many of our college and corporate buyers were recipients of the book when they graduated from college.

Our customers recognize that our book is more than just a gift. It’s a way of providing value to graduates in their post-college journey. And when you provide value, you build loyalty.

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