Updated Book List
I updated this site's book section with my new Excel 2013 books.
They aren't actually available yet, but all of the links to Amazon are functional.
I Think It’s Finished
I turned in a bunch of last-minute edits today, and that might be it. I'll have one more opportunity to fix minor stuff when I see the page proofs.
This will certainly be the best edition ever. Supposedly, it will be available in March. You can even pre-order it at Amazon: Excel 2013 Bible. Right now, the sales rank is #1,181,592, but I think that number will get lower.
Three more to go -- and those are all mostly finished.
How Many Books?
I got an email from someone who wanted to know the total number of books that I've sold.
Answer: I have no idea. I suppose I could dig out all my old royalty statements (which are on paper), spend a day doing data entry, and come up with a total. But that's way too much work.
Then I remembered that Amazon provides data from BookScan for authors. The only data available is for the past eight weeks:
That's 7,367 books sold in 56 days, which works out to an average of 131.6 per day. I've been writing books for about 18 years, but sales weren't always as good as they currently are -- although they have also been much better. So let's assume 100 books per day for 18 years. That's 675,000 books.
DataPig’s Book Is #1 At Amazon
At Amazon, I searched the book category for Excel 2010, and sorted the results by Bestselling. The first one listed is an Office 2010 book, so that doesn't count. Next on the list is Excel Dashboards and Reports, by Mike Alexander and some other guy.
I'm looking forward to getting a copy of that. Maybe someone at DataPig Technologies will send me one.
Excel 2010 Book List Updated
The list of my Excel 2010 books is now up-to-date, with cover images and links to Amazon.
You'll notice a new one: Excel Dashboards and Reports. It's really Mike Alexander's book but I contributed a few chapters and got listed as a co-author with the Data Pig.
The publisher and I still haven't decided if a new edition of Excel Charts will be added to the list.
Somehow, Mike Foster figured out a way to miniaturize books, so they fit in a shirt pocket. He sent a photo:
Daniel sent a photo, and a brief review:
My cat enjoyed your book.
I should note that cats really like the later editions.
If you have any photos of my books out in the wild, send 'em my way, please.
Adjusted For Inflation
In 1993, in the Preface for Excel 5 Power Programming With VBA, I asked for reader feedback, and wrote:
Of course I would prefer to receive comments like, "This is the best book I've ever read" or "Thanks to this book, I was promoted and now make $150,000 per year."
In the second edition of that book, I raised the salary to $175,000. In the Excel 2000 edition, the salary expectation (inexplicably) went down to $85,000. In the Excel 2002 edition, it went up to $90,000. It increased again in the Excel 2003 edition, up to $105,000. In the Excel 2007 edition, the salary expectation rose to $112,000. In the Excel 2010 edition, it will be $124,000.
Here's how it looks graphically:
I wish I could remember why I reduced it for the Excel 2000 edition. Maybe someone told me that the salary was unrealistic.
The Book Winners
Today's 2-hour PUP sale was a major success. I was really surprised by the turnout. There are now 135 new PUP users. That works out to more than one per minute of the sale. Frankly, I was expecting about 50, tops.
The "but wait, there's more!" part of the sale was a free book for three randomly chosen customers. I asked the winners to provide a prioritized list of the books they want, because I only have one copy of some of them. They were all able to get their first choice:
Excel 2007 Books For Sale
I need to start making room for the Excel 2010 books. I have two copies of the "Walkenbox" for sale (officially known as Mr. Spreadsheet's Excel 2007 Library).
It's a boxed set that includes four Excel 2007 books -- plus a free licensed copy of PUP v7 (a $40 value). The price is $75, and I'll pay the shipping in the continental U.S. If you buy this at Amazon, it's $107 + shipping.
If you're interested, let me know and I'll tell you how to pay with a credit card or PayPal.
Update: Both have been sold.
That Chart Looks Familiar
A woman in Australia named christielee1 posts Excel tutorial videos at YouTube. For example:
The only problem is that many of these tutorials come directly from my books. She uses the sample files on the CD, makes a few minor changes, and claims that she created them. I guess I should be flattered that she thinks so highly of my work that she claims it as her own.
She also has a blog, which also has several of my example. Again, with no acknowledgment of the original source.
Back To Work
Well folks, after a 2-year hiatus, I'm back to writing books.
Today was my first day working on the book revisions for Excel 2010. It took me a while to get into the swing of things, but it was actually kind of fun. Even though there aren't a lot of new features in Excel 2010, I'm doing my best to beef up the old books with new material.
I immediately discovered that the template provided by my publisher (Wiley) just doesn't work in Word 2007 or Word 2010. The template has lots of styles, with VBA macros that make it easy to apply those styles. It's all done in a very interactive toolbar which spawns other toolbars. And as we all know, support for those old toolbars pretty much sucks in Office 2007 (and 2010). So my first task was to install Word 2003. And that's what I'll be using to revise these books.
This is probably a very typical problem. Great new software arrives, but solutions that you've used for years stop working so you can't even use that great new software.
I must say that I like Word 2003 much better than the later versions -- especially the ability to load multiple documents in one window. When working with multiple documents, I really don't like having all of those separate windows cluttering my screen.
More Translated Books
I found out that three more of my books are now available in translated versions: Two in Chinese, and one in Serbian.
That makes 19 translations of Excel 2007 books.
New Advertising Campaign?
Someone posted this in a comment at my other blog. So good, I had to share it.
For those who don't get it, the guy is a minor TV commercial celebrity in the U.S. He sells a product that, apparently, can be purchased for much less at an auto supply store.
Bad Book Reviews
I've been looking at Amazon's reader reviews of my books to get ideas on how I can improve the next editions. Amazon doesn't allow a user to indicate no stars, so I look at the"1-star" reviews -- which means the reader didn't like the book at all.
Here are the current 1-star reviews for my Excel 2007 books:
tooo much literal explanation, hard to guess.
this is not good book. too much literal explanation, and the most importnat is there has no any screen with highlighted instruction , so user can quick understand where and how to do it. With too many small words to explain the operation, it's hard for user to understand and it takes user too much time to search around the location of what the author trying to point out from the screen. I was trying to learn more skills of Excel, but after reading couple of chapters from this book, now my enthusiasm is gone!
What I learned: I explain things too literally, and I use too many small words.
The disc in the back of the book was sliced off (I guess by the printer.) I need the disc replaced.
What I learned: I need to check each book before it ships.
Printing is horrible
I purchased two books Excel 2007 and Excel 2007 VBA Power Programming by John Walkenbach, one of the best text book writers I have come across in my 74 years. The books were horrible. It wasn't John's fault. It was the publishers fault... The 2007 version is almost impossible to read the print density is so light. This other publishing company may have saved money on using less ink but they now have one very unhappy customer. John I think you goofed by going to another publishing company.
I agree with this one. Maybe they're trying to save money by using gray ink? Unfortunately, that sort of thing is entirely beyond the control of the author.
Missing Book on CD !! A critical issue (WATCH OUT)
DON'T BUY THIS BOOK UNLESS IT GETS UPGRADED WITH THE RIGHT CD! (Here the challenge would be to know when this is done). It's a shame that this happens with a book that we had been waiting for so long, specially for most of us who regularly travel and it is not practical to carry such a heavy package everywhere.
I'm also quite disappointed with the results obtained after contacting the author (who said the he didn't have the pdf file himself! Do you believe this?). Is that the type of customer support that we expect as end users? Additionally, I tried the link to get support from Wiley, but guess what: the web page is not working!! (so don't be so confident that this can be resolved quickly).
Unfortunately, the CD included with the first printing of this book was missing the PDF file. The publisher (not the author) is responsible for problems like this, and I've steered at least 100 people to Wiley's support page -- and I've heard only two complaints. Wiley's site had a temporary glitch that was fixed within 24 hours. Many of these people got back to me expressing their amazement at the great support from Wiley.
Not for newbies
Althought the author is pretty well versed in the use of Excel, it is not much help to those just starting to use the progeam. Written pretty much the same way most Microsoft "help" books are written. It assumes you have quite a bit experience with macros and other such "helpers".
What I learned: I should make sure that every reader sees the text on page xxv: "This is not a book for beginning Excel users. If you have absolutely no experience with Excel, this is probably not the best book for you."
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