October 6

Book Updates, Info Graphics with Excel, Excel Sumo, and more…


First, the updates. Sorry dear readers I’ve been gone for so long. It’s been, well, two years since I started writing my book. I’m now 450+ pages with still a few more chapters to write. Here’s the thing, my book publisher would like me to finish my book–and rightly so! So that’s been taking up a lot of my time. Indeed, I am bringing on a coauthor to write the last few chapters of the book. That’s all hush-hush for now as we work out the contracting details, but his coming on is probably the best decision I’ve ever made. In fact, I’m kicking myself for not asking earlier.

A Second Book

In the meantime, there is actually a second book in the works. Yes, you heard right. Of those pages and pages of material already written, my editors and I saw a much smaller book that I could be publish in addition to the book I’m currently writing. I don’t have a link for that new, smaller book yet, but it will be called Advanced Excel Essentials. It will comparatively shorter than most Excel books (about 250 pages of content). This book is set to be out this month: 28 October 2014!
I should warn you, while my original book is meant for intermediate-to-advanced audiences, this advanced book is very much for advanced audiences. Furthermore, it’s very much an extension of my contrarian nature you’ve grown to love. For instance, many of you have probably wondered why I advocate against putting procedures in modules. This book provides both justifications and examples…and so much more. Even if you end up reading the entire thing and disagreeing with me, I think you’ll greatly enjoy this book. There’s wry, ironic humor throughout the book as well, but that’s just a bonus.
For those of you who’ve pre-ordered my first book and are still waiting patiently, I’m going to see if I can get my publisher to cut you a deal on this second book. I might be able to swing a few people a free copy. If you’re interested in that–and you’re on the pre-order list or are part of Apress Alpha program–please send me an email and let me know.  (I’m not able to see the list of people who’ve already ordered.) Sorry for the delay of the big book, but we’re really close to finishing it. 


In addition, I’ve been working on a few side projects outside of this blog. One of them you already know about–Excel.TV. Indeed, we just purchased the Excel.TV name (it used to be ExcelTVShow.com–so update your links people!), and we’re really excited for what the future holds.

Blog Post on Excel.TV: Info Graphics with Excel

Over at Excel.TV I wrote a new blog post called Info Graphics with Excel. I highly suggest you take a look at that post when you have a free moment.
It might be surprising that I wrote such post given my casual disdain for info graphics. Well, many people asked if they are possible in Excel–and indeed they very much are. My argument is simple: if you’re going to to them, you should do them right. And I provide step-by-step instructions as well as a download file on how I made those lovely info graphics shown above. Plus, you know, maybe something is cracking under my soft exterior, because looking back at that post, I think they were fun to make.

Excel Sumo

Excel Sumo 2014
I am particularly excited to announce Excel Sumo! Excel Sumo is a head-to-head spreadsheet tournament going on from now until November 3rd, 2014. Here’s how it works: you send us a 60-90 second prerecorded video on why your Excel solution (could be a spreadsheet, add-in, tip, etc) deserves to be an Excel Sumo contender. In short: your video must outline the challenge/need, how it works and why their Excel Solution is so powerful, elegant, productive and/or community benefiting. For the winners we have great prizes to give away–including a trip to New York City! So send in your Excel Sumo entry! (It’s FREE to play!)



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