Books, Old Man Skywalker, and Plagiarism

Hey there! Remember me? I’m back from a long 6 weeks of finishing up several book projects.


Feels weird to be back at the office. I’m getting a lot of perky people asking me how my holiday went. Mrs. Pig sent me this pic, which sums up my feelings about all that obligatory post-holiday banter.


Anyway, as I mentioned before, I’ve been pushing to get a load of books out the door.

Some are available now, while most will be available within the next few weeks.


Dick Kusleika and I updated our Access 2016 Bible.

I don’t know

if it ever got to #1 in Amazon’s Database category (like Dick was pushing for), but I just checked and it #6.


Bill Jelen and I updated our Pivot Table Data Crunching book.

We added new content, including a new chapter on Power Query.


It looks like John Walkenbach’s career as Old-Man Skywalker has taken off.

So he’s passed a couple of his books down to Dick Kusleika and me.

We’ve taken over J-Walk’s Formulas and Power Programming books.

Excel 2016 Formulas was an easy update.

There were only five new functions added to Excel 2016, so not a ton of changes from last version of this book.

We both added a decent bit of new content to Power Programming.


I also did a couple of solo projects.

I pushed out the 3rd edition of Excel Dashboards and Reports for Dummies (new content peppered throughout most chapters).


Finally, I’m wrapping up a new title: Power Pivot & Power Query for Dummies.

This one is fun for the entire family; great for anyone just starting to explore the Power tools in Excel.

My book hits Amazon at the end of March, but if you can’t wait that long, I recommend picking up the excellent M is for (Data) Monkey.

Ken Puls and Miguel Escobar co-authored this book. It’s very well written and with lots of excellent easy to follow examples.

I asked Ken to email me an electronic copy of his manuscripts so I can use them for my book. He must have forgotten, because I haven’t received them yet.


Speaking of plagiarism…reminds me of two Stewart Francis jokes

“People call me a plagiarist…their words, not mine”

“Anyone who accuses me of stealing their jokes can kiss my black ass”


Ahhh….feels good to be back in the blog saddle. It’s going be a great 2016.

Happy New Year everyone.

Oh and Ken….send me that manuscript. I’ve got 4 chapters due by Monday.

3 thoughts on “Books, Old Man Skywalker, and Plagiarism

  1. Keith

    I was wondering if you could comment on the changes made to Power Programming with VBA? I did notice that the 2016 version is ~300 pages shorter than the 2013 edition.

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