It has been a wild week and I am pleased to announce I will be writing three new books for Thomson/Cengage Publishing.

I recently finished my Google Apps Administrator Guide book for Thomson and we are now doing three more books together.

Two books will be published before the end of 2007 — that means I will have written four books in five months for Thomson and while that is a witty and wacky writing pace, that’s the publishing business: You’re either wanted now — RIGHT NOW! — or you suffer in silence. 

All three new books are part of Thomson’s Picture Yourself
series and the thing I love most about that series is the learning is
done semiotically — through the full-color power of the image on the
page — and that makes for a memorable experience because the book
immediately becomes more interactive than just thumbing through tons of
plain text.

The first book I will be writing is Picture Yourself Learning Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard and it will teach you how to take best advantage of all the keen new features in the upcoming Operating System from Apple.

The second book I will be writing is Picture Yourself Learning American Sign Language, Level 1 and a Bonus DVD is bundled with the book so you can visually learn all the signs and phrases. Janna M. Sweenie and I are writing the book together and it marks our second publishing effort after Hand Jive: American Sign Language for Real Life.

The third book I will be writing is Picture Yourself Learning Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac
and that book will step you through all the fab-o and fun new ways to
work in the most-anticipated Office suite update from Microsoft in a

The writing schedule will be hectic for these books, but I still plan
to be here with you and I thank you for your readership and your
support as the pendulum continues to swing.


  1. You’re right about the ASL books having a long life, Janna. Write ’em once and they’re done. Yeah! 😆
    Computer books are not as evergreen. I suppose the advantage to that, though, is you can keep updating them and rewriting them for ongoing profit.