Bonnie Biafore has always been fascinated with math in its practical and more esoteric forms. As an engineer and project manager, she’s thorough and steadfastly attentive to detail but redeems herself by using her sick sense of humor to transform these drool-inducing subjects into entertaining reading. She writes about personal finance, investing, accounting, and project management. Her NAIC Stock Selection Handbook and Successful Project Management won major awards from the Society of Technical Communication and APEX Awards for Publication Excellence (but the raves she receives from beginning investors mean much more to her).
Bonnie is also the author of O’Reilly’s Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual, Personal Finance: The Missing Manual, Quicken 2009: The Missing Manual, and Online Investing Hacks. She writes a monthly column called “WebWatch” for Better Investing magazine and is a regular contributor to www.interest.com. Applying her humor to another genre, she has published a novel, Fresh Squeezed, a crime comedy. As a consultant, she manages projects for clients, provides training, and wins accolades for her ability to herd cats.
When not chained to her computer, she hikes and cycles in the mountains, walks her dogs, takes aerial dance classes, and cooks gourmet meals. You can learn more at Bonnie’s website, www.bonniebiafore.com, or email her at email@example.com.
Dawn Mann (editor) is associate editor for the Missing Manual series. When not reading about QuickBooks, she beads, plays soccer, and causes trouble. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanie Yarbrough (production editor) lives, works, and does pretty much everything else in Cambridge, MA. When she’s not ushering books through production, she’s writing and baking up whatever she can imagine. Email: email@example.com.
Brad White (technical reviewer) is COO of Real World Training and has been teaching and consulting on QuickBooks since 1998. When he isn’t fixing someone else’s computer problems, he enjoys listening to audio books, eating sushi, and thinking about golfing. Website: www.QuickBooksTraining.com.
Michael Cobb (technical reviewer) is an Information Designer with Real World Training and enjoys paying way too much for tech gadgetry, cooking insanely spicy food, and traveling to exotic lands like California. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nan Reinhardt (proofreader) lives in the Midwest, where she enjoys summer weekends at the lake, boating, swimming, and reading voraciously. Nan is not only a freelance copyeditor and proofreader, but she’s also a published romance novelist. Check out her work at www.nanreinhardt.com. Email: email@example.com.
Ron Strauss (indexer) lives and works in Northern California. He moonlights as a classically trained violist. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Behind the scenes, a horde of hard-working folks help make this book (and me) look as good as we do. I am always grateful for the improvements that people make to my writing. My words (and bookkeeping) are better for it. Dawn Mann raised the bar this year to make the book as clear as possible and the process of producing it almost painless. Special thanks to Ron Strauss for building an index that helps you find all the information you want (especially important given the absence of an index in QuickBooks Help). And for making me look good—literally —I’d like to thank Garrett Hacking, my friend and professional photographer extraordinaire, for the best author photo ever.
I also want to thank the technical reviewers, Brad White and Michael Cobb, whose encyclopedic knowledge of QuickBooks was a much appreciated gift. And, as always, I thank my agent, Neil Salkind, for helping me turn my writing into a second career.
Missing Manuals are witty, superbly written guides to computer products that don’t come with printed manuals (which is just about all of them). Each book features a handcrafted index and cross-references to specific pages (not just chapters). Recent and upcoming titles include:
Access 2010: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Adobe Edge Preview 7: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Buying a Home: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, Third Edition, by Matthew MacDonald
CSS: The Missing Manual, Second Edition, by David Sawyer McFarland
David Pogue’s Digital Photography: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Dreamweaver CS6: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland
Droid 2: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Droid X2: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Excel 2010: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
FileMaker Pro 12: The Missing Manual by Susan Prosser and Stuart Gripman
Flash CS6: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Galaxy S II: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Galaxy Tab: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Google+: The Missing Manual by Kevin Purdy
HTML5: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
iMovie ‘11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Aaron Miller
iPad: The Missing Manual, Fourth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
iPhone: The Missing Manual, Fifth Edition by David Pogue
iPhone App Development: The Missing Manual by Craig Hockenberry
iPhoto ‘11: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Lesa Snider
iPod: The Missing Manual, Tenth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer and David Pogue
Kindle Fire: The Missing Manual by Peter Meyers
Living Green: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Mac OS X Mountain Lion: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Microsoft Project 2010: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Motorola Xoom: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Netbooks: The Missing Manual by J.D. Biersdorfer
NOOK Tablet: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Office 2010: The Missing Manual by Nancy Connor, Chris Grover, and Matthew MacDonald
Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Personal Investing: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Photoshop CS6: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
Photoshop Elements 10: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual by Brett McLaughlin
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mountain Lion Edition by David Pogue
Windows 7: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Windows 8: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Your Body: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Your Brain: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Your Money: The Missing Manual by J.D. Roth
For a full list of all Missing Manuals in print, go to www.missingmanuals.com/library.html.