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 books 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 2013: The Missing Manual, Personal Finance: The Missing Manual, and Online Investing Hacks. She writes a monthly column called “WebWatch” for Better Investing magazine. She has recorded several courses on QuickBooks, project management, and Microsoft Project for Lynda.com. 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 near her home in Colorado, walks her dogs, takes aerial dance classes, and cooks gourmet meals. She has also published her first novel, Fresh Squeezed, featuring hit men, stupid criminals, and much political incorrectness. You can learn more at Bonnie’s website, www.bonniebiafore.com, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dawn Mann (editor) is associate editor for the Missing Manual series. When not working, she plays soccer, beads, and causes trouble (though not simultaneously). Email: email@example.com.
Kara Ebrahim (production editor) lives, works, and plays in Cambridge, MA. She loves graphic design and all things outdoors. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brad White (tech 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 audiobooks, eating sushi, and riding his road bike, imagining he’s in the Tour de France. Website: www.QuickBooksTraining.com.
Michael Cobb (tech 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: email@example.com.
Ron Strauss (indexer) specializes in the indexing of information technology publications of all kinds. Ron is also an accomplished classical violist and lives in Northern California with his wife and fellow indexer, Annie, and his miniature pinscher, Kanga. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Julie Van Keuren (proofreader) quit her newspaper job in 2006 to move to Montana and live the freelancing dream. She and her husband, M.H. (who is living the novel-writing dream), have two sons, Dexter and Michael. Email: email@example.com.
No O’Reilly book that I author can go to print without me acknowledging the awesome team at O’Reilly. Dawn Mann is editor extraordinaire. She can spot potential points of confusion in my writing from a mile away and usually comes up with a wonderfully clear alternative. If she’s stumped, she asks for clarification in a way that even a diva (oh, I so hope I haven’t become one) wouldn’t mind. She stays on top of details, so they’re taken care of before anyone even thinks to ask. She has earned my gratitude for keeping me company via email as we both worked weekend after weekend to complete this book. My thanks also go to Kara Ebrahim and the rest of the O’Reilly folks for shepherding my book through the production process. I am grateful for the eagle eye of proofreader Julie Van Keuren for wrangling punctuation, capitalization, and ungainly sentences into submission.
Debra Kilsheimer, a partner in the tax and accounting firm Behind the Scenes Financial Services and an Advanced Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, helped me with the payroll chapter. Her QuickBooks videos on YouTube are right up the Missing Manual alley: upbeat, helpful, and fun. I also want to thank the technical reviewers, Brad White and Michael Cobb. Their encyclopedic knowledge of QuickBooks and willingness to introduce me to Intuit experts was a much appreciated gift.
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 2013: The Missing Manual by Matthew MacDonald
Buying a Home: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Creating a Website: The Missing Manual, Third Edition by Matthew MacDonald
CSS3: The Missing Manual, Third Edition by David Sawyer McFarland
Dreamweaver CC: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland and Chris Grover
Excel 2013: 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 Tab: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Galaxy S4: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Google+: The Missing Manual by Kevin Purdy
HTML5: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by Matthew MacDonald
iMovie ’11 & iDVD: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Aaron Miller
iPad: The Missing Manual, Sixth Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer
iPhone: The Missing Manual, Seventh Edition by David Pogue
iPhoto ’11: The Missing Manual by David Pogue and Lesa Snider
iPod: The Missing Manual, Eleventh Edition by J.D. Biersdorfer and David Pogue
Kindle Fire HD: The Missing Manual by Peter Meyers
Living Green: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner
Microsoft Project 2013: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Motorola Xoom: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
NOOK HD: The Missing Manual by Preston Gralla
Office 2011 for Macintosh: The Missing Manual by Chris Grover
Office 2013: The Missing Manual by Nancy Conner and Matthew MacDonald
OS X Mavericks: The Missing Manual by David Pogue
Personal Investing: The Missing Manual by Bonnie Biafore
Photoshop CC: The Missing Manual by Lesa Snider
Photoshop Elements 12: The Missing Manual by Barbara Brundage
PHP & MySQL: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by Brett McLaughlin
Switching to the Mac: The Missing Manual, Mavericks Edition by David Pogue
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
WordPress: The Missing Manual, Second Edition by Matthew MacDonald
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
Go to www.missingmanuals.com/library.html for a full list of Missing Manuals in print.