Happy 2012!

It’s funny, now that we’re well into 2012 it doesn’t seem so much that the end of the world is near. The Mayan calendar titles were all published two years ago and now seem “old hat.” These days, the publishing news seems to be centered around the continued growth of ebooks and self-publishing, the domination of Amazon, the new iPad (and new iPad killers), and the imminent arrival of the first Hunger Games movie!

My clients are awesome (you can quote me), and I am thrilled to be associated with them as they’ve been busy writing books, recording videos and teaching courses.

Here are the latest batch of books and products they’ve released over the last six months:

Congratulations to Harold and Phyllis Davis, who wrote and packaged what is probably the most beautiful book I’ve ever worked on, Photographing Flowers: Exploring Macro Worlds with Harold Davis. This is a book that transcends how-to and can also be appreciated as a coffee-table title.

Congratulations to Dave Crenshaw on the launch of his new “Invaluable” series at Lynda.com. The first two courses are live: Invaluable: Unlocking Your Abilities, and Invaluable: Developing Your Business Savvy. I’ve seen some of the early reviews for this series and they are fantastic. More courses are coming in the next three months!

Congratulations to Dan Gookin on both winning a city council seat in Coeur d’Alene, and continuing to write and publish mobile phone and tablet titles at a breakneck pace. Dan’s newest include: Droid Bionic for Dummies, Samsung Galaxy TAB 10.1 for Dummies, Droid 3 for Dummies, and Android Phones for Dummies.

Congratulations to John Arnold on his first Lynda.com course, Effective Email Marketing Strategies.

Congratulations to Rosanne Rust and Cindy Cleckner on the launch of their Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies.

Congratulations to Meri Raffetto and Wendy Jo Peterson on their new cookbook, The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook for Dummies.

Congratulations to Rich Wagner on his newest book from Wrox, Beginning iOS Application Development with HTML and Javascript.

Congratulations to John Mueller who wrote one of the first books in the new Microsoft Press/O’Reilly “Start Here” series, Start Here: Learn Microsoft Visual C# 2010.

Congratulations to Ed Baig on iPad for Dummies 3e. Ironically, the revision of that book starts today!

Congratulations to Christopher Matthew Spencer on his third course with Lynda.com, PayPal Essential Training.

Congratulations to Roger Ma, who just wrapped his second book, The Vampire Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Blood Suckers for Berkley. Meanwhile, his first book, The Zombie Combat Manual: A Guide to Fighting the Living Dead, has been published in Spain and the audio rights were recently purchased by Tantor.

Congratulations to Bill and Christina Loguidice on the publication of My Xbox: Xbox 360, Kinect, and Xbox Live, from Que.

Congratulations to Holly Day and Michael Pilhofer on the second edition of Music Theory for Dummies. The first edition sold like gangbusters around the world and the updated version will probably do the same!

Finally, congratulations to Sue Jenkins on her first course with Lynda.com Designing Web Sites from Photoshop to Dreamweaver.

Thanks for working with me!