Two new (five-star) reviews on Amazon; future plans for the book
A little more shameless self-promotion: My Word 2007 book received two new reviews on Amazon.com within the past couple of days — each with a five-star ranking. One of the reviews came from a training client in Sacramento who actually bought the book for personal use before the organization hired me to do the training.
I’m so pleased that people have found the book useful. My ultimate goal is to help folks get their work done more quickly, more efficiently, and with less stress.
I am continuing to write additional handouts for Word 2007, at least some of which I will incorporate into a second edition of the book. I’m planning to expand on and/or clarify a few of the existing sections of the book, as well. With luck, I’ll be able to publish the second edition before year’s end (though I’ve got additional book projects in the pipeline, as well as training and teaching commitments). For those of you who have purchased or are planning to buy the current edition, I’m thinking of making the added and modified material available separately at a fairly nominal cost so that you don’t have to pay the full price for another complete book.
Another possible supplement to the book, inspired by comments from some paralegal instructors around the country, would include brief instructions for formatting pleadings to comport with the requirements of different state and local jurisdictions. So far, I’ve had inquiries from people in Arizona, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Oregon. Someone posted a question in the Word Forum of Woody’s Lounge (www.wopr.com) about how to tweak a pleading in such a way as to comply with new Oregon rules; I responded to her post and also attached a sample pleading that I tweaked to get it to fit within the 26 lines while leaving a 1″ margin at the top and ample space in the footer for the page number, document identifier, and firm name and address (as required by the rules). She hasn’t responded yet, so I’m not sure my sample pleading is exactly right for Oregon, but the information I provided about the ways in which I modified the formatting should be enough to put her on the right track. At least, that’s my hope.
Meanwhile, if you have any constructive suggestions for topics not included in the current edition that you would like me to cover in a second edition, or sections of the book you think need clarification, feel free to drop me a detailed note at CompuSavvy’s e-mail address, which you can find on our web site.
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