PowerShell Deep Dives Report

PowerShell Deep DivesSo I have the royalty statement for the PowerShell Deep Dives book for the second quarter of 2015. For those of you who own a copy, thank you. For those of you who aren’t aware, even though I have a royalty statement, that doesn’t mean I got paid. I have the statement because I was the primary editor for this project. If you didn’t know, this book is entirely a charitable affair. No author or editor receives any financial compensation for their efforts. All proceeds go to Save the Children.

For the second quarter of 2015 only 47 copies of this book were sold worldwide. Since the book’s publication in 2013 it has sold 2280 copies worldwide, both print and ebook. Royalties for the 2nd quarter of 2015 were $368.13.

While the book isn’t intended to teach your PowerShell from the beginning, it will show you how to use it, often in ways you won’t find anywhere else. I’ve often said that the content of this book is similar to presentations at the PowerShell Summit. For that reason alone I think everyone should have copy. Add in the charitable factor and I don’t see why there aren’t more copies out there. If you bought one of the PowerShell Month of Lunches books (thank you), you should also have a copy of PowerShell Deep Dives.

So what can we do to drive up interest? Perhaps buy a copy and donate it to a user group to offer as a give-away. Run a promotion on your blog or from Twitter. Have your boss buy a copy for the office. Post a review on Amazon. Or if you have an idea, feel free to share it in a comment. Otherwise, just do it!

Thank you.

Updating Month of Lunches

Don Jones and I are often asked about our Month of Lunches books and when we are going to update them. This question seems to pop up more frequently now that Windows 10 is released to the wild and more of you are seeing PowerShell 5.0 for the first time. The short answer is no updates are planned. Here’s why.

If you are just getting started with PowerShell, which is the target audience for the set of books, the fundamentals haven’t really changed since PowerShell 3.0. In fact some fundamentals are unchanged since v2. Yes, there are a few new features in v5, but they are not features essential to you learning PowerShell. In fact once you understand the essential features, learning those new features on your own isn’t that difficult.

I realize potential buyers might look at the book and consider it “out-dated” but it isn’t. We developed these books to have a long shelf-life precisely because PowerShell fundamentals don’t change based on a version number. Sure, this might change at some point but so far we haven’t seen anything new in PowerShell that warrants revising the books for a beginning user.

Don and I have heard from many of you on how much you enjoy the books and how learning PowerShell has changed your career for the better. That is very humbling and I truly appreciate your support and trust. We hope you’ll continue to recommend these books to your friend and colleagues.

Save the PowerShell Children

PowerShell Deep Dives I just received the royalty statement for Q4 2013 on the PowerShell Deep Dives book. While I appreciate every sale, I know the community can do better. In case you didn’t know, this book is a compilation of PowerShell nuggets you won’t find anywhere else. Chapters were contributed by MVPs, leaders in the PowerShell community as well as Microsoft specialists. Nobody received any financial compensation for this project. All proceeds go to Save the Children. For Q4 2013 they received a check for $1,848.

Net sales for Q4 were 257 copies. Since I’ve never returned a purchased book I have no idea why there are any returns. Since publication we’ve sold 1733 copies. I have to believe there are more than 1700 people in the PowerShell community who would enjoy this book. Perhaps they simply don’t know about it.

If you don’t have your own copy you can get it from Amazon or Manning. If you are after a digital copy, you will need to get those from Manning. And if you already own a copy, please consider leaving a review on Amazon and encourage your friends and colleagues to get their own copies. They will pick up some great PowerShell knowledge and make the world a better place.

PowerShell Deep Dive First Sales

PowerShell Deep Dives Last year I had the pleasure of editing PowerShell Deep Dives, published by Manning. This book is a community project with chapters contributed from MVPs and leading members of the PowerShell community. You won’t find this content anywhere else.

Anyway, I have the first royalty report from Q3 2013. Looks like we sold a little under 1500 copies. The important thing, in case you missed the original news about this project, is that all proceeds are given to charity. For this book, Save the Children received a check for $3,338.30. That’s nice but I know we can do better.

So if you’ve put off getting a copy, what are you waiting for? If you have a copy, thank you. Now spread the word and tell your colleagues to buy a copy. You can get the title in print or ebook formats. You can also buy the book from Amazon. In fact, if you’ve read the book a posted review would also help. The more reviews the attention the book can get which should lead to more sales and continued charitable contributions.

Thank you again to all of the authors and editors on this project and to those of you who have a copy on your shelf. I hope you found a few things that made it worth your investment. For the rest of you, well, you know what you need to do.

Friday Fun Color My Web

Awhile ago I posted an article demonstrating using Invoke-Webrequest which is part of PowerShell 3.0. I used the page at Manning.com to display the Print and MEAP bestsellers. By the way, thanks to all of you who keep making PowerShell books popular. My original script simply wrote the results to the screen. But I decided I wanted a way for my books to stand out so I made a slight adjustment.

The script still uses Invoke-Webrequest to parse out the page from Manning.com. But I added some logic to check each title for a keyword, like PowerShell. If found, I define a color variable and display the result using Write-Host and that color. If it isn’t found, the color is set to the current foreground color. This script will only work in the PowerShell console.
Now before anyone starts yelling about using Write-Host, yes I realize all I’m doing is writing to the screen. But in this situation I am fine with that. I will never have a need to do anything else other thank read the information and adding some color to it make it even easier.
However, I did add some flexibility by adding parameters to specify the key word and color. I set some defaults and included parameter validation. Here’s the default result:


But I can just as easily check for other values.


Obviously this script is really only useful to me or other Manning authors curious about where our books stand. But this is a Friday Fun article so I hope you picked up a useful tip or trick.