So 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!
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.
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.