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Introduction

Introduction

October 2003 was a good month for me. I was well into a relationship that eventually resulted in an accepted marriage proposal, I'd just finished the first draft of one long book, I had seen my Excel Pocket Guide (O'Reilly) hit the store shelves, and I was fresh and ready to tackle another project. That's when I got a call from Robert Luhn, who had recently come on board as an executive editor at O'Reilly. He asked if I'd like to put together a book proposal for O'Reilly's retooled Annoyances series. We kicked around a few ideas and eventually came up with Excel Annoyances, the book you now hold in your hands. I liked the road paved by Steve Bass in PC Annoyances, and I liked the notion of reinventing it for Excel—so I did the proposal dance, bade my legal representatives to work out a contract, and sat down for some serious writing.

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