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Arkansas Authors: Sharon McCauley, Melody Jones, Brandon Morris

By: 19 March 2011 One Comment

Yup, that’s three authors in the headline.

These folks collaborated on the book QuickBooks Payroll Manual – A Step-by-Step Tutorial & Reference Guide, which was published by Barons’, Inc. Sharon McCauley and Melody Jones live in Bentonville, and Brandon Morris lives in Atkins. Here’s what they had to say:

What led you to write this book?

We saw a need that wasn’t currently being fulfilled in the marketplace and we filled it. Every QuickBooks book/manual on the market, if it address payroll at all devoted 15-30 pages on payroll which is simply not enough to walk someone through setting up and running payroll.

How did you go about writing it as a team?

The team effort was a blessing. Sharon and Brandon have worked as partners together since the inception of Barons’, Inc. in 2002. Melody and Sharon have worked together in joint projects off and on in the past. The team effort allowed all of us to use our individual skill set to complete the writing, editing, reviewing, publishing, and technical nuances that we learned were involved in the writing of such a book.

Who would benefit from this book?

Any small to mid-sized business owner or office manager currently running payroll or who has their payroll currently outsourced but would like to save money by bringing it in house.

What did you learn about yourselves and each other during this writing process?

Patience, perhaps. We learned there is a whole lot more than a technical know-how of the subject material that goes into writing and publishing a book than meets the eye. In addition we have learned that it takes incredible teamwork to accomplish a task of this magnitude when multiple writers are involved, however I don’t believe any of us would do it much different as far as working with the team than we did from the beginning.

Any other thoughts?

In addition to what we learned there are so many other people that have been instrumental in the writing of this book although not listed as authors, without their help in the beginning or in some part through the book, it never would have gotten finished: Carol Robinson, she was instrumental in the beginning of this four year process and her help was invaluable! Brad Lawless of Insight Writing ( and Dan Charles of CrankyPants Communications ( who helped us with the writing process itself and the technical know-how and jargon of the writing industry. Robin Surface of Fidely Publishing ( for her editing help and technical know-how whose help was critical to get the specs just right for the press itself to get the product out.

Finally two very special thanks…one, Jim Dinwoodie for the hours he’s helped in the marketing, editing, and endless questions from us from book cover design editing to website design, to marketing plans…and two…Carrie Perrien Smith of Soar With Eagles (, she has been invaluable with graphicdesign, fielding countless questions, technical knowledge and expert knowledge of the writing industry. I (Brandon) also attended one of Carrie’s very first Aspiring Author’s seminars which I attribute a large degree of success to the completion of this book.

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