Ann Shaffer has contributed to several books about computers, including New Perspectives on Microsoft Word. She began in textbook publishing as a Development Editor for William C. Brown and is now a freelance technical editor and writer. Ann holds a Master's degree in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Patrick Carey received his M.S. in Biostatistics from the University of Wisconsin, where he worked as a researcher designing and analyzing clinical studies. He co-authored his first textbook on using Excel as a statistical tool. Patrick has authored or co-authored over 20 academic and trade texts for the software industry.
Kathleen Finnegan is a co-author on New Perspectives on Microsoft Access and has edited and managed many other textbooks on Microsoft applications for Cengage Learning's Course Technology. Kathleen taught various computer courses for corporate training and high-tech companies and developed courseware as a technical writer and editor.
Joseph J. Adamski spent 12 years as a computer professional at aerospace and financial services companies and is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Grand Valley State University. He has worked as a computer professional and educator for over 40 years with a special interest in database management and personal uses of databases.
Beverly B. Zimmerman, an award-winning Associate Professor at Brigham Young University, holds a Ph.D. in instructional design. She has published several articles on the use of computer technology for teaching writing, co-authored over 30 books on computer applications software, and authored an oral presentations book.