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SQL Tribal Knowledge

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Update 12/3/2011: The abstract submission window is now closed.  Thanks, and watch this blog for updates!

Calling all unpublished* SQL Server folk!

I’m now accepting abstracts for a new project we’re putting together – a community-written book of tribal SQL Server knowledge.


The general theme I’m proposing is “write about the thing that a DBA should really know.”  This can encompass everything from the SQL social circle, to HTML, to career building, to backups and partitioning and DR and code reviews and whatever else. 


I’m putting this together to showcase first time authors – which, by the way, means that I can’t contribute a chapter! To qualify:

  • You must currently be in the SQL Server field –DBA, SQL developer, BI guy, etc.
  • You must not have written or contributed to a technical or career book as an author. Tech reviewers and editors are eligible.
  • You can’t have a book currently in the process of being published.

Bloggers are of course welcome. If in doubt, just ask me.


We’re currently working on options for publication. We might have a benefactor (I’m talking to one particular publisher-who-is-awesome about their interest right now), or we might end up just publishing this as a free eBook. Right now, there’s no telling.

In short: You shouldn’t expect to get rich off of this book.  (Hear all the published techies laughing? No one gets rich off of tech books…)


So!  Let it begin: Email me at Jen@MidnightDBA.com with the subject “Tribal Knowledge Abstract”…give me 1 to 5 of your best ideas – something you can write an 8 to 12 page chapter on.  If you know of someone else who might qualify and be interested, please send them this link!

Happy days,
Jen McCown

Currently there are "11 comments" on this Article:

  1. Sounds interesting… What are your timescales? I may be able to put together a couple of things, but will need to think about what I can & can’t get away with!

    • Jen McCown says:

      Timescales aren’t exactly defined right now. Ideally, I’d like a pretty tight schedule, to be able to publish by PASS 2012. Absolutely no way to know, at this point, whether that’s a reasonable goal.

  2. [...] SQL Tribal Knowledge – Fancy yourself as a SQL Server author but not had the opportunity to make your début? Now’s your chance thanks to Jen McCown (Blog|Twitter). [...]

  3. [...] project is called SQL Tribal Knowledge, and Jen’s calling for SQL Server professionals to submit chapter abstracts on the theme [...]

  4. [...] Are you ready to be an Author? There is a great opportunity for first time contributors to get published. The general theme is write about the thing that a DBA should really know. Work colaboratively with others and you only need to contribute a chapter or two for the book. Some mentoring & guidance will be provided. For more details [...]

  5. [...] back at the beginning of November, Jen McCown put out a call for contributors to a new project she termed SQL Tribal Knowledge. The premise was simple. You can submit an abstract for this potential book if [...]

  6. [...] while back I invited the unpublished masses to submit abstracts for a new-author-written SQL book – called Tribal SQL – and the [...]

  7. [...] to write about what they thought was important about databases. You know, tribal knowledge. So we sent out a call for abstracts and got the ball rolling on one of the coolest things we’ve ever been a part of: [...]

  8. [...] to write about what they thought was important about databases. You know, tribal knowledge. So we sent out a call for abstracts and got the ball rolling on one of the coolest things we’ve ever been a part of: [...]

  9. [...] ago. Despite being fans of MidnightDBAs (@MidnightDBA) Jen and Sean McCown, I missed their blog post announcing the project. Basically they wanted to get a whole bunch of unpublished people together, have everyone write a [...]

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