SQL Tribal Knowledge

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Calling all unpublished* SQL Server folk!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

11 thoughts on “SQL Tribal Knowledge”

    1. 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.

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