Delivering the Bad News

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It's a Friday, the day governments & companies traditionally deliver bad news. I recived the bad news earlier in the week, but I'm passing it on now: The Standard is dead. Let me first say, a couple of authors are right in the middle of finishing up articles. Those will be completed and published and you'll get paid. Andy sums up some of the reasons why the Standard failed very nicely in his blog post. I agree with them, if not where the responsibility lies. Andy takes most of it on himself because, well, he's that kind of guy, may the gods bless him. But, the fact is, I took on the job and just wasn't prepared for what it would entail. The "editing" part of the job was hard.…
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SQL Server Standard: Volume 7, Issue 3

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FINALLY! It's not like Don Gabor had the article done in January or anything...oh wait. He did have the article done in January. However, it looks like we might be breaking the log jam and we'll be publishing a number of SQL Server Standard issues. Anyway, do you want to learn how to talk techie to non-techies? You do? That's excellent because I've got a fantatic article by Don Gabor (blog), just for you. Please go and read it.
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So You Want to Write a Book?

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What the heck is wrong with you? Still interested? Fine. I'll tell you my take on this whole business. I'm only an expert on this if you take the adage that the expert is the guy that's a page head of you in reading a book. To date I have published two full books and three chapters in a third. I can easily think of enough people who all have more experience than that with book writing that I'd have to take off both shoes to count them all. Is anyone still reading? Cool. So you have the desire to write a book? Let me pop your first bubble. You will make very little money. This bears repeating. You will make very little money. If you were to figure out your hourly…
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SQL Server Standard Volume 7 Issue 1

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Kathi Kellenberger's fantastic new article is available in the latest issue of SQL Server Standard. There are a lot more articles in the hopper. Keep an eye out for them. We're providing you with the best writers giving us some of their best stuff. Go and check it out. If you're not a member of SQL PASS, it's free to join, and you'll get access to this article, lots more like it, as well as other stuff.
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SQL Server Standard Article Abstracts

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I'd really like to publish your article in SQL Server Standard. All I need from you is an abstract, a description of what the article will be. I've posted this before, but I've never provided examples. So, to get people started, here are a few examples of articles that have been accepted and will be published (shortly I hope). Here's a great example from Andy Leonard. It includes a great amount of detail, more than I need to make my decision, but with this much detail, the decision is much easier because I know exactly what this article is likely to look like:    I'm interested in writing an article on SSIS for SQL Server Standard. I'd like to cover ways packages can exchange information at run-time. There are a couple…
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SQL Standard Update

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Andy Warren in the latest PASS Connector has posted an update on where we're at with the SQL Server Standard. I'm so happy that Andy has been keeping this out in front of people. It provides some impetus to get the work done. Except for the authors thanks (and they're receiving $500, so they should say thank you), there's very little feedback on the Standard to show whether or not people are interested, if the goals and ideas are worthy... In other words, you guys need to let us know what you think about the thing. Two more articles are in the hopper to be published. Another has gone into copy edit. We're technical editing two others. That's five more, so you guys can expect to see another ten weeks…
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SQL Server Standard, Volume 6, Issue #1

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It's alive! It's alive! That's enough from Colin Clive. It'll be out for the Summit. SQL Server Standard lives again! Although, not quite in the same shape as it used to be. But hey, stitching stuff together out of dead tissue is messy work. I want to thank our first author who had to suffer through quite a few growing pains and help us blaze a trail through the woods, Thomas LaRock. I want to thank my boss at PASS for all the support especially the time I started whining, Andy Warren. And there's this other guy, who has helped just a ton in this effort in every way, and lead the technical edit team, Brad McGehee. We have a photo credit to Pat Write for the front. Craig Ellis has done…
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Free Stuff and a SQL Server Standard Update

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Great news. We've managed to get one article all the way through the process. We'll have our first publication out within a couple of weeks. We might even get a second out at the PASS Summit. We're working through the final details on contracts, author payments and the layout of the magazine, including cover art. That brings up a question. The intent is to publish high quality articles by great authors (and believe me, we've got exactly that coming down the pike). In order to reflect this, instead of just an HTML layout, we're going with Adobe Acrobat so that we can get that magazine feel, but online. My question... We're trying to decide what to do with cover art. Our options are: Some type of stylish picture, say, stamps…
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SQL Server Standard Update

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Just to keep people who might be interested up to date on what's happening with the SQL Server Standard relaunch. I've received some fantastic abstracts on a wide range of topics from a diverse group of SQL Server DBA's and Developers. From that, we've got a lot of articles in the hopper going through technical edits and second drafts. Three articles have made it all the way to copy edit. They should be done soon. I'm positive you'll see at least one of them, maybe two, before the PASS Summit. I need even more abstracts so I can publish even more articles. If you meet the qualifications to write for us, please submit an abstract to my PASS email address: grant.fritchey - at - sqlpass -dot- org (unobfuscate the obvious).…
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