I like to believe that we all “have a book in us”. I’ve written two books and found it hard work, but very gratifying to accomplish such a feat. I know many authors and most feel the same way. You can tell by looking at how many people become repeat authors!
Maybe not everyone can write a book, but for those who have an interest, consider writing an article for starters. Many people come to me with ideas for articles and books and I’ve helped people get published in many places. Most recently I’ve worked with Dan Gibson for him to write a series of articles for either IBM DataMagazine or developerWorks. I’ve also worked with a few people from the DB2 Night Show “DB2’s Got Talent” competition to have them mentored by Roger Sanders in the hopes of publishing in these places.
Why write? It’s a lot of work, and not always much money… so why do it? Personal gratification will be the number one success factor in completing a book. Close behind is the recognition you’ll receive as being a leader in the technology you write about. It’s not always easy to build a reputation as a leader when all your peers are equally talented, but if you write, you will be a step ahead and therefore will be seen as a leader. Sharing is another big reason. We hear a lot today about sharing and collaborating and if you think about it… information locked up in your brain alone will not help much with the progression of ideas through collaboration. So, share… you’ll credit the credit you deserve for your expertise and you’ll perhaps inspire someone to make a ground-breaking invention.
Here are some of the recent articles that I’ve been able to help with in a very tiny way. Congratulations to these and all authors for a job well done!
Using row and column security to provide country- and region-specific views of data and correct currency aggregation
by Dan Gibson
by Jeyabarathi (JB) Chakrapani
Concurrent I/O is a feature that was introduced in UNIX® and Linux® platforms mainly for the benefit of relational database systems. This article explains the difference between the I/O mechanisms available with UNIX and Linux file systems, and shows how concurrent I/O technology can be leveraged in an IBM® DB2® environment to improve database performance.
by Sunil Soares
Sunil is also writing a book about this topic.
Are you ready to share your knowledge and experience? I hope so! And here’s an easy way to get started:
I highly recommend the book “From Idea to Print” by Roger Sanders. Roger does a fine job of explaining every aspect of creating and publishing both articles and books. And Roger has the experience to write such a book. At last count, he’s written 23 books and is working on at least one more. I have lost count of the number of articles he’s published, but it must be in the hundreds by now. I liked all the chapters in this book, but most like the chapter about deciphering the author contract. I’ve never seen such a thorough description of each and every one of the clauses that an author sees. And the description is understandable and not in legalese.
Other chapters that make the book worth reading include how to avoid procrastination, how to edit your manuscript, and how to organize your work. If you are even remotely thinking of writing, then you should read this book. You’ll be very happy you read it.
Roger is still looking to mentor a few people, so if you are truly interested in going the next step, let me know and I’ll make the connections.