The Write Stuff
By David Riggs
Ever wonder who all these people are who write for us? Are they ringers? Or are they simply people like you who develop professional applications and decided to share their successes? Actually, we feature a variety of qualified writers, from the hired gun to the everyday developer that s part of what adds to the community atmosphere. But one thing all our writers have in common is the ability and desire to share their passion and knowledge.
More often than not in the educational process we are the student, seeking knowledge from any number of mediums, be it books, magazines, seminars and conferences even CD-ROMs. But have you ever thought that you could be the teacher? Yes, you why not? Maybe you ve never had the desire. Or maybe you ve never had the opportunity. Until now.
I want to take this opportunity to encourage you to consider writing for us. Yes, you. After all, you are the people who are out there using ASP.NET every day, developing real-world applications, solving real-world problems. You who are in the trenches know best which problems require your time and energy, and, more importantly, which techniques work. Isn t it time you share your experiences, your insight, and your technical know-how? Whether it s a brief workaround to a minor, nagging problem, or some really cool project that took you to programming places you never thought you d go, I m sure all of you have stories to tell and techniques to share. I d like you to share your development achievements and successes. No matter how extravagant or mundane, I can assure you there is someone out there looking for exactly the same fix.
And the benefits don t simply stop at getting paid. No, you won t make the cover of People, and I can just about guarantee that you won t have to worry about the paparazzi. But being a published author does have its advantages, as it lends validity to your work and can enhance your professional status; those who write can often leverage their efforts into promotions, additional freelance gigs, and maybe even a book deal (no promises, but you ve gotta start somewhere). And not least of all, your mom will be proud to display that first issue on her coffee table (I should know; although I don t know that she reads them, my mom has all the freelance articles I ve written for the Sacramento Kings and Monarchs).
You ve all read the articles, so you know the quality expectations. To help get you started, peruse the asp.netPRO Writer Style Guide on our Web site (http://www.aspnetpro.com/WriteForUs/). The style guide outlines our requirements and specifications, and provides some tips and tricks that, when followed, should expedite the editorial process. Or e-mail me your questions about the submission and editorial processes. Better yet, send me an abstract of your article ideas.
Either way, check it out; after all, maybe you have the write stuff.
David Riggs is editor-in-chief of asp.netPRO and its companion e-newsletter, asp.netNOW. Reach him at mailto:[email protected].