SQL Server Central accepts articles, scripts and questions from anyone who would like to contribute. We get through a lot of content – we publish a new article every weekday, so we rely heavily on the SQL community to provide us with articles, scripts, quiz questions and blogs.
Writing is a great way to raise your profile, and potentially give your career a boost. It's also something that requires hard work and a capacity to take feedback and criticism and to use that to write better in future. In short: develop skills, impress peers, gain recognition.
Most articles find their way into the daily newsletter, which currently sends to over 750000 people.
We accept articles on any SQL topic, but a list of articles that we're looking for in particular can be found here.
Articles should be a decent length – we're looking for depth and clarity here, and a few paragraphs is not enough. Articles will be edited, and anything that is submitted without being proofread first will not be accepted (this is especially important if English is not your first language).
Articles are paid at a rate of $50 per article, paid at the end of the month of publication. Regular authors are sometimes paid more. See payment below for more details.
Anyone can submit a script. If you've got a script that you rely on, and you think others would find it useful, you can submit it through the contribution center. We don't pay for scripts.
The Question of the Day is exactly that – a short, multiple-choice question that nets you some points for your SSC profile. It appears in the newsletter each day. We don't pay for these, but if you think you have the right question to stump the SSC community, submit one here.
We also syndicate blogs to the site. If you have a SQL-related blog you'd like to see appearing on SQL Server Central, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the following details, and we will look to see if it fits the site.
We will need:
We don't pay for blogs, but we also don't edit them or make many demands. Blogs should be in English, and we are more likely to accept the blog for syndication if you publish regularly.
We sometimes highlight featured posts on the site. If this is the case with one of your posts, you will receive an email with a publication date in it, which in this case means the day it's highlighted on the site and in the newsletter.
The Stairway Series are designed to be a comprehensive series of articles on a single, narrow topic with SQL Server. The hope is that they can take you from being a relative novice to someone with a very strong grounding in that subject.
We commission Stairway Series articles from established authors.
We process payments once a month, usually in the last week of the month. There are no exceptions to this – with the volumes of payments that have to be made, we don't have the capacity to process any separately. When you are first contacted by an editor about a submitted article, you should be asked whether you would prefer to receive payment via Paypal or cheque.
SQL Server Central does not ask for copyright to your work. You retain copyright, but give us the distribution or publication rights on this site in perpetuity. You also give us the right to publish the information in print in any of our publications. No additional royalties are paid for this, but you will receive credit and 2 copies of the publication.
This does mean, however that anything you submit is your original work. No plagiarism will be tolerated. If you're unsure, credit or reference any materials you've used in writing your article. This also applies to images. If you want to reuse something to provide clarity, be sure that you provide a reference and credit to the source.
We ask for 60 days exclusive distribution rights on anything that we pay for, as well as perpetual publication rights. After the 60 days is up you are free to submit your article elsewhere, but it will still be live on SQL Server Central in perpetuity. We also accept articles published elsewhere, but it is your responsibility to ensure that this does not conflict with the rights of the original publisher. We do not pay for these articles.
Anything you write for SSC will be handled through the contribution center. Please make sure to read the author guidelines before you add your first submission.
When you've chosen a topic, written it up and submitted your article, it goes into a submission queue for us to review. Depending on workload, events we're attending, etc., this can take 3-4 weeks. It is usually quicker, but if you don't hear back quickly, your work hasn't vanished.
If the editor has questions of comments, or the article requires substantial revision, it will be set to ‘reviewed' status, and you will receive an email informing you of this. If you return to the contribution center, you will see comments inline on your article informing you of what needs to be done.
Once the article is ready and the editor is happy with it, it will be set to ‘accepted'. It will then move into our publication queue. After this it will be scheduled, and you will receive another notification. We schedule articles weeks in advance, so it may still take a few weeks before your article is published.
If you find a mistake or need to change something, you can edit your piece in the Contribution Center and resubmit it. We will give priority to those items in editing.