Forwarded from a computer book publishing list I'm on.
It'd be awesome if the community could do something similar for
PostgreSQL... do we have enough authors to pull it off?
Begin forwarded message:
> This post is from Sam Flywheel and the new MySQL Journal.
> Hello, all:
> I am pleased to announce that the MySQL Journal is moving forward.
> During the past two weeks, I've been discussing the journal with
> MySQL AB, and the plan that's been devised benefits all involved,
> including authors, readers, the community, the journal, and MySQL AB.
> Let me outline how the journal will operate:
> * The name of the magazine is Tabula: The Journal of MySQL
> Development. The domain name of the magazine will be
> themysqljournal.com. The trademark "MySQL" is being used with the
> permission of MySQL AB.
> * The magazine will be published monthly and will be distributed
> solely as a personalized, password-protected, watermarked PDF.
> * Each issue of the magazine will include three feature stories, six
> or so columns (TBD), and other content to support the community, such
> as calendars, news, puzzles, profiles, interviews, press releases,
> software releases, etc.
> * Each author must warrant that the material submitted to the journal
> is original, unencumbered by copyright restrictions, and has not been
> published previously.
> * Any previously-published material (whether published online or in
> print) used in a contribution to the journal must be used with
> written permission or in strict accordance with the material's
> governing license.
> * Each author retains his or her copyright in the original material
> contributed to the journal. Except for the conditions listed below
> (points 6-8), the author is free to reuse the material without
> * Each author grants the journal first serial rights and perpetual
> use rights in all forms of media.
> * Each author agrees to not publish his or her contribution online or
> in another periodical (magazine, technical journal) for sixty (60)
> days after the contribution is published and made available to the
> * However, authors may repurpose the material freely and at any time
> for conferences, books, courses, and lectures, and for use within his
> or her organization.
> * Thirty (30) days after first publication, MySQL AB has the right to
> post each article on its own MySQL Network.
> * Subscribers will have early access to all draft articles and will
> have the opportunity to comment and contribute. This is a form of
> peer review and a perk for subscribers.
> * Each author will be compensated for the rights granted above.
> Features earn $750 for 3,500-4000 words. Columns earn $500 for 2,500
> words. Fees for shorter content, such as Lightning Articles, puzzles,
> and tips and tricks will be determined shortly, but would likely be
> $50-$100 for 1,000 words or less.
> * Annual subscriptions to Tabula will be US$72.00.
> * Individual issues and back issues will be available for sale from
> the web site for $9.00 each.
> * Advertising is accepted and encouraged. A full-page ad is $2,000;
> other sizes include half-page (either vertical or horizontal), one-
> third page (vertical only), and quarter-page, each priced
> proportionally. A text-only ad in the "Marketplace" section, ideal
> for classifieds, job postings, and services is $100 for 200 words +
> * All bylines and advertisements may include links and email
> addresses. The PDF will be "clickable" to jump to previous material,
> other sites, code downloads, and authors' and vendors' web sites.
> One caveat: some minimum number of subscribers -- probably above
> 1,000 -- is needed to warrant the launch of the magazine. If that
> minimum is not met, the magazine may be cancelled and all monies will
> be refunded to subscribers.
> I think this is the big stuff. Again, the MySQL AB connection is a
> pleasant addition to the publishing plan. The company would like the
> journal to succeed and has been very supportive. For clarity, MySQL
> AB is not obligated to fund, participate, subsidize, advertise, or
> contribute to the journal. The journal is an independent endeavor,
> using the MySQL mark with permission.
> What's next?
> 1. Accept proposals for columns and features and other content.
> (Propose something now!)
> 2. Identify each regular column and its author.
> 3. Identify at least nine features.
> 4. Describe the format(s) for lightning articles.
> 5. Publish the writer's kit.
> 6. Get the web site up and running.
> 7. Collect community information.
> 8. Contact vendors to encourage contributions and advertising.
> 9. Set deadlines for issue #1 and set a launch date.
> 10. Get the word out!
> The permanent staff of the magazine has considerable experience
> editing and producing technical articles. The magazine has already
> been designed and looks great! I'll share the mockup soon -- I want
> to try and put real names and columns in the mockup.
> I know this email is long, but I wanted to try and answer the most
> pressing questions that authors and advertisers tend to have. If you
> have any questions, please send me email. You are welcome to forward
> this to others or post it online to appropriate forums. (Please do!)
> Kenneth Hess
> (918) 665.8878
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