Breaking into IT publishing is relatively easy. I should know. I was never a star in English class, and yet, after many decades as a programmer I have suddenly become, within the last five years , the author of six published articles and a soon-to-be-published book.
Ive found that publishers of information technology books and magazines normally respond promptly and courteously to their writers submissions. (That, at least, has been my experience.) General-interest publishers are swamped with unwanted submissions. But IT publishers arent dodging writerstheyre trolling for them. They really want and need to hear from you.
IT publishers welcome potential writers at their Web sites with statements encouraging submissions, and even with detailed guidelines on what makes a good article and how to submit your idea. For example, take a look at the Web site ofMCPress ( www.mcpressonline.com). Also review other IT magazines that you should find in the IT reference library of your company or at your bookstore or library. Review the Web site of iSeries NEWS magazine ( www.iseriesnetwork.com/ info /networkpubs ) or e-Pro Magazine ( www.e-promag.com/epinfo/write ). You can get information on writing for Oracle and Profit magazines by visiting www.oracle.com/oramag; on writing for Linux Journal by visiting www.linuxjournal.com; on writing for Java Developers Journal by visiting www.sys-con.com/java/authors/index.cfm. These are just examples: Pick an IT magazine you read and go to its Web site; youre likely to find a wed like to hear from new writers welcome there.
Working IT professionals form the talent pool from which IT magazines draw their writers. After all, who is likely to have better credentials for spotting problems and coming up with solutions than the programmers and managers who deal with them every day?