The Story of a Book – Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration

Jim Minatel with Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration book by Todd Klindt, Shane Young, and Steve CaravajalEvery book has a story. I don’t know every Wrox books’ story nor do I share all of the stories I know. But Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration has a story worth telling. I’ve been joking with people today that I’ve been waiting for this book for 4 years. Here’s why.

In early 2006, as SharePoint 2003 was starting to be popular, I started looking for SharePoint 2007 authors and book ideas. The list filled up with a lot of great authors: Tom Rizzo, Amanda Murphy, Goran Husman, to name a few. But I quickly found out something that all book editors who have done this for a while know: the hotter the topic, the busier the best authors, and many of authors just had too much business in SharePoint consulting to finish the work they promised. So there’s a long list (who shall continue to go unnamed) of authors who started part of a SharePoint book for me they never finished.

And that was the case with the Professional SharePoint 2007 Administration book that never was. I can’t begin to count the number of SharePoint authors who promised outlines and proposals for that book that simply never materialized. I considered it for the last 3 years as one of my biggest professional failures.

But luckily, new software versions bring a new hope and after having worked with Todd Klindt and Shane Young on the SharePoint 2007 MVP book (AKA "Real World SharePoint 2007: Indispensable Experiences From 16 MOSS and WSS MVPs") I was lucky enough to lure them (and they lured Steve Caravajal) into tackling one of the hardest books on our list. And as you see from the picture, I now have the book in hand.

I’d be remiss if I didn’t clarify that I can’t take credit for hauling this book to the finish line. That honor goes to our new SharePoint and .NET editor Paul Reese as I don’t get the pleasure of working on individual books any more. (Paul’s been here more than a year and he’s still "the new guy." Sorry.) There’s also a lot of other editors, manufacturing, and other miracle workers who jumped and said yes when I asked if we could somehow have this book in time for Tech Ed next week. Thanks all.

So there’s the story of this book.



One response to “The Story of a Book – Professional SharePoint 2010 Administration”

  1. Todd Klindt says:

    Glad I could help make one of your wishes come true. 🙂

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