Wanted: Simple Talk Editor

Almost five years ago, one of my local SQL Server community friends sent me a text message about an opening at Redgate, editor of Simple Talk. I applied for the position within the hour and told my family that “No one is more qualified than I am to be editor of Simple Talk!”

After a couple of online meetings and an in-person interview in Cambridge, I got the job. Over the years, my responsibilities have expanded to include DevOps Advocate and a big role with no actual title on the PASS Data Community Summit program. It’s been interesting and fun, and Redgate is a wonderful company.

It might be because of The Great Resignation or maybe because I just need a change, but I will be stepping down from my role as Editor of Simple Talk. The good news is that I’m staying at Redate and joining the Customer Success team as a Customer Success Engineer. In this new role, I’ll work more closely with customers to help them have a smooth transition to using our products, create product documentation, and put on workshops. In some ways, it’s a lot like my current job as far as content creation, but I’ll be focused on Redgate products instead of articles about general database technology. I’ll also get to work directly with customers which I’ve missed over the past few years.

I join the Customer Success team in June, so, in the meantime, we are looking for a someone to take over my editing responsibilities. At least at first, the job will be a three to six-month contract position, and I estimate that it takes about 24 hours per week to do the work.

The responsibilities include:

  • Recruit and work with authors
  • Plan and commission articles that align with the technologies that interest Redgate’s customers
  • Tech review articles by following steps or verifying statements, recommending changes to make the articles more complete or easier to understand
  • Copy edit articles to improve grammar and readability
  • Publish articles in WordPress
  • Choose articles for the fortnightly newsletter
  • Write or commission an editorial for each newsletter

It’s a great job for those who love playing with technology. If you are interested in learning more about the Simple Talk editor position, please drop us a note at st.editor@red-gate.com.

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