William Stanek


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Ruin Mist Rise of the Fallen | Elves of the Reaches #1

A Daughter of Kings: Betrayal | Deliverance | Rebirth
Bugville: Every Day is Different | Explore the Solar System

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Forthcoming Books

Here's a list of Robert Stanek books I'm working on:

  • Into the Stone Land, Q1 2011

  • A Daughter of Kings (Graphic Novel), Q1 2011

  • A Daughter of Kings (Novelization), Q2 2011

  • Taste Freedom, Q2 2011

  • Chasing the Stars, Q3 2011

  • The Wizard's Stronghold, Q4 2011

Here's a list of William Stanek books I'm working on:

SQL Server Administrator's Pocket Consultant, 2012

A Writer's Life, 2012
Getting Writing Done, 2013

The Cabal and Harry Potter: Misinformation in the Internet Age

Fun fact: I have six graphic novels in the pipeline. Four are in process (in the drawing, penciling, inking, lettering phases); two to be started. Each graphic novel is being released incrementally as a comic, and will also be novelized (so eventually available as traditional novels). Each tells an all new story and features a particular character from the books. A Daughter of Kings is the first to be released.

Robert Stanek

The Robert Stanek books are my creative outlet and mostly include fiction. Book series I've written include:

  • Ruin Mist Chronicles

  • Keeper Martin's Tales

  • In the Service of Dragons

  • Magic Lands

  • Bugville Critters

  • Dawn of the Ages

  • Battle for Ruin Mist

Some popular books include:

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches IV Special Illustrated Edition,
February 9, 2009

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches III Special Illustrated Edition, March 10, 2008

A special illustrated edition, featuring never before seen artwork.

Keeper Martin's Tale Special Illustrated Edition, March 7, 2007

5 years in the making, this special illustrated edition features 65 full-page illustrations from original paintings and 50 lavishly detailed pencil drawings.

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II Special Illustrated Edition, March 2, 2007

A special illustrated edition, featuring never before seen artwork.

Stormjammers: The Extraordinary True Story of Electronic Warfare in the Persian Gulf War, June 30, 2006

This work of nonfiction provides an inspiring story of family, honor, and duty in the midst of the Persian Gulf War. The book was published simultaneously in hardcover, trade paperback, and audio.

Translations News:

The Ruin Mist books have been translated into many languages. This is the cover from the recent translation into Turkish, Bulgarian and Vietnamese. Other upcoming translations include Russian, Korean and Czech.

Updates & News

(Oct 10)

Finally updating the pages here. It'll take me a while to work through them. A quick note for "Battle for Ruin Mist RPG" gamers: A game system update is coming. I hope to make the update supplement available to those who have purchased the rule guide for *free*.

(Jun 09)

Wanted to give everyone a quick update on current projects. My newest book, Windows PowerShell 2.0 Administrator's Pocket Consultant was just released. Working my way through edits on Windows 7 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, which is out next. Started work on a new Exchange Administrator's Pocket Consultant and Windows 7 The Definitive Guide. Both out in fall/winter. Seems I need to write 24x7 to keep up. Hope you enjoy the books!

(Apr 09)

I'm excited about the upcoming release of the Czechoslovakian editions of my Ruin Mist books. It was great to receive emails from the translator and hear the good news that the work is final. 

The latest Administrator's Pocket Consultants to be translated into Spanish are SQL Server 2008 APC and Windows Server 2008 APC.

I'm also pleased to let readers know about my Twitter and Facebook groups. Follow me on Twitter at williamstanek and at robertstanek. My facebook groups are William Stanek and Robert Stanek.

(Mar 09)

I'm pleased to let you know about a significant milestone in my writing career: my 100th book, being published in 2009 by Microsoft. I hope you'll agree it's a pretty good achievement for a hard-working kid from the inner city who finally managed to make his way through college a decade after most of his contemporaries.


(Feb 09)

I began work on Bugville Critters many years ago (in the 1990's) and finally in 2007 the first set of books were published. This set includes:

Visit Dad and Mom at Work
Go to School
Have a Sleepover
Visit Garden Box Farms
Go on Vacation
Rush to the Hospital
Play Their First BIG Game

In 2009, the second set of Bugville Critters books is being published. This set includes:

Have Trouble At School
Break Their Bad Habits
Stay After School
Have a Bad Day
Visit City Hall
Have a Surprise Party
Have a Backyard Picnic
Compete in the BIG Spelling Bee

You can learn more about the books at bugville.reagentpress.com.

Dear Reader,

I'm pleased to introduce you to The Bugville Critters.

Visit Dad and Mom at Work

Go to School

I wrote the Bugville Critters books as bedtime stories for my children. The stories address the real issues and challenges my children faced as they started school, made friends, and started to learn about the world around them. The stories provide real lessons about life, friendship, family, our world, the natural world of which we are all a part, and our environment. My children have enjoyed hearing the stories for many years. As they got older, they urged me to bring the stories to life for other children to enjoy, and in 2007 I was finally able to do just that.

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I also invite you to discover the amazing books and world created by 14-year-old wonder kid J R King. King's Arianna Kelt and the Wizards of Skyhall  is better than many contemporary young adult novels written by adults. Anyone who loves Harry Potter, Eragon, or Artemis Fowl is sure to love it. Check it out at:





William Stanek

The William Stanek books are my technical, how-to, and classroom books and mostly include non-fiction. Book series I've written for include:

  • Administrator's Pocket Consultant

  • Unleashed

  • Effective for Business, College & Life

  • Classroom-To-Go

Some popular books include:

Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, January 7, 2009

#30 in my popular pocket consultant series for technology professionals.

Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, January 2, 2008

#22 in my popular pocket consultant series for technology professionals.

Internet Information Services (IIS) Administrator's Pocket Consultant,
Dec 29, 2007

#21 in my popular pocket consultant series for technology professionals.

Exchange Server 2007 Administrator's Pocket Consultant, January 31, 2007

#20 in my popular pocket consultant series for technology professionals.

Windows Vista Administrator's Pocket Consultant, December 26, 2006

#19 in my popular pocket consultant series for technology professionals.

MCSE Core Exams In A Nutshell, May 19, 2006

Other Stuff:

Group Policy Administrator's Pocket Consultant

Windows PowerShell Administrator's Pocket Consultant


In January 2008, I received my 6th Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for outstanding commitment to technical communities worldwide and demonstrating excellent commitment to assist others with software products. I'm honored to receive this award and add it to the many other awards I've received, including multiple awards for excellence in technical writing. From the Communications of the ACM, books that have received tops awards for Excellence in Technical Writing include: Windows Command-line Administrator's Pocket Consultant, Windows Server 2003 Inside Out, and Windows Scripting Bible

Windows Server 2008 Inside Out is available now. My first Inside Out server book received several awards for excellence in technical writing and my goal was to make the new book even better.

Contact William: williamstanek at aol dot com
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