Nine New Year’s Book Publishing Resolutions

Nine New Year’s Book Publishing Resolutions By Bob Baker (This column first appeared in the January 2005 edition of the St. Louis Publisher’s Association newsletter.) Welcome to January, a month of renewal and fresh starts. This time of year has special meaning for me. It was on the first day of 1987 that I came up with the idea to publish a local music newspaper in St. Louis. That idea led to Spotlight, a monthly magazine I published for the next 10 years. And it was around this time of the year in late 1999 that I decided to get serious about using the Internet to promote my self-published books and my identity as an author. Because of that decision (and the consistent effort that followed), I am now a full-time author and publisher. I share these details with you to point out that the New Year’s resolution mindset can have a real impact on a person’s goals and future success. Note: If you come across this article February through December, know that you can put these resolution principles to good use at any time of the year. With that in mind, here are some ideas that can help you make 2005 a great year for your book publishing efforts. I’ve divided my nine suggestions into three categories, so there’s something here for everyone — regardless of where you...

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