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The Power of Serendipity at the 2018 Washington Writers Conference

There are fewer barriers today to writing and publishing books than ever. But the process can still be daunting and intimidating, especially in finding an agent and then working with a publishing house, as opposed to self-publishing. That’s where there is value in events such as the recent 6th Annual Washington Writers Conference, at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in College Park, Md. Besides ample opportunities for networking and learning about craft, many people also registered for brief “pitch sessions” with agents.

Spending an entire day learning from and interacting with writers is exhilarating, and an extended serendipity opportunity.

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Tom Butler-Bowdon’s Latest Book: 50 Business Classics

One of the featured titles in 50 Business Classics, the newly-released, latest title in the 50 Classics series by Tom Butler-Bowdon, is The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business, by Josh Kaufman. Alternately, by carefully reading and absorbing the contents of 50 Business Classics (and perhaps some of the other books in the series, such as the recently-released 50 Economics Classics), you could build a different foundation for your own personal MBA.

Butler-Bowdon, whom I have written about often, was born to write these concise books, which succinctly distill the right amount of wisdom from key works in various disciplines.

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Writing: 9 Key Takeaways From the 2018 AWP Conference in Tampa

It’s taken me several days to collect, curate, and organize my thoughts about my experience at the AWP/Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair, held last week at the Tampa Convention Center. I met interesting people, discovered writers I had known nothing about previously, and learned many new things about writing, editing and publishing.

Here are 9 takeaways to get you interested in AWP as an organization, and in learning more about the writers, editors and organizations that made the conference a success:

1. The Bookfair is a world unto itself. There were around 400 booths or tables in the exhibit hall.

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17 Books of the Year Lists for 2017

If it’s really the most wonderful time of the year, one reason must be the publication of so many books of the year lists. As in past years, I have collected and curated some of the most informative lists for my year-end post. The amount and quality of these books is breathtaking. And it’s safe to say that many other noteworthy books did not make these lists, but are still worthy of attention. Here are 17 of the top lists, business-focused and otherwise, for 2017:

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Bloomberg: the Best Books of 2017

CNBC: 13 of the best business books of 2017

The Economist: Books of the Year 2017

Financial Times: FT Series: Books of the Year 2017

Financial Times: FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year 2017

(The winner is Amy Goldstein’s Janesville: An American Story.)

Forbes: Top 10 Business Books for 2017, by Shep Hyken

Fortune: Fortune’s Favorite Business Books of the Year

The Globe and Mail: The Globe 100

Inc.com: 12 of the Best Business Books of 2017, According to the Stanford Business School

The Irish Times: The best business books of 2017 and the ones to avoid

Library Journal: Best Books 2017

Los Angeles Times: Best Books of 2017/Best Non-Fiction

The New York Times: The 10 Best Books of 2017

Publishers Weekly: Best Books 2017

Strategy + Business: Best Business Books 2017

USA TODAY: 10 books we loved reading in 2017

The Washington Post: Best Books 2017

The Bloomberg list  is particularly intriguing, as it’s a survey of recommendations from major names in the business world, including Glenn Hubbard, Dean of the Columbia Business School (the above-mentioned Janesville: An American Story, by Amy Goldstein); Marc Andreessen, software pioneer/venture capitalist (Extreme Ownership: How U.S.

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35 Years On: Revisiting Peter Drucker’s The Changing World of the Executive

Soaring executive pay. The future of health care. Disappearing manufacturing jobs. Information overload. These are all hot button topics today. They were also subjects written about by Peter Drucker during the mid-1970s to early 1980s, as shown in his 1982 book The Changing World of the Executive. While Drucker contributed to many publications on a regular basis, and published a number of collections of his writings, as I wrote about last year in my post “Peter Drucker: Freelance Writer,” this anthology came primarily from his columns written for the Wall Street Journal between 1975 and 1981.

Although the original book had gone out of print, The Changing World of the Executive was reissued in 2010 by Harvard Business Review Press, as part of its series “The Drucker Library.”  Drucker divides the book into five sections: Executive Agenda, Business Performance, The Non-Profit Sector, People at Work, and the Changing Globe.

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Celebrating 25 Years of Berrett-Koehler Publishers

This summer marks the 25th birthday of Berrett-Koehler, the extraordinary company that published my first book, Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life, in 2009.

BK is unique, for many reasons. Publishers Weekly recently ran a feature story that captures some of the magic, while outlining some of BK’s new releases and initiatives. Steve Piersanti, the founder/President/Publisher, has posted an informative “Letter from the Publisher: On Berrett-Koehler’s 25th Anniversary.” On Steve’s BK site page, the company is described as a “leading independent publisher of progressive books on current affairs, personal growth, and business and management.” For an idea of just how progressive and unique BK is, read the new  Berrett-Koehler Constitution.

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17 Eclectic Book Lists For Summer 2017

It’s time for one of my favorite yearly rituals, curating a list of some of the best summer reading lists from a wide variety of sources. Although this compilation has considerable coverage of business/leadership/management books, there are also many other nonfiction and fiction titles. One of the things I like about some of the lists is that they include older titles along with newer ones. There is also a good mixture of books from both major and independent  presses.

 

Business InsiderJPMorgan says everyone should read these 11 books this summer

Chicago Tribune: The Ultimate Summer Reading List

Forbes.com: Recommended Creative Leadership Reading List For Summer 2017

gatesnotes: 5 Good Summer Reads, by Bill Gates

Heleo.com: 7 Must-Read Books to Change Your Life This Summer, by Emma Seppälä

Huffington Post: 24 Incredible Books You Should Read This Summer

Inc.com: Need Some Summer Reading?

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Richard Nelson Bolles: A Job Well Done

Few people can match the productive, inspiring and extremely useful life of Richard Nelson Bolles, who died March 31 at 90. He was the source of countless careers, via the wise counsel in his annual job-seeking bible, What Color is Your Parachute? What began in 1970 as a self-published text, not long after he had been an out-of-work Episcopal minister, grew into a publishing behemoth that has sold more than 10 million copies in its various editions, with a number of spinoff titles. After Bolles’ initial do-it-yourself approach, the book was picked up in 1972 by Ten Speed Press, then a tiny operation that eventually was sold to the publishers now known as Penguin Random House, in 2009.

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16 Business Books of the Year Lists for 2016

One of my favorite activities of each holiday season is to round up and write about best business books of the year lists.


2016 has been a tumultuous year to say the least, but it’s been a great one for business and leadership books, as demonstrated by these lists:

Bloomberg: Best Books of 2016

CNBC: Richard Branson shares the 5 best leadership books he read in 2016

The Economist: Books of the Year

Fast Company: The 10 Best Business Books of 2016

Financial Times: The best thing I read all year — 2016

Financial Times/FT & McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award
(The winner is The Man Who Knew: The Life and Times of Alan Greenspan, by Sebastian Mallaby):

Forbes: Top Ten Business Books of 2016, by Shep Hyken

The Globe and Mail: Ten books to top your business reading list, by Harvey Schachter

The Huffington Post: 10 of the Best Business Books of 2016

Inc.

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BK Authors Retreat Reflections 2016

The 15th Annual BK Authors Retreat, held Oct 27-30 in Northern California, was a time of reflection and soul-searching; balancing individual with organizational/collective concerns. It prompted thoughts about career and personal aspirations, and where the writing of books and the business of promoting and selling them fits in.

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The retreat is produced by an extraordinary group of people: Berrett-Koehler Authors Inc., which is affiliated with Berrett-Koehler Publishers. BK celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2017 and is a company like no other. As stated on its website, “Berrett-Koehler is an independent publisher with the mission of connecting people and ideas to create a world that works for all.”  Several days after the retreat, it announced its new constitution.

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