Jot 3 is Coming!

Get ready West Michigan writers…

Jot Writers Conference

Friday March 14th, 7pm

Baker Book House
2768 East Paris
Grand Rapids, 49546

Speakers include:

Chad Allen – Editorial Director, Baker Books

Tracy Groot – Christy Award winning novelist

…and more!

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SMART Goals for the New Year

Great post on goals by my friend and writer Josh Mosey (and Michael Hyatt). Try SMART goals this year. Happy new year!

Josh Mosey


I had lunch the other day with Chad Allen. Chad is the editorial director for Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I know Chad from our dealings at work as well as his participation in the first Jot Conference. And I figured that if anyone could give me some advice on becoming the type of person that a publishing house needs, it would be Chad.

After arriving late, I explained to Chad that I was considering an MFA program in order to be qualified for a job in publishing. He echoed some of the comments from my post on the topic that very few of the folks at Baker Publishing have MFAs, so it really isn’t a prerequisite.

He asked what my goals were. I gave him some vague notions of working on the creation end of the book process rather than the distribution end. I…

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