To write a blog, you need to have an interesting personality or provocative opinions. I have neither.
But as I wrote Heart. Soul. Mind. Strength. (IVP, 2006), the history of InterVarsity Press over its first 60 years, I began to realize, I do have opinions, opinions about publishing. They may not be interesting, but they are strong.
My coworkers know this already. What has been something of a secret to me has long been an open book to them. They have had to endure my opinions over the last 30 years at IVP. Actually, only one other employee at IVP has survived my opinions over the last three decades and still works here. (And she is definitely worse for the wear.)
As editorial director at IVP for more than 20 years, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to inflict my opinions on everyone else in the office. They think it is time I give them a break and inflict my opinions upon a wider world. That’s what I intend to do with this blog.
While most of my energies have been poured into the editorial department over the years, I’ve also had plenty of time to see what does and doesn’t work in marketing, sales, business, finance, production, fulfillment, and leadership generally—at IVP and in the industry broadly. So in this blog you’ll see a full range of comments on how I think publishing should and shouldn’t be done. And I intend to have fun doing it.
At least, that’s my opinion.