Oh look, books!

Written by Matt Somers on . Posted in Thoughts from that Coaching Bloke


Books are a passion of mine.

I have written three (all on coaching; don’t know much about anything else) and read hundreds more (not all on coaching, but a lot were!)

The tale of my getting published the first time is an interesting example of ignorance is bliss. Many consultants I speak to are keen to get a book published and regularly ask me which literary agent I used or which service I used to distribute my manuscript.

The truth is I didn’t. I had several titles on my own bookshelf from Hodder & Stoughton’s ‘In a Week’ series. I think I had ‘Time Management in a Week’ and ‘Project Management in a Week’. Noticing that they didn’t have a title on coaching I decided to see if they’d like one.

Not knowing who to talk to I phoned main reception and said “I’m Matt Somers and I’d like to write a book on coaching for the in a week’ series. They must be trained to look kindly on happy amateurs because I was put through to the series editor who patiently explained that I needed to write a synopsis and a sample chapter.

This I did and they must have liked it because I was duly contracted to write the full title. I followed this with a fuller treatment of coaching for John Wiley & Son in Coaching at Work (2006) and have again written for Hodder with Instant Manager: Coaching (2008) which replaced Coaching in a Week when the series was revised.

I’ve recently created a mini-site to promote these books and recommend a number of other coaching titles. You can find it at http://coachingbooks.sapphiredev.co.uk

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Matt Somers is the UK’s leading trainer of managers as coaches. His coaching skills training programmes, books, articles and seminars have helped thousands of managers achieve outstanding results through their people.

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