Michael S. Hyatt

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Michael S. Hyatt
EducationBaylor University, philosophy, B.S.
EmployerThomas Nelson (1998–2012)
Spouse(s)Gail Hyatt

Michael S. Hyatt is an American author, podcaster, blogger, speaker, and the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson. He has written several books about leadership, planning, and goal setting.


Hyatt's publishing career began at Word Publishing while a student at Baylor University where he graduated with a degree in philosophy.[1] He started his own publishing company, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, with Robert Wolgemuth in 1986. In 1992, Word Publishing acquired Wolgemuth & Hyatt.[2]

He was a literary agent from 1992 until 1998, after which he joined Thomas Nelson.[2] During this period, he wrote several books about the Year 2000 problem, including the fictional Y2K: The Day the World Shut Down as well as non-fiction books The Millennium Bug: How to Survive the Coming Chaos and The Y2K Personal Survival Guide.[3] Hyatt was promoted to president and COO of Thomas Nelson in February 2004[4] and was made CEO in August 2005.[1] He began blogging in 2004.[5]

While Hyatt was at Thomas Nelson, he created the highly controversial WestBow Press imprint, a white label vanity press. Hyatt claimed that vanity publishing would replace traditional publishing, which of course it did not. While at the height of Hyatt's tenure at WestBow 3,869 titles were published in 2012, Hyatt used kickbacks, including offering agents a bounty for referring writers to WestBow, to achieve these numbers. [6]

By 2006, Hyatt was serving as chairman and chief executive of the Nashville, Tennessee-based Christian books publisher[7][8] as it became a private company.[9] His tenure as CEO ended in April 2011 but he continued to serve as chairman of the company.[10] The same year, Thomas Nelson was acquired by HarperCollins.[11][12] Hyatt then began hosting the weekly podcast This is Your Life dedicated to intentional leadership.[citation needed]

Hyatt also wrote several more books including Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World,[5] a New York Times Best Seller,[13] and two Wall Street Journal Best Sellers:[14][15] Living Forward[16] and Your Best Year Ever.[17][18][19]

Hyatt uses affiliates to sell his books and programs. However, Hyatt has cut loose several affiliates who had been with him from the beginning because they were not big enough influencers.[20]

Personal life[edit]

He and his wife Gail live in Nashville, Tennessee. They have five daughters.[1] He is an ordained deacon in the Eastern Orthodox Church [21].


  • Hyatt, Michael S.; Grant, George (1998). Y2K: The Day the World Shut Down. Word Pub. ISBN 978-0-8499-1387-7.
  • Hyatt, Michael S. (March 1, 1999). The Y2K Personal Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Get from This Side of the Crisis to the Other. Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-0-89526-301-8.
  • Hyatt, Michael S. (1999). The Millennium Bug: How to Survive the Coming Chaos. Broadway Books. ISBN 978-0-7679-0374-5.
  • Hyatt, Michael S. (2012). Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1-59555-503-8.
  • Hyatt, Michael (2013). The Virtual Assistant Solution : Come up for Air, Offload the Work You Hate, and Focus on What You Do Best. Los Gatos. ISBN 978-0-9910244-0-7.
  • Hyatt, Michael; Harkavy, Daniel (March 1, 2016). Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want. Baker Books. ISBN 978-1-4934-0325-7.
  • Hyatt, Michael (January 2, 2018). Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals. Baker Publishing Group. ISBN 978-0-8010-7525-4.


  1. ^ a b c "A conversation with Michael Hyatt, CEO, Thomas Nelson Inc". Nashville Business Journal. January 6, 2008. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "RNS Daily Digest". Religion News Service. August 26, 2005. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  3. ^ Grossman, Anna Jane (March 24, 2010). "The Good Old, Hilariously Terrifying Days Of Y2K Panic". Motherboard. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  4. ^ "Former Thomas Nelson CEO Moore dies". Nashville Post. June 4, 2018. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  5. ^ a b Emerson, Melinda F. (June 22, 2012). "Blogging to Build Your Business". You’re the Boss Blog. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  6. ^ https://davidgaughran.com/2017/09/23/michael-hyatt-has-something-to-sell-you/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  7. ^ Bulkeley, William M. (April 3, 2006). "The Inside View". The Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  8. ^ Neary, Lynn (January 27, 2010). "Will An Apple Tablet Heat Up E-Book War?". NPR. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  9. ^ Bourke, Dale Hanson (July 14, 2007). "Christian Booksellers Face Crisis Of Faith". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Thomas Nelson CEO turns over reins to lieutenant". Nashville Post. April 12, 2011. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  11. ^ Garrett, Lynn (November 4, 2011). "Stunned Reaction To HarperCollins's Acquisition of Thomas Nelson". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  12. ^ Olsen, Ted (October 31, 2011). "HarperCollins Buys Thomas Nelson, Will Control 50% of Christian Publishing Market". Christianity Today. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  13. ^ "Best Sellers: Hardcover Advice & Misc". The New York Times. June 10, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  14. ^ "Best-Selling Books Week Ended July 3: With data from Nielsen BookScan". The Wall Street Journal. July 7, 2016. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved November 5, 2016.
  15. ^ "Best-Selling Books Week Ended Jan. 7: With data from NPD BookScan". Wall Street Journal. January 12, 2018. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  16. ^ Vanderkam, Laura (April 12, 2016). "How Can You Tell If A Goal Is Achievable And Realistic?". Fast Company. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  17. ^ Feloni, Richard; Lebowitz, Shana (January 4, 2018). "17 Important Business Books Everyone Will Be Reading In 2018". Money. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  18. ^ Sparks, Hannah (January 3, 2018). "Your resolution is way too hard — but these hacks will make it easier". New York Post. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  19. ^ Lacina, Linda (February 8, 2018). "This Bestselling Author Says These 4 Simple Mistakes Are Holding You Back From Planning Your Future". Entrepreneur. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  20. ^ https://webmarketsupport.com/michael-hyatt-scam/. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ https://stignatiusfranklin.org/staff/dn-michael-hyatt/