Michael S. Hyatt

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Michael S. Hyatt is an author, blogger, speaker, and the former chairman and CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers (now part of Harper Collins Publishing).

Hyatt's publishing career began at Word Publishing while a philosophy student at Baylor University. He started his own publishing company, Wolgemuth & Hyatt, with Robert Wolgemuth in 1986. In 1992, Word acquired Wolgemuth & Hyatt.

He was a literary agent from 1992 until 1998, after which he joined Thomas Nelson in 1998. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles in both divisional and corporate management. He was promoted to president and COO in February 2004 and CEO in August 2005. His tenure at the company ended when HarperCollins acquired Thomas Nelson in June 2012.

Hyatt now writes and speaks full-time. He has written seven books, including New York Times Best Seller Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World[1] and the Wall Street Journal Best Seller[2] Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want (Baker Publishing Group).

He and his wife Gail live in Nashville, Tennessee.

He hosts the weekly podcast 'This is Your Life' dedicated to intentional leadership.



  1. The Y2K Personal Survival Guide (Regnery Publishing, 1998), A step-by-step recommendation to prepare if computers shut down on December 31, 1999.
  2. The Millennium Bug: How to Survive the Coming Chaos (Regnery Publishing, 1998), An exposé of a potential computer problem that was feared could shut down a number of systems at midnight on December 31, 1999 commonly referred to as Y2K.
  3. Y2K: The Day the World Shut Down (Regnery Publishing, 1998), a novelization about the potential crisis co-authored by George Grant.


  1. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World (Thomas Nelson (publisher), 2012), Social media, blogging, public speaking, and book authoring are accessible tasks to everyone with a message.
  2. The Virtual Assistant Solution (Fleming House Publishers, 2013), Entrepreneurs and others who need part-time administrative support can employ a virtual assistant to handle those tasks.
  3. Living Forward: A Proven Plan to Stop Drifting and Get the Life You Want (Baker Books, 2016), Many move through life without purpose. The authors present a methodology to create a plan to reach one’s goals and dreams. Co-authored with Daniel Harkavy.
  4. Shave 10 Hours Off Your Work Week (Self-published, 2013), A reader fearing burnout can learn how to create more margin and be more productive at the same time.


  1. The Complete Guide to Literary Agents who Represent Christian Authors (Self-published, 2009), A methodology to discover, pitch, and work with a literary agent.
  2. Writing a Winning Fiction Book Proposal (Self-published, 2006), formatting and effectively writing a book proposal for a novel that publishing editors can respect.
  3. Writing a Winning-Non-fiction Book Proposal (Self-published, 2006), formatting and effectively writing a book proposal for a wide array of non-fiction books that publishing editors can respect.

Online Products[edit]

  1. “Get Noticed Theme for WordPress” (Self-published, 2010), A set of computer code to be applied in the WordPress environment allowing an entrepreneur or company to develop a brand including product sales.
  2. “Get Published!” (Self-published, 2012), A 21-session audio course outlining the procedures and ideas for taking an idea from thought to published work.
  3. “Five Days to Your Best Year Ever” (Self-published, 2015), Non-traditional thoughts on goal setting and goal achievement.


  1. ^ "Best Sellers". New York Times. June 10, 2012. Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Best-Selling Books Week Ended July 3". Wall Street Journal. 2016-07-07. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2016-11-05.