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Contributions Beyond Our Own Books

by Brian
 Contributions Beyond Our Own Books
The first question our staff asks during an acquisitions meeting is this: Does this book make a contribution? That question comes before we ask if the project will be profitable, and it’s followed by many related questions: Does it compete with an existing Human Kinetics title? Will it increase the knowledge in existing resources? Is the author a highly regarded expert on the topic? Will it enhance our publishing credibility? Answering those questions has been part of our
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Change Is Embedded in Our Culture

In November, Human Kinetics staff celebrated the career of Yvonne Griffith, who retired after 30 years of service. It is humbling to think about Yvonne’s commitment to HK across a span of time when the company grew from a small print publisher with a handful of employees in Champaign, Illinois, to an international information company with nearly 300 employees around the world.   Yvonne’s career exemplifies a major trait of our corporate culture: change. Our staff like to use
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by Brian

Today’s Publisher More Valuable Than Ever

April 1, 2014, marked the 40th anniversary of the founding of Human Kinetics, and we did a fair amount of looking back at those years in the months leading up to that day. A lot has changed over the decades, but the commitment to our authors has not wavered since Rainer Martens, HK’s founder, entered into a contract with Brian Sharkey to write our first book, which is still in print today as Fitness and Health, Seventh Edition.   Back then, though, Brian submitted the manuscript
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by Brian

The Joys of Authors

One of the many joys of publishing is building relationships with our authors and sharing in their career success. I was reminded of our authors’ many successes recently when the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition (PCFSN) announced the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award winners.    
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by Brian

Sports, Character, and HK

The recent rash of domestic abuse charges facing NFL players once again reminds us that playing sports does not build character. James Michener, in his book Sports in America, quoted the sportswriter Heywood Hale Broun: “Sports do not build character. They reveal it.”   How true. It is something Human Kinetics has been teaching since 1981 when HK founder Rainer Martens developed the American Coaching Effectiveness Program, a division of HK. Character is taught and nurtured
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