Buy “Newsthinking” Today

book-newsthinking-coverBob Baker has slashed the bookstore price of “Newsthinking: The Secret of Making Your Facts Fall into Place” from $55 down to $19.95 (plus shipping and handling.)  The book — the only book devoted to mental organization for journalists — will be available in December, but you can purchase it in advance.

Bob’s book, “Newsthinking,” for an astonishing price.

The free market was charging $55 for “Newsthinking: The Secret of Making Your Facts Fall into Place.” Now you can have it for only $19.95 (plus shipping and handling) if you buy it through my website. Pay Pal will handle your credit-card purchase.

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Why I Wrote This Book

I hated it.

A reporter would break his neck for hours or days, come up with first class information and then write a second class story. A piece that missed the point or was far too wordy or just didn’t live up to its potential. He or she would romp into the newsroom, gleefully bellowing the juicy details, sit down at the keyboard, and an hour or two later I’d be reading the copy, shaking my head and asking myself, “What was all the fuss about?”

Of all the frustrations I encountered as an editor, that kind of disappointment was the worst.

“You didn’t think!” I’d complain. But the reporter could just as easily have shot back, “What the hell do you mean, exactly?”

I hope this book is the answer. I hope it teaches you how to think more aggressively, creatively and ambitiously  when you write a news or feature story.

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Buy Bob’s “Talking to the Ball” Audio CD

Golfers! Bob feels your pain.

That’s why he recorded an exclusive Audio CD about the frustration of the “good walk spoiled.” It’s called “Talking to The Ball” —7 original rock ‘n’ roll ballads about the insanity of golf.

If you’ve ever swung a club, Bob’s got your number.

The CD sells for $7.50. Bob will pick up the shipping and handling.

Listen to an excerpt from “Talking to the Ball” now!

Order today!


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