PRH bags 'empowering' businesswomen's book in seven-way auction

PRH bags 'empowering' businesswomen's book in seven-way auction

Penguin Random House has acquired an "empowering" book for businesswomen called How Women Rise by Sally Helgesen and Marshall Goldsmith in a seven-publisher auction.

The book aims to reach a new generation of businesswomen and aspiring businesswomen, identifying habits that are barriers to their success and advising how to overcome them. 

Nick Humphrey, senior editor at Random House Books, acquired UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada) rights in How Women Rise from Rachel Clements at Abner Stein, on behalf of Levine Greenberg Rostan, to publish in trade paperback, e-book and audiobook in April 2018. A paperback edition will follow later. Michelle Howry at Hachette Books will publish in the US simultaneously.

How Women Rise will be authored by Goldsmith, the author of What Got You Here Won’t Get You There (Profile), which sold over a million copies worldwide and has been translated into 27 languages, and his long-time colleague and women’s leadership expert Sally Helgesen, who has written books including The Female Advantage (Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group).

Goldsmith and Helgesen said in a joint statement: "We are thrilled to bring together many decades of work on leadership, women and coaching and believe our new book will provide rich insights for women seeking not only to move to a higher level in their careers, but to have a more significant impact on their organisations, their communities and the world."

Humphrey said: "We think How Women Rise has the potential to become THE market-leading book for women who want to succeed in business. We hope it will have the same impact and longevity as Marshall’s What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, a classic of the genre that still sells strongly both in the UK and around the world some 10 years after it was first published. I am excited at the prospect of publishing a book full of insight and practical advice, and am thrilled to welcome two such eminent business thinkers to the list."