Rider has signed the first book from Brita Fernandez Schmidt, executive director for charity Women for Women International, featuring a foreword by Gillian Anderson and Jennifer Nadel.
The Ebury imprint's publishing director Olivia Morris acquired world rights from agent Valeria Huerta. Fears to Fierce: A Woman’s Guide to Owning her Power will be published in January 2021, ahead of International Women’s Day, and will have a foreword from Anderson and Nadel, who together wrote We: A Manifesto for Women Everywhere (Thorsons).
Women’s rights advocate Schmidt is executive director of the charity that empowers thousands of female survivors of war through a year-long programme. Originally from Germany, she went to school in Venezuela and has worked with women from more than 16 countries.
The synopsis explains: “Brita Fernandez Schmidt has spent 25 years championing women’s rights across the world, nurturing her own fierce and inspiring others to do the same. Through a combination of guidance, storytelling and practical tools, her rallying call in Fears to Fierce will inspire you to realise your purpose and potential, ignite your fierce and create the life you have been dreaming of.”
Schmidt said: “Writing about what it takes to find meaning and how that requires you to own your power and enables you to change the world around you has been an experience of practising that very process and I knew that when I met Olivia and the team at Rider that there was no better publisher to partner with on this journey. Inspiration is everywhere if we stop to notice it, and when we do everything changes. I hope that Fears to Fierce will do that for the reader.’”
Morris added: “A leading voice on women’s empowerment, Brita walks her talk like no one I’ve ever known. Her belief that ‘inspired women inspire others’ is at the core of Fears to Fierce, a roadmap to unleashing your fierce and owning your power. We’re thrilled to welcome Brita to Rider and can’t wait to share her powerful first book with the world.”