Ahead of Her Time
How a One-Woman Startup Became a Global Publishing Brand (Conscious Leadership i n Practice)
by Judy Piatkus
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 13 Apr 2021 | Archive Date 6 Apr 2021
Watkins, Watkins Publishing
Judy Piatkus did not come from a monied background and began her career as a secretary after failing to achieve a university place. By the time she founded Piatkus Books from her spare bedroom, she was married with a disabled small daughter and pregnant with her second child. Gradually she learned how to be both a publisher and a managing director and to combine that with her family life as she had become a single mother of three. A lot of mistakes were made but she also got a lot of things right. The company prospered, thanks to the risks Judy took in tackling new subjects in the marketplace and also her approach to running the company, which focused on transparency, honesty and trust and was rewarded by the loyalty of the staff, many of whom worked alongside Judy for upwards of twenty years.
Throughout the book Judy describes her learning experience as an entrepreneur, what it really means to run a company, the many triumphs and the pitfalls, what worked and what didn't, how the company learned to reinvent itself through lean times and how it felt to finally strike gold.
'Judy is a publishing legend who has written a riveting memoir. Graceful and witty, it opens a fascinating window on the entrepreneurial life. A brilliant read.' - Julia Hobsbawm OBE, entrepreneur and broadcaster
'In sharing her experiences here, [Judy] will enable a whole new generation of female entrepreneurs to follow their dream of setting up a business of their own.' - Trisha Ashley, Sunday Times bestselling author
'A fantastic and engaging rollercoaster ride ... A powerful memoir from a woman who stormed into the world of publishing.' - Malcolm Stern, psychotherapist, author and co-founder of Alternatives
'This is Judy’s honest, gossipy, fascinating story of how she created a multi-million selling book brand that sent the New Age mainstream. I loved it.' - Jessica Adams, astrologer and author
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Fascinating memoir form one of the most influential people in publishing. Judy Piatkus is the name behind so many formative books from my youth. From Flowers in the Attic to Colour Me Beautiful, from Jon Kabat-Zin to Nora Roberts. Ahead of Her Time is a thought-provoking insight into the brains (and heart) behind so many favourite books. Even today, the Piatkus imprint publishes so many much-loved authors - from Sally Thorne to Christina Lauren. Judy Piatkus is an inspiration to entrepreneurs everywhere. Highly recommended.