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FEARLESS AND FREE Now Available on NetGalley

Cover art for Fearless and Free by Wendy SachsSo many women feel–no, know–that they need to make a change in their careers, but, for better or for worse, prioritize safety.  Wendy Sachs, author of FEARLESS AND FREE: How Smart Women Pivot–and Relaunch Their Careers (AMACOM February 2017), is a master of the career pivot (she’s been an Emmy-award-winning TV news producer, a Capitol Hill press secretary, public relations executive, media and content strategist, CNN contributor, and editor-in-chief of Care.com) and has interviewed a wide range of women who reinvented themselves. Now she shares the tactics that make the big moves manageable. Journalists, booksellers, book reviewers, librarians, and media professionals interested in careers are invited to request Fearless and Free for review.

We are in the midst of a wild job market. Technology has disrupted nearly every industry, blowing up many careers, but creating millions more. Many women feel forced to pivot to stay relevant, while others choose to pivot to keep engaged. Or we may be struggling to get back into the workforce after taking time off to raise kids.

We hear words like hustle and grit and are told we need to think strategically, cultivate our own brands, and sell ourselves. But how do we do that? How do we pivot or radically relaunch our careers? How do we become unapologetically bold and badass—the boss of our own future?

Getting ahead today requires the action-first, fake-it-’til-you-make-it ethos celebrated in the tech world. It’s the tech industry that’s redefined our culture, and perhaps not surprisingly, it’s those Silicon Valley lessons that can help all women in all stages of their careers succeed.

This mindset is not typically a female one. Women tend to be cautious. We overthink our next moves. We might be safer . . . but we’re also stuck. What if women embraced the startup spirit? What if we had the confidence to take chances, even if we knew we may fail first? What if instead of agonizing over which step to take, we leapt forward quickly? Fearless and Free empowers women, showing us how to lean into our strengths, increase our confidence, and follow successful lessons from Silicon Valley that can help us pivot in any career—and unlock a world of possibilities.

Author Wendy Sachs talked to a wide range of women who faced down fears, roadblocks, and failures to reinvent themselves. The book weaves their insights and experiences together with current research and actionable advice. You’ll learn how to:

Capitalize on your skills and expand them • Grow comfortable with being uncomfortable • Boost your confidence • Sell your story • Engineer serendipity • Nurture your network • Shake off setbacks • Brand yourself—without bragging • Build momentum • Compete with digital natives • Reposition yourself if you’re reentering the workforce • And more

Whether you want out of a shrinking industry or into a business of your own creation, Fearless and Free helps you dream big—and act now.

WENDY SACHS is a master of the career pivot. An Emmy-award winning TV news producer, Wendy has worked at Dateline, NBC, Fox, and CNN. She was also a Capitol Hill press secretary, public relations executive, media and content strategist, CNN contributor, and editor-in-chief of Care.com. A frequent speaker, she has also written about work/life and women’s issues for multiple publications, and appeared on dozens of radio and TV shows, including Good Morning America, Today, and CNN’s Headline News. Wendy lives with her husband and two children in South Orange, New Jersey.

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Spring has Sprung: 3 Books on Starting Something New

Even humans tend to hibernate in the winter. That makes spring the perfect time to think about switching jobs, switching whole careers, or just switching your mindset.

Take advantage of the vernal equinox, the longer days, the greener trees–and try one of these three books for motivation.
Career Courage: Discover Your Passion, Step Out of Your Comfort Zone, & Create the Success You Want by Katie C. Kelley (AMACOM March 2016)

Jacket cover of Career Courage by Katie C. Kelley

Katie C. Kelley put just the sort of change we’re talking about into action in her own life. After years of striving and succeeding in the field of psychotherapy, she realized something wasn’t fully clicking–so she found her career courage, and sought a new path. The book will guide you through that very process. It’s full of questions to help you discern your true calling, exercises to create the skills that will help most as you boldly stride forward, and stories of the fascinating experiences of seventy others with remarkable career-change journeys.

Check out a preview on the AMACOM blog: Katie C. Kelley on Taking Risks to Further Your Career

What To Do When You’re New: How to Be Comfortable, Confident, and Successful in New Situations by Keith Rollag (AMACOM September 2015)

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“Rollag presents fresh strategies for making everything new less scary, more manageable and much more rewarding.” —Joyce Lain Kennedy, Chicago Tribune/Tribune Media Services
“…well-organized, comprehensive book. A must-read for newcomers in all areas.” —Library Journal

Everyone wanted to share Keith Rollag’s wisdom when his book emerged, as evidenced by his appearances in Fortune, Fast Company, The Harvard Business Review, and many more, but you can have it all to yourself with a copy of What To Do When You’re New! Whatever you choose for your big spring change, you’ll ace it with everything you learn from this book.

No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You A Lifetime of Fitness by Michelle Segar (AMACOM June 2015)

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“…not merely a weight-loss guide but rather a motivational manual to self-care and sustainable change… for persons wishing to set goals, change behavior, and/or improve their lifestyle.” –Library Journal (starred review)
No Sweat is the ultimate guide for changing your mindset. It’s primarily about fitness (certainly a great option for making a change this spring), but Dr. Michelle Segar’s stunning research and insights into the science of motivation can help you achieve innumerable positive shifts in your life. This was one of our best sellers of 2015, and we think you’ll see why after only a few pages. Dr. Segar offers an excerpt here.

Katie C. Kelley on Taking Risks to Further Your Career

Katie C. Kelley, author of Career CourageUnhappy in your current career? The first step towards fixing the problem is recognizing that there’s a problem–but the steps after that are all about finding the courage to make a change. In CAREER COURAGE: Discover Your Passion, Step Out of Your Comfort Zone, and Create the Success You Want (AMACOM March 2016), Katie C. Kelley helps readers clear the obstacles that block them from their ideal career path.

One mental obstacle is an aversion to risk. During her time as a career coach, Kelley discovered that most of the successful entrepreneurs she met had grown up in homes with a parent who had started a business or put an entrepreneurial mindset to work in someone else’s business. These parents, consciously or unconsciously, raised their children with the knowledge that smart risk-taking could make a happy, stable, fruitful life. These children grew up with high RQ.

Kelley presents eight questions to help readers dig into their past and present relationship with risk. Are you holding back from your dream career because you fear taking a leap? Think about it:

1. Did my parents take any major risks in my early life? Did I? How did they turn out? Some people develop a friendly relationship with risk because the gambles they observed or took as youngsters paid off handsomely. Others avoid risk because earlier ones turned out badly.

2. What runs through my mind when someone I care about takes a big risk? Do I fear they will fail? Do I envy them?

3. Which entrepreneurial risk-takers do I admire the most? Can I name friends, family members, colleagues, mentors, or even fictional heroes and heroines whose bold moves inspire me? The more role models you identify, the more likely you will emulate their behavior.

4. What emotions do I feel when I think about taking a big risk myself? Does the thought of risking something valuable scare me, or does it make me tingle with excitement?

5. Can I list my ‘negotiables’ and ‘non-negotiables’? What can I afford to lose? What must I hang onto at all costs? Gambling everything seldom, if ever, makes sense. But neither does betting nothing on your better future.

6. When I think about the risks I have not taken, do I feel any regrets? Do I wonder what might have happened if I had accepted rather than avoided taking a chance on making a major change?

7. Would I take bigger risks if I knew the game was rigged in my favor? Have I always assumed that the game favors the house, and that the odds are always stacked against a successful outcome?

8. Can I identify two great outcomes that might result from taking a greater risk in my life? What rewards would I reap from a successful change in my work or personal life?

Your answers will point you to areas where you can work on raising your RQ and, as a result, approach your work and life with a more entrepreneurial mindset. Notice where you’re holding yourself back–and allow yourself to re-wire your orientation toward risk!

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Adapted from CAREER COURAGE: Discover Your Passion, Step Out of Your Comfort Zone, and Create the Success You Want by Katie C. Kelley (AMACOM March 2016).

KATIE C. KELLEY is People Development Director for Fuerst Group, parent company of KEEN footwear and Chrome Industries. Her own career pivots include stints as a psychotherapist, a medical salesperson, an ABC Television Contributor, and, most recently, as an executive coach with clients that included Google and Time Inc. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

New Book Trailer: THE WORLD’S YOUR STAGE

Practicing your violin for 10,000 hours may make you an expert, but it won’t make you employed. With the performing artist’s route to financial stability more in flux than ever, musicians, actors, and dancers need to be experts in their art and in the business of their art.

Enter stage right: THE WORLD’S YOUR STAGE: How Performing Artists Can Make A Living While Still Doing What They Love, by William F. Baker, Warren C. Gibson, and Evan Leatherwood. Based William F. Baker’s celebrated course teaching Juilliard and Fordham students the business side of the performing arts industry, this book is the must-read for artists with real talent and real world savvy. Learn more:

THE WORLD’S YOUR STAGE – BOOK TRAILER from Bernard L. Schwartz Center on Vimeo.

WILLIAM F. BAKER, PH.D., is President Emeritus of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship PBS station and the premier source of PBS programs nationwide. Over his twenty years as CEO, he launched Charlie Rose and won seven Emmy Awards. He is a Professor of Education at Fordham University, where he directs the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy and Education. Each spring he teaches a course on the business of performing arts to a select group of Fordham and Juilliard students. His previous book, Leading with Kindness (AMACOM; 2008), inspired a PBS documentary.

WARREN C. GIBSON, PH.D., is an engineer and economist who currently lectures at San Jose State University. He grew up with Bill Baker in the 1950’s in Cleveland.

EVAN LEATHERWOOD is a journalist and Slifka Fellow at the Bernard L. Schwartz Center for Media, Public Policy, and Education at Fordham University. His work has appeared in The Nation and on PBS.

Books to Kick Off Your Career

If you’re embarking on your career (or know someone who is), take a look at these selections from AMACOM’s Fall/Winter 2015 catalog:

What To Do When You’re New: How to Be Comfortable, Confident, and Successful in New Situations by Keith Rollag

Jacket cover of What To Do When You're New by Keith Rollag

While What To Do When You’re New doesn’t JUST contain advice for recent grads and others freshly entering the workforce (its message works just as well for, say, a manager taking a role at a new company, or an employee quite at home at their long-term company but meeting new clients), we’ve heard people wish it had been available for them at the start of their careers. (Thanks, Eric Jacobson!) The book delves into the science of newcomer anxiety, concrete tools to move you toward newcomer success, and how to give back to new newcomers once you’re an old pro. It’s the perfect book for anyone just beginning. To learn more, find Keith Rollag’s wisdom in Fast Company, Fortune, Psychology Today, and IncWhat to Do When You’re New is available now from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local bookseller.

The World’s Your Stage: How Performance Artists Can Make A Living While Still Doing What They Love by William F. Baker, Warren C. Gibson, and Evan Leatherwood

Jacket cover of World's Your Stage

Here’s one for those entering a specific industry: the performing arts. Building upon his celebrated Juilliard course “The Business of the Performing Arts in the 21st Century,” William F. Baker, President Emeritus of THIRTEEN, New York’s flagship PBS station, and University Professor at Fordham University, has teamed up with Warren C. Gibson  and Evan Leatherwood to guide young performing artists through one of the most complex (and quickly changing) industries in the world. With the performing artist’s route to financial stability more in flux than ever, musicians, actors, and dancers need to be experts in their art and in the business of their art. The book features examples of young artist-entrepreneurs as well as lessons from the managers of some of New York’s most iconic arts organizations, including Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, and Rachel S. Moore, former CEO of the American Ballet Theatre and current president and chief executive of the Music Center in Los Angeles. Look for The World’s Your Stage in January 2016.

Talking to Crazy: How to Deal with the Irrational and Impossible People in Your Life by Mark Goulston

Jacket cover of Talking to Crazy by Mark Goulston

We hope you get your first career job at a company where everyone is rational and open to communication all the time–but it’s not likely, because no one (no, not even you) is rational all the time. How do you deal with the sane people in your life who sometimes resort to acting crazy? Mark Goulston’s latest book teaches you the tools to transform difficult encounters into productive conversations, no matter what the modus operandi of the person you’re handling. In the workplace, you can’t simply cut off a toxic relationship–you must learn to work with them. This book will stand you in good stead as you forge positive career relationships even with the most negative people. Talking to Crazy just came out — get your copy from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, or your local bookseller today.

Whether you’re a recent graduate, starting a new career, or working on your basic career skills, these books will help you get motivated and impress.

BOOKS TO KICK OFF YOUR CAREER