The Little Book of Bad Moods will be published in 30 territories & The Meaning of Your Life Explained sold in Russia

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Bombora (formerly known as Eksmo Non-Fiction) has acquired Russian rights to Frank Martela’s unique book The Meaning of Your Life Explained, bringing the number of territories to four. Rights are previously sold in the US to HarperCollins, in the Netherlands to Ambo Anthos. In Finland, Gummerus will publish the book.

The hottest topic at the Frankfurt Book Fair was obviously The Little Book of Bad Moods by Lotta Sonninen, the mean little activity book for people who are done and over with positivity. After Frankfurt we’ve closed a string of wonderful deals: The Little Book of Bad Moods will be published in 30 territories and counting!

Bombora bought the Russian rights, the Latvianrights went to Zvaigzne and Stilus knjiga acquired the Croatian rights. Polish rights were acquired by Zysk i S-ka, the Icelandic rights went to Forlagid, and Planeta bought the Portuguese rights. Gramedia Pustaka Utama acquired for Indonesia and Israelirights went to Kinneret-Zmora.

“We are thrilled to be the Croatian publishers of The Little Book of Bad Moods! Our team’s positive reaction was immediate and unanimous. There are many anti-self help titles on the market but very few feature such a wonderful and innovative concept. An activity book that gives you instant results – and lots of fun!“
– George Alessandro Laidlaw, publisher, Stilus knjiga, Croatia

The Little Book of Bad Moods is a hilarious activity book and a cure for the continuous race to be your better self. I love this funny way to relieve stress and all negative emotions. It is said that complaining should be the Polish national sport. Now we can take it even to a higher level!”
– Anna Giryń, editor, Zysk i S-ka, Poland

“There is no better way to improve your mood than to fill in the wonderful sheets of The Little Book of Bad Moods. Excellent philosophy from the happiest nation on earth, reminiscent of the Muskrat’s (from the Moomins) philosophy, The Uselessness of Everything.”
– Stella Soffía Jóhannesdóttir, editor, Forlagid, Iceland

”We’ve all been force-fed positive New-Age messages for years now and readers deserve BAD MOODS and some exposure to the truth: life sucks!”
– Ziv Lewis, acquisition manager, Kinneret-Zmora, Israel

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Rights sold:

The Little Book of Bad Moods

FINLAND:
Otava (Orig. publisher)
BRAZIL:
Globo Livros
CHINA:
Citic Press
CROATIA:
Stilus knjiga
CZECH:
Euromedia
DENMARK:
Modtryk
ESTONIA:
Eesti Raamat
FRANCE:
Le Livre de Poche
GERMANY:
Droemer Knaur
HUNGARY:
Partvonal
ICELAND:
Forlagid
INDONESIA:
Gramedia Pustaka Utama
ISRAEL:
Kinneret-Zmora
ITALY:
DeA Planeta Libri
JAPAN:
President Sha
LATVIA:
Zvaigzne
LITHUANIA:
Baltos Lankos
NETHERLANDS:
A.W. Bruna
NORWAY:
Vigmostad & Bjorke
POLAND:
Zysk i S-ka
PORTUGAL:
Planeta
RUSSIA:
Bombora (Eksmo)
SERBIA:
Vulkan
SLOVAKIA:
Ikar
SPAIN:
Plaza & Janés/PRH
SWEDEN:
HarperCollins Nordic
TAIWAN:
China Times
UK & COMMONWEALTH:
Bloomsbury
UNITED STATES:
Gallery Books/S&S

The Meaning of Your Life Explained

FINLAND:
Gummerus
NETHERLANDS:
Ambo Anthos
RUSSIA:
Bombora
UNITED STATES (WE):
Harper Design/HarperCollins

Frank Martela


Frank Martela, PhD, is a philosopher and researcher of psychology specializing in the question of meaning in life. His articles have appeared in Scientific American Mind, Harvard Business Review and Salon and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Journal of Personality, Journal of Positive Psychology, Journal of Happiness Studies, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Review of General Psychology, and Organization Studies. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on four continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Fitness, Vice News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is based at Aalto University in Helsinki.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children (currently 8, 5, and 3 years old), an amateur-level soccer player, with an occasional skiing trip in the winters. He is made in Green Bay, so Packers holds a special place in his heart.

Lotta Sonninen


Lotta Sonninen works as an editor of Finnish fiction and has also translated a lot of nonfiction. She got the idea for The Little Book of Bad Moods when working on yet another book on positivity. On her free time, she plays in a band and has tried to be funny on a stand-up comedy stage as well.

Author photo by Päivi Puustinen