World Spanish rights to A WONDERFUL LIFE by Frank Martela sold at auction

We are so happy to start this week by announcing the 14th pre-publication deal for Frank Martela’s A WONDERFUL LIFE! Ediciones Urano acquired the World Spanish rights at auction, and the deal was brokered in collaboration with MB Agencia. Urano’s acquiring editor is excited:

Frank Martela has written an extremely interesting book which invites us to deeply reflect. Based on extensive research, the book demonstrates a great knowledge of philosophy, psychology and cultural history. I especially liked the author’s central thesis: instead of looking for the meaning of life, we must look for a meaning in life, one that highlights the importance of daily experiences and interactions. It is an accessible read that connects with the reader, but has a certain rigorousness as well, since it is not a practical guide with “recipes” to find the meaning of life. I personally liked it a lot, and I think A Wonderful Life is an important and very necessary project for our times.
– Marta Sevilla, acquiring editor at Ediciones Urano.

Ediciones Uranos has published nonfiction about well-being and personal growth for over 30 years now. They have a strong presence in Spanish book market both in Europe and in Latin America.

The book will be first published in the U.S. by HarperCollins/Harper Design on 24th of March 2020.

Advance Praise for A Wonderful Life by Frank Martela

“The search for life’s meaning is perhaps the most important quest we can undertake. And for any quest, it’s essential to have a guide. Philosophically probing yet eminently readable, A Wonderful Life  is a book you can refer to again and again on your journey toward purpose.”

 Daniel H. Pink,  New York Times bestselling author of  When, Drive, To Sell Is Human, and A Whole Mind

“We are happiest not when we have more things or accolades but when we have more meaning, research shows. A Wonderful Life is a witty and inspirational guidebook to helping you live a life of meaning. By expertly drawing on psychology, philosophy and literature, his book will entertain you as much as it enriches you.”

 Emma Seppala, author of The Happiness Track, Science Director, Stanford Center For Compassion And Altruism Research And Education. CoDirector Wellness, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

“This book is not only a delight to read, but it is a tour-de-force of research. Martela brings together some of the most fascinating ideas from history, philosophy, and psychology to address the most urgent question of all: What makes life meaningful? Too many people today doubt that their lives matter. In this uplifting and thoughtful work, Martela offers practical tips for we can each find more meaning in our lives.”

 Emily Esfahani Smith, author of The Power of Meaning: Finding Fulfillment in a World Obsessed With Happiness

Rights sold:

UNITED STATES: HarperCollins/Harper Design (orig.)
CROATIA: Planetopija
ESTONIA: Rahva Raamat
FINLAND: Gummerus
GREECE: Klidarithmos
JAPAN: HarperCollins Japan
KOREA: Across Publishing
LATIN AMERICA: Ediciones Urano
NORWAY: Gursli Berg Forlag
RUSSIA: Bombora
SPAIN: Ediciones Urano (World Spanish)
TURKEY: Orman Kitap

About author

Frank Martela

Professor 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, Salon, CNBC and his work has been featured on Quartz and on the BBC. His research has been published extensively in numerous academic journals such as Nature Human Behaviour, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Journal of Personality, Metaphilosophy, Southern Journal of Philosophy, and Academy of Management Review. He has spoken to more than one hundred audiences worldwide, including invited lectures in universities on five continents, including Stanford University and Harvard University. He’s been interviewed by the New York Times, Discover Magazine, New Scientist, Vice News, Fox News, and Monocle Observer among others. He is Assistant Professor at Aalto University in Finland.

Outside of work, Frank is a father to three lovely children, 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.


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