Why Good Girls Don't Get Ahead But Gutsy Girls Do: Nine Secrets Every Career Woman Must Know

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Career women looking to get ahead will find straight answers and nine proven strategies in this guide from one of the most savvy, successful, powerful women in American business. Top magazine executive Kate White shares the systematic plan that took her from being a "good girl" to a "gutsy girl".

In the bestselling tradition of Betty Harragan's Games Mother Never Taught You and Helen Gurley Brown's Having It All comes a primer for working women in the '90s--the nine...

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Overview

Career women looking to get ahead will find straight answers and nine proven strategies in this guide from one of the most savvy, successful, powerful women in American business. Top magazine executive Kate White shares the systematic plan that took her from being a "good girl" to a "gutsy girl".

In the bestselling tradition of Betty Harragan's Games Mother Never Taught You and Helen Gurley Brown's Having It All comes a primer for working women in the '90s--the nine rules it takes to get to the top, a place where one can work less and enjoy it more.

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The editor-in-chief of Redbook shares her strategies for professional success. (July)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446672153
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate White
Kate White
Kate White is one busy woman. When she isn’t helming Cosmopolitan magazine as editor-in-chief, she is writing her wonderfully wicked mystery novel series starring Bailey Weggins or penning sly self-help volumes like How to Set His Thighs on Fire.

Biography

As the editor-in-chief of famed magazine Cosmopolitan, Kate White knows women inside and out. She knows what women like, and she especially knows what they like to read. So it's no surprise that her deliciously decadent mystery novels are such a hit with the ladies.

White came from a strong background in the magazine world. Since getting her foot in the door at Glamour magazine by winning their Top Ten College Women contest, she has worked as an editorial assistant at Glamour, later becoming a feature writer and columnist for the magazine. Following her stint at Glamour, she worked her way up to editor-in-chief for Child, then Working Woman, McCall's, and Redbook. In 1998, White became editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan.

Since joining the ranks of Cosmo, White has spear-headed a spin-off magazine called Cosmo Style, started a channel called Cosmo Radio on Sirius Radio, and published books such as Cosmo Kama Sutra through the magazine's Cosmo Books. She is also responsible for driving Cosmopolitan's readership through the roof. Since taking control of the magazine, she has increased its circulation by over 500,000. So, how can a woman with such a full plate find time to also launch a successful fiction-writing career? Well, as she says on her web site, "I don't really have any other hobbies other than cooking. I can't sing, play a musical instrument, excel at sports, draw, quilt, knit or decoupage. So writing mysteries is my hobby."

That hobby has led White to create sultry true-crime reporter Bailey Weggins, who has sashayed her way through three novels since If Looks Could Kill was published in 2002. The following year, Weggins reappeared in White's second perfect-for-the-beach mystery. A Body to Die For is rife with White's trademark wit and sexiness and became another big seller. The book not only pleased White's readers but also garnered her some well-deserved praise from the press. Publishers Weekly, which was critical of If Looks Could Kill, applauded A Body to Die For, saying that "fans will find Bailey's sassy wit as engaging as ever and are sure to admire the skill with which White pulls together all the threads."

In 2005, White published her third Bailey Weggins novel, Over Her Dead Body. This time out, Bailey loses her job at Gloss magazine (no doubt a fictional stand-in for Cosmo). However, things get hotter than ever when she begins covering celebrity crime for Buzz magazine and her new boss is murdered. Again, White is pleasing fans and critics alike.

White's most recent release is a brief break from Weggins's exploits, but it certainly isn't a break from the kind of sly blend of humor and sex that readers have come to expect from her. How to Set His Thighs on Fire: 86 Red-Hot Lessons on Love, Life, Men, and (Especially) Sex is a slightly satirical, high-spirited take on the kinds of self-help guides found in women's mags such as, well, Cosmopolitan. But fans of Bailey Weggins should not fear -- White is currently working on the next installment of her hit series.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      1950
    2. Place of Birth:
      Glens Falls, New York
    1. Education:
      Union College, 1972
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2005

    A Suprising Eye-Opener

    I casually picked up this book at a home where I was babysitting. Since the baby had just gone down to sleep, I decided to at least read the first chapter and see what I thought. Well, through the next 3 days, I read it all! For a wholehearted 'good girl' like me, who oozes honesty and earnestness, this book taught me some simple 'tricks' for playing the game of life to win. While I doubt that I could ever embody all the traits that Ms. White sees as essential, I do intend to practice some of them from time to time and see how they work. My only complaints: it's a bit outdated by now, and I hated the constant men vs. women comparison (that might have been more relevant 10 years ago). Good read. Give it a try.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2001

    I'm a Gutsy Girl

    This is a breezy trot through the maze of business strategies for women. I avidly read every word Ms. White wrote. Sometimes I shook my head at the narrow and industry-specific ideas, I laughed aloud at her funny anecdotes and soaked up the mood of the book like a sponge. This is a great book for women who are beginning the career path or who need a refreshing refresher course. I recommend this book highly.

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