Judy Piatkus founded her independent publishing company Piatkus Books from her bedroom in the early 1980s. She was married and had three children. Her eldest daughter has cerebral palsy. Over the next 25 years she grew it into one of the leading independent book publishing companies in the English-speaking world. Piatkus Books was a pioneer of new ideas in personal development, and alternative health. Piatkus supported new novelists and licenced the rights to some of America’s greatest commercial novelists into the UK and abroad. Authors published by Piatkus include many famous storytellers, Nora Roberts, J D Robb, Linda Howard, Danielle Steel, Robert Crais. Judy sold her company to Little Brown before the credit crunch in 2007 and now works as a management consultant, investor and mentor. She is also a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship, future trends and building a great business. In 2009 the Times of London described Judy as ‘one of the world’s leading thinkers’.