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Pippa Middleton signs with Penguin

Penguin has secured a book on how to entertain by Pippa Middleton, sister-in-law to Prince William.

Michael Joseph is believed to have paid close to £500,000 for world rights to the book, at auction and with five other publishers keen to acquire it. Cornerstone was the underbidder.

The book, which is yet to be titled, will cover entertaining as themed across the seasons, and will be informed by old-fashioned British values. It is likely to be published as a lavish, high-production hardback, in the style of Nigella Lawson, in autumn 2012.

Middleton is said to be very keen to do publicity for the book, which is not yet written and has been sold on concept.
 

 

 

 

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LOL

So Penguin has signed Pippa Middleton for nearly 500K to write a book on party planning. However, she is keen not to be seen as cashing in on her royal connections, according to the acticle in today's Mail on Sunday. Cmon Pippa, Penguin wouldn't have given you 4K to write a book if you weren't Kate's sister! There goes 400K that 20 or so real writers could be being paid!

This is the Appletons all over again.

Ludicrous! I hope nobody is stupid enough the buy it. MJ need their corporate head looking at.

Oh, the relief!! I can't tell you how many years I've been waiting, pleading and begging for someone to produce a book that tells me how to arrange a party and keep my guests entertained, and through that long drought all I've had to sustain me in my socially-excluded solitude is a meagre diet of proper books by proper authors, many of whom are paid a pittance for their laughingly high-quality work. Thank you, Penguin. Thank you. (Only one question: have the designers worked out yet how they can get a picture of her arse on the cover...?)

Oh, give me a break!

How about putting that money to good use and investing in talented authors, instead of someone riding on the coat-tails of her sister and cashing in on Royal connections?

This is a travesty considering how hard it is for really talented authors to get published these days. What the hell has happened to the publishing world, not mention the reading world? Please don't tell me people don't read any more because they do, but they won't for much longer if all they get is dross from a woman who doesn't even have a real job and whose only claim to fame is that her sister married a Prince. Puhleeeese...give me a break. In fact give some talented authors a break for that matter! I am so disgusted right now.

When I first read reports of this deal I thought she'd been signed to write a book about panty-planning. I am strangely disappointed.

Really, what is the problem. Penguin believe they will make money out of this, they're a decent publisher and probably will - so they will have some more cash to give to hopeless wannabee authors - which won't make any money.

Let's see how it sells before we slag it off. Supermarkets should do well with it.

Still, I'm glad it's not one of ours.

For Heavens sake! Let's not knock the Appletons. Wouldn't we all take the opportunities offered to us?

Would we all say, "No really, I can't take this wonderful offer - there are others more worthy!"

If it sells well, then there was a market for it.

Sorry the above should have read Middleton's!! Who are the Appleton's anyway?!!

This is the kind of project the big mass market publishing houses have been indulging in for years, so is this really a surprise? The name sells the book, and quality isn't really an issue for them. The buyers at Sainsbury's, Smith's and Waterstone's will be all over it purely because of who the "author" is and because it's Penguin, so...can you blame them? Until the "booksellers" in this country stop giving ridiculous amounts of shelf space to this tat, publishers will keep on commissioning stuff like this.

No Christmas party at Penguin Towers, this year. Presumably that saving was passed on to MJ to pay for this book... on party planning! Oh, the delicious irony. John Makinson's knighthood a formality now, surely...

A bargain when Canongate allegedly pay £325,000 for Assange - plus more interesting book signings!

The argument against this deal is surely nonsense. A publisher is in the business of printing and selling books for profit. If Penguin do well out of Ms Middleton's name, if not her literary talent, as no doubt they will, that gives them the money to spend on quality books which will have a smaller readership.

Anyone seen The Guardian article on this today ? Hysterical.

Until the "booksellers" in this country stop giving ridiculous amounts of shelf space to this tat, publishers will keep on commissioning stuff like this.

True, but until the book buyers in this country stop buying stuff like this the "booksellers" will continue to give space to anything they think will sell.

Hi there

Sorry to point this out but if you really think Penguin will plough profits back into supporting smaller authors instead of creaming off the profits you are sorely misguided.

My view is expressed in full here: http://liveinkbooks.wordpress.com/

Nicola

Hi Anne

I think I was more disgusted by Katie Price's book being released. Pippa is merely an itch on my derriere in comparison - and I think mine's not bad. However it is annoying.

I've set up Live Ink exactly for the reason that not enough good authors are getting out there because they aren't considered 'commercial'.

My views should you wish to peruse: www.liveinkbooks.wordpress.com

Nicola

LOL

So Penguin has signed Pippa Middleton for nearly 500K to write a book on party planning. However, she is keen not to be seen as cashing in on her royal connections, according to the acticle in today's Mail on Sunday. Cmon Pippa, Penguin wouldn't have given you 4K to write a book if you weren't Kate's sister! There goes 400K that 20 or so real writers could be being paid!

This is the Appletons all over again.

Ludicrous! I hope nobody is stupid enough the buy it. MJ need their corporate head looking at.

Oh, the relief!! I can't tell you how many years I've been waiting, pleading and begging for someone to produce a book that tells me how to arrange a party and keep my guests entertained, and through that long drought all I've had to sustain me in my socially-excluded solitude is a meagre diet of proper books by proper authors, many of whom are paid a pittance for their laughingly high-quality work. Thank you, Penguin. Thank you. (Only one question: have the designers worked out yet how they can get a picture of her arse on the cover...?)

Oh, give me a break!

How about putting that money to good use and investing in talented authors, instead of someone riding on the coat-tails of her sister and cashing in on Royal connections?

This is a travesty considering how hard it is for really talented authors to get published these days. What the hell has happened to the publishing world, not mention the reading world? Please don't tell me people don't read any more because they do, but they won't for much longer if all they get is dross from a woman who doesn't even have a real job and whose only claim to fame is that her sister married a Prince. Puhleeeese...give me a break. In fact give some talented authors a break for that matter! I am so disgusted right now.

Hi Anne

I think I was more disgusted by Katie Price's book being released. Pippa is merely an itch on my derriere in comparison - and I think mine's not bad. However it is annoying.

I've set up Live Ink exactly for the reason that not enough good authors are getting out there because they aren't considered 'commercial'.

My views should you wish to peruse: www.liveinkbooks.wordpress.com

Nicola

When I first read reports of this deal I thought she'd been signed to write a book about panty-planning. I am strangely disappointed.

Really, what is the problem. Penguin believe they will make money out of this, they're a decent publisher and probably will - so they will have some more cash to give to hopeless wannabee authors - which won't make any money.

Let's see how it sells before we slag it off. Supermarkets should do well with it.

Still, I'm glad it's not one of ours.

For Heavens sake! Let's not knock the Appletons. Wouldn't we all take the opportunities offered to us?

Would we all say, "No really, I can't take this wonderful offer - there are others more worthy!"

If it sells well, then there was a market for it.

Sorry the above should have read Middleton's!! Who are the Appleton's anyway?!!

This is the kind of project the big mass market publishing houses have been indulging in for years, so is this really a surprise? The name sells the book, and quality isn't really an issue for them. The buyers at Sainsbury's, Smith's and Waterstone's will be all over it purely because of who the "author" is and because it's Penguin, so...can you blame them? Until the "booksellers" in this country stop giving ridiculous amounts of shelf space to this tat, publishers will keep on commissioning stuff like this.

Until the "booksellers" in this country stop giving ridiculous amounts of shelf space to this tat, publishers will keep on commissioning stuff like this.

True, but until the book buyers in this country stop buying stuff like this the "booksellers" will continue to give space to anything they think will sell.

er chicken and egg? The "booksellers" (complete with your condescending quotation marks) don't force anybody to buy anything. If people want to shell out some of their hard earned cash on Pippa's book who on earth are you to tell them they shouldn't??

Personally I think it sounds like a pile of crap. I also think Ian McEwan is grossly over-rated and The Finkler Question was possibly the dreariest read I've ever encountered. However, they seem to enjoy popular and critical acclaim and sell by the bucketload.

The publicity this title is recieving is a marketer's wet dream. I can assure you that even if it were hidden out the back and not given, as you put it "ridiculous amounts of shelf space", customers would ask for and buy it. And why shouldn't they?

Pompous, sneery, self- satisfied lecturing on what people should and shouldn't read is what threatens our trade more than anything. I want all my customers to feel comfortable about coming into the shop and asking for whatever they fancy, be it Proust or Pippa Party Pants.

And I can assure you, if a book is either good OR popular enough, the amount of shelf space is irrelevant to sales. And like it or not, the trade needs big "trashy" books to support the sales of smaller perhaps more beautiful titles that would not sell in enough volume, however much space they are given. Without the Pippas and One Direction's of this world I wouldn't be able to stock such a wide range of local, smaller margin titles.

With you all the way on that one

I have no problem with the real booksellers who are out on the shop floor. It's the buying strategy at the two big HQs. They always take the lazy option and this will surely be that.

No Christmas party at Penguin Towers, this year. Presumably that saving was passed on to MJ to pay for this book... on party planning! Oh, the delicious irony. John Makinson's knighthood a formality now, surely...

A bargain when Canongate allegedly pay £325,000 for Assange - plus more interesting book signings!

The argument against this deal is surely nonsense. A publisher is in the business of printing and selling books for profit. If Penguin do well out of Ms Middleton's name, if not her literary talent, as no doubt they will, that gives them the money to spend on quality books which will have a smaller readership.

Hi there

Sorry to point this out but if you really think Penguin will plough profits back into supporting smaller authors instead of creaming off the profits you are sorely misguided.

My view is expressed in full here: http://liveinkbooks.wordpress.com/

Nicola

Penguin's operating profits fund advances across their range of titles so inevitably, as with any business, more profitable aspects fund less profitable ones. I doubt if Penguin's business model is significantly different from any other commercial enterprise. Whilst writing is an art form, publishing is a business.

Anyone seen The Guardian article on this today ? Hysterical.

Will it have pictures?