Sunday, November 27, 2011
Pippa the Party Planner Promotes Publishing Plan
The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton's ambitious younger sister Pippa has signed a lucrative publishing contract to pen a book on party planning. The 28-year-old stunner signed the six-figure deal with Penguin imprint Michael Joseph in the UK.
There was said to be a fierce bidding war over the publishing rights to the book on how to be a perfect party hostess, with the winning publisher bidding $650,000 for a one-book deal. Pippa has been at the head of her family's London based party planning company Table Talk, as well as writing for the company's official website, for the past several years. Middleton's literary agent David Godwin negotiated the lucrative deal after Pippa (real name Philippa) submitted a proposal with a sample chapter. She will not use the services of a ghostwriter and will pen the entire book herself, with the help of an editor, her agent reveals.
It is believed that Pippa asked permission from Queen Elizabeth to write the as-yet-untitled book before submitting the proposal, as she did not want to appear as if she was banking on her royal connection. Before Pippa's sister Kate married Prince William earlier this year in a lavish ceremony, the Middleton family had forged their own home entertaining empire that is now said to be worth over $65 million. Looks as if Pippa is set to become the UK's answer to Martha Stewart.