Pippa Middleton has reportedly been dropped by her literary agent over poor book sales.
Middleton’s debut book, Celebrate, was released last Christmas and only managed to sell 2,000 copies in its first week. The sales fell way short of expectations and Middleton was criticized for her “over-simplistic” advice. A parody Twitter account was even started, @PippaTips, that mocked Middleton’s book.
Here are some actual pieces of advice from Pippa Middleton.
- “I like breakfast. A good morning meal brightens any day.”
- “[Star-gazing] is best in pitch darkness on a very clear night, and can be exciting even for quite young children.”
- On New Years: Don’t forget to have some bubbly for midnight toasts.”
- “A well-wrapped gift helps express how much thought you’ve put into it. Don’t forget to remove the price tag from the gift…”
Pippa didn’t have any advice on how to avoid getting dropped by her agent.
David Godwin told the Telegraph: “I am very sorry it has happened, but yes, it is true: I no longer represent Pippa and I wish her every good luck.”
But don’t feel too bad for Pippa. Kate’s sister still has a blossoming writing career. She’ll start writing a new column for Waitrose Kitchen magazine, “Pippa’s Friday Night Feasts,” next month.
#PippaTip: when eating in public it’s best to avoid spilling food on oneself or on others
— Pippa Middleton Tips (@Pippatips) March 21, 2013
#PippaTip: when cooking rice ensure you get it just right by making it’s not too soft and not too hard
— Pippa Middleton Tips (@Pippatips) March 12, 2013
Pippa, who was given a £400,000 ($600,000) advance to write Celebrate, responded to the criticism, saying: “I have been much teased for my book, Celebrate. Lots of journalists are saying that my advice is glaringly obvious… It’s all good fun, I know, and I realize that authors ought to take criticism on the chin. But in my defense, let me say this: Celebrate is meant to be a guide to party planning and, as such, it has to cover the basics. If I were to write a cookery book, for instance, I would be compelled to say that, to make an omelette, you have to break at least one egg.”