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Old 11-22-2011, 07:42 PM
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In all honesty I doubt there is any more interest in Pippa in the US than in the UK. Point is, the tabloids need something to go on about and she is out there, young, attractive and sister to the DOC. Enuff said!
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Old 11-23-2011, 09:26 AM
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Pippa Middleton, weekend di fuoco col nuovo boyfriend | Focus
According to website "Oggi" Pippa is dating once again count Percy and they spent together weekend in the castle of Alnwick.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:47 AM
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Pippa p-p-p-picks up a perfect party book deal: Penguin pays her £400,000 after winning bidding war | Mail Online
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:07 AM
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Congratulations to Pippa!I am looking forward to this book,I am really curious what it will be like:-)
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Old 11-27-2011, 02:23 PM
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Congratulations to Pippa!I am looking forward to this book,I am really curious what it will be like:-)
Yes, I hope it's true! I think she'd be crazy not to take this opportunity, especially since it's in her field.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:34 PM
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Good luck to her but it changes things
She only has this offer because her sister is the future queen of England. No one would have heard of her otherwise.
So when she is photographed etc she won't be able to complain. But I'm sure it won't worry her ,so good for her for cashing in
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:36 PM
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Good luck to her but it changes things
She only has this offer because her sister is the future queen of England. No one would have heard of her otherwise.
So when she is photographed etc she won't be able to complain. But I'm sure it won't worry her ,so good for her for cashing in
Actually we don't know that she has only got this offer due to her sister, we can assume yes but we don't know for fact. I'm not sure why publishing a book means she cannot complain about photographs being taken of her, she is still a private citizen, publishing a book or not doesn't change that.
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Old 11-27-2011, 04:48 PM
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Of course she only got it because of Catherine. They only publish a book to make money if she wasn't well know she wouldn't be offered it. Good luck but by cashing in she is keeping the attention on herself ( which is why she got the offer) and like or not she will have more photos taken.
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Old 11-27-2011, 05:14 PM
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Of course she only got it because of Catherine.
Not of course, unless you know something about this deal that the public don't?

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They only publish a book to make money if she wasn't well know she wouldn't be offered it.
As for this comment about people being well known when they publish a book, how do you account for the first time book publishers out in the world?
Before your first book is published, you are an unknown.

They make money if the stories good, it has nothing to do with who writes it. Pippa's book could be a huge flop if the publishers decide to sell solely on Pippa herself, so the book has to be of substance else no one will buy it.

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Good luck but by cashing in she is keeping the attention on herself ( which is why she got the offer) and like or not she will have more photos taken.
Like I said Pippa has the right to complain about pictures taken at unauthorised times, as she is a private citizen and is just a published author (when that happens).
She isn't cashing in IMO, she's earning a living in a very respectable way and yes she'll get attention for being a published author for what could turn out to be a very good book.
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Old 11-27-2011, 06:57 PM
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If she wasn't Catherine's sister she would not be well known that is why she was made an offer
mmm sales from being Catherine's sister compared to sales from someone hardly anyone knows. ?????????
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Old 11-27-2011, 08:23 PM
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As for this comment about people being well known when they publish a book, how do you account for the first time book publishers out in the world?
Before your first book is published, you are an unknown.
But most first-time authors wouldn't get such a huge advance.
I have to agree that, if Pippa wasn't Kate's sister, she probably wouldn't get that publishing deal. There are thousands of such books on the market.
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Old 11-30-2011, 05:25 PM
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But most first-time authors wouldn't get such a huge advance.
I have to agree that, if Pippa wasn't Kate's sister, she probably wouldn't get that publishing deal. There are thousands of such books on the market.

Mirabel is quite right. No one would have been interested in Pippa Middleton if it had not been for Catherine.

Members here talk about the fact that Pippa works in party planning etc. etc. I can advise that the company she works for is NOT a well known 'Society' party planning organisation. That is not to say that the company is in any way bad; that is NOT the case at all. The point is that nobody would have been very interested in it had it not been for the Catherine connection.

The main 'Society' party planners in London include:

Lady Elizabeth Anson's Party Planners, [Lady E is related to the Late Queen Mother]
The William Bartholomew Organisation [ Founder W.B. is the husband of Princess Diana's former flatmate Caroline Pride]
The Jonathan Seaward Organisation
Juliana's Party Planners
Peregrine Armstrong-Jones' Bentley's Party Organisers [note the Armstrong-Jones connection!!!]

I am sure that Pippa will produce a perfectly nice book, but I am quite sure that without the Catherine connection it would not have seen the light of day, and neither would she have been offered such an ENORMOUS advance. So far as I am aware, of the London 'Society' party organisers, only Lady Elizabeth Anson wrote a party planning book; it was actually quite good [although unintentionally humorous at times!] and I am sure that her own 'royal' connection helped her book [and for that matter her business], but even so, her book did not sell many copies at all and I picked up a remaindered copy [pre-Amazon days] at 15p. [ about 10c]. Exactly!!

Of course, to your humble Diarist, the real fun begins in the run-up to next Christmas, when Pippa's book is meant to be published. She will no doubt be required by the publishers to do extensive 'roadshow' promotions, and I am sure that we can all see what people are really wanting to ask her: will it be about party tips or will it be about her famous sister and the Family that she married into? I wonder!!!

Incidentally, I would not place too much reliability on all those stories that BP etc do not mind about Pippa's book. Knowing how the Queen hates exploitation of the BRF name, I am quite sure that she is not that enthralled with Pippa's plans....

It's like all those pictures of Pippa 'out and about' that keep appearing. It is one thing to blame the Daily Mail and other assorted tabloids, but the fact is, these events that Pippa attends are in fact almost entirely PR bashes organised to launch and promote products etc. It is not what I would call a 'normal Society life', it is almost entirely commercial. And I can guess why she keeps on being invited.....

Sorry to sound so negative, but I feel a bit disenchanted with Pippa. Behind the 'it's not my fault ...it's nothing to do with me' etc stance, IMHO, Pippa is pushing the Catherine connection for all it is worth.......

Just my thoughts based on my own experiences,

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:58 PM
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Diarist, I heartily agree with you! It seems in questionable taste for Pippa to write such a book under the circumstances. And I wonder if such a blatantly commercial endeavor will have an effect on her future prospects.
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Thank you Susanna.

Perhaps I should 'test the waters' by contacting the publishers said to have been involved in the 'bidding war' to see if they would be interested in giving me a book contract and a tasty advance of £600,000 in order to share my tips for partying and a social life, because goodness me, over the years I have been lucky enough to attend a good many parties and have been present at a lot of formal occasions such as Trooping the Colour, Royal Ascot etc. And of course, add in the couple of Buckingham Palace garden parties and receptions I have been to at Kensington Palace, York House and Windsor Castle: Diarist's Diary in other words........ I could tell readers what to expect, what to wear, how to behave etc as well as giving tips on such matters as meeting and greeting people, where to park, what to say etc etc.......

And I can guarantee that I would not get so much as a single reply from a publisher..............let alone a large advance. Unless I suddenly remember that my real name is Middleton {joke!!}

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Old 11-30-2011, 06:43 PM
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Incidentally, I would not place too much reliability on all those stories that BP etc do not mind about Pippa's book. Knowing how the Queen hates exploitation of the BRF name, I am quite sure that she is not that enthralled with Pippa's plans.
Thanks for the information, Diarist.

So, do you think the Queen feels exploited by Lady Elizabeth Anson's party business? I noticed that Lady Anson mentions her relationship to the Queen on her company website. She also notes that she has organized private events for the RF.
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Old 12-01-2011, 06:54 AM
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I'm not so sure that it's just Pippa's Royal Connection that helped her with her book contract. Of course it helped, but in addition Pippa's parents run a highly successful online platform which sells party supply. Pippa herself is the editor of "Party Times", an online magazine which surely is read by many people, not only by the customers of her parents.

Now this editor of a well read party magazine, herself quite well-known, plans to write a book about her profession and already has the possibility to sell it online in a specialised channel. IMHO the MIddletons could have produced the book and sold it all by themselves and made a profit out of it. But of course it is a good deal for both a publishing house and the Middletons to do such a book together. The more copies you sell, the cheaper the production costs per issue are. The more ways to sell the book you have, the more copies you sell. It's simple as that. So Pippa did not only bring her Royal Connection to the deal, but a large "dowry" all by herself: she is by now a household name for parties and party planning. She has an image of being fun loving, down to earth and friendly - that's the perfect image for someone like her. I wouldn't wonder if a TV show is next, she has that special something that Nigella (Lawson?) and Jamie Oliver have as well.

Plus: we don't know how much of the "advance" is payed to Pippa as the author or for the rights to produce the book and cash in on the sales through the Middleton-homepageas well as those made from bookstore sales. Because these rights are very valuable and are much more interesting than having Pippa as the author - though she is valuable enough.

So if this business model works, all people involved will get a good return on their investment. And not only because Pippa is Catherine's sister but because the Middletons have alot of their own to offer to their business partners.

You simply cannot deny that Pippa and her parents still have a right to explore the business opportunities of their company - they after all payed the price of their lost privacy for it, so they should be able to reap the success without being accused of cashing in on their Royal Connections. For I don't see what they can change in the current situation. And so far, Pippa has acted in a decent way.
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Old 12-01-2011, 05:51 PM
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Lady Elizabeth has been organizing parties for many, many years (possibly 40 or 50), beginning with small dinner parties and growing over the years and eventually was entrusted by the Queen with important events requiring ultimate discretion. She did not write a book until many, many years into her career, after having organized parties of every size and scale for many people and organizations in addition to the royal family. I hardly think a comparison can be drawn between Lady Elizabeth and Pippa. Pippa is so high profile that it is hard to think other than that she is seeking to capitalize on her current notoriety AND her royal connections.
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For Pippa's sake I hope it does well, because she will first have to make enough of a profit just to pay off the advance and then pay for the costs to publish, promote, and generally market the book. As it is the economy is bad enough and if there is a multi-book deal, she will have to sell more books just as well. There will be few chances of her to get away wiht making mistakes and if she does not sell well, she won't get other deals in the future.

On the flip side, she should be smart and actually get involved in a business field that is going to pay her a solid paycheck rather than the party scene alone.
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