- Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin, are set to back out of the deal to publish two more books by Pippa Middleton
- It comes after her first effort - Celebrate - was mocked by critics
- Sources claim palace aides prevented Miss Middleton from properly publicising the book
With her much-mocked first book on entertaining already languishing for a paltry £6 in the bargain bin, Pippa Middleton will no doubt have been keen to impress with her second offering.
But now the Mail has learnt that plans for Kate’s sister to publish another two follow-up books to Celebrate have been put on ice.
Sources say her publishers, Michael Joseph, a division of Penguin, are set to back out of the deal.
The 29-year-old was paid a reported £400,000 advance - virtually unheard of for an unsigned and untested author - for the much derided ‘Celebrate’ which was published last October, just in time for the lucrative Christmas market.
The first was to be a guide about how to organise the perfect wedding on a shoe-string budget, which would neatly tie in with Pippa’s project to launch her own wedding planning business under her parents’ Party Pieces umbrella.
The third book was likely to be dedicated to throwing children’s parties.
At the time a source said: ‘She’s signed a three book deal with publisher Michael Joseph and they feel there could be a perfect tie-in between Pippa’s new venture, the royal wedding and a book on the subject.
‘There have been many idea meetings on what the follow-up books should be about and wedding planning and children’s parties are the firm favourites.
‘Pippa has wanted to organise weddings ever since she was a little girl, it’s not something she simply thought about after helping to organise Kate’s wedding - although clearly having such a high profile wedding under her belt will help with business.’
Early on in the process, however, it was made clear to Pippa that plans to market the book would need to be tightly-controlled in order to keep the palace happy.
As a result, she was forced to turn down dozens of requests for high profile one-on-one interviews and television appearances - including from some of the US’s biggest talk show names, who basically told Pippa to name her price.
Plans for a nationwide book signing tour were also shelved and, aside from a two-part serialisation in the Mail on Sunday newspaper and a jokey self-penned column in The Spectator, Pippa was not permitted to undertake any kind of major publicity drive outside of two relatively low-key launch parties in London and Amsterdam.
The situation, friends say, left her feeling thoroughly depressed.
‘Pippa had always known that she had to handle this deal carefully for fear of causing embarrassment to her sister,’ said one.
‘But, like all authors, she also needed to get out there and publicise her work.
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