Publishers of Pippa Middleton's debut book are reportedly close to backing out of a deal for two follow-up books. In a Jan., 21 report, the Daily Mail reports the publisher has canned plans for two more party planning-type books due to "Celebrate's" lackluster success.
The publisher points to Pippa's lack of proper promotion for "Celebrate" which hit shelves in October 2012. Much of the blame is directed at Palace officials who have reportedly forbidden Kate Middleton's sister from pushing the book the way publishers feel it needs to be marketed. "The palace’s insistence that she should keep publicity to a minimum was something her publishers were not over the moon about, even though, after much grumbling, they decided to play ball," a friend of Pippa's is quoted as saying. "I think they were hopeful just having Pippa’s name on the front cover would help the book to sell itself."
It was widely reported "Celebrate's" U.S. book signing tour was cancelled after Kate Middleton's topless photo scandal. According to numerous reports, there was fear Pippa would be put on the spot about her sister's topless pictures which were published just weeks before "Celebrate's" release. As Examiner.com previously reported she was also forced to turn down some big interviews on American talk shows -- publicity that would have certainly helped pump sales of Pippa's debut party planning guide.
According to reports, Pippa Middleton's second and third books were tentatively to be about planning a wedding on a shoe-string budget and a guide on throwing children's parties.