A Million Miles from Normal – the novel, now out.

welcome to today. a rather exciting day here at A Million Miles from Normal.

i have a hangover. that’s not the exciting part, that’s pretty much normal.

the exciting part is that you might remember last year over here i mentioned that i’d signed a book deal with penguin south africa.

well the book is now available at Exclusive Books in Constantia, and will be available from all good book stores around south africa from 6th April, or you could order it online here at kalahari.net (the sa version of amazon) should you be so inclined.

it’s called… wait for it… A Million Miles from Normal. and here is the cover:

sound familiar? it was actually the book’s title before it was the blog’s title, promise.

when i first started looking for a publisher for the manuscript, my literary agent, the fabulous and incredibly talented ron irwin told me i HAD to start a blog if i really wanted to bag a publishing deal, and so this blog was born.

the book is a little different from the blog, mainly because it’s a work of fiction, as opposed to a pile of random and smutty ramblings.

A Million Miles from Normal, the novel, is a romantic comedy about a woman named rachel marcus. she is a copywriter at an ad agency in joburg who loses first her fiance and then her job, in a very publicly humiliating fashion. nobody in SA will hire her as a result and she’s forced to move to new york city.

once in the big apple she plans on living a fabulous life to show everyone back home that she’s not a complete disaster. but the only apartment she can find is a shit-hole rat trap, and the only job she can get is at a ghastly below-the-line ad agency called target advertising, where she works on socks and sanitary pads, with a freak for a boss and an alcoholic drug addict for an art director. she dates online, but things just never seem to go her way.

let me know what you think if you manage to pick it up.

and if you do pick it up i hope you enjoy reading it as much as i’ve loved, loved, loved writing every single word of it.

fabulous advertising/marketing website biz community will be running exclusive excerpts and give aways and will be doing lots of other cool Million Miles from Normal stuff, from 6th April. i’ll keep you posted on all of that.

19 responses to “A Million Miles from Normal – the novel, now out.”

  1. beatnik says:

    I can’t wait! And your book is being sold only a hop and a skip from where I live, so I really will be buying it. Congratulations!

  2. chryssa says:


  3. Paige says:

    yay beatnik, thanks. that constantia exclusives is very cool, i dig it. holding thumbs you enjoy book.

    chrysa, whoohooohhhooo! oh wait, i have a hangover, that hurt.

  4. Deems says:

    Congrats on getting published, Paige!

  5. wozzel says:

    Yay!! I can not wait to get my paws on a copy 🙂

  6. Cands says:

    Congrats!! that’s awesome…I’ll wait til it’s available in Durbs 🙂

  7. Nik_TheGreek says:

    Congratulations. I’ll def read it. I knew it was a good thing ‘letting’ JJ come to Joburg for a wedding in May. He’ll bring me the book!

  8. Congrats.. that’s so awesome…
    I constantly go to that exclusive books, so will check it out..
    Oh, My blog has moved to wordpress… please take note of this: findingmyunicorn.wordpress.com

  9. Ninnles says:

    That’s awesome! Congrats!I might get someone in SA to send me a copy in Oz.

  10. Jacky says:

    So exciting! Congratulations!

  11. Trevor says:

    WOW thats AmA-Zing well done
    Look forward to reading it

    Are you doing an instore launch in JHB and if so when

    Please let me know

  12. Gail says:

    WOW wow wow!!!!! that is brilliant! congratulations and will make sure I buy a copy!

  13. Yay! congratulations, we like!

  14. Health Frog says:

    congrats on the publish. synopsis sounds original! pretty hard these days. check out my blog. http://healthfrog.blogspot.com/

  15. Paige says:

    thanks so much for all the support guys, means a lot to me. afraid no physical launch in joeys trevor, but book will be available there from 6th april, and in durbs too, Cands. Ninnles, let me know if i can help get a copy to you.

    thanks health frog, was looking at your blog earlier, it’s very interesting. dig it.

  16. Paige says:

    hey unicorn, howcome you moved to wordpress?

  17. sylvie says:

    oh i love, love, love the cover. and you know how we like a cover 🙂

  18. inspir-ed. says:

    congrats! how positively lovely.

  19. AbhavanandA says:

    Great success!!

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