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.