Sorry, kittens, the sad story of BOOK is late. We’ve been talking with two sources, neither of whom wishes to be identified, so writing about the demise of “Experiments in Happiness” is a little tricky.
Here goes: Julia is very defensive about what went down at St. Martins’s. She allegedly re-wrote “Happiness” twice, telling one and all that St. Martin’s had no problem with her doing substantial rewrites, although our girl took much longer than the promised year.
If asked why those rewrites took so many months, Julia points to a myriad of problems, beginning with the loss of the original editor – fair enough – and placing heavy blame on her “consulting responsibilities” to her “many clients.” She also points to a “deep depression” involving her love life that lasted many months.
But the real reason St Martin’s pulled the plug is because the final(?) manuscript that was turned in differed dramatically from what Julia had promised in her endless book proposal, in which she enthusiastically brayed about interviewing everyone from Ashton Kutcher to Bill Gates while looking for the elusive bluebird of happiness. Julia refers to that 80+ page opus as having been written by “the old Julia,” a “more conventional girl” far removed from her current woo persona.
It’s unclear how many submissions Julia turned in. One? Two? Three? What does seem certain is that St. Martin’s hit the roof when they received a jargon-filled, entry-level woo, slim volume of crappiness courtesy of “the new Julia.” This “self-absorbed nonsense” was not the book they’d contracted for! Negotiations broke down at that point and the publisher opted to ask for the return of their advance, which would be 2/3 of the original amount if what I’ve read on RBD is accurate.
The woo manuscript joins the pilot episode of (Sh)It Girls as the RBD holy grail. Fucoid fairies, kittens?
Didn’t we call this one long, long ago?
Coming soon: SHE LOVES YOU RAIN!!