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Monday, April 28, 2014

Top 10 Beginnings and Challenges of My Publishing Journey by Holly Peterson + Giveaway! (US/Can only)

The Idea of Him
Holly Peterson

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Manny—a vibrant novel of love, life lessons, and learning to trust yourself

Allie Crawford has the life she always dreamed of—she's number two at a high-profile P.R. firm; she has two kids she adores; and her husband is a blend of handsome and heroic. Wade is everything she thought a man was supposed to be—he's running a successful newsmagazine and, best of all, he provides the stable yet exciting New York City life Allie believes she needs in order to feel secure and happy.

But when Allie finds Wade locked in their laundry room with a stunning blonde in snakeskin sandals, a scandal ensues that flips her life on its head. And when the woman wants to befriend Allie, an old flame calls, and a new guy gets a little too close for comfort, she starts to think her marriage is more of a facade than something real. Maybe she's fallen in love not with Wade—but with the idea of him.

Captivating and seductive, told in the whip-smart voice of a woman who is working hard to keep her parenting and career on track, The Idea of Him is a novel of conspiracy, intrigue, and intense passion—and discovering your greatest strength through your deepest fears.

Beginnings and Challenges of My Publishing Journey with William Morrow (Harper Collins)

  1. The idea of The Idea of Him hit me like a brick one day when I started talking about how many people experience this phenomenon; fall for the IDEA of someone over the actual person.
  2. I started counting how many boyfriends I’d had where I’d fallen for the IDEA of them, got a little too excited about the concept of the guy and how he’d fix things or solve things in my life.
  3. I realized that my disappointments in relationships were due to the fact that I’d blown someone out of proportion in my mind.
  4. I decided to write a book about a woman who slowly realizes everything in her so called “happy” life was more of an illusion that a concrete basis for satisfaction.
  5. My main character, Allie Crawford, took on emotional steam as I created three men that swirled around her: a narcissistic husband she realizes she kind of hated, an old soul mate who had warned her not to marry this guy and instead wait for him and who was most definitely the crush that “got away”, and a sexy new guy on the horizon who seems to answer all her problems in a sexy delicious way.
  6. When I showed the first drafts to publishers, they were wary about a woman who wasn’t so happy and had made mistakes and felt so torn. They wanted a clearer, neater story line and said I’d taken on too many hurdles.
  7. I got frustrated and told them this was what life was about: heartbreak, things not working out, no neat endings and reminded them that people were ready for a book where a woman wasn’t so clear in her desires and didn’t achieve them by the last page as every formulaic book did.
  8. They fought back harder and said this book wasn’t “what women wanted”... I’m sure the drafts weren’t terrific but I got even more frustrated that they weren’t seeing things my way. I went on a mission to prove that a woman getting stronger and not “winning” a guy or a prince as her prize (i.e. salvation) was a book I could write well, that could be commercial, and that “women would want”. So I wrote a ton more drafts and layered the characters like frosting on a cake.
  9. Finally an editor named Tessa Woodward from William Morrow read a draft and said, “This is exactly what women want.” She bought the book, told me Target and every bookseller out there would take it for sure, and that it would appeal to a large span of women over different ages.
  10. The Idea of Him was published in April 2014. Target did take it as did many other booksellers and it went into second printing in the second week of publication. It has gotten a lot of press from ABC News, People magazine, and the Wall Street Journal, among others and a lot of buzz in online book blogs and it is my sincerest hope that it helps women remember all the powers and talents they have first and foremost before they cling instead to an “idea” of a guy as the most important key to happiness in their lives.

About the Author

Holly Peterson is the author of The Idea of Him and the New York Times bestseller The Manny.

She was a Contributing Editor for Newsweek, an Editor-at-Large for Talk magazine and an Emmy Award–winning Producer for ABC News, where she spent more than a decade covering global politics.

Her writing has been published in the New York Times, The Daily Beast, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, and numerous other publications.


Books à la Mode is giving away
 one finished print copy of The Idea of Him—yay!! To enter, all you have to do is tell me:

Have you ever fallen for the IDEA of someone rather for them as a person? What did you learn from such an experience?
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