After finding little to 'Celebrate' with her first book, Pippa Middleton is at last on the right track when it comes to a title for her second book.
"Maybe I should write the sequel and call it 'Bottoms Up.' Now that could be a bestseller," she writes in a piece for The Spectator, a weekly British conservative magazine.
Good thinking. Now Pippa gets it. If she wants to sell herself as the hostess with the mostess, then you better make sure to sell the sizzle with the steak, so to speak (maybe it's rump roast in Pippa's case).
The Duchess of Cambridge's sister is not immune to the barbs that have been slung her way over her book party-planning book, which has been raked for its sometimes simplistic advice ("A turkey ... can be perfect for large gatherings"). Sales have been modest and the book's original $40 price tag has been slashed to under $10 in some places.
Her Royal Hotness still has the $600,000 advance to soothe her hurt feelings, of course, which manages to keep her sense of humour intact.
"I have been much teased for my book," she wrote. "Lots of journalists are saying that my advice is glaringly obvious. A spoof Twitter account called @pippatips offers such pearls as 'enjoy a glass of water by getting a clean glass and pouring in water from a tap or bottle'."
(Here's another: "A gentle scratch can be a fantastic way of relieving the annoyance of an itch.")
To her credit, Pippa hasn't run and hid from being the butt of jokes, though she still doesn't do one-on-one interviews. This week, she did the PR turn with booksellers in the Netherlands, catching plenty of attention in her purple Beulah London silk dress.
To her critics: "It’s all good fun, I know, and I realize that authors ought to take criticism on the chin. But in my defence, let me say this: Celebrate is meant to be a guide to party planning and, as such, it has to cover the basics. If I were to write a cookery book, for instance, I would be compelled to say that, to make an omelette, you have to break at least one egg."
Deadlines probably got in the way of Pippa talking about her sister Kate's pregnancy, though she did allude to some pudgy-ness in the family, talking about her father Michael's Christmas tradition.
AND SPEAKING OF KATE ...
She remained home on Wednesday while her husband Prince William represented the family at the London movie premiere of "The Hobbit" (right).
It's not expected that Kate will re-appear for several weeks, perhaps at Christmas. There's talk that the couple may be opting to spend the day in Bucklebury with the Middletons instead of at Sandringham, where the holiday takes on a more frenzied and formal air.
Doctors say her form of morning sickness could last months, perhaps even the entire pregnancy. One of Kate's former classmates, Jessica Hay -- who predicted the timing of her friend's pregnancy correctly -- told New Idea magazine that Will and Kate first learned the good news while staying at their Wales cottage, then had a quiet evening and shepherd's pie to mark the occasion.
While there are plenty of guessing games about the name of the new baby (babies?), it appears no one will narrow down the choices to boy or girl. Word is Will and Kate don't want to be told the gender until they find out themselves ... the natural way.