At the Virginia Festival of the Book, I attended one of those how-to seminars on publishing. Surprising fact number one: an author's greatest competition is the other writers on her publisher's "list." I was originally slated to come out with Johanna Eva Edwards in May of '05 and it's a good thing I didn't, for she'd have kicked my derriere with THE NEXT BIG THING, which I ran into (literally) in the middle of Barnes and Noble. Big cardboard display, fetching colors, a terrific premise and a veritable landslide of copies. Now Ms. Edwards (who is too young to be so smart) has already finished and published her next kick-ass book,YOUR BIG BREAK, with another brilliant premise. As someone who has great trouble saying no to people or being the bearer of bad tidings, I used to fantasize about calling David Letterman to tell my cleaning lady I couldn't afford her anymore. (Remember when he used to do that, back in the day, when I stayed awake long enough to watch?)
So here's the synopsis:
Danielle “Dani” Myers has become an expert at romantic breakups ever since she was hired to "facilitate" them for clients of Your Big Break, Inc. In other words, she dumps people for money. But company rule #5 (do not get personally involved) is getting harder to obey. One of her dumpees is turning out to be the kind of guy she might just want to pick up on the rebound. and a new client has just walked in, begging for Dani's help breaking up with The Big Jackass, who's been leading her on all this time-and now turns out to be married. It would be a routine job except for one problem: the so-called Big Jackass is married to none other than Dani's mother….
Read an excerpt on Johanna's website: I challenge you to "put it down." I know I spent a perfectly happy hour playing hooky from writing as I reminded myself that covetousness is one of the seven deadly sins.