When asked about the impetus for this book Hely said he went to a bookstore: “Seeing the massive quantities of books of all genres and varieties, I got to thinking, ‘What if one book contained all of these?’ ” How I Became a Famous Novelist is a funny look at all things right and wrong with our current publishing world.
The Late Night with David Letterman comedy writer, Steve Hely, pokes fun at the publishing industry in this hilarious parody of all things literary. Pete has graduated and found a job rewriting college essays for others as he tries to figure out how to impress his ex-girlfriend at her wedding. Why not write the Great American novel and live the lavish lifestyle that accompanies such fame. When he actually succeeds in landing a semi-lucrative book deal for The Tornado Ashes Club, and his book makes the New York Times bestseller list, Pete begins to live the good life but suffer the consequences. A television interview lands him on the wrong side of the publishing industry as he impugnes other authors and begins a feud with another famous author. He goes head to head with this bestselling author at a Texas book festival and begins to see the error of his ways.