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.
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.