While there are plenty of bloggers revealing the dirt on their “loved ones” (as one can tell by visiting MySpace), it’s not too often that you hear of an authors rants against her boyfriend leading to a book deal.
Zoe McCarthy from England started a weblog entitled “My Boyfriend is a Twat,” after her boyfriend apparently dared her to start posting her thoughts about him online.
It seems as if that dare has recently paid off, as Zoe has secured not only a book deal, but $10,000 as well.
(C|Net News) We all have complaints about the people we love and live with, but typically they don’t turn into book deals. But Zoe McCarthy (no relation to this reporter), a 44-year-old British woman who gained cult fame for operating a blog called “My Boyfriend is a Twat,” has recently cashed in on her significant other’s tics and quirks. McCarthy, according to the U.K.’s Observer, has received about a $10,000 advance from web-to-print publisher The Friday Project to turn her blog into a book. Not quite a Harry Potter-worthy figure, but nothing to scoff at either.
Andy Carling (the boyfriend) seems to be quite happy with Zoe getting the money, not to mention the relationship as a whole. Ironically he not only dared Zoe to start the weblog, but helped setup the site as well.
Note: For those wondering what twat means, Wikipedia enlightens the masses, although one may not desire to label a stranger (or even a loved one) this, as it could spell the beginning of a very nasty fight.