Ben Peek (benpeek) wrote,
Ben Peek

  • Music:

My New Plan: Australian Idol, For Better Book Deals.

Australian Idol winner Damien Leith has signed a book deal with HarperCollins for his debut novel to be released this year.

Leith, who wrote the fictional story before he won Idol last year, now has a chance to top the music and book sales charts in the same year.

Leith said the first prints of his novel were due for general release in October.

"It's insane, it's an incredible feeling," said Leith, who sent his manuscript to HarperCollins publisher Linda Funnell before entering Australian Idol last year.

"I wrote before I ever did music; I wrote plays, I tried to write loads and loads of different books. I did that for years. It's just weird that all these years later the music has taken off and now suddenly this comes along as well. I've got to pinch myself," he said.

Leith's manuscript was first passed to Ms Funnell by a mutual friend, who met the singer while he was an unknown artist performing at the Balmain Bowling Club.

Said mutual friend, after Leith won Australian Idol, "Remember that book I gave you? He just won Australian Idol! I don't care if you hated it! Read it the fuck again!'

I don't know where this cynicism comes from.

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