Posted on November 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
It’s a given that presidents will write memoirs, and rumors have been circulating lately that Donald Trump could be offered some eye-popping deals.
While publishing professionals told the New York Times that they were skeptical about the New York Post’s reporting of $100 million book-and-TV deals, they had plenty of speculation of their own about possible Trump memoirs.
For instance, they disputed that big-name publishers would automatically refuse to publish a conservative voice, pointing to prominent figures whose books have been launched by mainstream companies.
But at the same time, they concede that a Trump manuscript would bring a number of challenges for publishers and agents alike.
Some cited fact-checking needs and potential legal battles; others pointed to PR fallout, like what happened with Hachette, whose employees walked out to successfully pressure the company into not publishing Woody Allen’s memoir.
You can read more from publishing insiders on the hypothetical Trump memoir issue in the NY Times.
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