Posted on February 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The firing of an editorial director long seen as the friendliest face in Big Five publishing for conservatives may or may not be about her political leanings, depending on which source you ask.

But it’s definitely a useful introduction to a further dive into the issue of politics in publishing and what one might expect to see from the Big Five, following the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

The New York Times examines the pushback among employees, even before the siege, to publishing authors they saw as dangerous and what it could mean for smaller publishers such as Regnery, which picked up US Senator Josh Hawley’s book after Simon & Schuster dropped it.

All of that may bore or infuriate you, so we’ll get to the very much buried lede in the article that caught our attention: Kellyanne Conway, who resigned as an adviser to Donald Trump after the Capitol attack, is “in talks with major publishers and expects a sizable advance” from mainstream publishing, according to NY Times sources.

And also expressing those same hopes as they work on their own books? Former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. 

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