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unicornjam
05-14-2009, 03:18 AM
I put this here instead of Politics & Current Events because it's about book deals. They say Palin could get $7-11M for her book. Do you think it'll be a bestseller?

I'd probably borrow it from the library. Don't judge me! I like books about politics!


Sarah Palin has inked a book deal with HarperCollins to publish her story of an unlikely political career and meteoric rise from small-town mayor to Republican vice presidential candidate.

"There have been so many things written and said through mainstream media that have not been accurate, and it will be nice through an unfiltered forum to get to speak truthfully about who we are and what we stand for and what Alaska is all about," Palin told the Anchorage Daily News Tuesday.

"The idea is to focus on the content of the book and what's coming in terms of me being able to tell my story unrestrained and unfiltered."
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/05/13/palin-inks-book-deal/

firedrake
05-14-2009, 03:23 AM
So much I could say but, no....

*bites tongue*

Snowstorm
05-14-2009, 03:47 AM
Will this woman EVER go away!?

Wayne K
05-14-2009, 03:52 AM
The publishing industry keeps saying "It's about great writing" but they don't mean it. I really get tired of hearing about these high standards of theirs.

James frey gets a big three book deal and Brittany Spears and now Sarah Palin.

How many great writers are there looking for a break that this money can help discover?

They--like most people--are full of crap.

Sirion
05-14-2009, 03:57 AM
Whoever is representing her is going to get a nice chunk of change, any book she writes is going to hit the NYT's best sellers list.

Wayne K
05-14-2009, 04:11 AM
Whoever is representing her is going to get a nice chunk of change, any book she has ghost written is going to hit the NYT's best sellers list.

Fixed.

stormie
05-14-2009, 04:17 AM
Palin says she's excited that she's now going to put her journalism degree to work by writing this book. Journalism is a bit different from creative nonfiction.

backslashbaby
05-14-2009, 04:23 AM
Hey, if it sells as well as it seems it will, that's more money for the publisher/agent to take on new writers. At least I hope that's how these things go sometimes.

I love Palin stuff, actually. Of course, I love satire too, so y'all feel free to do the math :D

Wayne K
05-14-2009, 04:40 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrzXLYA_e6E

This is a best selling author?

dgiharris
05-14-2009, 05:18 AM
Even though Palin gets a lot of crap, she does empitomize the American Dream, about the ordinary person making it big.

Can you think of a more ordinary person who has hit it big? Granted, she is above average looks wise, but otherwise (especially intellect) she is average across the board.

The book will easily be a best seller. And Lord help us if she actually writes it. If ever there was someone in need of a Ghostwriter, it will be her.

Mel...

CheshireCat
05-14-2009, 05:23 AM
Fixed.


No need to fix anything. Palin has a fan base plenty large enough to make the book a bestseller, assuming they aren't bored with her by the time the book comes out.

And, no, I'm not one of those fans.

Soccer Mom
05-14-2009, 05:41 AM
Publishing is a business. It's about making money. Her book will make HarperCollins lots of money.

Wayne K
05-14-2009, 05:42 AM
It was a joke, but it wasn't about her fan base. It's about the fact she isn't going to be the one writing this book.

CheshireCat
05-14-2009, 05:53 AM
It was a joke, but it wasn't about her fan base. It's about the fact she isn't going to be the one writing this book.


Way I heard it, they're not claiming she's going to write it, just saying it'll be a "collaboration."

Which just means somebody else's name will also be on the cover instead of just hers, getting some of the ... credit. Instead of it being her name alone on the cover and a ghostwriter doing all the work.

Wayne K
05-14-2009, 06:03 AM
I find it hard to believe that a woman who thinks being able to see Russia from where she lives makes her an expert on foreign affairs will have a lot to do with the actual writing.

Wayne K
05-14-2009, 06:12 AM
Publishing is a business. It's about making money. Her book will make HarperCollins lots of money.
No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people. People can easily be persuaded to accept the most inferior ideas or useless products; attributed to H. L. Mencken.

NeuroFizz
05-14-2009, 06:14 AM
When's that little maverick going to find time to write? There are moose to kill...

IceCreamEmpress
05-14-2009, 07:38 AM
How many great writers are there looking for a break that this money can help discover?

None.

The celebrity autobiogs are their own line-item; they're generally the cash cows with which the publisher can fund taking risks on new writers.

It isn't like the publisher says "Should we get this book by a prominent celebrity, or Wayne K's memoir?" That's two different decisions entirely--the celeb books are not competing with the new writers.

Wayne K
05-14-2009, 08:03 AM
Then it goes to what my thought was. It's really not about writing, it's about media hype and celebrities.

blacbird
05-14-2009, 08:29 AM
None.

The celebrity autobiogs are their own line-item; they're generally the cash cows with which the publisher can fund taking risks on new writers.

It isn't like the publisher says "Should we get this book by a prominent celebrity, or Wayne K's memoir?" That's two different decisions entirely--the celeb books are not competing with the new writers.

Let's not forget Harper Collins cancelling something like 100 contracts for authors in the wake of the celeb Johnny Cochrane tell-all about the O.J. Simpson trial, which tanked totally after he got a near $1M advance.

But I'm sure the marketers have this one figured out right. Like they always do.

caw

Matera the Mad
05-14-2009, 08:33 AM
eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew

fringle
05-14-2009, 09:53 AM
*sigh*

bettielee
05-14-2009, 09:56 AM
That's it.

**piles up "the Unicorn Conspiracy, the Rabid Horses of Valdor, Bringing Back the Pegasuar. Whips out lighter fluid, sprays down liberally. Throws on match. WHUMP. Fire catches. All dreams and hopes go up in air. match-thrower can't shake off disgust long enough to care. Goes back into cave. Rolls rock in front of entrance.**

And she was never seen or heard from again.

jodiodi
05-14-2009, 04:34 PM
Perhaps Lady Sybilla can be her co-author. It couldn't hurt LS's reputation and might give Sara P's story just the right touch of satire it might need to become a 'hip' parody.

Namatu
05-14-2009, 05:11 PM
Perhaps Lady Sybilla can be her co-author. It couldn't hurt LS's reputation and might give Sara P's story just the right touch of satire it might need to become a 'hip' parody.Brilliant.

KellyAssauer
05-14-2009, 05:28 PM
So that whole fuss about letting the FBI check what books you have purchased from the bookstore might soon be a good thing? (seriously! just kidding!)

happywritermom
05-14-2009, 05:59 PM
It'll sell, but I won't be buying it.
And if it sells, then that's more money for the publishing industry and maybe they will finally point in my direction and say, "Hey, what about her book?" and publish me. Ah. Yes. The American dream!

Fulk
05-15-2009, 02:37 AM
Perhaps Lady Sybilla can be her co-author. It couldn't hurt LS's reputation and might give Sara P's story just the right touch of satire it might need to become a 'hip' parody.

I would read this.

Sirion
05-15-2009, 02:55 AM
Fixed.

Probably, but that's hardly unusual for politician's books. Kind of goes without saying.

The money will flow though...

Wayne K
05-15-2009, 03:16 AM
My point before I got distracted (by me) is that publishers and agents talk about how the writing is the important thing and then they give a moron 7 million dollars to write a book that she won't actually be writing.

Money changes everything including standards.

ETA: Moron is a strong word. Dullard is more fitting.

bettielee
05-15-2009, 03:18 AM
Intellectually challenged?

Wayne K
05-15-2009, 03:41 AM
I don't see the beauty thing either.

MILF or cougar? That's an oedipus complex in my opinion.

ad_lucem
05-15-2009, 03:57 AM
You know what this means?

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn55/HoboSaaz/ponies.jpg

Wayne K
05-15-2009, 04:29 AM
You know what this means?

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn55/HoboSaaz/ponies.jpg

Sarah Palin has a horse face?

bettielee
05-15-2009, 04:31 AM
You know what this means?

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn55/HoboSaaz/ponies.jpg

My new Screen Saver!

brokenfingers
05-15-2009, 08:00 AM
My point before I got distracted (by me) is that publishers and agents talk about how the writing is the important thing and then they give a moron 7 million dollars to write a book that she won't actually be writing.

Money changes everything including standards.

ETA: Moron is a strong word. Dullard is more fitting.I don't see what this has to do with the OP at all. It's been said time and time again - story trumps all.

Story is King. Just check out the bestseller lists.

And you have to write it in a way that readers will understand and enjoy. That's the only rule.

Sarah Palin has a story that will sell. And if she can't write it, they'll find someone to write it for her. That's how valuable her story is.

That's life. You want the same deal? Live a life or come up with a story that millions of people are guaranteed to pay money to read.

If you present such a story to an agent or publisher, they'll gobble you up and make you their new best friend. That's the way it's always been. Throughout history.

You think Shakespeare got where he did cuz he knew grammar?

Wayne K
05-15-2009, 08:27 AM
Personally I think you're all wrong. I predict that they'll not make back the advance money. I could be wrong but money is tight. I don't see people wasting money buying a book by her.

What don't we know about her? She was the mayor of nowhereville Alaska who blew McCain's chance at being president. Anything she has to say is worthless because she's stupid and anything worth knowing about her has already been revealed as she was running for vice president.

Anyone who wastes their money on her book doesn't deserve to have any. IMO.

As far as my story, I think it will sell. I have lived a life that people will pay money to read. I'll show and not tell with that though.

brokenfingers
05-15-2009, 08:34 AM
I'm not disagreeing with you as far as her story goes.

But who knows what the future holds? She's poised to be on the national stage for a while to come. And she's very prominent in the media. That's gold as far as publishers are concerned.

It's the same reason so many sequels are made. She has a built-in audience. Anyone with a built-in audience is almost guaranteed a publishing contract.

Basically, she's already proven she can sell newspapers etc.. So publishers think "Why shouldn't they get some of that?"

It's all about attention. If you can attract it on a national level - publishers will consider a deal.

brokenfingers
05-15-2009, 08:47 AM
Personally I think you're all wrong. I predict that they'll not make back the advance money. I could be wrong but money is tight. I don't see people wasting money buying a book by her.

What don't we know about her? She was the mayor of nowhereville Alaska who blew McCain's chance at being president. Anything she has to say is worthless because she's stupid and anything worth knowing about her has already been revealed as she was running for vice president.Whoah, Wayne. You have to remember that's your opinion. There are tons of people out there who feel differently.

Just cuz you don't like romances or mysteries or self-help or diet books doesn't mean they won't sell.

Wayne K
05-15-2009, 08:56 AM
I don't disagree. I did say it was an opinion.

If they won and she was the vice president I'd say without a doubt she was onto a best seller.

People are less interested in the losing side.

I don't know how many books you have to sell to make back 7-11 million dollars but I don't think people will buy her book. I love memoirs, even memoirs by people I don't like--but in all the time she's been on the national stage I'm still wondering what she will have to say that would make me reach into my pocket for the cash.

Wayne K
05-15-2009, 09:02 AM
I predict the same thing with Brittany Spears book.

What don't we know about her?

When people were putting books on their credit cards maybe. But when times are tough it's a lot harder to get them to lay out 30 or 40 bucks for a book by someone who is only a celebrity and not much more.

Wayne K
05-15-2009, 09:08 AM
I predicted this with Mickey Sherman's book "How can you defend those people?"

I like the guy except for the fact that he turned me in to the feds for something that I'm still trying to resolve, but I kept my tongue and told my wife "People don't buy books after you lose the biggest case of your career"

He is a very interesting guy and he's smart as a whip--plus he's a celebrity on court TV, and his book is actually pretty good.

People like winners though.

Sirion
05-18-2009, 01:13 AM
Personally I think you're all wrong. I predict that they'll not make back the advance money. I could be wrong but money is tight. I don't see people wasting money buying a book by her.


You've got to be kidding. Someone in the spotlight like Sarah Palin, with tens of millions of people who love her (even outside her 83% approval rating state), will make many, many millions off of her book. Not to mention the fact that its getting plenty of free publicity. It will debut high on the New York Times Best Sellers List as well. It's absurd to think otherwise.

Also, calling her "stupid" is just plain unnecessary.

CheshireCat
05-18-2009, 01:47 AM
If they get it out fast enough and she doesn't shoot herself in the foot in the meantime, a book "by" her is likely to do well. She has a strong conservative fan base, and if even a third of them buy her book it'll be a strong bestseller. And earn out her advance.

On the other hand, the public is a fickle thing, so who knows? Unless they crash the book (get it on the shelves with inhuman speed), her public may lose interest -- at least to the point of forking out $25 or so for a book when newspapers, blogs, and TV are filled with news about the woman.

Wayne K
05-18-2009, 03:03 AM
Hey, more power to her--it's not that important to me.

blacbird
05-18-2009, 03:48 AM
Hey, more power to her--it's not that important to me.

Still, it would be nice if she would be, like, GOVERNOR of my state and all, you know, like DO THE JOB SHE WAS ELECTED TO DO . . . you know? Instead of, like, injecting her two cents' worth into the California beauty queen fiasco, and "writing" a book, and etc. etc. etc. An increasing number of people in her own party are beginning to get pissed about this kind of stuff, and her own Republican legislators showed it a couple of weeks ago by turning down several of her appointees, including an absolutely unsuitable Attorney General nominee. When that happened, she was, by the way, out of town, addressing a national Right to Life rally in Indiana or some similar locale. The legislature also had to deal with the minor issue of the state budget, and a looming huge deficit, that same week. But as long as she can keep her smiling visage in the news, it all seems okay to her.

caw

Wayne K
05-18-2009, 03:57 AM
I love politicians who are always off doing other things as the castle crumbles.

Not directed at just her.

If you knew the actual amount of hours some of these bums put in--it's robbery.

Soccer Mom
05-18-2009, 04:06 AM
Okay, locking the thread because this no longer has anything to do with writing.