January 23rd, 2009
07:11 AM ET
7 months ago

Palin looking for book deal?

Palin has reportedly hired a powerful DC attorney
Palin has reportedly hired a powerful DC attorney

(CNN) - Could Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin be coming to a bookstore or television near you?

Palin has reportedly hired a powerful Washington, DC attorney who has successfully landed lucrative media deals for other political rock stars, a signal the former Republican vice presidential candidate may be interested in further expanding her media exposure in the coming months.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Palin has secured the services of Robert Barnett, the Washington lawyer who negotiated highly profitable book deals for Bill and Hillary Clinton. (Bill Clinton was paid $10 million by Alfred A. Knopf publishing to write his memoirs and Hillary Clinton garnered $8 million by Simon & Schuster to write hers.)

Barnett has also negotiated book deals for President Obama and Obama campaign manager David Plouffe, and has landed lucrative television contracts for many high-profile network anchors and correspondents.

Barnett would not confirm or deny that he is now working for Palin. Palin's office did not respond to a request for comment.

Several publishers have said Palin could fetch up to $7 million to write a book about her unlikely VP bid, and could rake in millions more as a television host after her gubernatorial term ends in 2010.

But should Palin decide on a presidential run, federal election regulations would almost certainly keep her from hosting a television show.


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soundoff (327 Responses)
  1. Greed is not good

    Disgusting...as if she has anything useful to write about?

    January 22, 2009 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. Doog

    Any book about her is bound to be a slim volume. Go out on on Ebay Sarah! start at ten bucks and see what ya get.

    January 22, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  3. Rick in WA

    I think it could be an extremely interesting book if done correctly, i.e. all of the idiotic behind the scenes crap that goes into any political campaign. Unfortunately, if it is written as truthfully and as well as it could be, she will be cancelling any future political plans.

    January 22, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  4. ConsiderThis, FL

    Only in America can the most unqualified person in history to ever run for the vice presidency become a multi-millionaire by having someone else actually write a bunch of garbage and untruths about her experience. If people have money to buy this junk, their taxes should be raised. That would be a much better use of money.

    January 22, 2009 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  5. Mr. Phil

    I wonder how much the book company will pay someone to digitize a manuscript written in crayon?

    January 22, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  6. A geography book?

    I can envision it now....

    See Sarah run, see Sarah lose

    January 22, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  7. jason

    Who's going to right it? What are they going to call it? "Beating around the bush" or "How I ruined the Presidency for McCain"? Either way, it will probably be at the level of a third grader.

    January 22, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  8. karen-Phoenix

    CNN! Please, please NO MORE Palin!!! We finnally have a very educated man and team in the White House!!!

    January 22, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  9. Donna in Michigan

    Well, hopefully if asked what books/magazines she reads she would be able to remember the title of the one she wrote...

    January 22, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Freed_From_W

    This will be another point where Americans will prove exactly what road we are going down. They now have a choice between reading something by Nietzsche, Lovecraft, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Hawking.... and more than a third of America will no doubt choose... Palin. What a travesty.

    There is not enough spell check in the universe, written in crayon, ghost written by Milli Vanilli, etc...

    January 22, 2009 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Pedeen

    Will the books be for sale or free? coz even if they will be free its scares me to read them!!

    January 22, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  12. pat wilson, laguna beach, ca

    say it ain't so, Sarah........puuuhhhlllleeeeeeeeeeeezzzzzzzzzzzzeeeeee!

    January 22, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  13. Traci

    Yep, it'll be a children's book with lot's of pictures.

    January 22, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. jan 22nd

    ---–go away

    ---–go away

    --–go away

    ===========i don't want to hear anything about her anymore.

    CNN enough of her

    January 22, 2009 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  15. Sweet Sensation

    The Title of the Book : Mama Moose, or Pig in Lipstick

    January 22, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  16. CJ

    I hope that she uses the money to get an education that does not take 6years and while she is at it she needs to send the rest of the family to school. She can also get some points on manners.

    January 22, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  17. sky

    There you go...the woman who barely reads is now going to barely write.

    January 22, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  18. Linda, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Isn't this airhead's 15 minutes more than up already?

    January 22, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  19. Mo

    I do blame the media for making a big deal out of her and follow her story and her life. This is sooooooooo sad. I am just so sick and tired of hearing her name and seeing her stu--- face.
    I hope the media gets busy with other important news that is happening in this country and all around the world.

    Mo
    Portland, OR

    January 22, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  20. No Money

    Wow Palin writing a Book... Is it a book of bed time short stories?
    Good english and good argumentation knowledge start with reading and since she can't even name a newspaper she ever red i can imagine her book is for 5th graders.
    She should go back to school and learn this subjects:
    Communication 101,
    American History
    Constitutinal Laws, Civil laws, international laws
    Political science
    Ethics
    May be you can add to the list. Then when she can make a thoughtfull and logic arguments she can come back to the national scene but as of now she need to disolve for her own good.

    January 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. K. Owe

    Hmmm .... let me guess what the title will be...."Maverick". (Everybody drink)

    January 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  22. Trevor Scroggins

    Judging by all these comments, no one listened to Obama's inaugural speech.

    January 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  23. Cleaning up after W

    Oh, God. I hope the book isn't written as poorly as her speaking style. I think this is a terrible idea. People that hate her will not buy the book and people that love her can't read. Better be plenty of pictures.

    January 22, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. Jeffpud

    Palin has the iQ of a tree stump. So, how can she write a book.

    January 22, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Doug

    I betcha it will be on discount shelves so quick and so cheap it will be cheaper to burn it then wood.

    January 22, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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