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Pence signs a seven-figure book deal, but Trump and other administration alums face a tough market in publishing

April 7, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Mike Pence has signed a multimillion-dollar, two-book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster, making him one of the first alums of former President Donald Trump's inner circle to ink such a lucrative contract.

Washington (CNN)Mike Pence has signed a multimillion-dollar, two-book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster, making him one of the first alums of former President Donald Trump's inner circle to ink such a lucrative contract.

Recent veterans of the Trump administration who want to write books are already facing a higher bar than others for getting a contract, according to seven senior people who work in the book publishing industry.

A second person at a major publishing house said it would be hard to resist at least talking with Trump about a book.

On the other hand, publishing a Trump book, say those who spoke to CNN, would likely have significant downsides that could outweigh the financial considerations of publishing a former president.

One former publishing executive said the possibility of "cancellation" over publishing a Trump book is a real profit-and-loss consideration.

While publishers are likely to judge each book proposal on a case-by-case basis, sources say it will be particularly challenging for Trump officials who did not resign after the January 6 riot at the US Capitol.

Trump officials looking to sell a book would likely have an easier path to publication through Regnery, said one industry source, though the payoff would be considerably less than from one of the major publishing houses.

"That is not for a serious publishing house," said one industry source about any other books from Trump Jr.

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