May 13, 2009
Would You Buy a Book by Sarah Palin?
Sarah Palin will become an author in 2010, the year she's up for re-election. The book will be co-released by HarperCollins' Harper and Zondervan for the Christian audience.
Palin has agreed to talk about the Katie Couric interviews, Bristol's pregnancy, family, religion and politics.
"There's been so much written about and spoken about in the mainstream media and in the anonymous blogosphere world, that this will be a wonderful, refreshing chance for me to get to tell my story, that a lot of people have asked about, unfiltered," Palin told the Associated Press. "Being a voracious reader, I read a lot today and have read a lot growing up. And having that journalism degree, all of that, will be a great assistance for me in writing this book, talking about the challenges and the joys, balancing the work and parenting, and, in my case, work means running the state."
Politico's Mike Allen writes that the Zondervan edition could be a little bit different.
The book might have a slight addition on faith for the Zondervan edition. The Bible publisher is part of the same company, and its sales reps have close relationships at Christian bookstores that can get better display for political titles. Barnett has made similar deals for other authors whose faith is an important part of their story, including Dan Quayle, Oliver North and Bill Bennett.
Two years ago, Palin told PBS' Charlie Rose one of her favorite writers is C.S. Lewis ("very, very deep"). It'll be interesting to see how much Palin addresses her faith and whether Christian audiences will buy it just because of the author or because of the content.
Would you buy a book by Sarah Palin? Why or why not?