“I am grateful to have the opportunity to tell the story of my life in public service to the American people, from serving in Congress, to the Indiana Governor’s office and as Vice President of the United States,” Pence mentioned in an announcement.
“I look forward to working with the outstanding team at Simon & Schuster to invite readers on a journey from a small town in Indiana to Washington, DC.” According to Pence’s agent, David Vigliano, “all major publishers” competed for the e-book, and the deal was value “well into seven figures.”
A high editor from a rival publishing home confirmed that quantity. The editor was not authorised to debate negotiations and requested to not be recognized. Simon & Schuster introduced Wednesday that it additionally signed Pence to a second e-book however didn’t instantly present particulars. Pence is the primary main Trump administration official to have an introduced deal for the reason that president left workplace in January, though former White House advisor Kellyanne Conway and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are amongst these reportedly engaged on books.
At this time in 2017, former President Barack Obama; former first girl Michelle Obama; former Vice President Joe Biden and his spouse, Jill Biden; and former Secretary of State John Kerry had been among the many not too long ago departed Obama administration officers who had agreed to e-book offers.
Several high publishing executives have instructed The Associated Press that they weren’t considering a Trump memoir, citing the siege of the US Capitol on Jan. 6 by Trump’s supporters. Publishers even have expressed wariness about different members of the Trump administration, worrying a few backlash from readers, authors and staff.
A Pence memoir will possible be topic to related tensions the previous Vice President has confronted since he refused then-President Donald Trump’s calls for that he assist overturn the election outcomes. Among Democrats and others who opposed Trump, Pence is broadly seen as Trump’s loyal and complicit ally. Meanwhile, Trump supporters, and Trump himself, denounced him for not intervening January 6 in Congress’ formal certification of Biden’s presidential victory.
The certification – which Pence had no energy to vary – was delayed for hours after lots of of Trump supporters, some chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” stormed the US Capitol. Simon & Schuster Vice President and Publisher Dana Canedy mentioned that Pence’s e-book could be “revelatory,” with out particularly saying whether or not he would tackle the occasions of Jan 6.
“Vice President Pence’s life and work, his journey as a Christian, the challenges and triumphs he has faced, and the lessons he has learned, tells an American story of extraordinary public service during a time of unrivalled public interest in our government and politics,” Canedy mentioned.
“His revelatory autobiography will be the definitive book on one of the most consequential presidencies in American history.”
A Simon & Schuster spokesperson declined touch upon what Pence deliberate to say about January 6, and referred again to Canedy’s assertion.
The signing of Pence comes three months after Simon & Schuster dropped a e-book by Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri, who had supported the rally in Washington which preceded the overrunning of the Capitol. Simon & Schuster has printed a number of anti-Trump books over the previous two years, together with former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s The Room Where It Happened and niece Mary Trump’s Too Much and Never Enough. Its different authors have included Trump supporter Sean Hannity; the candidate Trump defeated in 2016, Hillary Clinton, and Trump himself.
Pence’s e-book deal continues the previous vp’s re-emergence since January. On Wednesday, he launched an advocacy group, Advancing American Freedom, which can promote the Trump administration’s file and will function a springboard for a Pence presidential run in 2024.
The advisory board consists of anti-abortion rights advocate Marjorie Dannenfelser and Ed Meese, who was President Ronald Reagan’s legal professional basic, and such former Trump administration officers as Conway, financial adviser Larry Kudlow and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.