More than 250 writers and book agents say there should be no book deals for President Trump as he encouraged a ‘coup’.
The letter has been titled “No Book Deals for Traitors,” and also features signatures from editors, publishing agents, authors and more.
They are demanding that the industry unites together to ban Donald Trump from publishing a memoir when he leaves the White House.
Last year, The Washington Post reported that Trump was considering writing a memoir, as his predecessors have done. No official announcement has been made from Trump’s camp.
“An Administration That Caged Children”
Barry Lyga is a novelist who organised the letter.
He wrote that: “As members of the writing and publishing community of the United States, we affirm that participation in the administration of Donald Trump must be considered a uniquely mitigating criterion for publishing houses when considering book deals.”
“No participant in an administration that caged children, performed involuntary surgeries on captive women, and scoffed at science as millions were infected with a deadly virus should be enriched by the almost rote largesse of a big book deal” he continues.
Staff from five of the biggest publishing houses including Penguin Random House, Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan have signed the letter.
In an email to the Los Angeles Times Mr Lyga says publishers should “act to the dictates of their conscience and to the extent they are able to effect change,” when it comes to considering whether they should print anything by Trump.
No Support For Allies
Simon & Schuster have already cancelled a book deal with the Republican senator Josh Hawley, one of President Trump’s allies.
Mr Hawley was one of the Republicans in Congress who voted against Joe Biden’s 2020 election win. The vote took place after the president’s supporters stormed the US Capitol, in an incident that left five dead.
The letter continues: “no one who incited, suborned, instigated, or otherwise supported the January 6, 2021 coup attempt should have their philosophies remunerated and disseminated through our beloved publishing houses.”
Writing and selling a memoir would probably be a big money-spinner for Trump. He has $400 million (£295,242 million) in loans to pay off in the next four years. Being denied the chance to write and publish a book would no doubt harm his potential to make money.
Publishing industry figures are still being invited to add their names to the”No Book Deals for Traitors”.
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