Thursday, January 22, 2009

Introducing The Esteemed Authoress, Sarah Palin

She may not have had the degrees, diplomas, or credentials to be a viable vice-president candidate; however, few can contest the fact that Sarah Palin could earn some substantial income by selling an autobiography. Working mothers relate to her struggle to balance five kids with a career. Parents of autistic children or young mothers feel a bond with Sarah Palin. Aspiring politicians are bound to learn something from her biography whether it is how to appeal to the public, or how to earn a little temporary infamy on SNL.

Liz Wolgemuth wrote an article for US News exploring four ways in which Palin relates to working women: Being a mother on the job, the implications for the children, newborns and working mothers, and lastly, attractiveness and determination defining a new type of working woman. One of the most important pieces of information was the following, which hints toward the large audience to whome Palin's autobiography might appeal:
Maria Bailey, founder of, says a recent survey on her website found 74 percent of women feel they can relate to Palin. 'They're telling me that they don't think what she's doing is any harder than what they have to do," Bailey says.
In an article in the LA Times by Andrew Malcolm, Robert Barnett, an attorney who has negotiated book contracts for Bill and Hillary Clinton among others, is reported as being Palin's new representation. The autobiography is seen as being not only a method of income, but a way to potentially reconstruct Palin in a political sense from her current "dimbo" status:
But she's got a fine line to walk now. She's got to keep Palin out there in the media now and then to keep her name in the GOP buzz for 2012, but she can't keep talking about last fall, even though that's what she'll surely be asked about. She's also got to be seen focusing full attention on running an open, efficient state government well.
CBS featured an article by Brian Montopoli which also claims that TV producers would love to get their hands on Sarah Palin, as she is a former sports reporter.

All in all, it seems like the future is very bright for Palin. Rumor has it that she may sign a deal for around 4 books in exchange for $14 million
That seems ridiculously high for a book deal," a publishing insider told OK magazine. "Even though she's a huge star, that doesn't mean anyone wants to read an autobiography by her. To make back that much of an advance, the publisher would have to sell 'Harry Potter'-size numbers." (Mercury News)
I just have to wonder... What next, a Sarah Palin reality TV show?


elmacdon said...

This is very interesting that you brought this subject up. I had not heard about any of these rumors of Palin signing a deal to write four books, etc. In fact, I had even wondered, "what now for Sarah Palin?" I am pleased to hear that her future is bright, like you mentioned. After the harshness of the campaign trail and all the scrutiny she underwent, she deserves to be respected for her success in life, even if it is balancing five kids and a career instead of having countless degrees and credentials.

mjwong89 said...

It sounds to me like Sarah Palin is gearing to run another national campaign. She seems to be getting a lot of press coverage lately...including starting a new PAC (Political Action Committee) devoted to politicians who share her views. In my opinion, Palin should not be writing a book yet; rather, she ought to focus on beefing up her resume. Especially if she really wants to be in high office.

Musiclover14 said...

All I can say is wow, I can't imagine Sarah Palin as an author. Honestly though, I bet tons of people will end up buying her books because if she did anything, it was to make a lasting impression on the American people. Not that this was necessarily a positive impression, but a powerful one nonetheless. That is so much money though, and that bothers me a bit. Would she do it for less? Will she give some to charity or donate it to the national rifle association? Well, I guess we'll just have to see.