Amanda Knox has signed with one of the biggest literary agents in the book business, Washington D.C.-based Robert Barnett, according to the Daily News. Mr. Barnett is not technically an agent at all, he’s a lawyer, but he brokers some of the largest book deals around.
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Sarah Palin’s contract with Fox News, which was negotiated on her behalf by Washington power broker Robert Barnett and signed in January 2010, pays Ms. Palin $ 1 million a year for three years, Gabriel Sherman reports today in New York magazine.
According to Mr. Sherman, during the negotiations, Mr. Barnett told Fox News Read More
David Gergen is working on a book about the Obama administration, according to Alice Mayhew, his editor at Simon & Schuster.
Ms. Mayhew declined to go into detail about Mr. Gergen’s project, but characterized it as as being about “watching an administration take hold.”
“It’s early days,” Ms. Mayhew said by phone this Read More
The auction for David Plouffe’s account of the 2008 campaign has ended, and the winner is Viking Books. According to the AP’s Hillel Italie, who first reported news of the deal this morning, the Penguin Group imprint is paying Mr. Plouffe a sum in between $1.5 and $2 million dollars. Robert Barnett, the Washington Read More
In this weekend’s Financial Times magazine, I.F. Stone biographer and Nation correspondent D.D. Guttenplan tries his hand at the perennial Bob Barnett profile. It’s a lovely piece, and though much of it will be familiar to those who have heard Mr. Barnett’s story before, there is one passage—in which the all-powerful D.C. book deal Read More
Suzy Welch, wife of former General Electric chairman Jack Welch, has sold world rights to a book about decision-making to Nan Graham at the Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner, it was announced today.
The New York Times first reported the deal this morning, noting that Ms. Welch will be edited by Scribner’s Read More
After weeks of speculation, it’s finally official: Karl Rove’s memoirs will be published by Threshold Editions, the conservative-minded imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books overseen by GOP strategist Mary Matalin.
Earlier this week, Mr. Rove and his representative in the deal, DC lawyer Robert Barnett, were deciding between Threshold and Free Press, another Read More
The reason Karl Rove’s memoirs do not have a publisher a full week after the auction ended last Wednesday is that Mr. Rove and his representative, DC lawyer Robert Barnett, want to meet with the publishers who are pursuing the book and are running into scheduling difficulties because of the holidays, according to a publishing Read More
“I get these deals because of the client and the book, not because of me. I may facilitate putting the client with the right publishing house and the right editor, I may conduct a negotiation which results in the client getting the best deal available … but ultimately it’s the client and the book that Read More
Karl Rove is in New York today shopping a book proposal to editors, according to two publishing sources, including one executive who is meeting with Mr. Rove during his visit. According to the sources, President Bush’s former political guru is being represented by Washington D.C. lawyer Robert Barnett, who has previously brokered huge book deals Read More