Donald Trump is reportedly unable to get a book deal for his presidential memoir because publishers fear a “fact-checking nightmare” and because the disgraced, one-term, twice-impeached former president is radioactive after inciting the Jan. 6 insurrection, Politico reported Tuesday.
A former US president struggling to score a major book deal is unheard of in the literary world. But according to Politico, nobody wants to publish Trump’s book ––despite the certainty that it would become an instant best-seller–– because publishers worry that the memoir would be ripped apart by fact-checkers.
“It would be too hard to get a book that was factually accurate, actually,” said one major figure in the book publishing industry. “That would be the problem. If he can’t even admit that he lost the election, then how do you publish that?”
“Publishing a Trump memoir would be a logistical nightmare that could drive away talent from any publisher who took on the project,” said another insider, according to Politico.
“It doesn’t matter what the upside on a Trump book deal is, the headaches the project would bring would far outweigh the potential in the eyes of a major publisher,” said Keith Urbahn, president and founding partner of the Javelin literary and creative agency. “Any editor bold enough to acquire the Trump memoir is looking at a fact-checking nightmare, an exodus of other authors, and a staff uprising in the unlikely event they strike a deal with the former president.”
Read more over at Politico.