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Sarah Palin and Other Freelance Authors Ponder Tax Day

palinbook23.jpgYesterday freelance author Sarah Palin told a crowd of passionate tea party members: “We’ll keep clinging to our constitution and our guns and religion and you can keep the change. Because the voters are coming”

Since most readers of this site didn’t earn $12 million dollars through book deals and speaking engagements, the April 15th tax day is a tough day for most self-employed writers in the audience. Here are a few more sympathetic links to get you through it.

The Urban Muse has an open thread for freelance writers paying taxes.

Add your tax day stories in the comments for a post tax-day round up. The NY Times has an alternative tax form that all the freelancers in the audience can appreciate.

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Penguin Press Reportedly Paid $5 Million for “Game Change” Sequel

gamechanged.jpgTIME magazine’s Mark Halperin (pictured, via) and New York‘s John Heilemann‘s bestselling behind-the-scenes look at the 2008 election, Game Change, will reportedly have a $5 million sequel.

Yesterday Crain’s New York reported that Penguin Press publisher Ann Godoff and literary agents Andrew Wylie and Scott Moyers negotiated a $5 million deal for a book about the 2012 election from the bestselling authors. With memoirists Sarah Palin and Barack Obama running around in 2012, it should be a literary election season.

Here’s more from the article: “‘This is presidential memoir level money,’ said one executive familiar with the deal… [it] harks back to a period before the recession ate into book sales and put pressure on houses to hold down costs. But the giant price tag is also representative of a trend among publishers toward making bigger bets on known commodities.”

Memoirist Sarah Palin Shopping Nature Show

palinbook23.jpgBestselling memoirist and former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin reportedly has been shopping a reality television nature show–a prospect that has touched off speculation around the media blogosphere. We wonder–could a glossy nature book be far behind?

Here’s more from our sibling blog, TVNewser: “Palin is close to signing a deal with Discovery communications for a nature/travelogue series called Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

And here’s literary analysis from writer Maud Newton: “Planet Earth, like many of Palin’s favorite phrases, has one innocuous set of associations for the population at large, and also an inflammatory shadow resonance for her base. While most of us naturally think of the popular documentary series, the touchstone for holy-rollers is Hal Lindsey‘s The Late, Great Planet Earth, an incendiary fundamentalist text published in 1970 that forecast the imminent dawn of the End Times.”

Book Trailer Attack Ad Takes on Karl Rove Memoir

The publishing world is obsessed with political books right now, as political figures from Sarah Palin to Glenn Beck to Karl Rove climb the bestseller chart. One book trailer decided to fight the trend with a time-tested political trick: the attack ad.

Unbeige blogger Steve Delahoyde designed that attack ad book trailer embedded above to support Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

Check it out: “REWORK, our new book on starting, building, and growing –or not growing–a business was released one week ago today. The book is selling out around the country and rocketed to #3 on Amazon.com’s bestseller list. Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy and spread the word. But there’s this book right ahead of it by this guy named Karl Rove. Heard of him? Turns out his book just came out too. And he’s all over the press … With a wink and a grin, we present the truth about Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight and 37signals’ Rework.”

Sarah Palin PAC Paid $47,777 for Memoir Copies

palinbook23.jpgAs news of price wars obsessed the publishing world today, one political celebrity disclosed some hefty book purchases. According to filings from the Sarah Palin PAC, the former Alaskan governor bought $47,777 worth of copies of her memoir from HarperCollins. UPDATE 1: The LA Times cites reports that the Palin PAC spent more than $63,000 on book purchases.

If the campaign team paid the $13.50 hardcover price currently featured on Amazon, those campaign dollars bought more than 3,500 copies of the book. If they paid the full $28.99 hardcover price, they bought more than 1,600 copies. However, if they paid the $9.99 harcover price batted around during the Great Walmart and Amazon Price War, they could have purchased more than 4,700 copies of “Going Rogue: An American Life.”

Here’s more from the National Journal report: “The papers filed over the weekend show SarahPAC spent $47,777 on copies of “Going Rogue” during the last 6 months of the year … The FEC reports show Palin has been purchasing the book to send to donors, some of whom got a copy after contributing a certain amount to the PAC.” (Via Gawker)

UPDATE 2: A reader responds in the comments: “All authors have a ‘Author purchases’ clause in their contract. The amount paid for those books varies from contract to contract and comes with re-sale restrictions. Those copies are considered royalty free and are not counted by a publisher when calculating copies sold. Thus the comment that this was a way to the top of bestseller list is wildly incorrect.”

Author Sarah Palin Joins Fox News as Contributor

palinbook23.jpgToday news broke that memoirist and former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin will appear on Fox News “on a regular basis” after striking a “multi-year deal” with the conservative news channel.

Here’s more from the NY Times: Ms. Palin will not have her own regular program, one person familiar with the deal said, though she will host an occasional series that will run on the network from time to time.

Palin reportedly sold 300,000 copies of her memoir in a single week in 2009. Last week Wiley dropped a book about Palin from NBC reporter Matthew Berger, deciding that “the marketplace changed.”

Sarah Palin Book Dropped

palinbook23.jpgDespite Sarah Palin‘s blockbuster success in 2009 with her memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” NBC reporter Matthew Berger will not write a book about Palin for Wiley.

Politico has more on the deal: “In December 2008, Berger signed a deal with Wiley to write a book on Palin, which he tells me is no longer happening. ‘The marketplace changed, and we decided not to move forward with the manuscript,’ Berger said. The biggest change to the Palin marketplace, of course, was her best-selling memoir.”

Last year Palin reportedly sold 300,000 copies of her book in a single week week, becoming topic of debate for everybody from cartoonists to political readers lurking in the GalleyCat comments section.

Analyst Sees “Impressive” Book Sales in 2009

crainsny2323.jpgExamining the year-end figures from Nielsen BookScan, Crain’s NY cautiously concluded that the bookselling business might not be as bad as the gloomy critics say.

The article began by noting the year’s declines. Compared to last year, “overall unit sales” fell by three percent and adult non-fiction plunged 7 percent–despite Sarah Palin‘s blockbuster memoir. Nevertheless, adult fiction sales did not decline, and adult hardcover sales actually climbed by three percent.

Here’s more from the article: “‘Bottom line, it’s really pretty impressive,’ said Lorraine Shanley, a principal of consulting firm Market Partners International. ‘When you look at every other medium, and you look at books, and you see they held their own in one of the most difficult years we’ve had in a generation, that’s good news.’”

Garry Trudeau Bashes Twitter Lit in Comic Strip

bio_trudeau.jpgIn his Sunday Doonesbury comic, cartoonist Garry Trudeau (pictured) satirized the Twitter book deals (and referenced his own Twitter satire book) that have inspired both fascination and irritation in the publishing world.

In the strip, fictional Fox News anchor Roland Hedley explores his first independent bookstore, telling the crowd at his reading: “I thought I’d read you a few tweets from my latest collection, ‘My Shorts R Bunching. Thoughts?‘” A series of inane thoughts, terrible syntax, and a Sarah Palin joke follow…

If you need some context on the whole Twitter book deal phenomenon, follow these links for to catch up on the trend. (Link via Random House) Update: A previous version of this post incorrectly spelled Trudeau’s name.

Author Braves Thanksgiving Madness for Airport Book Signing

BTSB.jpgToday Democracy Now! host and author Amy Goodman took her book tour straight to the holiday traveler crowd–signing books at Borders Bookstore in the Main Terminal of the Seattle-Tacoma Airport.

Goodman is touring to promote “Breaking the Sound Barrier,” a collection of articles she wrote about “ordinary people standing up and speaking out.” As Haymarket Books publicity director Sarah Macaraeg noted: “we decided to hit the Borders at SeaTac airport to try our luck there–on the busiest travel day of the year.”

GalleyCat caught up with the author via cell phone about a half-hour into the holiday signing. “So far I’m winning,” she cheered. “It’s 3 to 0 versus Sarah Palin. I’ve sold three books, and she hasn’t sold any.” As of this writing (2pm EST, 11 am PST), the Seattle airport signing lasts for another two hours. If you are traveling through the airport, tell them GalleyCat sent you…

The author admitted it was a surreal location for a book signing. “Usually you don’t have to take off your shoes and belt to get to a book reading,” she explained. “I’m usually racing through airports trying to put my shoes back on before the plane door closes. This is a rare thing for me. It’s a new perspective!”

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