When major publishing houses have signed off on books by former Trump officials, the backlash has been intense. In April, after Simon & Schuster acquired two books by Mr. Pence, some staff and authors protested, and a petition seeking to end the deal was signed that month by more than 200 employees and 3,500 outside supporters. received. Soon after, it was reported that Simon & Schuster Ms. Conway was also signed A new round of criticism started.
Simon & Schuster CEO Jonathan Karp said in a letter to the company that it is committed to publishing authors from across the political spectrum.
“We come to work each day to publish, not to cancel,” wrote Mr. Karp, “which is the most extreme decision a publisher can make, and one that affects our ability to publish for a wide variety of voices. Contrary to the core of the mission and approach.”
Still, the rancor has created an opening for smaller independent conservative publishers to recruit major writers who may have gone to one of the first big houses in a big advance. This spring, Post Hill Press, a small Tennessee publisher, purchased a book from Ohio representative Jim Jordan, which is due out in November. An imprint of Post Hill, Bombardier has published books by Representative Matt Getz and other famous Republicans.
Industry executives say there is a huge market for conservative books, especially under a Democratic president and Congress. Under the Clinton and Obama administrations, publishers saw a boom in sales of right-wing books such as Edward Klein’s “The Truth About Hillary” and Ben Shapiro’s “The People vs. Barack Obama.” Similarly, the Trump era proved profitable for publishers as readers ate the books. James Comey, John Bolton and Mary Trump He was critical of the President and his administration.
Publishers expect reader interest to remain strong. According to NPD Bookscan, sales of political titles soared to 12.9 million print copies in 2020, a nearly 60 percent jump from 2019. So far this year, political books have sold 3.3 million print units, up more than 20 percent from the same period in 2020.
Some see an opening to create a parallel publishing ecosystem that caters to conservative writers who have been shut down by mainstream houses. DC public relations firm Ethos launched a literary agency, and is representing conservatives such as Scott Atlas, Trump’s former coronavirus adviser, and Christopher Rufo, director of a conservative think tank that published Broadside a book about critical race theory. has been sold. .