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Comey’s Writing a Book, and Publishers Are Eager to Pay Big Money for It

16 July 2017

From The New York Times:

James B. Comey, the former F.B.I. director who was fired in May by President Trump, is writing a book about his experience in public service, including his tumultuous and brief tenure in the Trump administration.

Mr. Comey has been meeting with editors and publishers in New York in recent days, and is being represented by Keith Urbahn and Matt Latimer, partners at the literary agency Javelin. The book is expected to go to auction this coming week, and all the major publishing houses have expressed keen interest, Mr. Latimer said.

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“It’s a book about leadership and his search for truth, informed by lessons and experiences he’s had throughout his career, including his recent experiences in the Trump administration,” said Mr. Latimer, whose agency also represents Tucker Carlson and Donna Brazile. “It will speak to a broader desire in our country for more ethical leadership.”

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 Almost immediately after his firing, agents and publishers pounced, setting off speculation that Mr. Comey was contemplating writing a book. News outlets ran articles positing that Mr. Comey could land an eight-figure advance for a memoir.

Mr. Comey was reluctant at first to entertain offers, but he later decided that he had something to say beyond a rehashing of his career highlights and low points, according to his agent. His aim is to write candidly about his experience serving in multiple administrations, and to use moments from his career to draw lessons about ethics, decision making and leadership.

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18 Comments to “Comey’s Writing a Book, and Publishers Are Eager to Pay Big Money for It”

  1. And it might even sell better than those ex-prez books do – until people discover he never admits that anything actually happened …

    • How Did NY Gov. Cuomo Make $783,000 From A Book That Sold Only 3,200 Copies?

      Salient passage:

      In 2015, the governor reportedly earned zero income from book sales and in the nearly three years that it’s been on the market, it has sold just 3,200 copies. But Cuomo, the Buffalo News found, reported that he received a total of $783,000 from HarperCollins in book sales over the past three years, a number that would translate to royalty payments of nearly $244.69 per copy.

      My understanding is that this is a fairly common practice and is not limited to one end of the political spectrum or the other.

  2. Is this his payoff for letting Clinton off the hook?

    Because I don’t see any way they could justify an eight-figure advance on actual book sales.

    • Payoff for not ratting out all the major media companies for how they secretly coordinate with the government to influence opinion for political and corporate ends (not to mention domestic spying).

      • Are the major media outlets doing that now?

        • CNN, Washington Post, New York Times, HuffPost, and many others are currently conspiring to undermine and de-legitimize a duly elected President. They are the main spokespeople for the soft coup that is currently underway against Trump.

      • They do it so secretly that even the mass media don’t know they’re doing it, becase there is absolutely no evidence such a thing has or is occurring.

        The job of Director of the FBI, by the way, does not include policing or investigating the media because they report factually correct news that is unflattering to the President. The First Amendment to the Constitution bars government censorship of media outlets.

        • Nor does it include policing the media if they report factually incorrect news that is unflattering to the president.

          The First Amendment bars government censorship of anyone.

  3. I seem to remember something in the Federal Code about a convicted felon not being allowed to profit from their crimes…

    He may very well be behind bars in not too many months – there is plenty to prosecute for his intelligence breaches.

  4. The talk of ‘bars’ for Comey is a load of tosh. Now if it was another family entirely, I could understand it.

  5. Patricia Sierra

    I’ll do my part to help him earn out the advance.

  6. Yawn. Can we please have an administration – British, American, Canadian, German, what=have-you – where someone does NOT write a tell-all or political autobiography? Just once?

  7. id like to see the book first. Will possibly be quite a thing to vett it

  8. I doubt that Comey was writing a book before the publishers came calling. In fact, I doubt that he’s writing a book at all. Most likely this will be ghost-written, not informative, and done solely for the piles of cash all involved hope to make. But you all knew that.

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