From Page Six:
Dolly Parton has inked a book deal, sources exclusively told Page Six.
But the hot property by the singer went to smaller indie publishers Chronicle Books and Recorded Books in a joint pact, despite interest from the larger publishing houses.
Publishing insiders said the country-music superstar had interest from major imprints — but that she went with Chronicle and Recorded so she could get better terms on the tome’s audio rights.
“She would not go with a major publisher — though many were interested,” a source said.
The source added that Parton opted for the smaller imprints because, “no major publishers are willing to part with audio rights. Dolly wanted a term license that could revert [back to her] in 10 years.”
Link to the rest at Page Six and thanks to Judith for the tip.
Despite what her public persona may imply to some, PG remembers reading that Dolly Parton is a very savvy businesswoman. For PG, the OP adds evidence that this is true.