Hundreds of authors, editors and publishing agents have called on the publishing industry not to enter into any agreements to publish books by Donald Trump and members of his administration.
In a letter entitled “No Book Agreements with Traitors,” more than 250 representatives of the publishing world urge their colleagues not to provide a platform for the president and his officials when he leaves the White House.
Many former US presidents and their cabinet members write memoirs after leaving their posts. Their fees are often in the millions of dollars.
“None of those who instigated, persuaded, encouraged, or otherwise supported the coup attempt on January 6, 2021 should be rewarded for their philosophy and disseminated through our favorite publishers,” the letter said.
“We believe in the power of words and are tired of the fact that the work we love enriches the monsters among us, and we will do everything in our power to stop this,” the authors of the appeal continue.
The letter, in particular, was signed by representatives of the five largest publishing houses: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group and Macmillan.