Monday, February 24, 2020

Would You Buy A Book From This Woman?

Or perhaps more to the point, If you were a publisher, why would you advance this woman a seven figure amount of money to write a book?

"This woman" is erstwhile US ambassador to Ukraine and sundry other countries (Somalia is about as sundry as a country can get): Marie Yovanovitch, last seen participating in the Dem's Impeachment Theater. We learn from the NYPost:

Marie Yovanovitch is cashing in with a book deal. 
The former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine who testified against President Trump at House impeachment hearings is getting seven figures from publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
The book, a memoir that remains untitled, is expected to be released in spring 2021. 
“Yovanovitch’s book will deliver pointed reflections on the issues confronting America today, and thoughts on how we can shore up our democracy,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said in a statement. 
Yovanovitch is represented by the Javelin literary agency, which has handled books for other #resistance icons such as ex-FBI director James Comey and former national security adviser John Bolton.

A lot of people think that "book deals" are really a means to buy people off, or pay them for services rendered--past or future. For example, President Trump has repeatedly pointed to the Obama "book deal"--worth $60 million with Penguin Random House. Also the Obama Netflix deal. Who knows? And of course, that's the point.

But, really, Marie Yovanovitch? Who would want to bet that even a hundred legitimate people would buy her book? That seems like a pretty transparent payoff. Which just goes to show that there's some real money behind Impeachment Theater.

What a country we've become.


  1. No, it just shows how estranged traditional book publishing is from their market, and why Amazon ate their lunch. The big book publishers subsidiaries are often large media conglomerations, based in Manhattan, and very insular.

    This was just 7 figure virtue signaling. Same thing happened with a Hillary’s book, huge advance, and was soon in the remainder table.

    1. If they're that easy, I should apply for a book advance. A collection of my old blogs.

  2. Trying to get rich off of sedition.

    Hillary knows the ultimate result, she uttered it once.

  3. I don't know who would buy John Bolton's book--he was the national security advisor for five minutes (OK, five months). There's just not enough there to be enlightening or fascinating.

    Yovanovich? No one outside the beltway (except for the NYT) knows who she is...

    1. Which is why it looks rather like a payoff of some sort.