When someone leaves the Trump administration they often do the media circuit or go into hiding to start writing a tell-all book. The latter is usually met with criticism that the person is simply trying to cash in on their story. Well… duh!
Let’s be honest: The train wreck of a White House is filled with such drama that any book about its goings on is sure to be a bestseller. And someone in a high-profile role who’s been turfed is easily going to have rock-star status for months after their departure.
Is it wrong to cash in on a story? Is this something new that we’ve never seen before? Bitch, please!
We’ve seen sit-down interviews and front-page tabloid stories for decades. (Hell, reality shows have been exploiting people’s lives for a generation already.) But something about a person rushing to land a book deal is bothersome to critics.
Looking at it from a business point of view, of course a book deal is a better option. A paid interview will rarely land seven figures. A book deal, with a publisher’s advance, and then royalties and all the other payments that come along with it is highly lucrative to cash in.
Remember, the person is out of a job. They need some sort of income. In a way, they are carrying on with having a paycheque related to the job from which they were ousted.
So when James Comey did it or even Hillary Clinton (who wasn’t fired by Trump, I realize that) went into seclusion to pen a fascinating tale of their life experience, people were waiting to hear about it. Ditto for when Sean Spicer puts out a book or Kellyanne Conway or Sarah Sanders.
Without even knowing what’s inside, you can pretty much guarantee that these books will be bestsellers. And trust me, as an author myself — a bestselling one at that — I long to have publishing houses fighting over my pages.
There’s nothing wrong with getting paid to exploit your life.