Bush to write book; Palin may steal limelight

Wed Nov 12, 2008 4:54pm EST
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By Daniel Trotta

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republicans may have been voted out of power but they could dominate U.S. political bookshelves with memoirs by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush among the possible coming attractions.

Publishers would eagerly offer Laura Bush seven figures for her memoirs, publishing experts say, raising the question of whether she could fetch more than her husband.

Yet both could be outdone by Sarah Palin, the feisty governor of Alaska and unsuccessful Republican vice presidential candidate in last week's election.

"Rightly or wrongly, the public seems to have taken a fancy to Palin and I would imagine she'd get more than either of them at this silly moment in our lives," said John Baker, the former editorial director at Publishers Weekly who is now an agent.

Agents and publishers say both Bushes and Palin would likely command multimillion-dollar advances but not as much as former President Bill Clinton, who received a $15 million advance, believed to be a record for a nonfiction work.

Interest in political memoirs is high after president-elect Democrat Barack Obama, who has already written two books about his own life, ended eight years of Republican rule.

Former Bush aide Karl Rove and ex-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are among those who already have book contracts but there's another potential memoirist who the industry sees as even more intriguing: Vice President Dick Cheney.

President Bush told CNN on Tuesday he would probably write a book after returning to his home state of Texas in January.   Continued...

<p>U.S. President George W. Bush walks to the Oval Office after making remarks to the 2008 NCAA Sports Champions on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, November 12, 2008. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts</p>