The Hottest Sought-After Talent For Talent Agents: Sarah Palin

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Who’s the hottest property now being sought by talent agents who can almost taste making a bundle for a book deal….or a high-profile TV show? Is it MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow? Is it Fox News’ new star Mike Huckabee? John McCain after his smash Letterman and SNL gigs? Joe the Plumber?

No, it’s Sarah Palin. There may be a debate raging on both sides about whether her future is bright or not, and whether if she runs for President she has a chance or not, but there is one certainty today: she’s The One agents want to sign, according to The New York Post’s Page Six:

SARAH Palin won’t be vice president, but she won the hearts of talent scouts and literary agents who are scrambling to sign her to multimillion-dollar contracts.

CAA, ICM, William Morris, Paradigm and other agencies “smell books, talk shows and commentary for Fox and CNN” as possibilities for the Alaska governor, West Coast PR man Hal Lifson told us.

“There are several of our imprints who are eager to talk to Governor Palin,” Random House spokesman Stuart Applebaum said. “She clearly has a constituency and we know books by conservatively-centered politicos usually sell very, very well.”

Public-relations powerhouse Howard Rubenstein added, “She’s poised to make a ton of money.” But he warned, “She ought to keep an eye on what her goals are for 2012. If she plays a game and looks foolish, if she sounds like she doesn’t know what she’s talking about – like saying Africa is a country – she may talk herself out of a political job.”

And why not? She’s telegenic. Has a journalism background. Worked on a local TV station. She certainly has strong opinions. And she’d appeal to the same big audience as Sean and Rush.

Sure, she may have some demands on the budget she’d require for wardrobe, but it’d be a small price to pay given the books she could sell and the ratings she could attract:

Linda Mann, president of Mann Media, which books celebrities and fashionistas for TV, noted, “Her buzz is incredible. She has car-wreck appeal. You’re compelled to watch, hoping she’ll say the dumbest things possible. I’d propose a show combining her love of fashion and lack of brainpower – ‘Project Dumbway.’ ”

What kind of money can Palin expect? “That’s an interesting question because everybody will compare what she gets to the book deal Tina Fey reportedly made – $6 million,” said one high-ranking publishing source. “No matter what it is, the betting is she’ll sign a deal by the end of the month.

Why all the buzz over Palin? Some Americans voted for Barack Obama for President because they didn’t like her, but she’s idolized on some GOP circles and has become the darling of social conservatives.

And lest you think that publishers and agents can’t just wait to publish any book by any politician, think again. President George Bush has reportedly gotten a bit of friendly advice from some book industry bigwigs interviewed by the AP: don’t rush in writing YOUR book:

In less than three months, President-elect Barack Obama will take office and the Bush administration will belong to history. With the president reportedly interested in writing about his White House years, publishers have a suggestion:

Take your time.

“If I were advising President Bush, given how the public feels about him right now, I think patience would probably be something that I would encourage,” says Paul Bogaards, executive director of publicity for Alfred A. Knopf, which in 2004 released Bill Clinton’s million-selling “My Life.”

“Certainly the longer he waits, the better,” says Marji Ross, president and publisher of the conservative Regnery Publishing, which is more likely to take on anti-Obama books in the next few years than any praises of Bush.

“There’s a pent-up frustration among conservatives that will focus their attention on a Barack Obama presidency and lead them to buy a lot of books about Barack Obama. But that’s not the kind of emotion that anyone is going to use to turn to reading a memoir by a conservative president.”

In a poor economy, it’s not a great time for anyone to shop a book, and certainly not for a deeply unpopular president. Bush’s approval ratings are in the 20s and Republicans are at a low moment after Tuesday night, when Obama defeated Sen. John McCain by a convincing margin and Democrats expanded majorities in Congress.

Is there a possibility that Palin will take this financial bonanza ball and eventually run with it to raise her profile heading into 2012?

No one knows for sure but you can make a guess:

You betcha…

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  • EEllis

    Project “Dumbway”? Well at least you used a quote from someone who is serious about signing Palin……….

  • GeorgeSorwell

    She's the biggest celebrity in the world!

  • Rudi

    But is she smarter than a fifth grader?

  • JSpencer

    “And she’d appeal to the same big audience as Sean and Rush.”

    No doubt. I see a sort of a brunette, hillbillyish Ann Coulter. Hey, there's no accounting for taste. I mean if an airbag full of bile and BS like Rush can be successful, then anything is possible.

  • pacatrue

    I had the same thought, EEllis. I don't think Palin will be signing with Mann Media.

    I don't know if she's ready to run a 3 hour radio show every day, but she's certainly make many millions with a book. She's got both a good story for the general audience and a political “niche” appeal.

  • StockBoySF

    That's one book I DO believe in banning. She shouldn't profit from the folly that McCain put this country through.

    Maybe I can get the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and Mayor Newsom to pass something banning her book from all public libraries and outlaw all advertisement in public spaces. :) Before anyone takes me seriously I just want to say that I'm not serious. But I couldn't resist sharing the image. :)

  • EEllis

    I”m with you SB. How dare McCain run against the Anointed one! The vermin who voted against Obama must also be punished before the US can be at peace and transform into what it was meant to be.

    Do people ever listen to themselves?

  • pacatrue

    EEllis, you did read this part of SB's comment, yes? “Before anyone takes me seriously I just want to say that I'm not serious.”

  • EEllis

    Yes I got it, he wouldn't really ban a book, but if one deserved it that one would. Aside from the book banning do you think he was joking about his feeling of McCain and Palin? For McCain and “the folly” of daring to run for president? This is bringing the country together? Now comes the refrain of , but the republicans, but Bush, yada yada yada.

  • daveinboca

    The crapola comments on this site reflect the discredited MSM [the NYT loses over a thousand readers per week on a consistent basis] campaign to denigrate and slander a REAL conservative who lives her life and isn't a gaffe-a-matic loon like Joe Biden, whose silly comments finally consigned him to a penalty box for the last month of the Obama campaign. Obama, of course, says hardly anything and has no reporters vetting his possible illegalities with Rezko and his associations with unrepentant terrorists.

    Instead it's a phony wardrobe scam that this fake-news blog puts forward on the word of McCain aides angry that she drew the crowds while J-Mack actually turned off conservatives.

    The Rasmussen Poll says 62% of Republicans support her, with Romney & Huckabee & Jindal close to single digits. McCain was the candidate of the MSM, which then mousetrapped him with phony pieces in the soon-to-be-defunct NYT about Vickie Iseman & his wife—-classy stuff & none of it true, just like the wardrobe hoax generated by former CBS newsie Nicole {LNU] & her partners in disinformation Murphy & Noonan. The WSJ wing that favors illegal immigration got their boy Johnny as the Repub candidate, but couldn't stand a real conservative like Palin, who owns one house and has five kids & her first husband. The MSM females rarely have any husbands except the Ellen DeGeneres variety. No wonder they hate a good-looking smart female [who's been jumped on by the MSM while serial dunce Biden got a free pass].

  • kritt11

    Dave-in-boca

    62% of the ever shrinking GOP isn't enough to elect anybody in a national race. The more important figure is the 60% of all Americans who said they thought she wasn't ready to be VP.
    Don't even think choosing her helped McCain!

    I just hope that before Sarah Palin flew back to Wasilla, she clicked her Neiman Marcus heels three times and said “Africa is a continent, Africa is a continent, Africa is a continent”! LOL

  • Nonameworks

    The article makes it clear that the “in” people still don't get Sarah Palin.

    The pathetic — truly pathetic — comments made by the high rolling people-makers expose them in their naked arrogance still yet again.

    Howard Rubenstien really believes Sarah Palin thought / thinks Africa is country?

    Linda Mann, president of Mann Media [(OH. WOW!! ] ” ….She has car-wreck appeal. You’re compelled to watch, hoping she’ll say the dumbest things possible. …”

    Oh yeah? Why don't you book Joe Biden. He's oh so available. He's going to be absolutely going bonkers with NO real job, No power, NO media seeking him, and NO microphone to make an utter and complete fool of himself.

    People like Linda Mann think Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house, yah?

    This is why the MSM are toast and the “the agencies” will be out in the cold.

    What makes them think she's interested in doing / being other than who she is — governor of Alaska with a natural gas pipeline that needs to be built, a budget to balance, people to serve (she works for them, remember?) and a great family?

    I really don't think she thinks you guys are worth her time right now.

    And she's right.