Bachmann says value of book deal ‘not ascertainable’

In a financial disclosure document signed on Oct. 4, Michele Bachmann mentions her contract with Signet/Penguin Publishers to write a book, due out Nov. 21. The form was uploaded by the Strib’s Rachel Stassen-Berger.

But Bachmann doesn’t put a price tag on the deal, noting on the form: “Value not ascertainable.”      

Bachmann did not get an advance for the book, “Core of Conviction,” because of congressional rules.

Will it eventually be profitable for her? No doubt, but it’s hard to say what she’ll take in. President Barack Obama makes millions from the books he wrote before becoming president. And Sarah Palin’s early books sold well, too, and she was able to take big advances.

Tim Pawlenty’s book, though, didn’t appear to sell well, particularly after he dropped out of the Republican presidential race. Still, Pawlenty reported $342,000 in royalties from the book on a financial disclosure form in August.

Comments (5)

  1. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/07/2011 - 03:26 pm.

    This is fiscal responsibility?

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/07/2011 - 06:06 pm.

    So, can we count on her to stay in the race until the book’s had a chance to sell or will she quit before November 21 and let the publisher take it on the chin?

  3. Submitted by will lynott on 10/07/2011 - 09:26 pm.

    I’d really like to see her stay in the race, pour some more wingnut millions down the rathole, and generally make herself such a surpassing pariah that no one in his right mind would spend money on her ever again.

    Is that too much to ask? Doesn’t seem so, so far.

    I’m still looking forward to her concession speech, in which she says, in her most submissive voice, that Marcus and God, in that order, have directed that she needs to spend more time with her family. Can’t wait….

  4. Submitted by Paul Brandon on 10/08/2011 - 11:00 am.

    This could also apply to her proposed solutions for the problems that she describes.

  5. Submitted by Luke Soiseth on 10/10/2011 - 02:11 pm.

    Only in America can a presidential also-ran’s (from what I read) horrifically boring book “not sell well” and yet net him a cool $342,000 in royalties (so far), which is about 8 times the yearly income for the average American family.

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