Publishers already contacting Hicks about book deal: report
Book publishers have already begun contacting White House communications director Hope Hicks to obtain the rights to her memoir upon her exit from the Trump administration, the British tabloid Daily Mail reported Thursday.
The 29-year-old longtime Trump aide could be expected to make up to $10 million from an advance to a book deal and is actively being contacted by movie and TV producers as well, the Mail reported.
“Next to Ivanka and Melania, Hope is the woman closest to the president,” one publishing executive told the Mail. “[She] knows all the secrets, all the foibles, all the quirks.”
One White House insider also told the website that Hicks reportedly kept a “detailed diary” of her interactions and time in the White House, a resource that could be a major asset if she plans to write a memoir.
“[But] she is certainly under some sort of nondisclosure agreement,” that source told the Mail.
One literary agent who has represented Pulitzer prize-winning journalists told the Mail that many in the entertainment and media industries see Hicks’s story as a political blockbuster, citing Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” as an example.
Wolff’s book, which has been criticized as inaccurate in parts, nevertheless was widely popular on its release in January, with sales of the book topping 1.7 million.
“Michael Wolff with his unauthorized tell-all has sold something like 900,000 books, and it’s made him a millionaire, even though there’s been questions about some of his reporting,” the agent said.
“Believe me when I say that the publishing world and Hollywood are in a state of excitement over getting her to agree and sign on the dotted line. I’d kill to have her as my client.”
Hicks announced her resignation Wednesday, with White House aides saying she would leave the Trump administration within the next few weeks.