Michael Cohen won’t make a dime on book full of his House testimony
A Michael Cohen instant book in his own words hit Tuesday — but the fixer-turned-President Trump-antagonist will reap no gain.
Diversion Books said it crashed “Cohen’s House Testimony: The Complete Transcripts and Case Documents” for March 5 publication — only five days after Cohen delivered his riveting public testimony on Capitol Hill.
“For us, it seemed like an important historic moment that will have big demand no matter what you think about Cohen,” said Diversion CEO Scott Waxman.
No advance money will be paid to Cohen or any of his congressional interrogators for the book.
A public record won’t be available of the text version until late March, so Waxman and his editors relied on audio recordings that were cross-referenced with a closed-caption transcript from C-SPAN.
“We had three editors working on it to make sure it’s right,” he said.
Lightning Source, a Nashville-based division of Ingram Content Group, was tapped to handle a print-on-demand paperback, which is listing for $15.99 with an e-book available for $9.99.
Waxman said it was Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban — who published “How to Win at the Sport of Business” with Diversion in 2013 — who urged the indie publisher to rush to publish a Cohen book.
In his House testimony, Cohen said he himself does not have any book deals “in process” but acknowledged that early on he had pushed a proposal for a positive book on “The Trump Revolution.” Hachette Books said it planned to publish that book, but dropped it after Cohen became a suspect in the criminal probe that ultimately resulted in a guilty plea of lying to Congress.
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