Back when EW asked book publishing insiders if they’d be interested in an Amanda Knox book, the answer was an unmistakable, resounding “Yes.” One prominent editor told us, “People vote at the bookstore when it comes to any big case. You need to ask, ‘Where is the court of public opinion on this?’ That’s who’s going to buy the account.” While in publishers’ eyes Knox is golden, the opposite can be said for Casey Anthony, the Florida mom acquitted of murdering her daughter Caylee. It’s safe to say that the court of public opinion finds Anthony guilty, and readers are, for obvious reasons, loath to hand money over for her book. TMZ called around to publishers yesterday and today, and here are some of the statements they received from the big houses:
Simon and Schuster: “We are 100% not interested. We are NOT NOT NOT interested. Simon & Schuster is not publishing, and has never intended to publish, any book by Casey Anthony, her family, or any member of her team.
Harper Collins: “We are planning on publishing the Prosecutor’s book who was involved in the Casey Anthony case, so we have no plans in releasing a Casey Anthony book. We’re sticking with the prosecutor.”
Penguin Group: “We have no plans on doing a book deal with Casey Anthony.”
Another publisher went so far as to say, “Hell no … it’s blood money.”
One publishing power-player told me that hate mail flooded his office when he was associated – erroneously – with a Casey Anthony book project. In fact, the Casey Anthony stink is so powerful in the book world that it calls to mind another project with major “ick” factor: If I Did It, the failed 2007 book – brought to the public by notorious editor Judith Regan – in which O.J. Simpson gave a supposedly “hypothetical” account of his role in the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson. The book ignited a huge public outcry pre-publication, prompting the 400,000-copy initial printing to be scrapped by HarperCollins. (Soon after, Regan was unceremoniously dumped by the publishing house.)
Unless there’s another editor as brazen, fearless, and nuts as Regan, Casey Anthony will not get a bigtime book deal any time soon. But what do you think – does the cynical side of you think that a book by Casey Anthony can actually be a best-seller? Are there any circumstances under which would you’d buy such a book?