New Writer Says It Welcomes Conservative Writers Rejected Elsewhere


When major publishers signed books by former Trump officials, the backlash has been fierce. In April, after Simon & Schuster announced they had acquired two books from Mr. Pence, some staff and authors protested, and a petition calling for an end to the deal was signed by more than 200 employees and 3,500 outside supporters that month . Shortly afterwards, the news that Simon & Schuster had also signed Ms. Conway triggered a new round of criticism.

Jonathan Karp, CEO of Simon & Schuster, said in a letter to the company that it had continued to commit to publishing authors from across the political spectrum.

“We come to work every day to publish, not to break off,” Karp wrote, “that is the most extreme decision a publisher can make and one that runs counter to the core of our mission to publish a variety of votes and Perspectives. “

Still, the resentment has created an opportunity for smaller independent conservative publishers to recruit prominent writers who may previously have gone to one of the big houses for a big step forward. That spring, Post Hill Press, a small Tennessee publisher, purchased a book by Ohio Representative Jim Jordan due for November and a memoir from former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany about her time in the administration. Bombardier, reprinted from Post Hill, has published books by MP Matt Gaetz and other prominent Republicans.

Industry officials say there is a tremendous market for conservative books, especially under a Democratic president and Congress. Under the Clinton and Obama administrations, publishers saw sales booms for right-wing books such as Edward Klein’s The Truth About Hillary and Ben Shapiro’s The People vs. Barack Obama. Similarly, the Trump era proved profitable for publishers as readers devoured books by James Comey, John Bolton, and Mary Trump that were critical of the president and his administration.

The publishers hope that the readers’ interest will remain high. According to NPD BookScan, sales of political books rose to 12.9 million printed copies in 2020, an increase of nearly 60 percent from 2019. So far this year, 3.3 million printed copies of political books have been sold, more than 20 percent more than in the same period in 2020.

Some see a way to create a parallel publishing ecosystem that does justice to conservative writers who have been excluded from mainstream houses. The public relations agency Athos in DC has founded a literary agency and represents conservatives like Scott Atlas, the former coronavirus advisor to Mr. Trump, and Christopher Rufo, the director of a conservative think tank who sold a book on critical racial theory to Broadside.