This week a jury ruled that Casey Anthony was not guilty in the death of her child and a judge sentenced the young woman to four years in jail for lying to authorities. As the case winds down, analysts keep asking the same question–will Anthony get a lucrative book deal to write about her experience?
The Boston Herald covered the issue in an article today, including this quote from Emerson College professor Gregory Payne: “She will get top dollar for a book … She’s probably going to be with a very fat ATM card.” What do you think?
As mentioned in the article, this GalleyCat editor doesn’t think Anthony will get a book deal. Despite the not guilty ruling, Anthony will face a lifetime of public scrutiny and speculation. The publishing industry learned its lesson after bad publicity canceled O.J. Simpson‘s pulped book, If I Did It–readers get very upset when an infamous celebrity attempts to make money off a murder case.
We especially appreciated novelist Jason Pinter‘s take on the book deal brouhaha: “The notion of a Casey Anthony book is simply more water being squeezed from that stone, the media trying to drain out a last few columns and angles before the well dries up and we move on. Speculation is catnip, and because a few ‘analysts’ have declared Casey likely to reap a mind, people will feast upon it.”