Sarah Palin’s ‘Rogue’ book to be released early

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Much of it was written in seclusion in San Diego

Apparently San Diego has proven not only to be America’s Finest City, but also a fertile ground for writing as well. Sarah Palin, the famous (or infamous, depending on your politics) former Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential candidate apparently has already finished her memoir, far in advance of its originally planned completion date.

NBC reported that Palin worked full-time for almost four months to finish the book, actually moving her family to San Diego for most of the month of August so she could work on the project with her collaborator.

The book now has been given a title, “Going Rogue: An American Life”, which is appropriately inflammatory given the attitude and actions of Ms. Palin since she was announced as John McCain’s running mate way back in 2008.

The completion of the book comes just four months after the book deal was first announced and the release date has been moved up from the spring of 2010 to Nov. 17th of this year.

Her publisher was quoted as saying, “Governor Palin has been unbelievably conscientious and hands-on at every stage, investing herself deeply and passionately in this project,” said Jonathan Burnham, publisher of Harper. “It’s her words, her life, and it’s all there in full and fascinating detail.”

The book, her first, will be approximately 400 pages , with a huge first printing planned of 1.5 million copies. The exciting aspect for the publisher is that, because it was completed early, it will be available in hard cover for the holiday buying season. Publishers as a whole have been concerned that e-books, rapidly becoming more popular, might take away sales from more expensive hardcover editions. For this reason, the e-book will not be available until after Christmas.

During and after last year’s presidential campaign, many experts questioned whether Palin hurt McCain’s presidential bid by “going rogue,” or defying his campaign’s control (not to mention her lack of experience and ability to speak to any issues coherently), so the book could actually provide some interesting reading.

Our question is, “Could this be considered premature publication?”


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