Trump’s ‘Book of All Books’ is Undoubtedly a Work of Fiction (Opinion)
Although some readers may doubt it, quality publishers still adhere to certain standards for what they publish. In my 30 years of experience in books, publishers and publishers’ lawyers have all applied guidelines that ensure that work is factual and fair. The bottom line is that whether you buy a book from Macmillan, Random House, Viking, Simon & Schuster (I’ve worked with all of them), or any number of other reputable ones, you should expect a non-fictional title to be grounded in reality.
For the former president, being shunned by the powerful big publishers can be painful, as he has always tried to team up with the winners. But alternatives can be found, and they can satisfy his desire to earn money. One option would be to make an arrangement with a right niche publisher. But I would just recommend that he publish the book himself (despite the damage a book full of lies could do), removing the middle man and pocketing every penny, minus the expense.
Think of all the millions of Trump fans who would buy his book because they love it. Add to that the millions of others who can’t resist the chance to peek into his mind because they hate him. Everyone would prefer something unedited, unvarnished, and therefore genuinely Trump. He surely knows it, which means that by his light he is guaranteed to produce a book that will sell like crazy and draw crowds if he ever takes the road to promote it. For a man who values money and attention, not truth or literary quality, this might just be the book of all books.