Mike Pence has signed a multi-million dollar, two-book deal with publisher Simon & Schuster on Wednesday, according to reports. The former Vice President becomes the first person from the Trump Administration to sign a lucrative contract after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
CNN is reporting the deal for Pence is worth somewhere in the range of $3 million to $4 million.
The first book is expected to be released in 2023 and will be a memoir of his time as second-in-command under President Trump. As for the second, it will be more of a broad autobiographical read expected in early 2024.
News of the book deal comes as many within Trump’s inner circle are reportedly struggling to find work after exiting the White House. Also, some publishers have rejected book ideas due to the nature of a damaging backlash from a post-Trump era in Washington.
Kellyanne Conway, a former advisor to Trump who left the White House last August, is also reportedly writing a book on her experiences of being close to the President.
Many are speculating if the move by Pence will transition into a 2024 presidential run by the former Indiana governor. He’s one of the few people to have experience at the state level and inside the White House. Also, the timing of both books being delayed to fit inside the election cycle suggests Pence is working towards becoming the GOP front-runner.
On Wednesday, Pence also announced he was launching a new political advocacy group called Advancing American Freedom. A GOP advisory board composed of Trump allies and former administration officials, including Conway, Newt Gingrich, and Larry Kudlow.