- Anthony Scaramucci shopped a book about his time in the White House.
- He doesn’t plan on publishing anything because he doesn’t want to write a tell-all.
President Donald Trump’s short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci didn’t have much luck shopping his book with major publishers.
In the months after getting ousted from the White House, Scaramucci sought a publisher to put out a book, which at one point was titled “I Did It My Way,” about his 10 days as Trump’s communications director.
A proposal for the book that was circulated to several major publishers earlier this summer and shared with Business Insider promised a “tell-all” to dish on his bizarre ouster from the White House as well as his “countless other interactions involving Sean Spicer, General McMaster, Sarah Huckabee and even the Vice President.”
The news leaked last week to Page Six, which said Scaramucci was attempting to sell a book on his time in the White House with the help of Trident Media Group.
But in a text message to Business Insider on Monday, Scaramucci struck a different tone.
He said he was no longer interested in publishing a book, saying he was not willing to write the kind of tell-all that would create buzz but damage his standing with the president and the White House.
“In order for publishers to be interested it would have to be a tell-all,” Scaramucci wrote. “Not one publisher wanted anything else. I am a team player and don’t want to write a tell-all.”
The proposal for Scaramucci’s book, which was floated to several major publishers this summer, promised to describe his interactions in the White House as well as the story behind the communications director’s departure following colorful remarks about other White House officials he made to a reporter at the New Yorker.
“If Scaramucci has at times been so frustrated by Washington that he was driven to colorful language, it’s really because he’s a ‘facts’ guy, not a ‘spin’ guy,” the proposal said. “As this book explains, he came to Washington, DC from the world of finance in New York City – a world of hard numbers that can’t always be sugarcoated or wished away in some pretty speech. Washington could benefit from the wisdom of a few more hardheaded numbers guys, as this book will explain.”
Other drafts of the book proposal have circulated
The proposal shared with Business Insider wasn’t the final draft.
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, several versions of the proposal that have circulated to publishers since Scaracmucci left the White House.
Another person at a major publishing house told Business Insider on the condition of anonymity that they saw a more formal, polished, 35-page version of the proposal in October that was “not good, but it was better than this,” that included quotes from Scaramucci and proposed pages.
The former communications director would not confirm information in the proposal obtained by Business Insider, but said a later proposal stipulated the book would be titled “Inside Out,” and focus on his post-White House ruminations.
“Mine was on resiliency, how to get up on what you thought was going to be your 12th day in the White House, but it’s not,” Scaramucci said. “That sort of thing.”
Scaramucci isn’t the only former Trump communications official who has had difficulty shopping a book.
According to conversations with executives at multiple publishers in October, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer also struggled to sell a book after he left the White House. BuzzFeed reported last week that publishers were turned off by Spicer’s botched post-presidency press roll-out.
Read the full proposal below: