It looks like ex-Governor Palin's almost shotgun son-in-law, Levi Johnston, was right when he told a news conference this past July that "he heard the governor several times say how nice it would be to take advantage of the lucrative deals that were being offered, including a reality show and a book. "I think the big deal was the book. That was millions of dollars," Johnston said.
Sarah the Quitter now has her lucrative book deal. I'm not sure what happened to the reality show. From my sources in the industry, I understand that Palin and Michele Bachmann considered a collaborative effort, called Dancing With the Wingnuts, but couldn't sell it to any of the networks. And she certainly isn't winning friends and influencing people as a prospect on the lecture circuit:
"Sarah Palin is said to have pocketed a $7 million advance for the 400-page memoir she turned in four months early, but she might not have such an easy time on the lecture circuit.
After quitting as governor of Alaska in July, Palin signed with the top-notch Washington Speakers Bureau, which also reps George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Condoleezza Rice, hero pilot Chesley Sullenberger, LA Dodgers manager Joe Torre and magician David Blaine.
Palin's bookers are said to be asking for $100,000 per speech, but an industry expert tells Page Six: "The big lecture buyers in the US are paralyzed with fear about booking her, basically because they think she is a blithering idiot."
Can't imagine how anyone got that impression. It's all Katie Couric's fault (that damned librul media and their "gotcha" questions).
"Palin is so uninteresting to so many groups -- unless they are interested in moose hunting," said our insider. "What does she have to say? She can't even describe what she reads."
Probably the same reason I can't describe how to perform open heart surgery.
Late update: According to unnamed sources, Palin is busy re-writing her book. When the publisher told her the title was "Going Rogue" she misread it and wrote 400 pages of makeup tips for beauty pageant contestants.