Sarah Palin’s book signing event was brought to my attention courtesy of Fox News, and their inability to produce the right footage. While news stations are focused on the poor quality of news Fox has recently been producing, another issue has been brought to my attention. After repeatedly seeing news coverage of Palin’s book signing, I was wondering why do politicians write books?
“According to R.R. Bowker, which compiles publishing statistics, 972 books on U.S. politics and government have come out, or are scheduled to come out, this election year. That’s more than double the 400 released in 1992, when Bill Clinton defeated the first President Bush, and well above the 783 that were published in 2000,” said Italie.
While the fact that more political books are being produced is true, the question remains, why are so many more politicians deciding to write books about their adventures in politics.
Reasons Why Politicians Write Books
1) Create an image for yourself as an “Expert” in your field.
Writing a book requires a lot of research to learn about the topics you are going to focus on. When you do a lot of research on one specific topic you become more informed about specific topics than most Americans. After writing a book you may be referred to as an expert in your field, which can improve your credibility and image.
2) Writing a book is a way to promote yourself and the topic you are writing about.
Writing a book is free advertising for yourself and your field of study. Not only will people learn more about the topics that you are writing about, but they will also learn more about you as an individual.
This one is more about personal gain and understanding. Writing a book will make you think about and research and different topics and ideas. Sometimes your research will lead you to other areas of study that you might be interested in.
4) Tell your story.
Many people write a book to tell their personal story. While working in a political job there are many issues and topics that are different from any other job. Some politicians write stories to tell people about their encounters and why they reacted a certain way.
5) Make money.
Writing a book is a great way to make money for telling a story you already know. Writing a book about your personal story is usually simple. The amount of time that it takes to write the book will be minimal compared to the money that the book will make. Once the book is written little is required of the author, other than the occasional book signing. Sometimes first books can even lead to second and third book which will make more money for the author.
In the end everyone writes their own book for a different reason. Some people have something to prove and others just want to tell their story. The fact that there are more politicians writing books means that more people will have the chance to be informed about what issues they are voting for. Amazon.com has a list of books that you must read before you vote. Hopefully this will mean that more people are making informed decisions about whom and what they vote for.