Which publisher will pick up Milo Yiannopoulos’ dumped book? Anybody? – USA TODAY
You haven’t seen the last of Milo Yiannopoulos or his polemical book, Dangerous. So says Milo Yiannopoulos.
The rabble-rousing BritishÂ writerÂ has been abandoned âÂ by his political pals, by his employers, by his many scornful enemies singing hosannas about his ignominious downfall.
And, possibly, by the established book-publishing industry, although Yiannopolous claimed he’s lining up a new publisher.
On Tuesday, the professional provocateur was his usual pugnacious self at a New York press conference called to announce his resignation from right-wing Breitbart News, two days afterÂ months-old podcast clips suddenly surfaced in which the gay writer/editorÂ is heard seeming to condone sex between men and teen boys.
“I’m not going anywhere,” he vowed. “Nothing will stop me from being as offensively outrageousÂ I can be.”
But what happens now to his treatiseÂ Dangerous, which was set to be published by a conservative imprint of august Simon & Schuster in June but was…well, unceremoniously abandoned. S&S confirmed it in a terse emailÂ Monday, after months of standing by their author in the face of excoriating criticism byÂ literary lightsÂ over Yiannopoulos’ history of offensive remarks and writing.
But Yiannopoulos declared that he’s not getting out of Dodge andÂ neither is his book. He said Dangerous has attracted interest from “other publishers,” and promised itÂ willÂ be published.
“Thereâs been some interest. People want to read it and support me in what Iâm saying, in the millions,” he told reporters.Â “The book will come out this year.Â I’m going to donate 10% of the royalties to child-abuse charities.”
But who will publish it? Yiannopoulos, 33, didn’t say during his 40-minute confab, where he took the opportunity to fling aÂ defiant obscenity at his critics, right and left, and most especially at the media.
The book should be a hot property: It rose to No. 1 on Amazon in early February, but thenÂ dropped. On Monday, before Threshold Editions canceled the book,Â it was No. 84, based on pre-orders. It’s gotten reams of free publicity from the latest outbreak of harrumphing about Yiannopoulos. On the not-so-positive side: That publicity, fairly or not,Â has linked Yiannopoulos’ name with dreaded pedophilia.
Calls around the publishing industry by USA TODAY did not turn up any company willing to step forward publicly, at least not yet.Â Instead, publishing insiders declinedÂ to comment on the likelihood of another publishing house picking up Dangerous.
“Neither we nor our respective imprints have a comment for you on this matter,” saidÂ Claire von Schilling, a spokeswoman for publishing giant Penguin Random House, in an email to USA TODAY.
Thomas Flannery Jr., Yiannopolousâ literary agent, did not return a request for comment. Flannery, who identified himself as a gay man who disagreed with some of the things his client has said, last week wrote a piece in Publishers Weekly defending Yiannopoulos’ right to say it and get it published (this was before the pedophilia comments).
If Dangerous is going to be on bookshelves, Flannery would be the most likely person to try to find a new home for it.
There is precedent: In 2014, Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, canceled a deal with author John LeFevre based on an anonymous parody Twitter account in which he shared conversations he supposedly had overheard in the Goldman Sachs elevator. After his identity was exposed, it was revealed he had never worked officially at the financial firm, and the book deal was withdrawn. Grove Atlantic signed LeFevre and published Straight to Hell in 2015.
And there’s always self-publishing online on an outlet such as Amazon, a digital avenue increasingly traveled by authors. In the past, self-published books often failed to connect with a wide audience, but with the popularity of e-books, many self-published books in recent years (especially romance and erotica) have appeared high on USA TODAYâs Best-Selling Books list.
Yiannopolous spent little time at his press conference Tuesday talking about Dangerous. He called the eventÂ to announce his resignation from Breitbart, which looked inevitable afterÂ the website’s honchos went on its radio show to declare Yiannopoulos’ pedophilia remarks “indefensible.” Yiannopoulos took the cue but went out praising Breitbart and all who work there.
He also insisted again that he does not condone sex between men and boys, apologized reluctantly for being flippant and using too much “British irony”Â in his language, andÂ vowed to turn his attention away from journalism to “entertainment and education.”
“It’s been a horrible, humiliating and degrading experience but Iâm going to be here for another 30 years,” he vowed. On the bright side, he said, his profile is now higher than ever. “More people are going to read what I write, maybe not under the same publisher or masthead, but I can reach a wider audience now.”
The most surprising thing Yiannopolous revealed Tuesday: He’s here on a temporary visa. After years of opining and ranting about American politics and politicians, he can’t even vote.Â He’s a British citizen who resides legally in the USA on a non-immigrant visa for aliens who have demonstrated extraordinary ability in the arts or the media.
There’s some British irony for you.