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Wednesday
Jul062011

Casey Anthony Could Make $750,000 in Book Deal

ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- Casey Anthony may be one of the most vilified women in the country right now, but if she plays her cards right, she could also become one of the richest.

Literary agents and publicists contacted by ABC News said that the 25-year-old mother, who on Tuesday was found not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, could make upwards of $750,000 with a book deal. It's likely that television and movie producers will also compete to score a coveted first interview and rights to Anthony's life story.

"Anything to do with a mother and a dead child tends to attract lots of attention," said Linda Konner, a New York City-based literary agent who has brokered deals for actors, singers and lawmakers. "I think there will be some frenzy among publishers to acquire her book."

Konner said that it's "not impossible" to expect Anthony to get an advance between $750,000 and $1 million for her memoirs. On top of that, Anthony would receive a cut from the sales of the book. If a TV or film studio acquires the rights to it, she would profit even more.

Ostensibly, Anthony could make this money while in prison. Her maximum sentence -- four years in prison for lying to law enforcement -- doesn't bar her from making book, movie or TV deals. Her ensuing probation will also not affect her ability to capitalize on the case.

Anthony has expressed interest in writing a book. In a letter written to her jail house friend Robyn Adams during her two-and-a-half year-long prison stay, Anthony referred to a book she dreamt of penning, describing it as a "partial memoir/comedy/relationship advice book for those not in the know." She added that it would be a way to settle many rumors and to share insight about love, life and God.

Konner speculated that Anthony's book could sell well, with a caveat.

"Because she got off, she is being viewed by some segment of the population as innocent," she said. "Readers want to read books about people who are sympathetic. But part of the problem is that so much of the story has been told. We may not have heard all of it, but there's been so much media coverage that it actually hurts her in terms of book possibilities."

TV interviews are another potential source of profit. Roger Neal, a Hollywood publicist whose past clients include Donny Osmond and Bob Hope, speculated that there will be a bidding war between broadcast and cable shows to secure Anthony's first sit-down. He also sees the potential for a reality TV show in Anthony's future.

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