Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito working on book deals
Amanda Knox and Raffaelle Sollecito are seen in an Italian court during their trial.
December 5th, 2011
03:35 PM ET

Amanda Knox, Raffaele Sollecito working on book deals

Amanda Knox may be one step closer to telling the world her side of the story about her saga of being wrapped up in an Italian murder trial that caught the world's eye.

Knox, who recently returned home to the United States after winning an appeal of her conviction, has officially inked a deal with attorney Robert Barnett to represent her when it comes to book deals.

Knox was convicted in 2009 of murder, sexual assault, possession of a weapon, interfering with a crime and theft in relation to the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. But during an appeal this year, a jury cleared Knox of those charges, freeing her. The court also cleared her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito.

"[Barnett will] represent her in discussions with various book publishers who have expressed an interest in Amanda writing a book," David Marriott, the Seattle public relations specialist hired by the Knox family during her trial told CNN by e-mail. "Mr. Barnett will also assist Amanda and her family in evaluating other opportunities as well."

Barnett is well-known for brokering major book deals with several high-profile figures including: President Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Laura Bush, Bob Woodward and Sarah Palin among several other notables.

Marriott told CNN they had no further details to share about where they were in the process or whether Knox already had anything written. Knox's family has said she enjoys writing and thought she would be interested in sharing her ordeal with others either through writing a book or becoming an advocate.

Knox makes emotional return to Seattle

Knox's announcement came about a week after her former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito inked a deal of his own. Sollecito signed with Seattle-based Martin Literary Management.

“This is a case I have followed from day one and never, not even for a moment, have I doubted the innocence of Raffaele Sollecito and Amanda Knox,” Sharlene Martin said in a news release. “I’m honored to work with this fine young man and let the world know the real Raffaele — a sensitive, compassionate and heartfelt person."

"He's never really spoken about that night and this is his opportunity to do so," Martin told CNN. "There's much more to Raffaele than what the world has seen. He is an amazing young man. He is brave, he is heartfelt, he is compassionate. I think he is an incredible young man with a story to tell."

Martin said that both her client and Knox have been in the spotlight for so long and while she just learned about Knox's deal, she is excited for them both to share their stories. She also said the caliber of Knox's agent speaks to how important it is for her story to be told.

"I think Amanda is very fortunate to have him," Martin said. "It speaks volumes for a man of his integrity to want to represent her story and I think it will distinguish her from other crime stories and I think it will help Raffaele."

Martin said that Sollecito's book will be a memoir and will cover several aspects of his life, not just the four-year saga in Perugia, Italy. Martin said they're currently looking for American writers who can also speak with Sollecito in Italian to work on the book.

She said while Knox's story may have been more heavily covered in the media, because she's American, she believes both of the former co-defendants have a lot to share with those who only saw them through the court proceedings.

"They both have equally important stories to tell," Martin said. "They have both been incredibly affected by the death of Meredith Kercher and will always be."

soundoff (459 Responses)
  1. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Amanda Knox working on a book deal. Now there's a surprise.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheralyse

      Thus far, it's the lawyers, the news media worldwide, Italian newspapers and others which have profitted from their
      obsessive and prurient interest in this sad story.
      Did you all realise how in debt this family is after 4 years of flying back and forth to Italy, paying for lawyers, etc.???
      Now why shouldn't Amanda Knox and her family make some dollars to get out of debt? Wake up, people.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Citygirl

      Are you a professional hater?

      December 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robo

      Did you notice how Knox 'couldn't remember' what she was doing on the night of the murder (Google 'Amanda Knox note' to learn how) Then she was convicted of lying about an innocent man. Yet now she's about to become a highly paid author about a murder she, er, 'couldn't remember' and then lied about!!!!! ....Sick world we live in.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas

      I hope the victim's family sues her so that she can't end up making a profit from this crime.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diana

      Unless they find the "real killer(s)" no one should profit from such a tragedy.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jhansigirl

      @cheralyse

      The family did not have to get into debt. It was their own choice to spend that money.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BOMBO

    If there's a centerfold – maybe I'll pick it up.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • cheralyse

      Hey, Bimbo
      Miss Knox is way out of your league evidently.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CPW

    Weird they are both writing books. Maybe that was the plan all along.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Karen

    It's sad to live in a world where criminals are rewarded.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • U.S.Army-OverLord

      or to live in one where innocent people are locked up...

      December 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      you are 100% right !

      December 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • JusDav

      But Karen, she WON the case, so she is NOT a criminal.. come on... read, comprehend, THEN comment.
      but, have a great day

      JusDav

      December 5, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      JusDav – So did O.J.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      For you, it's lucky you live in a country that doesn't put you to death for slander.

      Perhaps you should understand that the judge (who had access to the real evidence and information) found them not guilty. The media are the criminals, and the Italian system that railroaded them.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Sooooo Casey Anthony is 'really innocent' as well?

      December 5, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaron

      this is small time compared to the financial/political system

      December 5, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      Karen – please check out the facts of the case. They are innocent and deserve all the good things that can possibly come their way after the way they've been treated by haters.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Norm Stan

      Too true – she was convicted and sent to prison for three years for lying about an innocent man. And she 'couldn't remember' what she was doing on the night of the murder! She's not stopped lying – her book will be written by someone else for money, and will just be a whole load more lies.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • partenope

      she was found innocent of the crime by the Italian appeals court

      December 6, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. josh

    Is it going to be called "If I'd Done It'?

    December 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Foward by O.J. Simpson

      December 5, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donkey Hotay

      Endorsed by Robert Blake ...

      December 5, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • tcp

      Do you HONESTLY not see the irrationality of your silly comparisons of this to Simpson, Blake, and Anthony?...

      December 6, 2011 at 7:23 am | Report abuse |
  6. ukbound

    I have always believed in their complete innocence and thank God that the corrupt Italian court system finally threw the case out. The individual who actually committed the murder is in jail. I hope they do write books.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris B

      I agree!

      I had family stationed over there with our armed forces and they were treated sub-human by Italians.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      since as you said, it's "corrupt Italian court system" which finally threw the case out, i would have to guess she's guilty

      December 5, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      You are right, dumbo – the 'corrupt' Italian system foolishly let this convicted liar out of jail after just four years. She's never explained her lies, and admitted that she was at the crime scene. Which makes her guitly. The 'corrupt' Italian system gave in to that vile PR campaign run by the that vicious old guy with the beard.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Chris B

    Good for her!

    Italy deserves this.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tom

    Is it called "How I Did It" ?

    December 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Citygirl

      Another hater....

      December 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Funny how that she's been acquitted, that the media doesn't just pull the few pictures out of thousands to make her look like an evil maniac.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Donkey Hotay

    Foxy Knoxy is as guilty as Casey Anthony !

    December 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. erich2112x

    I can't wait for this one.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Count of Monte Cristo

    How about a center fold deal ! $ 1 millon cold cash for foxy.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Count of Monte Cristo

    In the book "Score card" included.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Citygirl

    Finally – something good is happening for Amanda. How horrible to spend all that time in prison for a crime she did not commit – and then have to come home and deal with haters and crazies who want to throw stones at her.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Louisa

      Lots of people 'hate' convicted criminals, but most decent people are just shocked at how Knox and her PR campaign played the system. The way she lied about Patrick was disgusting, and so was everything else about the way she conducted herself. Allowing a convicted criminal to profit from someone's murder by having a book written for her by cynical and money-obsessed PRs is immoral.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Cap'n Ahab

    Aye, I hope the book comes with a scratch n sniff page!

    December 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
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