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. Count of Monte Cristo

    please do not forget the girl who was murdered. Her family deserves aslo. "If I did it " Did what ? murder or $exapade.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greenspam

      Who?

      December 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou-Ella Seville

      Amen

      December 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unit34AHunter

      Meh. Her family doesn't deserve anything at all. Knox had nothing to to with the murder, as the Italian justice system has noted, so playing "Hanger on" to every story about Knox is both irrational and pathetic.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Well, they could write their own book, if that's what they really want. Would probably sell just as well.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahTonin

      Why doesn't her family write a book?

      December 6, 2011 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      Absolutely no one will forget poor Meredith Kercher. But Amanda and Raffaele had nothing to do with it. The real murderer is already behind bars. I hope he will be re-tried and kept in jail for the rest of his useless life. He wrecked poor Meredith's life and those of her family, and very nearly wrecked Amanda's and Raffaele's too.

      December 6, 2011 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. us1776

    Congratulations, Amanda.

    I'll be one of the first to purchase your book.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      I'll buy Amanda's book. The prosecutor is a flippin' idiot and should be disbarred.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      DEXTER..... before you do anything else, please get Casey Anthony. Please. Please.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou-Ella Seville

      The prettier the murderer, the easier they get away with it!

      December 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BOMBO

      I don't know. Lizzy Borden was a real boot.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. buhbye

    Om my God!! Amanda knox a book deal??!! Didn't see that coming. ;<P

    December 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Andreas Moser

    Ms Knox also still has this open invitation from Mr Berlusconi: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2011/10/04/a-match-made-in-italy/

    December 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. TiredODaCrap

    She DIDN'T do it. She deserves every penny she can get for what those morons in Italy put her through!

    December 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Neither did O.J.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lou-Ella Seville

      And you believe in Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny and that Obama is a good president too! Wanna buy some swamp land genius?

      December 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      This has NOTHING to do with OJ. Look at the evidence against her! Or rather, the LACK of it. There was none! NONE!!!

      What is it with our lynch-mob society where people have this sick NEED for anyone who's accused of anything to be guilty by default? Get your head examined.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Chuk

    A dope-head with a pretty face can get away with anything. Beware of the black widow. A clueless public and the press just won her freedom by pressuring the Italian courts. The real victim is dead.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Where's Dexter when you need him?

      December 5, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dexter Morgan

      Here but I'm working on a case right now.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Dex – Casey Anthony?

      December 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dexter Morgan

      I said I was working on a case, didn't I?

      December 5, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      chuk rhymes with, well you know what. If you can't make a comment based on actual research you've done about this case, perhaps maybe you should shut your disgusting mouth. Calling for Amanda Knox to be killed is disgusting and frankly, I'd like to hit you hard enough to know your stupid off, but I think that would probably not only take days to accomplish, I'd need a steam cleaner as well. Your kind of ignorance doesn't clean up easy.

      December 5, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. The Master

    I generally only read technical material not drama or novels. Just information BUT this is probably one book I would like to read! For some reason I think Amanda Knox is CAPTIVATING!

    December 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • josh

      Well I guess it CAN be a technical manual on how to get away with murder. 😛

      December 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Master

      At least how to do it in Italy.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rooney

    I wonder if Amanda and Raffaele will ever get back together... But they live in different countries now so it would be a long distance relationship. Those don't usually work out, I think.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lou-Ella Seville

    She should move to Orlando and share a place with Casey Anthony. One good murderous ho deserves an other!

    December 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaintn

      If you watched any shows regarding the case (20/20, Dateline, 60 Minutes) or read the many many articles regarding it, you could not possibly think she's guilty. To compare her to Casey Anthony is obscene and outs you as a semi-literate knucklehead.

      December 5, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahTonin

      You should move to Orlando and maybe we'll be luck and one of them will get you!

      December 6, 2011 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. Clint04 Wa.

    Congratulations, Amanda. Both my wife and myself watched and prayed for you all of the time.
    We will be buying and reading your book, again congradulations

    From just up the road, Lynnwood Wa.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabby

      You 'support' convicted criminals who lie about innocent men. Very neighbourly.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • pfft

      I wonder how easily you would cave under severe interrogation techniques? It is clear you have not read the facts of the case.

      February 15, 2012 at 1:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. BOMBO

    I don't think the two of them killed Meredith Kercher. I think they did SOMETHING, but I don't think they were involved in actually killing her. I have no evidence of this, it's just the vibe I get.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thethunderbolt

      This exactly why character assassination is so insidious. You don’t need any real proof to place doubt in the minds of reasonable people.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:14 am | Report abuse |
  12. Jstanz

    I'm so glad Amanda and Raffaele have landed such impressive deals. They deserve it. I can't wait to read both their books. I'm anxious to hear what they were thinking and feeling while all this was happening. What happened to these three very young people is a terrible tragedy.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. J

    Funny how people, whether guilty or innocent, get book deals. I don't know all the facts re: this case, but it just seems as though almost every person who seems to be guilty gets a multi-million dollar book deal. It's sad, really. I guess she'll have her legal fees paid off. How many of us can also say a movie will be coming out? Ugh...

    December 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      Actually, guilty people don't really get good book deals usually. Look at OJ – his book didn't sell much because everyone knew he was guilty and no one was really interested. Look at Casey – no one would buy her book so no one is offering her a deal. Most people know Amanda Knox is innocent and are looking forward to her book. That's why an intelligent and prestigious firm gave her an offer.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SarahTonin

      You admit that you don't know all of the fact but proceed to make judgement calls. Shhhesh! Typical.

      December 6, 2011 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
    • laslkei

      J...read up you ignorant fool

      February 15, 2012 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  14. Paolo

    Finally, time for he to make some money and send all the trolls to the jealousy land while she flies to Hawaii on vacation .. he he .. poor losers, she is a real tough girl and you are all a bunch of retarded

    December 5, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gordon

      Can't think of a single person who would be jealous of a convicted criminal – she's a ruthless liar, and that's why she was sent to prison for three years.

      December 6, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • lilikoi

      No it is not Gordon. She lied once under intense pressure from the police. There is no evidence...not a shred.

      February 15, 2012 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. Unit34AHunter

    "She should move to Orlando and share a place with Casey Anthony."

    You should move to perugia and move in with that fricking nutcase Mignani so you can be his c**kboy.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
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