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. Mrs. M

    I'm relieved to hear that Amanda Knox will be able to tell her story in her own words. Hopefully, doing so will be cathartic for her. Let's face it – CNN made damned sure she wouldn't be employable when she returned home. When she first got home she couldn't even make a trip to a drug store without being stalked. I just wish her well and hope she makes enough money from a book deal to not have to worry about working for at least the next 4 years.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • bmull

      Oh please. How did CNN "make sure she wouldn't be employable". Her family is the one who hired a PR firm who by its own admission had every US television producer on speed dial. So I guess now she has to have a book deal because she has been deprived of any way to earn money. Do you know the list of powerful people who have publicly supported her, from senators to billionaires to socialites? They could get her a job, but she doesn't want to work. She wants to write this crappy book of lies (or more correctly have someone write it for her) and never work another day in her life. If you buy this book you are supporting a killer and disrepecting the family of her victim, when you could have made a donation to the Red Cross or bought dinner for a homeless family. Shame on you!

      December 5, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      I haven't heard one word from any news reporting media on the murderer Knox. Nobody will buy her trashy "book crap" because she's a murdered and a liar. She needs to get a real job and earn a living honestly instead of commitng murder, getting away with it from a slick attorney and writing lying book deals. People out there...don't buy her BS.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merryman

      Ms. Knox has an interest in creative writing. She has written pieces before. Plus she undoubtedly feels the need to repay the debt caused to her supportive family. Mignini maggots such as bmull and pat should get used to idea she has a right to tell her own story. And it is Mignini who got off on a technicality. Ms. Knox and Mr. Sollecito were found innocent on the basis of actual evidence. This is another truth Mignini maggots would like to hide.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aidan

    the cynic in me tells me that the italian judge was bribed off knowing she could make that money and more on a book deal

    December 5, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    I don't know if she did it or not. But she's had her days in court and was found innocent. So that's what I know. What I don't know is how come, the court reversed their decision? What did they find that wasn't there before? About the book, yes I would read it, but I won't buy it. I'll wait till some friend has finished it.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • erin

      Mary- It doesn't take a lot of research to find the answer to your question if you are interested. Just do a little research and you will find out.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jeff

    Of course the murdering bi-ich has a book!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Duane

      You mean the one who was set up by an overzealous judge looking to make a name for himself? She was set up from the get go, they had the real killer in custody. There was zero....let me remind you ZERO evidence she committed the crime. You want to believe the lies, well crawl back into a closet.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. MotoJB

    Given the details of the case...she was better off making a p o r n oo

    December 5, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    Good for her. She deserves it. We allowed a foreign government to illegally incarcerate one of our citizens for 4 years without interceding, so whoever is dumb enough to buy the book is simply echoing what I just said.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nell

      You're the dumb one – Knox was convicted of slandering an innocent man and spent three years in prison for this crime. The lies about Patrick Lumumba were clearly part of a cover up.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony

    Another Casey Anthony making money after a tragedy and injustice.

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

      Definitely NOT another Casey Anthony! Amanda Knox was not sleeping around with every Tom,Dick and Harry. She was well educated and well bred. And she did not kill Kurcher.
      Amanda deserves a break in life after being incarcerated for so long for a crime she did not commit.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TL the alligator

    man she looks like a rat without makeup on......maybe thats because SHE IS a rat.....anyways, this was predictable......wonder if casey anthony will have an honorable mention, it would only seem befitting.....maybe they can become best freinds and hang out.....just a thought.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sylvia

      Don't write rubbish because you are anonymous. She looks like a young girl under a lot of stress being accused of a terrible crime that she did NOT commit. She looks lovely to me - just very stressed.

      December 5, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |

    "SWEET" LITTLE WHITE GIRL murder someone and she gets a book deal.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • wonder woman

      Sweet BLACK O.J. commited a DOUBLE murder of a couple of WHITE folks and he got a book deal too. So shut up with your racist remark idiot. Unfortunately people of all ethnic back grounds can get away with murder these days!

      December 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Anomic Office Drone

    Did Americans really care about the Amanda Knox case or was the US media just reacting to the European media?

    December 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Don't get upset because there will be a book, and somebody will make money.
    THE WIZARD OF OZ made a lot of money. I've see it several times, and I'm still not convinced that it's a true story.
    Don't believe everything you read.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |

      The writer of the Wizard of OZ did not murder someone, then gotten away with it.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • thewizard

      Actually, he did. He murdered the Wicked Witch and got away with it.

      FYI: Calling people "murderers" without a grain of evidence doesn't make you look too smart.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PD

    Well hopefully these 2 will talk to each other before their books are written. Time to be extradited back to Italy if the stories aren't the same.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. 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 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    One of the worst things about living in New York City is that people read the New York Times.
    They believe that it is true.
    Since I moved here, residents of New York have had, every Sunday, a ritual brunch with Bloody Marys and quiche to discuss the New York Times as if it meant something.
    During the 1960s, New Yorkers would always make spinach salad with sliced raw mushrooms and crispy bacon to go with the Times, but finally they got tired of eating sand.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. whatsupwitdis

    Whats news about another hottie making big bucks on her mis-deeds! She needs to move to FL and get with Casey Anthony....maybe make a hot movie too? The American way, donchaknow!

    December 5, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • chaz8181

      It IS the American way...commit a horrific crime and either there is a jounalist knocking at your door wanting to write a book, or a lawyer wanting to make big bucks with a law suit or ultimately a producer wanting to exploit the story with a movie. So why are we working at menial jobs. and complaining about unemployment..there is plenty of ways to make money..just ask Amanda or Casey.

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