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. Lm5556

    I can't wait for her book and Rafaelles book to come out. I will buy a few copies of each. I believe the people who are anti-Knox will buy them also so that they could disect it and find fault in everything they say. Amanda and Rafaelle deserve to get rich and never have to work a day in their lives for the wrong that has been done to them. Add the book profits to what they will recieve from the European Court of Human Rights and the awards from people like Barbie for defamation and they will be set. 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • ellim

      it is not fair or right when there have been ones who have been tortured beaten captive of some crime terror and music groups and others for over 18 years,,and who had did a lot to save lives yet some resp who took everything possible for selves....................would they help us or just help wrong ones ................we are one with real story.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      Sure, all murderers deserve to be rich and famous for the murders they commit. I hope you meet one

      December 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert

      I wonder if she will include the missing diary pages all of October 2007 in her book? That would be worth the price

      December 5, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • fredcutter

      Spend your money on fiction if you wish. Waste your time on fiction if you wish. It is not possible for this book to be anything other than a self-serving, subjective and therefore fictional account of whatever it was that happened.

      December 6, 2011 at 7:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    So far, the only proven accusations I've read against Amanda Knox here are of her being "cute" and "white."
    What if she were not cute? Would there be so much condemnation then?
    If she were not white, how much condemnation would there be?
    I know that both of those things are true.
    Now prove that she committed murder.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      She's not "cute". She confessed to the crime. Nobody tortured her into confessing.

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

      meh Joey you forgot "American"! Senti, there'd be condemnation any way it could be... it's hopeless to argue with anyone anti-Knox here – they've never left their Americana bubble or experienced international judicial systems.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • -

      @Pat yes she was, but you're ignorant enough to assume she wasn't. The world isn't as pretty as you think it is – especially italy.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      @Pat - she was subjected to emotional and physical torment (not being allowed to eat, drink or sleep for 14 hours while being hit by police officers!). it didn't necessarily amount to "torture" but it was extremely coercive. do yourself a favor and read about this case. or maybe you just prefer being an ignoramus.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC Mike

      @ Pat. Did she confess? Were you there in the interrogation, or have you seen unedited video of the full interrogation, start to finish, with either her "fluent" Italian she barely spoke at the time, or her requested (and unbiased) interpreter that was never provided? Funny, how those "confessions" work.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • stan

      Pat... you really don't know or want to know the facts do you? You are ignorant.

      December 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Obama

    Typical get away with murder and profit from it. What a slap in the face to the victim and her family.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • G. Lang

      Didn't the Italian appeals court rule there was insufficient evidence for conviction? Is she guilty because the prosecutor said so?

      December 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      Actually G Lang the court didn't even rule that there was insufficient evidence for conviction. They ruled that she is absolutely INNOCENT of the crime. Most likely, because there was NO evidence.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    Most of the people who continue to call her a murderer have no idea what they are talking about. Most are too lazy to actually read up on the facts of the case, but instead rely on incomplete and often false articles for their information.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Pat

      You're too lazy to read the true facts but rely on a slick attorney who can spin any bs they can because it's people like you who will believe them because you're not only too lazy but too stupid.

      December 5, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • G. Lang

      Pat, are you saying the Italian appeals court was also too lazy to read the true facts? Is it possible the evidence was actually lacking?

      December 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • SFC Mike

      Awww, Pat. Are you just a career troll, or just feel like being contrarian? Sorry, but the appellate court's opinion was pretty unambiguous. Apparently they didn't see much value to the so-called confession, or the lack of actual evidence. They didn't have much nice to say about the bumbling prosecutor or the shoddy forensics, either.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian


      You are a clown.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • robert

      Yes I agree, everyone should read the Massei report and the Micheli report from Guede's trial. It is important to see what was presented in court.

      December 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ wonder woman:
    I responded to a "racist" remark above to the effect that Ms. Knox is free because she is white.
    If one makes anti-white racist remarks, a few white people will still respond to point out the racism involved.
    I am one of those white people, and I am proud of it.
    I abhor racism, even when it comes from humans who are not white.

    December 5, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Your use if the English language lacks grace, you misspelled "committed," and "background" is one word, not two.

    December 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teacher Teacher

      Check your own grammar before you correct others.

      December 5, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kerryvin

    Maybe she is free not because she is white but because she is innocent. If those who think she is a muderer, why not read all the facts about the case. Having done so myself, it's my opinion that this case should have never went to trial and in the States, this would have not went to trial. This was all about shoddy police work and an overzealous D.A.
    I hope she gets rich beyond her means. BTW I am a black male so does this make me racist in saying what I said?

    December 5, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. kerryvin

    Maybe she is free not because she is white but because she is innocent. I hope that she gets rich beyond her means.
    BTW I am a black male, so are these considered "racist statements" ?

    December 5, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jstanz

    Does anyone here know if Ms. Sharon Feinstein has a literary agent? If so, who is it?

    December 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • bmull

      I think it's the same one as that smelly girl Knox.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      I don't know – somehow I doubt that.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. C in B

    I predict that both Amanda and Raffaele will go on to have very meaningful lives that shine as beacons for human rights. I can't wait to cheer them on.

    December 5, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Galt


      December 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jstanz

      I agree – they're headed for greatness.

      December 5, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Galt

    Great, another worthless person who got away with murder profiting from it..

    December 5, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  12. janus

    typical yankee!
    kill someone
    get away with it
    get paid millions to write a book of how to get away with murder

    December 5, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bmull

    Reposted from Friends of Amanda, Inc., Seattle, WA:
    Hey guys a report from the front lines. We are being asked by Amanda's family to scale way back on chatter and posting about Amanda specifically. I think Raff wants the same, ignoring their stuff sends it to the bottom. It's called "Starving the Beast." All of our posting is driving up her importance on the Buzz Meter and they want it to disappear as soon as possible. So please stop posting and commenting on articles about her. We can continue to trash talk Mignini and the crew as much as we want. YEA!!! And a great big thank you from the family for all of YOUR support and help!

    P.S. Buy our books. YEA!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jstanz

    I really don't think Amanda's family will be upset about all her supporters cheering for her right now. And if they are, I apologize, but I am just very happy for her right now.

    December 5, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Randall Rodd

    Who will care? She is guilty and this will be as much BS as would a book by Casey Anthony. This is just what people who are guilty do now, they come out with a book to explain "their side". She is guilty and no one will care about what this hack has to say. And why do people say she is a beauty? She is a big moon faced unattractive girl who looks much older than her years, even before she was arrested. Much to do about zero...

    December 5, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • rafael

      Oddly personally affected. I suggest moving on with your life.

      December 5, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ChrisM

      Mignini you are posting under the name Randall

      December 5, 2011 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
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