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ST. MARTIN'S PRESS BLESSES KNIGHT MEMOIR WITH $1.25M ADVANCE
Published November 3, 2000
It "appears that St. Martin's Press has won the fight" to publish the memoir of former IN Univ. (IU) men's basketball coach Bobby Knight, according to P.J. Mark of INSIDE.com. Mark wrote that the $2M "auction predicted by some" for the memoir "never quite materialized," but St. Martin's was one of two publishers that "did duke it out in an auction worth" $1.25M. One publishing exec said that as soon as Knight "can sign off on the deal, the book will go to" St. Martin's Editor Pete Wolverton. Knight's agent, IMG's Mark Reiter, did not return calls on the subject. Mark reported that last week, Knight "made the rounds of publishers with a 50-page proposal in hand, and was expected to meet with at least" eight editors yesterday and today. A "handful" of editors whose publishing houses did not bid on the project "felt the price was too high, even if Knight has lately occupied the public spotlight because of his high- profile dismissal" from IU (INSIDE.com, 11/2).