Simon & Schuster dropped a book by Sen. Josh Hawley after the Missouri Republican had openly expressed support for the Jan. 6 rally in Washington that led to some attendees storming the Capitol and attempting to prevent the formal certification of Democrat Joe Biden as the next president. Numerous publishing executives in New York have said they would not publish a memoir by Trump, should he decide to write one, citing in part his false contention that the 2020 election was stolen.
Even distribution agreements, once little noticed by the public, have been challenged in the face of widespread objections. Simon & Schuster in April withdrew distribution for "The Fight for Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy," by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who along with another officer fired shots that hit Taylor during a March 13, 2020, narcotics raid that killed Taylor.
DW announced it would publish Mattingly's book, which had been originally acquired by Post Hill Press, under a different title, to be announced later. They will release it and other Daily Wire books through Ingram Content Group’s Two Rivers Distribution.
“Simon & Schuster was too afraid to tell his (Mattingly's) story, but we’re not,” DW Books Vice President of Publishing Alyssa Cordova told The Associated Press.
Other DW releases include a book by Daily Wire host Candace Owens and a book by Carano, the "Mandolorian" actor who was dropped early this year by LucasFilm after likening the current political climate to the experience of Jews during the Holocaust.
Shapiro and Owens each have worked with New York publishers, and have had recent bestsellers. But Cordova said DW Books sees itself as “the ideal partner for conservative authors looking for a publisher that shares their values and can deliver direct access to millions of like-minded Americans who appreciate premium, thought-provoking content.”