But a setback from the industry in a Trump treatise, especially since he refuses to admit that he lost the election, is likely to be severe.
Celeste Ng, the author of the bestselling novel “Little Fires Everywhere,” said she would not hesitate to speak out against her publisher, Penguin Random House, if there was a deal with Mr. Trump.
“We have every reason to believe that a Trump treatise consists primarily of misinformation, unfounded opinions and lies,” she said in an email. “Don’t pay him for it or give him the legitimacy of a contract with a major publisher. When you pose as a gatekeeper, you are responsible for what goes through your gate.”
Some prominent writers who were outspoken critics of the president said they wouldn’t mind if a publisher took over the project. Stephen King, who has denounced Mr. Trump on Twitter, said in an email that Mr. Trump should be given the option to publish his book in principle.
“Anything he wrote would be a pack of selfish lies, but I believe in people’s freedom to read what they want and I hate censorship,” said Mr. King, one of Simon & Schuster’s best-selling writers. “Let him publish if he wants. I hope my publisher won’t, but I can’t wait for the critics to take it apart. “
Literary agents also disagreed on whether the industry should accept Mr. Trump. Esther Newberg, co-head of the publishing division at ICM Partners, said that while she hoped none of the big houses would buy Mr. Trump’s book, if they did, she could not afford to end up dealing with them . But she does represent writers who she expects would take their work elsewhere.