After his memoir Dangerous was very publicly dumped by his publisher, hard-right professional provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has announced he will instead self-publish the book – and that he will sue Simon & Schuster for $10m for backing out of the deal.
The memoir will be the first book to be published under his own Dangerous Books label, which will specialise in titles by authors who “can’t get published”. The venture was revealed as part of Milo Inc, a new media venture announced by Yiannopoulos.
The news came as the former tech editor on rightwing website Breitbart said he planned to sue Simon & Schuster after it cancelled his memoir in February, after a radio interview surfaced in which he appeared to condone paedophilia. Yiannopoulos had claimed that he was paid a $250,000 (£200,000) advance for the book.
Speaking in a YouTube livecast last week, he said: “I want to send them a message that they can never again do this to a libertarian or a conservative.”
Dangerous is now expected to be published in summer, following Yiannopoulos’s tour of US colleges, titled Troll Academy, which starts on Monday. According to the DailyCaller website, a source close to the British-born rightwinger said: “So much of the spotlight is on Milo and the tour, but the book is going to do amazing numbers and authors who can’t get published can find a voice with Dangerous Books.” The source added: “Simon & Schuster has more leftist rules than Facebook and censored his book to hell, but Dangerous Books is a free-speech platform.”
Should it appear, Dangerous will be the first book announced by Yiannopoulos that has made it into print. Two other projects – on Gamergate and Silicon Valley – failed to materialise, despite being heavily trailed by the controversialist.