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    >> matt, thank you.

    >>> now to the anticipated memoir of sarah palin . she's finished it earlier than expected that her publisher has now expected to move up its release date . nbc's norah o'donnell is in washington with more on that. norah , good morning to you.

    >> reporter: good morning, meredith. sarah palin 's memoir will be in book stores by thanksgiving to capitalize on the holiday book-buying season. she finished her book just four months after the deal was announced and sources tell nbc news she did it so quickly by writing furiously, full-time for months, something she could not have done if she were still governor of alaska , and she's chosen one intriguing title for the book, "going rogue," appropriating a term that was used to mock her during the campaign. it was just two months ago that sarah palin stepped down as governor.

    >> we are facing tough challenges in america with some seeming to just be hell bent , maybe, on tearing down our nation.

    >> reporter: since then, she's been out of the spotlight, only seen last week in hong kong after a paid speech. she's still not saying if she wants to run for president.

    >> oh, you know, i wish i could predict the future. cannot, so can't answer that question right now, but look forward to more opportunities to send good messages from the u.s.

    >> reporter: now she's sending a message about her life and her future with her new book, and perhaps most surprising is palin's choice for the title, "going rogue," a phrase that was used in the campaign to mock palin and her apparent disagreements with john mccain .

    >> okay, listen up, everybody, i'm going rogue right now, so keep your voices down. available now, we've got a bunch of these palin in 2010 t-shirts.

    >> reporter: still, in an interview with matt just days after the election, palin denied she had been going rogue.

    >> have you listened to some of the leaks that have come out since the election, where they're saying that the mccain people leaked anonymously, are saying we couldn't control her, she was a rogue, she didn't want our consultants around her and it became tense. where do stories like that come from?

    >> i honestly do not know, because it's not true, matt.

    >> reporter: well, now palin likes the phrase enough for the title of her own book, and sources say she got this book done by writing around the clock. in fact, she moved her whole family to san diego for the entire month of august so she could work with her collaborator, the author, lynn vincent, who's the editor of an evangelical magazine, and harper collins , the editor, has ordered a print of 1.5 million books. that's a lot, as many as were ordered for ted kennedy 's posthumous memoirs. meredith?

    >> norah o'donnell, thank you very much.

    >>> just ahead, a michigan mother

updated 10/27/2009 6:56:26 PM ET 2009-10-27T22:56:26

Former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin reported Tuesday that she has received at least $1.25 million for her hugely anticipated upcoming memoir "Going Rogue."

A disclosure statement released Tuesday discusses Palin's finances from Jan. 1 to July 27, when she resigned as Alaska governor. Palin says she received the money from publisher HarperCollins for the book.

The document only provides a partial picture of the book deal because it doesn't cover the three months she has been out of office. Palin doesn't elaborate on her book compensation, describing the $1.25 million figure only as a "retainer" that appears to be a reference to her lucrative advance.

Her personal spokeswoman, Meghan Stapleton, declined to provide more details of the book deal.

"The Governor has complied with Alaska disclosure law by her filing," she said in an e-mail Tuesday. "Now, as a private citizen, her business dealings, including her publishing agreement, are confidential."

Finances disclosed
It's likely Palin will make more money when it's all said and done. "Going Rogue" catapulted to No. 1 on Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com after HarperCollins announced in late September it had moved up the release date of 1.5 million copies from spring to Nov. 17.

Palin will appear on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" the day before the release of her book, which is currently listed at No. 6 on Amazon.com and No. 11 on Barnes & Noble.com.

Palin has mostly been out of the public eye while working with the ghostwriter of her memoir.

Since resigning, she's made only a few public appearances including a September speech before investors in Hong Kong. She also attended the welcome-home ceremony in Fairbanks for soldiers, including her son Track, and appeared at a gun rights event in Anchorage. She's maintained a larger presence on Facebook, posting occasional messages to almost 950,000 fans, the latest posted Monday night announcing her support of conservative candidates in New Jersey and Virginia.

In the disclosure filed with the Alaska Public Offices Commission, Palin also reported collecting $73,000 as governor in 2009 as well as $6,370.80 in per diem during her final months in office. Her annual salary as governor was $125,000.

Gifts, debts detailed
The documents also spell out the long list of gifts that Palin received in the final months of her term, including one from former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani that would make any baseball fan jealous: $4,250 worth of tickets to a Yankees game for Palin, her husband and their daughter Willow. Other gifts listed include a $550 knife set made with snowmobile parts, women's hunting gear valued at $469.95 and travel and lodging to many locations.

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In the same time period, Palin's husband Todd earned nearly $34,100 working as a production operator for oil giant BP PLC in Alaska's Prudhoe Bay oil field — a job he quit in September. The disclosure says he also made about $32,260 in the family's commercial fishing business, $3,500 in snowmobile race winnings and a $3,252 snowmobile discount from racing sponsor Arctic Cat.

Slideshow: Sarah Palin: Republican star for 2012? Palin listed her attorney among debts of more than $1,000, noting "legal fees to fight false allegations while governor." Palin has said her family racked up more than $500,000 in legal fees stemming from multiple ethics complaints filed against her, almost all of which were dismissed.

The disclosure lists checks totaling $5,750 that Palin has received from individuals from outside Alaska, including two dating from her time last year as the running mate of Republican presidential nominee John McCain.

"Checks have not been cashed," a handwritten note says in the disclosure. "They've either been, or will be, returned via volunteers assisting with mail and communications."

It's unclear what Palin meant by the word retainer to describe her upfront book payment. Trena Keating, a literary agent in New York, didn't want to speculate on Palin's arrangement, but said book advances generally are broken down into multiple payments, usually upon signing, upon delivery of an acceptable manuscript and upon publishing, with a wide spectrum of variations possible.

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