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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 11/4/2009 2:48:30 PM ET 2009-11-04T19:48:30

Sarah Palin's book tour is a gift for her base.

No stops are planned in Seattle, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and other major cities and book-buying communities that are standard for authors on the road, but where the voters tend to be Democrats.

Beyond a Nov. 16 television interview with Oprah Winfrey, nothing is scheduled for Chicago. New York will feature media appearances only. Instead, the itinerary for Palin, whose "Going Rogue" comes out Nov. 17, includes Noblesville, Ind.; Washington, Pa.; and Rochester, N.Y.

"She wants to be unconventional. She is unconventional," HarperCollins spokeswoman Tina Andreadis said Wednesday. "She feels like this is where her fans are and Harper feels this is where she'll sell the most books."

"Going Rogue" has an announced first printing of 1.5 million copies and has been at or near the top of Amazon.com's best-seller list for weeks.

Scheduling high-profile interviews
On Wednesday, ABC News announced that Barbara Walters would interview Palin, to air in five parts over three ABC News broadcasts — "Good Morning America," "Nightline" and "20/20," starting the morning of publication day.

On her Facebook site, Palin says she's hoping to schedule interviews with others, including Rush Limbaugh and four Fox News Channel personalities: Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Greta Van Susteren. All but Van Susteren have their own radio programs.

The tour starts Nov. 18 at a Barnes & Noble in Grand Rapids, Mich., where Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate, and running mate Sen. John McCain made a campaign appearance last fall.

Choosing Michigan as the first state fits the book's title, which refers to reports from last year that the then-Alaska governor was defying McCain's staff and instead had gone "rogue." Palin openly expressed her unhappiness with the campaign's decision to pull out of Michigan and effectively concede the state to Democrat Barack Obama.

"It was a mutual decision between Harper and Palin," Andreadis said of choosing Grand Rapids. "And Barnes & Noble has a great store there."

Other parts of the tour will mirror the 2008 race. On Dec. 7, Palin is booked for the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., not far from last year's Republican National Convention, where Palin's speech — in which she likened herself to a pit bull — made her a national sensation.

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Slideshow: Sarah Palin: Republican star for 2012? The tour will last about three weeks, with a break for Thanksgiving, and will end around Dec. 10, after which the increase in holiday shoppers makes it difficult for stores to hold events, Andreadis said. Palin will travel by bus for much of the time, likely accompanied by family and by aide Meg Stapleton.

The full schedule has not been completed, but confirmed locations — many of which Palin campaigned at last year — include Cincinnati; Columbus, Ohio; Roanoke, Va.; the Army post in Fort Bragg, N.C.; Orlando, Fla.; and Albuquerque, N.M.

$1.25 million for book 'retainer'
Last week Palin reported that she has received at least $1.25 million for her memoir while still in office. A disclosure statement outlined Palin's finances from Jan. 1 to July 27, when she resigned as governor. Palin said she received the money from HarperCollins for the book.

The document only provides a partial picture of the book deal because it doesn't cover the time 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.

It's likely Palin will make more money when it's all said and done.

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