By HILLEL ITALIE, AP National Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — Campaigning will have to wait for Chelsea Clinton.
For now, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s daughter is absorbed in the promotion for her debut book “It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired & Get Going!,” a detailed primer for young people seeking to become more politically and socially engaged.
“This is what I’m focused on,” she told The Associated Press on Wednesday during a brief telephone interview from Chicago, the second stop on a planned 20-city tour at schools nationwide.
Clinton’s book was published Tuesday and has been in Amazon’s top 100 since. Most authors, especially first-time ones, would be looking constantly at their Amazon page. But Clinton, still animated from meeting with students at a Chicago elementary school where the principal is an old friend, said that’s not so with her.
“I’m very much engaged in the substance of the book,” she said. “I haven’t had any time to track it on Amazon.”
Clinton, 35, told a gathering Tuesday night at a Barnes & Noble in New York that her immediate priorities were the book, the Clinton Foundation and her family, including husband Marc Mezvinsky (who attended the Tuesday event) and daughter Charlotte.
Asked when she might campaign for her mother, something she did often in 2008, Clinton said that while “it’s no secret” she strongly supported her mother’s Democratic presidential candidacy, she wasn’t ready to discuss any long-term plans.
“I have a lot of work in front of me,” she said.
Clinton does have at least one commitment after the tour ends: a second book. In June, Oxford University Press plans to release a revised edition of Clinton’s dissertation on global health and how it is “governed/managed between the public and private sectors,” the publisher’s director of publicity, Christian Purdy, told the AP on Wednesday.
Bill and Hillary Clinton each have written books and Chelsea said she greatly enjoyed working on “It’s Your World.” She liked the writing and editing and how the process helped her “crystallize” her thoughts about education, homelessness and other issues. She also appreciated her conversations with young people who helped her decide what should be included and what should be cut.
“It’s Your World” was written for ages 10-14.
The next book, currently untitled, is “for a different audience,” she said.