Justin Timberlake's novel has been canceled because the 'N Sync member had no time to do a national publicity tour, a spokesperson for the publishing house said. Timberlake, perhaps the most recogniza

Justin Timberlake's novel has been canceled because the 'N Sync member had no time to do a national publicity tour, a spokesperson for the publishing house said. Timberlake, perhaps the most recognizable member of the five-member boy band, signed a seven-figure deal with Ballantine Books to publish his first novel, "Inside Drive: A Novel of Basketball, Life and Love."

But the 20-year-old was too busy with other projects to promote the book, which had been scheduled for release this fall, Ballantine's vice president and director of publicity said. "We felt very strongly that we needed him to be able to go out on the road and do national media appearances and bookstore events," Hovey said.

Timberlake's publicist in Los Angeles said the decision to cancel the book had to do with more than just publicity. "He had too much going on to be able to give it the kind of time that he wanted to," the publicist said. Timberlake hadn't finished the book and won't seek another publisher, the publicist added.

'N Sync took part in the marathon United We Stand benefit concert on Sunday in Washington, and is scheduled to perform at a free Veteran's Day show in Miami on Nov. 11, with proceeds from the sale of VIP tickets going to families of the victims of last month's terrorist attacks.

Ballantine's publicist said reports are false that the cancellation was inspired in part by disappointing sales of "A Mother's Gift," the book Timberlake's girlfriend, Britney Spears, wrote with her mother.


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