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Posted by on Aug 13, 2007 in Politics, Publishing | 0 comments

Politics and book deals

From the News & Observer:

Sen. Joe Biden, a Delaware Democrat, received a $250,000 advance from Random House for his memoir, “Promises to Keep: On Life and Politics” (2007)

Sen. Sam Brownback, a Kansas Republican, received a $75,000 advance from Thomas Nelson for a book outlining his political views, “From Power to Purpose: A Remarkable Journey of Faith and Compassion.” (2007)

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a Democrat, received a “six-figure” advance from John Wiley & Sons for a forthcoming book on energy, tentatively titled “Leading by Example: How We can Inspire an Energy and Security Revolution,” according to The Associated Press.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a Republican, would not disclose the advance he received for his book, “From Hope to Higher Ground: 12 STOPS to Restoring America’s Greatness” (Center Street, 2007)

Sen. John McCain, an Arizona Republican, and co-writer Mark Salter received a “six-figure” advance, according to his publisher, for “Hard Call: Great Decisions and the Extraordinary People Who Made Them” (Twelve, 2007).


Note these figures are from Nielsen Bookscan, which captures about 70 percent of a book’s sales. The figures do not include sales from Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, food and drug outlets, or specialty stores.

“Ending Poverty in America: How to Restore the American Dream,” edited by by John Edwards, Marion Crain and Arne L. Kalleberg

Released: April 2007

Sales: 3,000 copies

“Four Trials,” by John Edwards with John Auchard

Released: November 2003

Sales: 27,000 copies

“Saving Graces: Finding Solace and Strength from Friends and Strangers,” by Elizabeth Edwards

Released: September 2006 Sales: 103,000 copies

“Living History,” by Hillary Clinton

Released: 2003 Sales: 1,382,000 copies

“The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream,” by Barack Obama

Released: October 2006 Total sales: 1 million copies


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