Trump may publish memoir himself to avoid Obama’s anticipated humiliation: Exec
- Donald Trump has yet to sign an agreement with a major publisher for his presidential memoirs.
- Trump may fear getting a smaller lead than Barack Obama, an editing official told Politico.
- As a result, Trump could choose to self-publish the briefs, the executive said.
Former President Donald Trump may be bypassing the big publishing houses in order to avoid the humiliation of getting a smaller advance on his memoir than former President Barack Obama, an anonymous publication manager told Politico.
Trump has yet to sign a publishing deal for a brief on his tenure as president.
Some editors said The Guardian in June that many major publishing houses are worried about the likelihood of the former president making false and unproven claims – such as his continual claim that the 2020 election was stolen from him – and the possible ramifications of that .
Instead, Trump has so far released a photo book from his time in the White House, for which he has contributed captions.
The book was published by Winning Team Publishing, who runs a former campaign aide and his son, Donald Trump Jr, indicating that the former president may be more willing to do business with pro-MAGA publishing companies.
Another possibility is that he himself publishes the memoirs, having recently started his own media business, the Trump Media and Technology Group, which he says will compete with traditional media.
Speaking to Politico, the anonymous editor speculated that the president might also be motivated by a desire not to be outdone by his White House predecessor, Barack Obama.
“I suspect that Trump is self-editing because he doesn’t want the humiliation of getting a smaller lead than before or anyone finding out it’s smaller than Obama’s,” said the ‘executive.
“I imagine this is as important a part as anything.”
Obama and former first lady Michelle have reportedly secured a $ 60 million advance from Penguin Random House for the rights to publish their memoir.
President Obama’s book, “A Promised Land,” broke the first sales records for a presidential memoir when it was released in 2020. Prior to publishing his post-presidency memoirs, Obama had written three other books: “Dreams from my Father “, in 1995,” The audacity of hope “in 2007, and a children’s book entitled” De toi, je chante “in 2010.
Michelle Obama’s memoir Becoming was the best-selling book of 2018 in the United States, although it was not published until November of that year.
Trump also has a long history of publishing books, having put his name on a series of 19 books on business and real estate, many of which were written by ghost writers.
Trump has long harbored a grudge against Obama, which is believed to have originated in Obama roasting him at a White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2012 over Trump’s promotion of the racist conspiracy theory. ” birther “.