Donald Trump claims that he has received offers from two of the most prestigious publishing houses. However, none of the five famous publishing houses states they extended one. Some sources claim that “He’s screwed over so many publishers”. That said, at present, Trump is confronting a skeptical book industry.
Trump is confronting a skeptical book industry
Major Publishing Houses Are Wary Of Publishing A Book Written By Trump
It has been almost five months since Donald Trump left office. Until now, some major publishing houses are currently wary of publishing a book written by the US former president. The special thing is that the publishing houses express their hesitation even when a post-While House memoir is almost assured to be the best-seller.
Of course, there are certain reasons leading to their reluctance. However, the underlying fear of most publishing houses now is that what the former President writes might not be truthful.
A major figure currently working in the book publishing industry shared: “It would be too hard to get a book that was factually accurate, actually”. This can also be regarded as an explanation for their reluctance to publish Trump.
It is quite hard to believe that a former U.S. president had to struggle so much to score a major book deal after leaving office. Even, Trump has that difficulty in his life while many of his top aides and former Cabinet officials are also writing their own books. Especially, Former Vice President Mike Pence successfully got a seven-figure deal for two books with Simon & Schuster.
It is said that there have been several rumors around Trump’s attitude towards this event. A report revealed that Trump is privately angry over Pence’s book deal. However, according to his spokesperson Jason Miller, the former President was “fine with it” and had “no issues.”
Trump Insisted That He Got Some Offers For His Book Publishing
Trump claimed that he also has some suitors for a book. Last Friday, in his statement, Trump said that he had received offers from the two most unlikely of publishers. However, he didn’t accept those offers. The reason for turning them down is because he didn’t expect to have such a deal right then.
The former president did not mention who the two publishers were. However, in his statement on Monday, he shared that they were two of the biggest and most prestigious publishing houses. And though the two publishers express substantial offers, the former president still refused to cooperate with them.
Trump added that his refusal didn’t mean he would not accept them sometime in the future. The former president emphasized that he had started writing the book.
Trump Is Confronting A Skeptical Book Industry
There are several doubts about Donald Trump’s assertion. After Donald Trump’s statement, several contacts have been made with top publishers and editors at the “Big Five” publishing houses including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette Book Group, Macmillan Publishers, and Simon & Schuster. The purpose of all the contacts is to determine if the top publisher had heard anything about such deals Trump had received.
However, until now, there are no sources revealing that those publishers had heard about such potential book offers. Even, most claimed that they wouldn’t touch the project of Trump when he starts shopping a book around. That partly explains why Trump is confronting a skeptical book industry.
A spokesperson for Regnery, Lauren McCue shared that they were happy to speak with Donald Trump when the former president was about to publish his book.
Some considered that Trump might work with one of the major publishing houses with imprints that have worked with Trumpworld figures. A few names that can be listed are Center Street at Hatchette, Threshold at Simon & Schuster, or Broadside Books at HarperCollins. And the spokespeople for those imprints have not yet returned a request for comment on the record.
There is also another opinion pointing out their confidence that some people did really write to Trump after he left the White House to offer him a book deal. Of course, this would definitely put any conservative imprint on the map.
Another publishing insider frankly shared their viewpoint “I’m skeptical” when asked if they believed Trump’s statement of receiving two offers. The publishing insider added: “He’s screwed over so many publishers that before he ran for president none of the big 5 would work with [him] anymore.”
About Trump’s writing career, the former president wrote over a dozen books with more than nine different publishing houses before winning the election. And there is no surprise that his books have often sold well.
Donald Trump and his famous book “The Art of the Deal”
His most famous book “The Art of the Deal,” published by Random House, is listed on the New York Times bestseller list for 13 weeks in 1987. In the leadup to his presidential bid in 2016, Trump wrote “Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again,”. This is marked as the most important book serving as a foundation for his campaign.
His presidency made Donald Trump both more famous and toxic. In contrast, former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s post-White House memoirs were known to be the major objects of a bidding war among at least four publishers. At that time, the winning deal was reported to be worth more than $65 million. Penguin Random House publisher won the auction in that competition.
Until now, there is still much controversy around Trump’s statement of receiving two offers. And it can be said that former president Trump is confronting a skeptical book industry this time.
However, since leaving office, Trump has attended at least a dozen interviews with journalists writing about his time in the White House. Even if he has, in fact, turned down the offers of two publishers, Trump can still have the option to self-publish. His son is said to have turned down the opportunity to work with conservative publisher Center Street on his second book. Instead, he chose to release “Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden and the Democrats’ Defense of the Indefensible” on his own.
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