Simon & Schuster Geniuses Feeling the Heat With Hillary’s Book Tanking Badly

Posted by on Jul 09, 2014 at 6:56 am
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It’s early in the day, but never too early for a heaping plate of schadenfreude.

There’s hand-wringing and finger-pointing at Simon & Schuster over the soft performance of Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices,” for which she got a $14 million advance, sources said — and which was replaced at No. 1 on the best-seller list this week by an “exposé” about Hillary and Bill Clinton.

The former secretary of state’s tome sold 161,000 copies in its first three weeks, according to Nielsen BookScan — but 85,000 of those were sold in the first week. That number has dropped sharply to 48,000 and 28,000 in subsequent weeks, with most recent numbers due out Wednesday.

Only 161,000 books after weeks of massive amounts of free publicity? Apparently America has tuned this noxious gasbag out, finally. If only the media weren’t trying to force her down our throats as the president-in-waiting.

Simon & Schuster shipped an optimistic 1 million copies to stores. Hillary reportedly got $8 million for her last book for the publisher, “Living History,” which sold 438,000 in its first week and more than 1.15 million copies overall.

Adding insult to injury, the new book was pushed from the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best-seller list this week by Edward Klein’s story of the Clintons’ pained relationship with Barack and Michelle Obama, “Blood Feud.” A source close to Hillary has blasted the book, along with its author, as “dastardly” and a combination of “pathological lying, hate and just flat-out creepiness.”

What’s not creepy, of course, is standing over the caskets of four dead Americans and blaming a YouTube video for their demise. No, nothing creepy at all about that.

“There’s lots of finger-pointing going on at Simon & Schuster,” over the very expensive Clinton deal, a source told Page Six.

Another insider said sales of 161,000 for “Hard Choices” would be “OK” for a normal book without such a big advance and expectations. “It’s an OK number — it’s very solid — a good amount to sell in three weeks,” the source said. “And the book is $35, significantly higher than most.” Also, BookScan only measures 85 percent of the print market, and not e-books.

After she decides she’s inflicted enough misery upon America and decides not to run in 2016 maybe she can get a high-paying no-show gig at Simon & Schuster.

With each passing day her ghost-written book plummets further on the Amazon ranking, now coming in at No. 104 today. A certain author whose book has been out for four months ranks 12 spots ahead of her.

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10 Responses to “Simon & Schuster Geniuses Feeling the Heat With Hillary’s Book Tanking Badly”

  1. Guy in Texas on 9/09/14 at 8:58 am

    So, if I’ve done the math correctly, and assuming total sales of 200,000 copies to account for the copies missed by the sales tallies, Simon and Schuster paid Hillary $70 for every copy sold at $35 per piece. (Well, it’s listed at $20.95 right now on Amazon)

    I have no idea how much of that retail sales price makes its way back to the publisher, but they’ve got to be looking at a minimum of $9,000,000 loss right now. Couldn’t be happier for them.

  2. J. J. Sefton on 9/09/14 at 9:02 am

    If I were a conspiracy nut, I’d say that her advance, along with all the money she receives as speaking fees are convenient ways to dodge campaign finance laws so she can raise a shit-ton of money from leftist donors with zero restrictions, since they’re not campaign contributions per-se.

    But that’s just crazy talk.

  3. GitoffMahLawn on 9/09/14 at 9:15 am

    ““dastardly” and a combination of “pathological lying, hate and just flat-out creepiness.”

    Huh- sounds like they’re describing Zombie Ben Franklin’s cankled tottering toward the White House to me.

    Course they left out the bit about murdering for convenience, but can’t have everything.

  4. Andrew X on 9/09/14 at 10:32 am

    “Flat out creepiness”. Yeah, I have to agree. And c’mon, you have to as well.

    I mean, you want disturbing, I actually heard that the author rented the house next to Hillary just so he could spy on her while writing the book. It don’t get “creepier” than that.

    At least…… I think that was Hillary I read that about….. wasn’t it? Maybe it was Pelosi who had that happen to her, I’m not sure.

    One for certain, no author on the left would ever do such a stalky thing…… you can be sure of that!

    //

  5. SWOhio on 9/09/14 at 11:52 am

    To #4 – Newt is quite a prolific author of historic books, alternate history books, etc. His books collectively (30 of them I believe) are rated between 4 and 5 stars out of possible 5, and believe me his books actually SELL to readers.

    Newt doesn’t have to have his ‘campaign’ or his friends buy up thousands of his books in order to boost his book sales.

  6. pettacom on 10/10/14 at 8:48 pm

    I’m a writer and have published with almost all the major houses. Believe me, I keep my conservatism under wraps because publishing is Hollywood on the East Coast.

    JJ wasn’t far wrong in seeing that advance as a back door contribution, but they truly do not see it that way in house. They are all liberal, they all think Hillary is Joan of Arc, and it is inconceivable to them that anyone might night not. So they feed themselves a lot of happy talk — everyone will want to read about Hillary, Hillary is likely to be our next president, Hillary is an icon for young women everywhere — and ignore the fact that Hillary’s supporters tend to be women over 50 who will get it from the library. They get into celebrity swoons, and are soon in foolish bidding wars because every house wants to have the thing and before you know it, they’ve thrown millions at a tired, unlikeable former First Lady bogged down in scandal and mediocrity and about as relevant to young women as the idea of voting for Bess Truman would have been to people who voted for JFK.

    If she really did get a $14M advance, some unlucky editor is going to be keel-hauled, but that’s probably not what happened. Usually, big deals are reported as “a deal worth” X amount, then sloppy reporters call it an advance. But with “deal worth” you’re guaranteed a lesser amount, and the other money is dependent on sales goals, movie rights and the like. And, when a disaster like this happens, how much large groups friendly to the author, like NOW or various unions, will offset the loss by buying large quantities at a discount. This is why at nominating conventions you often see a copy of the recent book on every delegate’s seat. Even if the book sold well, publishers count on those groups for a certain number of sales. And I’m sure S&S considered that, with Hill as the candidate, the DNC would buy copies for everyone at the convention. Ooops.

    Finally, is you see one editor make her exit (there are few male editors left these days), she is to some extent culpable and to some extent a scapegoat. No one makes a decision like this alone — it would have been signed off on be several others. True, the all live in the same lala land . . .

  7. pettacom on 10/10/14 at 8:48 pm

    I’m a writer and have published with almost all the major houses. Believe me, I keep my conservatism under wraps because publishing is Hollywood on the East Coast.

    JJ wasn’t far wrong in seeing that advance as a back door contribution, but they truly do not see it that way in house. They are all liberal, they all think Hillary is Joan of Arc, and it is inconceivable to them that anyone might night not. So they feed themselves a lot of happy talk — everyone will want to read about Hillary, Hillary is likely to be our next president, Hillary is an icon for young women everywhere — and ignore the fact that Hillary’s supporters tend to be women over 50 who will get it from the library. They get into celebrity swoons, and are soon in foolish bidding wars because every house wants to have the thing and before you know it, they’ve thrown millions at a tired, unlikeable former First Lady bogged down in scandal and mediocrity and about as relevant to young women as the idea of voting for Bess Truman would have been to people who voted for JFK.

    If she really did get a $14M advance, some unlucky editor is going to be keel-hauled, but that’s probably not what happened. Usually, big deals are reported as “a deal worth” X amount, then sloppy reporters call it an advance. But with “deal worth” you’re guaranteed a lesser amount, and the other money is dependent on sales goals, movie rights and the like. And, when a disaster like this happens, how much large groups friendly to the author, like NOW or various unions, will offset the loss by buying large quantities at a discount. This is why at nominating conventions you often see a copy of the recent book on every delegate’s seat. Even if the book sold well, publishers count on those groups for a certain number of sales. And I’m sure S&S considered that, with Hill as the candidate, the DNC would buy copies for everyone at the convention. Ooops.

    Finally, is you see one editor make her exit (there are few male editors left these days), she is to some extent culpable and to some extent a scapegoat. No one makes a decision like this alone — it would have been signed off on be several others. True, the all live in the same lala land . . .

    On the up side, this will probably be her last book!

  8. Czar of Misanthropy on 11/11/14 at 11:20 am

    If they transcribe a twitter speak version the millennial maggots might get into it. Naw, not really.