Skip to comments.Hard Sell—Hillary Clinton’s “Hard Choices” Flops
Posted on 07/14/2014 8:22:20 AM PDT by Academiadotorg
The sales of Hillary Clintons new book, Hard Choices, which wasnt selling all that well to begin with, have fallen off a cliff, saddling her publisher with huge losses.
According to Nielsen BookScan, which tracks sales at over 80 percent of the book vendors in the U.S., Hard Choices sold just 28,000 copies in its third week, which is down from 48,000 the previous week and 85,000 when it first became available for sale. Add in estimated e-book sales of 20,000, and the total sales figure comes to just 181,000.
While the sales are an embarrassment for Clinton, theyre disastrous for Simon and Schuster, which was so confident they had another sure-fire hit on their hands that they gave Clinton a $14 million advance. That means, based on hardcover sales, the publisher has paid Clinton almost $87 per book sold, which is almost two and a half times the $35 cover price of the book. By comparison, Hillarys first book, Living History, sold over 1.15 million copies overall, meaning that she was paid roughly $7 per book, based on her $8 million advance for that title.
Not only is Simon and Schuster facing losses of over $10 million on the book, but with one million copies shipped they are bracing for a massive flood of returns from bookstoresbooks that they will have to dispose of somehow.
Adding insult to injury, Hard Choices was knocked from the No. 1 spot on the New York Times best-seller list this week by the anti-Clinton book Blood Feud by Edward Klein. Its even worse on Amazon, where Hard Choices has fallen to 119th compared to 13th for Blood Feud.
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Who woulda thunk?
This is just funny....and ironic that she gipped out 14 million as she claimed she was in poverty just a short few years back.
Wow. Hillary has gone from being an author would could sell over a million, with Living History, to one who can’t crack 200,000 hardcover sales with her latest book. Wow. Just wow.
I expect she is still running for pres and will have strong support. But I think her bad book tour and slow sales show that there is not great excitement about the Clintons anymore. If there ever was.
I think she gets to keep her $14 million dollar advance for the book regardless of how it sells (or doesn't sell as the case may be).
No one has really addressed the issue of book payments vs. book advances. If they ‘advanced’ her $14M on predicted sales and they never materialize, she owes them the prorated difference.
If, on the other hand, they GAVE her the $14M, then it was criminal conspiracy to defraud stockholders (if it is a publicly traded company).
So COSTCO will be removing Hillary!’s book, right?
Origins: Political commentator Dinesh D’Souza was the focus of a publishing brouhaha in July 2014 when the Costco chain of warehouse discount stores, citing poor sales, pulled his book America: Imagine the World Without Her from their shelves just as a film based upon that work (America) was hitting theaters. Critics charged that Costco’s actions were politically motivated because D’Souza’s work is highly critical of President Barack Obama, with whom the Costco chain has significant friendly ties:
Costco has pulled from its stores a new book by virulent anti-Obama author Dinesh DSouza, setting off a landslide of suspicion, criticism and racy innuendo from media voices on the right.
The co-founders of the Issaquah-based retail giant, Jim Sinegal and Jeffrey Brotman, both hosted the 44th president in 2012 for fundraisers in their homes. Both Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have visited Costco stores, and Sinegal spoke at the 2012 Democratic Convention.
The official reason for removal of the book is slow sales, a Costco official [said]. The book had reportedly sold 3,600 copies at Costco, 700 of them [the previous] week.
Costco’s response to inquiries about the issue has been to assert that their motivation for pulling DSouzas book from their shelves was based on sales rather than politics:
Costco is not influenced by political considerations in selecting product for sale in our warehouses or on Costco.com. This includes our selection of books. Our book buyers are solely interested in book sales, and do not favor any political persuasion over another. Recently, after deciding to sell the book “America: Imagine the World Without Her”, beginning on June 1, a decision was made to pull the book from sale on July 1. This decision was based solely on the number of copies sold during that month, and had nothing to do with the content of the book.
Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited. We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can’t carry every title that our members are interested in reading. We are constantly monitoring book sales, and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on sales volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.
By the end of the day on 8 July 2014, Costco began adding a paragraph to their standard customer response indicating that they had reversed their position and would be re-stocking D’Souza’s America: Imagine a World Without Her:
After we made the return, a documentary was released about the book. Since then there has been heightened interest by our membership base and brisk sales at locations still in stock. Therefore, we have made the decision to reorder the book.
She’s a has-been, and a phony baloney.
AP July 14, 2015. HEADLINE: Simon and Schuster Pay Record Advance
Simon and Schuster have paid a record advance of $20 million to Hillary Clinton for her new book “Easy Choice” which promises to answer the question on everyone’s mind: Why did she she decline to run for President when she could have almost danced her way through the 2016 election and into the Oval Office.
Was it because of Bill? Obama? Michelle? Ted Cruz?
Does she get to keep that “advance”? It’s probably more of a campaign contribution.
I have an idea!Why not get The Unions to “Buy” this piece of CRAP?They did it for”Fort Worthless Jim Wright”!Here’s another one!Instead of burning the bodies of”Murdered Infants”,they could burn these Pieces of CRAP!!There,TWO Good Ideas in One Day!!!I’m going to take a Break!!!!!!!!!!
I think most people have concluded that she is a Bitter Clinger (to Bill) who has no individual talent or charisma.
She is a criminal and should be in prison. Where is the $6,000,000,000.00 that was “unaccounted for” under her SOS watch? What about Benghazi?
My Costco membership expires this month. I sent them an e-mail expressing my displeasure at the pulling of the Dinesh DSouza book and stating I probably would not be renewing. They sent me that form e-mail about not being political and based on sales. If Hillary’s book is not pulled I will have to think I was lied to and move on to Sam’s Club.
Strong support, hmm..
I’ve spoken with a few of the party-line liberals I know (a few oddball family members, a few co-workers) extensively on this topic, and they mainly seem to support her because of this perception that she’s a shoe-in electorally.
But here’s the kicker: while they’re not crazy about her personally (not liking the “Clinton baggage,” not liking the idea of a dynasty, thinking she’s shrill, etc), they know that she’ll stack the courts for their pet causes. They’re looking at the ages of certain Supreme Court members, and they’re betting that the court system will be theirs for a generation.
I despise their politics, but their long view on things is remarkable.
Hitlery’s crappy book is currently # 120 on Amazom’s best seller list while Dinish D’Souza’s “America” remains at #1.
This is nothing more than a campaign donation to Hillary for her 2016 run.
What a video photo-op that would make, if someone could figure out when the trucks will show up and where the books will be dumped.
Think of all those poor trees destroyed for nothing. Think of the damage to the environment caused by Hillary and Simon & Schuster.
Goodbye....would be POTUS Hillary Clinton....Hello, Grandmother Clinton!!!
I will be emailing the CEO.
Richard A. Galanti
Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice President and Director
W. Craig Jelinek
President, Chief Operating Officer and Director
James D. Sinegal
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer and Director
A repeat scene from the great movie, “Trading Places”!!! Ralph Bellamy and Don Ameche live again, within Hillary Clinton!!!
She's loathed by half the country and barely tolerated by the other half.
Smoke signals on the horizon speak of a squaw rising in the east.
“If they advanced her $14M on predicted sales and they never materialize, she owes them the prorated difference.”
I’m happy to assume, if you know about these things, that you may know lots more than I about the customs & practices of the book publishing industry. That would be easy, I know largely nothing about it, though again, I would assume they are not in business to lose money.
But if you think S&S is going to ask for their money back and even more incredulously HRC is gonna give it back, I shall be here, giggling, and not holding my breath!
Hillary won’t owe SS anything. Advance on royalties is paid regardless of whether or not the book sells. She won’t get any royalties on the book because it won’t earn back the advance but the $14 million will be hers. She’s probably already received half of it, although ti can vary how the installments of the advance are paid.
Her Heinous is SO 90’s.
"Going Rogue: An American Life is a personal and political memoir of Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 Republican candidate for U.S. Vice President. The book became a New York Times #1 bestseller in its first week of release, and remained there for six weeks. It is one of four recent political memoirs to sell more than two million copies..."
Gee... MORE than 2 million copies versus... But Sarah's "irrelevant", remember... /s
“books that they will have to dispose of somehow”
Surely Hil would have insisted the books be printed on bio-degradable paper, so that they can be buried in the forest and the goddess Gaia will return them to the earth.
Barring that, how about the world’s largest weenie/marshmallow roast?
I realize that. But to me, there is a difference between ‘paid’ and ‘advanced’.
This picture of shrillery in bums dress is as good as the pictures of the _resident on the bike and the one with him fumbling to get the umbrella through the gate.
“I have an idea! Why not get The Unions to Buy this piece of CRAP?”
You are being facetious, I know, but this is exactly the kind of thing Repub operatives should introduce into pop culture. Dems would do this. Imagine an R-sourced tweet campaign or other kind of odd-sourced message to buy Hillary’s book “coz she’s broke and we need her to be our next president so women can get contraceptives!”
It would be a very subtle Alinsky tactic. And it wouldn’t get people talking about Hillary; it would get them talking about her goofy book.
In all the hoopla about this book, I don’t recall anything about ‘royalties’. What I’ve heard “paid”, “got”, “advanced.”
Additionally, I find it difficult to believe a reputable book publisher would pay an irrevocable ‘advance’ without some stipulation that sales must be commensurate. It goes against all business sense.
one wonders how many women’s studies professors will require it as a text...
Absolutely true, and good point.
But, since we are not privy to the actual contract and the reporting cannot be relied upon in terms of accuracy, the default condition here is that S&S wrote a big fat check to take a bet they’re not going to collect on. EVEN IF the black letter of the contract was an “advance against” that had to be paid back w/sales. That will never happen.
American by Dinesh D’Souza is NUMBER ONE on Amazon.com! Take that, Hitlery!
Yes....you give your money to a grifter, you’ll never see it again - no matter what kind of paper you have on them.
Here’s an idea, for what it’s worth:
If the remainder books are going to be destroyed, why not make an offer to buy them at some low price (say, .50 per copy), and then use them as anti-Clinton election propaganda? You could give them away free with a cover note reading: “Do you really want the author of this book to be your President?” or something similar to that.
Just a thought. . . .
Remember how the Associated Press hired 11 fact checkers to review Sarah’s book??? Did they similarly hire fact checkers to analyze Hillary’s book???
This “Jim Wright method” of political corruption appears to have finally run it’s course.
I’d be satisfied if she was half of “dead broke”.
It was never a flop. The book was designed to cover up the bribe money she’s been taking. Money leaves a trail. Hillary is showing evidence of having lots of money. People are going to wonder how she got that rich.
“I received $16,000,000 for writing this book.”
The book has always been a smokescreen to cover for her taking bribes.
There ya go.
The publisher had no expectation of actually selling these books; they wanted to stay on the good side of “President Clinton” in case there was (God save us all) another one.