A Highly Anticipated New Release

Today former President Obama’s first volume of his presidential memoirs will be released. It’s likely on par with any new release of the last decade.

I didn’t pre-order and likely won’t be buying it soon, but just its release got me thinking about 2018’s Becoming by Michelle Obama. I read recently it has sold more than 10 million copies. Of you can recall, her book tour was a massive success in cities all over the country and crowds filling arenas to see her speak about her experiences and her book.

There will be no such tour for Barack. With Covid-19 cases surging in many parts of the country and restrictions being put in place again, any event would be virtual. No one here feels sorry for him. He’s living his best life. But I do think having a book tour would have given lots of people the chance to hear from him directly up close and personal. I’m sure he’s still going to sell millions of books.

“Becoming” is Becoming Historic

Yes, that title is awful. Sue me.

I remember reading at the end of last year about the top selling books of the year. I’d have to go back and check, but there were maybe five that reached the one million threshold.

Michelle Obama’s memoir is said to be on pace to sell 10 million copies, which would be the bestselling memoir ever.

And President Obama’s memoir is still on the way! 🤑

How Many of 2018’s Bestselling Books Did You Read?

I told y’all I bought a grand total of one book last year. So I’ll be the first to answer my own question. Uno! Only because it was an old one that wasn’t a new release.

But I was curious to know which books made it among the bestselling.

Even before looking up the list I already knew Michelle Obama far outpaced everyone else, but those other political books making this list were a bit surprising. Although when I really think about it, it isn’t surprising at all.

If I recall, book sales were up in 2018 over 2017. With that in mind I was also expecting just a few more titles over the 1 million mark. But let’s be honest, a million books is A LOT of books. So maybe I’m just silly.

How many of the bestselling books of 2018 have you read? (The list isn’t mine, so if you find a different one with different rankings, okay by me).

President and First Lady Obama Just Signed a Book Deal for How Much!?

This was inevitable. Everyone knew President Obama would sign a massive book deal once out of office. But my goodness! The reported numbers are astonishing.

Reports indicate the Obamas’ joint book deal is worth $65 million dollars! I’ve never heard of such a lucrative deal. Not for presidents or politicians or celebrities or anyone. And people wonder why first-time authors struggle to even get a publishing contract. The majority of their profits will be donated to charity.

Penguin Random House has proven that publishing deals aren’t always about what they’ll be able to make off of it. But then first-time authors will still get an advance of $2000 and no marketing. But eh.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever heard come out of publishing?