The Process of Writing “Scandalous”

To say my writing schedule for The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama has been the most aggressive I’ve ever done is an understatement. The first draft of The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama took six months, and then we revised and added to it on and off for three years. The struggle with that book was that in order to get it published when we wanted to, new data was always available, requiring updates to topics that had already been written, and adding new stuff that hadn’t been anticipated.
The most difficult thing about writing this book is taking scandals that could easily be the subjects of their own books (Fast and Furious is a good example) and boiling them down into readable summaries of the facts that give the reader the most important information. The Hillary email scandal alone took place over two years and there is a plethora of raw data (WikiLeaks, anyone?) that could be analyzed and explained that could fill an entire book… Since I couldn’t devote a whole book to just one scandal, I had to prioritize and condense all the available information on each scandal into 1,500-2,000 words a piece. There are just under thirty scandals that I’m highlighting in this book, and believe me, I could cover more, but, I do have a deadline.