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.

Writing Update #4

Current Word Count: 56,865

First Draft of Manuscript Due: 55 Days

When I signed the contract with Bombardier Books I had just over 90 days to complete the first draft of the manuscript. So, as I planned out my writing schedule, I always considered myself to have had 90 days to finish the first draft, which means, in ten days I’ll be at the midpoint of my writing schedule. The good news is, I’ve actually much more like 90% done with the first draft. I have four more scandals/controversies to write about, and then the conclusion. There are a few topics I’ve already finished that I want to add a little bit to as well.

Bombardier Books should also have a cover design to show me soon. I’m very excited about that!

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Another Anniversary

One year ago today, the paperback edition of The Worst President in History: The Legacy of Barack Obama, was published.

As I’ve previously mentioned, I didn’t know back then the book would sell as well as it did or that it would become a bestseller. I certainly didn’t think that the paperback would move many copies, as independently published books tend to sell significantly more ebooks than paperbacks. In the first few months, ebooks outsold paperbacks roughly 15 to 1. Eventually, as overall sales grew, the ratio tightened to 2 to 1. The paperback once even reached a higher overall sales rank than the ebook.

As hard as it was to write the book and get it out there, I was never convinced it had more than a 2-month lifespan. Today, a year later, both the paperback and ebook editions continue to sell, each day recording multiple sales.

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