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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Current Word Count: 50,125
First Draft of Manuscript Due: 62 Days
I’ve got two months before the first draft of The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama is due to Bombardier Books, and the manuscript is in pretty good shape. I’ve written about 21 different scandals/controversies so far, and I have 6 more that I want to cover in this book. I may consider adding more, we’ll see if there’s time, but 27 covers a lot… that’s 27 more than the mainstream media cared to acknowledge when they called Obama “scandal-free.”
My hope is to have my own preliminary first draft complete by the 45-day mark, leaving me time to go over the manuscript and have it beta-read and given a low-level edit by a third party before submitting it to Bombardier.
Also, I have been informed that the anticipated release date for the book is February 2018. I am hoping to have some news about the cover design soon.
Anyway, I must get back to it. Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get updates on the book.
Current Word Count: 43,870 [updated 10:30 pm]
First Draft of Manuscript Due: 68 Days
Progress on The Scandalous Presidency of Barack Obama continues. I’ve been cutting back on the super-late nights in order to maintain the appearance of being fully functional during the day. Apparently, twenty ounces of Starbucks coffee in the morning isn’t enough to perk me up after going to bed at 1:30 or 2:30 am and waking up at 6:30 to go to my day job. But, since my last update, I’ve completed a few sections on some more complicated scandals, such as the Hillary email scandal, which, has had some new developments in recent weeks.
So, with about nine weeks to go, I’m confident I’ll be finished before the manuscript is due. I’m actually hoping that I can have all the pieces written within a couple weeks, and then have time to do a thorough self-edit before it goes off for a more comprehensive edit at Bombardier Books.
Anyway, back to writing! Be sure to sign up for my newsletter to get updates on the book.
UPDATE, 10:30 pm: Zuzu is making me feel guilty for working… how can I write with those sad eyes looking up at me?