The Biggest Book Advances Of All Time

By on April 24, 2014 in ArticlesCelebrity News

When former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed a book deal with publishing house Simon & Schuster, she took home a reported $14 million advance. The book deal was inked little more than two months after Hillary stepped down as Secretary of State, a position she served for Barack Obama's entire first Presidential term. Her future book does not yet have a title but it is being billed as a personal memoir of her time as serving as America's most important diplomat. Mrs. Clinton is not expected to discuss her failed Presidential campaign of 2008 or the affair her husband had with Monica Lewinsky nearly 18 years ago in this book. Instead, the pages will focus on America's role in international diplomacy today. She will likely discuss her views on the turbulence in the Middle East, relations with China, the ouster and death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi and the assassination of Osama Bin Laden. It is very possible that the book will coincide with a 2016 Presidential run.

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A $14 million advance nearly doubles the amount Hillary received for her first memoir "Living History", for which she received $8 million. It's also just $1 million shy of the $15 million her husband Bill Clinton was paid for his post-presidential memoir "My Life". Bill's book wound up selling more than 2.5 million copies which earned him an additional $15 million in royalties, bringing his total payout to $30 million. Can Hillary's book perform as well? Interestingly, Monica Lewinsky is rumored to be negotiating a potential $12 million advance for a future memoir. Barack Obama will also likely earn a huge payday for his future memoirs after he leaves office. If those last two books become real, we will update this list. For now, here are the biggest book advances of all time…

The Biggest Book Advances Of All Time:

  • #19: Sarah Palin: "Going Rogue" – $1.25 million
  • #18: Demi Moore: (Future book) – $2 million
  • #17: Dick Cheney: "In My Time" – $2 million
  • #16: Sarah Silverman: "The Bedwetter" – $2.5 million
  • #15: Lena Dunham: (Future book) – $3.7 million
  • #14: Amanda Knox: "Waiting to be Heard" – $4 million
  • #13: Tiny Fey: "Bossypants" – $6 million
  • #12: Tom Wolfe: "Back to Blood" – $7 million
  • #11: Jerry Seinfeld: "Seinlanguage" – $7 million
  • #10: George W. Bush: "Decision Points" – $7 million
  • #9: Jack Welch: "Straight From The Gut" – $7.1 million
  • #8: Keith Richards: "Life" – $7.7 million
  • #7: JK Rowling: "The Casual Vacancy" – $8 million
  • #6: Hillary Clinton: "Living History" – $8 million
  • #5: Alan Greenspan: "The Age of Turbulence" – $8.5 million
  • #4: Pope John Paul II: "In My Own Words" – $8.75 million
  • #3: Amy Shumer "The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo" – $9 million
  • #2: Hillary Clinton: (Future book) – $14 million
  • #1: Bill Clinton: "My Life" – $15 million
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