Political rise spurs sales of Donald Trump’s Art of the Deal, but other titles languish

President Donald Trump‘s political rise has sparked sales for his two big hits as an author, The Art of the Deal (published in 1987) and Time to Get Tough (2011).

As of July 15, 2015, Trump reported less than $50,000 in royalties for The Art of the Deal and less than $100,000 for Time to Get Tough. In the latest disclosure, dated June 14, 2017, Trump reports royalties of up to $1 million apiece for those two books.

In other words, over the past two years, Trump made as much as $950,000 in royalties for The Art of the Deal, and as much as $900,000 from Time to Get Tough.

Authors are known for making very little money from their books, and even the world’s most visible man seems not to be raking it in from sales of many of his tomes. Fully 10 titles authored by Trump have generated less than $200 apiece in royalty income for the prolific author, according to a new financial disclosure Trump filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics.

Trump reports royalty income of less than $201 from the following titles:

  • Think Like a Billionaire (2004)
  • The Art of the Comeback (1997)
  • Why We Want You to Be Rich (2006)
  • Trump 101: The Way to Success (2007)
  • The America We Deserve (2000)
  • Never Give Up (2008)
  • The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received (2005)
  • The Way to the Top (2004)
  • Think Big and Kick Ass (2007)
  • Trump: Surviving at the Top (1990)

The precise dates covered by the report are unclear, but the disclosure appears to tally cumulative income over the past half-decade or longer.

Two other titles — The Midas Touch and How to Get Rich — have totaled between $5,000 and $15,000 in royalties. Another, Think Like a Champion, has brought in between $15,000 and $50,000.

 

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