Since 1987, Donald Trump has written at least 15 books. According to his personal financial disclosure, eleven of those earned him less than $1,000 in royalties last year, and nine earned him less than $200.
Personal financial disclosures do not require candidates to specify income amounts, but rather give ranges: Last year’s Crippled America, for example, made him between one million and five million dollars.
Other recent tomes are also still selling relatively well: Think Like a Champion, published in 2009, brought in less than $50,000 in income; Time to Get Tough, published in 2011, is still selling at a lively pace, bringing in between $100,000 and $1,000,000 in royalties last year.
But many more of Trump’s books are barely selling at all: The Way to the Top (2004) made between $201 and $1,000, and How to Get Rich (2004) made between $5,001 and $1,000.
The following titles earned Trump no more than $200:
- Trump: Surviving at the Top (1990);
- The Art of the Comeback (1997);
- The America We Deserve (2000);
- Think Like a Billionaire (2004);
- The Best Real Estate Advice I Ever Received (2005);
- Why We Want You to Be Rich (2006);
- Trump 101: The Way to Success (2007);
- Think BIG and Kick Ass in Business and Life (2007);
- Never Give Up (2008).
His 1987 debut, The Art of the Deal, brought him between $50,000 and $100,000 in royalties. Then again, according to the book’s ghostwriter, Tony Schwartz, Trump didn’t actually write The Art of the Deal. In September, Schwartz tweeted:
I wrote the Art of the Deal. Donald Trump read it.— tonyschwartz (@tonyschwartz) September 17, 2015