In 2009, The Daily Beast reported that HarperCollins paid Sarah Palin $1.25 million to write her autobiography “Going Rogue: An American Life”—which was released later that year.
In 2010, Deadline announced that Demi Moore was given a whopping $2 million to pen a book about her relationship with her mother Virginia King Guynes for HarperCollins. The title and release date of the work have yet to be announced.
Sarah SilvermanIn 2008, the New York Observer reported that risqué comedian Sarah Silverman was paid an impressive $2.5 million to write a collection of comic essays titled “The Bedwetter: Stories of Cordage, Redemption, and Pee” for HarperCollins.
In 2009, former President George W. Bush inked a $7 million deal with Crown Publishing Group to write “Decision Points,” which broke down the reasons why be made certain choices throughout his life and presidency.
In 2007, Reuters reported that Keith Richards signed an astounding $7 million book deal with Little, Brown and Weidenfeld & Nicolson to write his autobiography “Life.”
In 2008, The Observer reported that Little, Brown & Co. paid “30 Rock” creator and former “Saturday Night Live” scribe $6 million to write what would ultimately become the critically acclaimed bestseller “Bossypants.”
In 2000 Hilary Clinton received what the New York Times referred to as a “near-record advance” of $8 million from Simon and Schuster to write “Living History,” a book chronicling her time as First Lady.
While studying abroad in Umbria, Italy, Amanda Knox was arrested for the murder of her roommate Meredith Kercher. In Feb. 2012, after serving four years in an Italian prison, she was cleared of the charge and returned home to the United States. As The Guardian reported, HarperCollins saw an opportunity to snag a must-read tell all and quickly signed a $4 million book deal with Knox. The as-yet untitled memoir has no scheduled released date.
Last month, Slate reported that Monica Lewinsky earned a $12 million book advance to write about her infamous tryst with President Bill Clinton. The deal, which was agreed to by an unknown publishing company, has puzzled many who feel such a high amount is unwarranted. During "Saturday Night Live's" Weekend Update segment, Seth Meyers summed the public’s response up best with “I can’t wait to read that…said 1998.”
Bill Clinton’s 2005 autobiography “My Life” earned him a $15 million advance from Knopf Publishing Group. The deal was made public after the New York Times published a story on the former president’s tax returns.
Lena Dunham’s whopping $3.5 million book deal has sparked a debate about whether a collection of essays by the actress, writer, and director is worth such a high sum.
The “Girls” creator, who will pen “Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned” for Random House, is one of several celebs that have signed astoundingly high book deals.
From former presidents to rock stars, here are ten public figures that have scored lucrative publishing deals.