Though other publishers were pursuing a book deal, “Survivor” winner Richard Hatch has chosen to publish his tome with a small publisher, Gotham-based the Lyons Press.
Hatch inked the deal late Saturday afternoon.
With a first printing of 250,000, “101 Survival Secrets: How to Make A Million Dollars, Lose 100 lbs. and Live Happily Ever After,” will hit stores Nov. 14.
Hatch describes the terms of his deal as “uniquely back-end heavy.”
He had been in negotiations with St. Martin’s Press for a life-story tell-all in a deal valued at $500,000. Hatch said talks had broken down when he declined to guarantee a certain percentage of his proposed book would be about his time on CBS reality skein “Survivor.”
In the new book, which is different than the one he had originally planned, Hatch will have a message for America: You can’t be rich or physically fit unless you’re happy, and you can’t be happy unless you know yourself. Book will be filled with self-awareness tips from a man who was at one time himself back-end heavy.
Hatch on happiness
“This book is about how to be happy,” said Hatch. “So many people aren’t clear enough about who they really are to make the distinction between playing the game and their personal lives.”
Another theme is that there are rules in every situation, and learning and implementing them is what makes for success.
“With increased self-awareness, you can operate without the delusions about who you really are,” said Hatch. “Knowing that, people can live happier.”
The Lyons Press’ president and publisher Tony Lyons is a longtime friend of Hatch (and brother of Daily Variety reporter Charles Lyons). The publisher said his company is paying the most it ever has for any book.
Lyons is also quick to counter the general perception of Hatch, who has been depicted in the press as a cross between a cool, corporate operator and duplicitous rogue.
“One of the themes of the book is loyalty and honesty,” Lyons said.
Hatch is repped by CAA and Pure Arts.