The Media Mob has learned that conservative radio and television host Glenn Beck has just finished signing a huge new two-book deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Threshold Editions. According to a source with knowledge of the deal, the agreement will net Mr. Beck, the host of Headline News’ "Glenn Beck," approximately $3 million. The initial print run will be a whopping 750,000 copies.
This past fall, Threshold Editions published Mr. Beck’s "An Inconvenient Book," which immediately debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. According to Executive Vice President and Publisher Louise Burke, Threshold Editions has shipped over half a million copies of "An Inconvenient Book," with no returns to date, making it a big hit for the imprint.
Ms. Burke said that Mr. Beck’s next book will be a work of fiction, based heavily on the real events of his childhood (including the death of his mother during his teenage years) and will be titled "The Christmas Sweater." The holiday-themed tome is expected to hit the bookshelves in Fall 2008. Throughout the holiday season, Mr. Beck will promote the "Christmas Sweater," while touring the country performing his annual Christmas show.
The book will be edited by Vice President and Senior Editor Mitchell Ivers, who also edited "An Inconvenient Book." George Hiltzik–Mr. Beck’s longtime agent–brokered the contract.
"Glenn is very, very thoughtful about his audience and what he does," Ms. Burke told the Media Mob. "We love working with him because he knows exactly what he wants to do. He has a goal in mind and he goes after it. He was the one that told me "An Inconvenient Book" would be number one on the Times list–and he was absolutely right."