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Stephen Colbert Lands Deal for Children’s Book

TV host and author Stephen Colbert has inked a book deal with Grand Central Publishing for his children’s book, I Am a Pole (and So Can You!). Publication is set for May 8, 2012.

Here’s more from the publisher: “The book came about as a result of a two-part interview that Stephen Colbert did last month with legendary children’s book author, Maurice Sendak, on The Colbert Report. During the interview, Colbert gave viewers a preview of a children’s book he was in the midst of writing. The interview went viral and immediately became an internet sensation, with fans clamoring for copies of the book.”

Colbert quipped in the release: “It’s been a lifelong dream of mine to write a children’s book. I hope the minutes you and your loved ones spend reading it are as fulfilling as the minutes I spent writing it.” Trident Media Group CEO Dan Strone and Dixon Talent agent James Dixon negotiated the deal with Grand Central publisher Jamie Raab.

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Billy Ray Cyrus Lands Amazon Book Deal

Country music star Billy Ray Cyrus will publish his memoir with Amazon Publishing in hardcover and eBook edition in spring 2013.

Trident Media CEO Dan Strone negotiated the deal alongside John Ferriter, Lo Bosworth and Stuart Dill from Octagon Entertainment. Strone also negotiated an $800,000 deal for Penny Marshall‘s memoir with Amazon.

Cyrus (pictured, via) had this statement in the release: “I learned early from The Book of Psalms that: ‘The Truth will be your shield and your buckle’. I’ve always loved that.  You only get one chance to tell your life story.  This is my chance to set the record straight.  I realized that over the years that there have been untruths and misconceptions about me, my music, my life, my family and our dreams.  I’m going to lay out the facts starting from August 25th, 1961 and work my way to the present, even if it stings a little.”

Debbie Reynolds Lands Book Deal for Tell-All

Movie star Debbie Reynolds has inked a deal to publish a tell-all memoir with HarperCollins. Publication is set for 2013.

Unsinkable will be her second book with the publisher, following 1988′s Debbie: My Life. Trident Media Group CEO Dan Strone negotiated the deal with senior vice president Lynn Grady. Executive editor Jennifer Brehl will edit.

Here’s more from the release: “At the end of her 1988 autobiography, Debbie: My Life (Morrow), Debbie Reynolds talks about finally finding love with her third husband, calling him ‘brave, loyal and loving.’ Her marriage seemed like a great success until she discovered that her husband had his mistress stashed at the Stardust just down the street from Debbie’s own newly opened Las Vegas hotel. She then learned that he’d embezzled all the proceeds from her business, in addition to many other betrayals. When she confronted him, she barely escaped with her life. For the third time, Debbie would suffer a divorce that left her emotionally and financially bankrupt.” (image via)

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Amazon Reportedly Paid $800,000 for Penny Marshall Memoir

Amazon is paying sizable advances as it prepares to publish 122 books in the next few months. The New York Times reported that Amazon paid $800,000 for a memoir from Penny Marshall, the Laverne & Shirley star and director.

Amazon announced the deal last week at the Frankfurt Book Fair, and My Mother Was Nuts will come out this fall. Trident Media Group CEO Dan Strone negotiated the deal, working with Shelter Entertainment manager Alan Iezman.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “Marshall opens up about her childhood and family, including her relationships with brother and early mentor Garry Marshall and sister Ronny. How a decision to move to Hollywood—as a single, newly divorced mother and college drop-out—eventually led to her starring role on the classic sitcom Laverne & Shirley. And how her transition from on-screen star to behind-the-camera quickly led her to become the first woman to direct a movie that made more than $100 million at the box office, an honor bestowed upon Big, which Marshall duplicated just four years later with A League of Their Own.”

Melissa Leo Inks Memoir Deal

Oscar-winning actress Melissa Leo (pictured, via) has signed with Simon & Schuster to publish her memoir.

The title is slated for release in 2013. Executive editor Priscilla Painton negotiated the deal with Trident Media Group CEO Dan Strone.

Leo had this statement in the press release: “My work requires that I inhabit other people’s lives but my memoir demands that I take on the toughest role of my career – playing myself.  I will give it my whole heart and soul.”

Christine O’Donnell Lands Book Deal with St. Martin’s Press

Former U.S. Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell has signed a book deal with St. Martin’s Press. Publication is planned for August 2011.

Trident Media Group CEO Dan Strone negotiated the deal with St. Martin’s publisher Matthew Shear. The book will “embody O’Donnell’s identification with America’s frustrations and concerns with the current political climate.” It will also explore how she beat a veteran politician in the 2010 U.S. Republican primary in Delaware, earning the support of Tea Party members and plenty of media attention.

O’Donnell had this statement: “The 2010 midterm elections were just the beginning—the first rumblings of a revolution that has not fully erupted.  I plan on making my book one of the revolution’s catalysts.”

Stephen Colbert Sells New Book to Grand Central

9780446582186_154X233.jpgAs real life conservative figures cash in with book deals, a comedian who plays a conservative has landed another book deal. Television host Stephen Colbert has sold an unnamed follow-up to I Am America (And So Can You!) to Grand Central, according to Publishers Marketplace.

It is scheduled for a 2012 release, just in time for another historic election. According to the subscription-only publishing site, the deal was negotiated by Dan Strone from Trident Media Group and James Dixon from Dixon Talent. Colbert’s first book spent weeks on top of the NY Times bestseller list. The book may give the comedian a chance to fulfill another goal as well. While promoting I Am America, Colbert gathered more than 14,700 petitioning to get his book on Oprah’s Book Club.

Here’s an excerpt: “[Y]our book club has a troubling record. So far, you’ve given your implicit endorsement to liars, hermaphrodites, the apocalypse, and, in honoring Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Fidel Castro. All of which are actively plotting to destroy America. Isn’t it about time you chose a book that cared about this nation?”

Mother of 90210, Tori Spelling

tori spelling.jpgSimon Spotlight Entertainment just announced that it will publish a second book with Tori Spelling, tentatively titled Mommywood. The new book will be a follow-up to her New York Times bestselling memoir, sTori Telling, but will focus on her life as a mom.

Oxygen’s “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood” garnered the highest rated season premiere and most watched season debut of an Oxygen original series ever and recently, an episode featuring Tori and Dean’s son’s birthday party was recorded as Oxygen’s most watched telecast in the history of the network in its key demographic of women 18-49. The CW will also air an updated spin-off to Beverly Hills, 90210 beginning in Fall 2008 and Tori is set to reprise her role as Donna Martin.

Tori Spelling said:

Writing my first book sTori Telling was an amazing cathartic journey for me. Now, being a mom of two beautiful babies, I’m excited to share more stories as I embark on this new chapter of my life.

Jennifer Bergstrom, Vice President and Publisher of SSE, said “We absolutely adore Tori Spelling at SSE and are thrilled to be working with her on a second book. She is a joy to work with and her smart, funny, and honest voice is meant to be in print.”

Jennifer Bergstrom at SSE negotiated the deal with Dan Strone, CEO of Trident Media Group, which includes world rights. Patrick Price, Senior Editor, will edit the book which is scheduled for publication in April 2009.

Borat Book Finally Lands at Flying Dolphin

borat.jpgIn what’s either one of the longest gestating book deals ever or another example of reporting delays, Dan Strone at Trident Media has finally placed a comedic advice book from Borat Sagdiyev (aka the now-infamous, movie-immortalized alter ego of British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen) with Suzanne Herz and Peter Gethers at Flying Dolphin Press. PW Daily reports that the forthcoming title, which is scheduled for publication on November 6,BORAT: TOURISTIC GUIDINGS TO MINOR NATION OF U.S. OF A and BORAT: TOURISTIC GUIDINGS TO GLORIOUS NATION OF KAZAKHSTAN.

According to Doubleday publicity director Alison Rich, both lengthy monikers will appear on the book’s cover jacket and the material will be new, not tied-in to the film. Intended as a faux tourist guide introducing Americans to Kazakhstan and vice versa, the book will feature photographs, text and illustrations. And clearly, the book wasn’t “too racy” for American publication, but it will be interesting to see if the Borat phenomenon still has legs a year after the smash hit movie took hold in the US.