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Michael Bloomberg Biography Coming from Simon & Schuster

bloombergEleanor Randolph has landed a book deal with Simon & Schuster for “a major biography” of Michael Bloomberg.

Randolph spent 15 years covering New York for the New York Times and now serves on the paper’s editorial board. Literary agent David Black negotiated the deal with editorial director Alice Mayhew. Here’s more from the release:

This book will follow the extraordinary career and legacy of Bloomberg, who revolutionized business reporting, who has been a powerful and innovative mayor of New York City for the last 12 years, and who has become a public figure of national significance. The book will also observe his ongoing status as a national leader.

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Mitch Albom Lands 3-Book Deal with HarperCollins

Prolific writer Mitch Albom has landed a three-book deal with HarperCollins’ Harper imprint, leaving his old publisher.

Albom’s next book will be a novel entitled The First Phone Call From Heaven. The storyline will focus on characters who receive phone calls from those who have passed away. Editor Karen Rinaldi negotiated the deal with literary agent David Black.

According to Albom’s Facebook page, the publisher plans to release the book on November 12, 2013.

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Daniel Coyle Lands Book Deal for ‘The Little Book of Talent’

The journalist behind Lance Armstrong’s War has landed a book deal with Bantam for The Little Book of Talent: 52 Rules for Getting Good at Stuff.

Daniel Coyle (pictured, via) has written for Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine, and Play. Most recently, his 2007 cover story became The Talent CodeDavid Black at the David Black Literary Agency negotiated the deal with Andy Ward at Bantam.

Here’s more about the book: “a collection of straightforward tips that translate an emerging universe of knowledge into practical advice on how to get better at things, from your math skills to your golf swing.”

More on S&S’s Boilerplate Contract Changes

Simon & Schuster‘s boilerplate contract change to exclude a minimum threshold for determining whether a book should stay in print or not continues to get traction. AP’s Hillel Italie offers his own summary but also includes an intriguing nugget from an interview with S&S CEO Jack Romanos, who said that in an ideal market the only books he could envision going out of print were time-sensitive works such as tax guides – and that fiction titles especially should never go out of print. That opinion was seconded by HarperCollins president and CEO Jane Friedman, also interviewed by Italie last week. “No. In one word, no. There is no reason for a fiction title to go out of print, because you never known when there is going to be an audience for that book,” she said.

Which brings us back to print-on-demand. In a follow-up email, S&S spokesman Adam Rothberg explained that the earlier version of the boilerplate contract “reflected a time when p.o.d. was nascent and not-ready for prime time. This brings it into the era when p.o.d. is an established printing technology and p.o.d. books are readily available for sale.” But agent David Black told the NYT’s Motoko Rich that in reality, if a book is available only through print-on-demand, “an author’s book is going to be available in dribs and drabs.” He added: “If there is the possibility that I can take this book and place it somewhere else where somebody is going to publish it more aggressively than on a print-on-demand basis, shouldn’t I have the opportunity to do that?”

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