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Dick Cheney Lands Book Deal for a Medical Memoir

Scribner will release a medical memoir from former Vice President Dick Cheney next fall, a book written with the politician’s cardiologist, Jonathan Reiner, M.D..

Attorney Robert B. Barnett negotiated the deal with Susan Moldow. Scribner senior editor Shannon Welch will edit. Cheney will donate “a portion of the authors’ net proceeds” to charity. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

the vice president will tell the very personal story of his 35-year battle with heart disease, from his first heart attack in 1978 to the heart transplant he received in 2012.  Dr. Reiner will provide insight into the incredible technological and medical breakthroughs that have changed the face of cardiac care in the last four decades, giving hope to the 80 million Americans suffering from heart disease.

 

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Dick Cheney Memoir Spoofed by Taiwanese Animators

To prepare for Dick Cheney‘s controversial memoir In My Time (on sale tomorrow), Taiwanese animators have brought the book and its response to life in a funny video (embedded above).

In the video, Former President George Bush is shown reading a book about pet goats while Cheney is off dealing with the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In the real book, Cheney reportedly reveals a secret resignation letter and criticizes his colleagues.

If you can’t get enough of these Taiwanese animations, check out their latest video on Hurricane Irene.

Dick Cheney Memoir Reveals Secret Resignation Letter

In his new memoir, In My Time, former Vice President Dick Cheney talks about a secret letter of resignation that he wrote only two months into office. Worried about his health, he wrote the letter in March 2001 and locked in a safe.

The Huffington Post has more: “I did it because I was concerned that — for a couple of reasons … One was my own health situation. The possibility that I might have a heart attack or a stroke that would be incapacitating. And, there is no mechanism for getting rid of a vice-president who can’t function.’”

Below we’ve linked to other news stories exploring this highly anticipated memoir. The book comes out on Tuesday from Simon & Schuster. The hardcover sells for $19.25 on Amazon and the eBook edition sells for $16.99.

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Celebrity Book Toolkit

corynne23.jpgCelebrity book deals have multiplied this year, as everybody from Sarah Palin to Tina Fey inked contracts. If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. To ease your frustration, GalleyCat has compiled a Celebrity Book Toolkit.

For all the writers in the audience, mediabistro.com has some advice about how to find work co-writing a celebrity book. In the feature, attorney Robert Barnett (who represented Sarah Palin and Dick Cheney) had this advice: “Potential collaborators should make themselves known to editors, agents, and attorneys. [...] I receive applications from many candidates each year.”

For all the publicists in the audience, today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was former Page Six reporter Corynne Steindler (pictured), talking about her new senior reporting job at Bonnie Fuller‘s Hollywood Life. She gave advice for publicists looking to get celebrity books attention in the gossip world.

“Give me an exclusive,” she said. “I think it’s a bit of a misconception that all gossip stories come from publicists. That’s something that I’ve been trying to fight down for awhile now,” she explained. “At Hollywood Life we don’t have a quota or a column to fill, we post continuously all day. So our stories can come from anyplace–a celebrity Twitter account, a news story that’s already breaking … we can do it in real time. I don’t think there’s anybody who just talks to the Post or just talks to the Daily News.”

Inside Mary Matalin’s Conservative Imprint

LettersSM.jpgPolitico recently profiled Mary Matalin, the Republican strategist, commentator, and and author who now serves as EIC at Simon & Schuster’s 4-year-old conservative imprint, Threshold Editions.

The article explores Matalin’s close working relationship with her powerful authors, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and stategist Karl Rove. The article also offers a sneak peak at the next book by Fox News personality Glenn Beck, entitled “Arguing With Idiots: America’s Next Epic Battle: 1776 vs. 1984.”

The article also interviewed HarperCollins executive editor Adam Bellow, who had these thoughts: “You have to have screaming commercial best-sellers. You have to keep delivering them year after year. The success at Threshold, which took a while to find its legs, has been largely to do with Glenn Beck and Mark Levin. And the success of those books is that these authors have enormous media platforms.”

Dick Cheney Sells His Memoir

225px-Richard_Cheney_2005_official_portrait.jpgFormer Vice President Dick Cheney has sold his memoir for a deal that’s “likely worth at least $2 million,” according to the AP. The book is scheduled for publication in early 2011, a few months after George W. Bush‘s memoir hits bookstores.

While writing, the former VP will collaborate with his daughter, Liz Cheney. The memoir will be published by the Threshold Editions at Simon & Schuster, an imprint edited by Republican political consultant and former Cheney adviser, Mary Matalin.

Here’s a statement from Cheney: “I’m persuaded there are a lot of interesting stories that ought to be told … I want my grandkids, 20 or 30 years from now, to be able to read it and understand what I did, and why I did it.”

Science Fiction Political Consultants

arlan.andrews.sr1.jpgAs President Barack Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney debate national security issues in recent speeches, a crack team of science fiction writers advised politicos at the 2009 Homeland Security Science & Technology Stakeholders Conference.

According to the Washington Post, novelist and engineer Arlan Andrews (pictured) founded the Sigma group to have science fiction writers provide “imaginative services” to other groups, including the Army, the Department of Energy, and NATO. One recent event was lead by novelist Greg Bear.

Here’s more from the article: “Science fiction writers tend to know a lot about science. And the ranks of federal and commercial R&D departments are stuffed with sci-fi fanatics. The cost to taxpayers is minimal. The writers call this ‘science fiction in the national interest,’ and they consult pro bono.” (Via Ron Charles)