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Choose Your Ruined Future with the Literary Dystopia Quiz

We’ve said it before, but this is an apocalyptic summer.

Between Justin Cronin‘s vampire end-of-the-world scenario to Glenn Beck‘s liberal end-of-the-world scenario (watch the book trailer embedded above), authors around the country are imagining some grim futures. To celebrate, Flavorpill has created a “Which Dystopian Future Is Right For You?” quiz to help you find the best dystopian fiction to read on the beach.

Here’s an excerpt: “With Gary Shteyngart’s newest contribution to the genre, Super Sad True Love Story, out later this month, we got to thinking about the doomsday options we have to look forward to. So take control of humanity’s bleak horizon by figuring out which hellish future is best for you — because if there’s anything we’ve learned from dystopian literature, it’s that your preferences matter. Or, not.”

Glenn Beck Sells Over 132,000 Copies of The Overton Window in a Week

beckfinalcover.jpgAccording to Nielsen Bookscan figures, conservative host Glenn Beck sold over 132,000 copies of The Overton Window in a single week–topping the bestseller list in the process. Follow this link to watch the thriller’s surreal book trailer.

Daily Finance profiled Beck’s literary track record in an article this morning, listing some serious bookselling figures from the literary lion. In a world of dwindling review and publicity outlets for authors, Beck has become a serious literary force.

Here’s an excerpt: “Beck has turned into a literary tastemaker and for the authors he’s interviewed on his programs and their publishers, the results are staggering. George Washington’s Sacred Fire, Peter Lillback’s 1,200-page biography first published by the tiny Providence Forum Press in 2006, has sold more than 45,000 copies this year, according to Bookscan. The vast majority of those sales coming after Lilliback appeared on Beck’s television show in mid-May.”

Glenn Beck Thriller Cover Chosen

beckfinalcover.jpgA few weeks ago conservative Fox News host Glenn Beck let readers help pick the cover for his upcoming thriller, The Overton Window. His readers have spoken, choosing a surreal cover (pictured) with a alternate version of the Statue of Liberty, featuring a bearded man with a staff instead of Lady Liberty.

We were rooting for a more fantasy-oriented cover, but the blue and mysterious cover won. The Overton Window is based on one of Beck’s favorite political theories, follow this link for more information.

Here’s a peek at the novel’s plot, from the release: “There is a powerful technique called the Overton Window that can shape our lives, our laws and our future. It works by manipulating public perception so that ideas previously thought of as radical begin to seem acceptable over time … For Noah Gardner, a twenty something public relations executive, it’s safe to say that political theory is the furthest thing from his mind. Smart, single, handsome and insulated from the world’s problems by the wealth and power of his father, Noah is far more concerned about the future of his social life than the future of his country … An unprecedented attack on U.S. soil shakes the country to the core and puts into motion a frightening plan, decades in the making, to transform America and demonize all those who stand in the way.”

Glenn Beck Readers Help Pick Cover for His New Novel

glennbeckcovered.jpgIn a bit of unexpected social networking news, conservative pundit and author Glenn Beck is seeking reader’s opinions about his next book cover.

His site offered four different covers with a decidedly post-apocalyptic imagery, asking readers to vote on their favorite. We have voted for Cover Number Three (pictured), if only to increase Beck’s share of the fantasy and science fiction demographic. Follow this link to vote.

Our friends at Mediaite pondered the covers: “I suspect that number one will be what actually makes it to the bookshelves since it’s the least strange of the four. That said, number three is currently the office favorite, though I am unclear who that figure is supposed to be…perhaps a nod to Childhood’s End?”

Glenn Beck Earns $13 Million a Year in Publishing

0511book.jpgA new Forbes magazine profile looks at the media empire of conservative personality Glenn Beck, revealing a surprising fact–publishing appears to be the most lucrative arm of his business.

The author and talk show host pulls in $13 million a year through his print operations, dwarfing the $2 million he earns from television. This summer he’ll test the limits of his publishing career with a new novel, The Overton Window. As we’ve noted, Beck also holds an Oprah-like sway over conservative readers.

Here’s the crucial passage from the article: “He has managed to monetize virtually everything that comes out of his mouth. He gets $13 million a year from print (books plus the ten-issue-a-year magazine Fusion). Radio brings in $10 million. Digital (including a newsletter, the ad-supported Glennbeck.com and merchandise) pulls in $4 million. Speaking and events are good for $3 million and television for $2 million.” (Via Gawker)

Glenn Beck Unveils His Upcoming Novel

0511book.jpgOver the last few years, conservative host Glenn Beck has emerged as a publishing star. This summer, he’ll test the waters with an adult novel published by Threshold Editions–the Simon & Schuster imprint publishing Lynne Cheney and Karl Rove.

Entitled The Overton Window, the novel will be released in June 15. Through pre-orders, the title is already rising up the Amazon rankings.

At an Orlando rally led by Beck, Philly.com gleaned this novel intelligence: “[Beck] described [the novel] as ‘a story of America in a time much like today where the people are confused,’ with a government in crisis and the rise of a citizens’ group called the Founders Keepers, which ‘leads to a battle and a civil war, and life is upside-down planetwide.’” (Via Gawker)

After the jump, watch a clip where Beck explains the Overton Window–the political theory behind his new novel.

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Book Trailer Attack Ad Takes on Karl Rove Memoir

The publishing world is obsessed with political books right now, as political figures from Sarah Palin to Glenn Beck to Karl Rove climb the bestseller chart. One book trailer decided to fight the trend with a time-tested political trick: the attack ad.

Unbeige blogger Steve Delahoyde designed that attack ad book trailer embedded above to support Rework, by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson.

Check it out: “REWORK, our new book on starting, building, and growing –or not growing–a business was released one week ago today. The book is selling out around the country and rocketed to #3 on Amazon.com’s bestseller list. Thanks to everyone who picked up a copy and spread the word. But there’s this book right ahead of it by this guy named Karl Rove. Heard of him? Turns out his book just came out too. And he’s all over the press … With a wink and a grin, we present the truth about Karl Rove’s Courage and Consequence: My Life as a Conservative in the Fight and 37signals’ Rework.”

New Book about Glenn Beck: Tears of a Clown

milbank.pngSend in the clowns! Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank is writing a new book about conservative personality Glenn Beck entitled Tears of a Clown.

Politico reporter Michael Calderone broke the news with a Milbank interview: “Milbank said that what sets Beck apart is a willingness to go where other hosts will not. ‘I think he has a lower bar, and commercially, it’s pure genius,’ Milbank said. ‘He has found the absolute sweet spot in the market right now.’ While impressed with Beck’s success, Milbank doubts that he’s really ‘a true believer.’”

The book will be published by Doubleday, the publisher behind the columnist’s book, Homo Politicus. The Beck book will enter a crowded field: journalist Alexander Zaitchik has a Beck biography coming in June and John Avlon‘s political book, Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America has a section about Beck.

Photo via, taken by Julia Ewan, The Washington Post.

Inaugural Daily Beast Book Probes Glenn Beck’s Publishing Career

img-book-cover---wingnuts_140231663760.jpgToday The Daily Beast launched its publishing line, Beast Books–an experimental step from the blogosphere into the world of publishing.

The series opened with John Avlon‘s political book, “Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.” According to founder Tina Brown, the imprint will feature a new kind of content: “Beast Books will be longer than conventional long-form magazine articles but shorter than conventional nonfiction books. They will be published digitally and distributed on multiple platforms, and will soon thereafter be available as handy paperbacks.”

Here’s an excerpt from Avlon’s book, a study of political pundit Glenn Beck‘s bestseller streak: “In the books, as on air, it’s always a wrestling match between the Good Beck–humorous, self-effacing and calling on a higher power for a sense of purpose–and the Bad Beck, peddling political apocalypse, the opinion equivalent of a horror film: ‘We are a country that is headed towards socialism, totalitarianism, beyond your wildest imagination.’ ‘There is a coup going on. There is a stealing of America … done through the guise of an election.’”

Jonah Goldberg’s Million Dollar Book Deal

catalog_cover23.jpgFollowing blockbuster books by Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, publishers are chasing conservative scribes. Conservative columnist Jonah Goldberg has scored a reported one million dollar deal for his next book.

Goldberg riled the blogosphere with his first book, “Liberal Fascism: The Secret History of the American Left, From Mussolini to the Politics of Meaning.” The new book has a temporary title: “The Tyranny of Clichés.”

Here’s more about the deal, from Crain’s New York: “Penguin’s conservative imprint Sentinel won the bidding in an auction conducted by William Morris Endeavor agent Jay Mandel that involved at least four publishers … ‘Conservative books are doing incredibly well,’ says an executive who dropped out of the bidding.”

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