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Gabrielle Douglas Lands 2-Book Deal with Zondervan

Less than two months after her triumph at the London 2012 games, Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Douglas has inked a two-book deal with HarperCollins’ Zondervan imprint. Her memoir, Grace, Gold, and Glory: My Leap of Faith, will hit bookstores in December 2012.

Shade Global’s Sheryl Shade teamed up with The Literary Group’s Frank Weimann to negotiate the deal with HarperCollins’ director of creative development Lisa Sharkey. Each copy of Douglas’ memoir will contain a free poster. No details have been released yet about the second book.

Douglas (pictured, via) gave this statement in the release: “Even before I competed in the Olympics, I always wanted to write a book. Of course, there’ll be a lot of stories about gymnastics, but the book will also be about how much my family and I have overcome during our journey. It hasn’t been easy. I want people to read my story and say, ‘If Gabby can do it, I can do it too. Anything is possible.’ I hope the book inspires others to go for their biggest dreams.”

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Kardashian Sisters May Publish Crystal-Studded Edition of Their Novel

HarperCollins may publish a special edition of Dollhouse by Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian, decorating the novel’s cover with Swarovski crystal.

HarperCollins’ senior vice president Lisa Sharkey shared some behind-the-scenes details about the book in Diane Clehane‘s “Lunch at Michael’s” feature this week. 

Here’s an excerpt: “There was quite a fracas coming up with a title. Lisa wanted to call it Keeping Up but, she told me, the powers that be at E! put the kibosh on the idea saying that was their brand. Lisa then came up with the idea of launching a contest on Twitter asking followers to come up with their own titles. The winning entry, Dollhouse, was submitted by a gal named Courtney who will herself be written into the book as a wedding planner. Savvy Lisa, who is always coming up with clever ways to market her books, decided the cover will be in leopard print and is hoping to do a special edition adorned with Swarovski crystal (‘Kim loves bling!’). The sisters’ fans can also turn the cover over for a special keepsake poster that is sure to find its way into plenty of teen bedrooms.”

Hulk Hogan’s Ex-Wife Wrestles Book Deal

Linda Hogan, the ex-wife of wrestler Hulk Hogan and co-star of Hogan Knows Best, has landed a book deal with HarperCollins’ It Books imprint. She will write Wrestling the Hulk: My Life on the Ropes with  Stephen Prigge.

According to Publishers Lunch, Literary Group International agent Frank Weimann negotiated the deal.  Lisa Sharkey acquired the book and Amy Bendell will edit.  Hogan (pictured, via) appears to be the writer behind this Twitter page lightly sprinkled with tweets and photos from television appearances.

Here’s more about the book, via Publishers Lunch: “an empowering tale of a compassionate, savvy businesswoman who finds the courage to stand up for herself and pursue true happiness.”

Tim Tebow Scores Book Deal for ‘Inspirational Memoir’

College football star and Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow will write his “inspirational memoir” for HarperCollins. Through My Eyes is set for April 2011 publication.

Tebow (pictured) has been writing for his Twitter page, earning more than 53,000 fans. The book was acquired by Lisa Sharkey and senior editor Matt Harper will edit the memoir. It will be co-written with Nathan Whitaker. The deal was arranged by a team of representatives: Robby Tebow and Angel Gonzalez of XV Enterprises, Greg Suess of Roar, and Matt Johnson and Wendy Kirk of Ziffren Brittenham LLP.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “Tebow, the son of Christian missionaries, has a unique story to tell. From the circumstances of his birth, to his home-schooled roots, to his record-setting career as the most celebrated football player in Florida Gators history and his first round draft selection by the Denver Broncos, there’s been a lot said about Tim Tebow. Now he will have the chance to inspire readers with his own, first-hand account of his personal story.”

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Sammy Hagar Sells Autobiography to It Books

Rock star Sammy Hagar has signed a deal to publish his autobiography with the HarperCollins imprint, It Books. “I’ve been writing this book my whole life .. It’s time to put it between two covers,” Hagar said in a statement.

The book is scheduled for publication in 2011. The Literary Group International president Frank Weimann negotiated the deal with HarperCollins director of creative development, Lisa Sharkey. Senior editor Matt Harper will edit the rock star’s memoir. In the video embedded above, Hagar performs Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” at Farm Aid concert in 1985.

Here’s more from the release: “Hagar will provide readers with incredible behind-the-scenes stories from his multi-platinum career, including his rise as a solo artist and his eleven years with Van Halen, after the controversial departure of original lead vocalist David Lee Roth.”