GLENN BECK’S MERCURY RADIO ARTS AND SIMON & SCHUSTER EXTEND AND EXPAND CO-PUBLISHING PARTNERSHIP
Mercury Also Launches Mercury Ink – a New Publishing Division
To Discover and Promote Books That Appeal to Beck’s Large Audience
(NEW YORK, June 1st 2011) Glenn Beck’s multi-media production company Mercury Radio Arts and Simon & Schuster, Inc., are proud to announce that they are extending their global multi-book, multi-imprint co-publishing agreement. The renewal builds on the incredible success and many milestones the two companies have enjoyed since the 2003 publication of THE REAL AMERICA, including Beck’s joining the select group of authors who have placed #1 New York Times bestsellers on both the fiction and non-fiction lists.
Beck, the author of seven consecutive #1 bestsellers spanning multiple genres and formats— including fiction, non-fiction, self-help, and children’s picture books, trade paperback and audio originals— will continue to write numerous books every year. As in the past, Beck and Mercury’s focus will be on creating a robust publishing program that offers readers a broad selection of titles in a wide range of categories. The first title under the renewed agreement, a trade paperback non-fiction title, The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century, goes on sale June 14, 2011. A new novel by Beck, THE SNOW ANGEL, will be published in October.
Beck’s titles will continue to be published internationally by Simon & Schuster’s publishing companies in the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, and in audio from Simon & Schuster Audio.
Mercury is also launching Mercury Ink, a new division that will discover, publish and promote books and authors that Glenn is passionate about across a variety of genres. The division will be run by Kevin Balfe, Mercury’s SVP of Publishing, who will acquire titles for the imprint. Mercury Ink titles will be co-published with Simon & Schuster.
Mercury Ink’s first title is Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, a young adult novel by #1 New York Timesbestselling author Richard Paul Evans. The book, on-sale this August,has already received accolades from successful writers like perennial bestselling thriller author Vince Flynn, who said: “Michael Vey is one of the most original thrillers I’ve come across in years. It’s rare that a book can appeal to a young adult just as much as their parents—but Evans has pulled it off.”
Beck and Mercury have a long-track record of successfully connecting authors with readers. The New York Times wrote: “Virtually every novelist in America fantasizes about being picked to appear on Oprah Winfrey’s talk show. But now an increasing number of writers have discovered a new champion: Glenn Beck.”
“I am thrilled to expand our relationship with Simon and Schuster and could not ask for better partners than Carolyn Reidy and her amazing team,” Beck said. “While I have a million book ideas of my own, there are still countless subjects that I know my audience would love to read about but that I just don’t have the ability or expertise to write. That is where Mercury Ink comes in. We will work with the best authors in a variety of genres to craft books that am I passionate about and that I believe will strongly connect with my audience.”
“Glenn Beck and Mercury Radio Arts have built a creative studio of the first order, and proven time and again that they are an unstoppable commercial force in any medium they enter,” said Carolyn Reidy, President and Chief Executive Officer of Simon & Schuster, Inc. “In publishing they have shown themselves to be masters of all categories and formats, and so we are delighted to extend our agreement for more books authored by Glenn, and to expand our relationship to help Glenn bring new and established authors to readers under the Mercury Ink line.”
Kevin Balfe, SVP of Mercury Radio Arts, said, “Mercury Ink is the natural evolution in our partnership with Simon and Schuster. Glenn’s audience continually craves books that entertain, educate and enlighten—and we are uniquely positioned to meet that demand. With Mercury Ink, we can work with the best writers around to bring their vision to our audience while maintaining the high standard of quality that Glenn’s own books are known for.”
“Publishing Glenn Beck is like winning the World Series, multiple times a year,” said Louise Burke, Executive Vice President and Publisher of Threshold Editions. “Whether it is full-length work of satirical nonfiction, a gripping political thriller, a short but sharp take on a current topical matter, nobody is more spot-on or knows better how to connect to his audience of millions of devoted readers. It’s been a pleasure from the beginning and we look forward to even more successful publishing in the years to come.”
Glenn Beck was represented by George Hiltzik of N.S. Bienstock in the agreement. Kevin Balfe, who is also Beck’s co-author on previous books, will continue to oversee the partnership on behalf of Mercury Radio Arts. Liz Perl, Senior Vice President, Marketing, will continue to serve as a strategic coordinator for the Glenn Beck publishing program across all Simon & Schuster divisions and imprints.
About Simon and Schuster
Simon & Schuster, a part of CBS Corporation, is a global leader in the field of general interest publishing, dedicated to providing the best in fiction and nonfiction for consumers of all ages, across all printed, electronic, and audio formats. Its divisions include Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing, Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster Audio, Simon & Schuster Digital, and international companies in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit our website at www.simonandschuster.com
About Mercury Radio Arts
Mercury Radio Arts is Glenn Beck’s fully integrated multi-media production company. Mercury produces or co-produces all Glenn Beck related properties including The Glenn Beck Program, America’s third highest-rated radio show, Beck’s New York Times bestselling books, his live stage-show business, destination website GlennBeck.com, and news and information service TheBlaze.com. Founded in 2002, Mercury has a full time staff of over 50 employees and is based in New York, NY.