Mercury Ink - Mercury Radio Arts and Simon & Schuster extend and expand publishing deal

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.

This was one of the first homesteads in the area in the 1880's and was just begging to be brought back to its original glory — with a touch of modern. When we first purchased the property, it was full of old stuff without any running water, central heat or AC, so needless to say, we had a huge project ahead of us. It took some vision and a whole lot of trust, but the mess we started with seven years ago is now a place we hope the original owners would be proud of.

To restore something like this is really does take a village. It doesn't take much money to make it cozy inside, if like me you are willing to take time and gather things here and there from thrift shops and little antique shops in the middle of nowhere.

But finding the right craftsman is a different story.

Matt Jensen and his assistant Rob did this entire job from sketches I made. Because he built this in his off hours it took just over a year, but so worth the wait. It wasn't easy as it was 18"out of square. He had to build around that as the entire thing we felt would collapse. Matt just reinforced the structure and we love its imperfections.

Here are a few pictures of the process and the transformation from where we started to where we are now:

​How it was

It doesn't look like much yet, but just you wait and see!

By request a photo tour of the restored cabin. I start doing the interior design in earnest tomorrow after the show, but all of the construction guys are now done. So I mopped the floors, washed the sheets, some friends helped by washing the windows. And now the unofficial / official tour.

The Property

The views are absolutely stunning and completely peaceful.

The Hong Kong protesters flocking to the streets in opposition to the Chinese government have a new symbol to display their defiance: the Stars and Stripes. Upset over the looming threat to their freedom, the American flag symbolizes everything they cherish and are fighting to preserve.

But it seems our president isn't returning the love.

Trump recently doubled down on the United States' indifference to the conflict, after initially commenting that whatever happens is between Hong Kong and China alone. But he's wrong — what happens is crucial in spreading the liberal values that America wants to accompany us on the world stage. After all, "America First" doesn't mean merely focusing on our own domestic problems. It means supporting liberal democracy everywhere.

The protests have been raging on the streets since April, when the government of Hong Kong proposed an extradition bill that would have allowed them to send accused criminals to be tried in mainland China. Of course, when dealing with a communist regime, that's a terrifying prospect — and one that threatens the judicial independence of the city. Thankfully, the protesters succeeded in getting Hong Kong's leaders to suspend the bill from consideration. But everyone knew that the bill was a blatant attempt by the Chinese government to encroach on Hong Kong's autonomy. And now Hong Kong's people are demanding full-on democratic reforms to halt any similar moves in the future.

After a generation under the "one country, two systems" policy, the people of Hong Kong are accustomed to much greater political and economic freedom relative to the rest of China. For the protesters, it's about more than a single bill. Resisting Xi Jinping and the Communist Party means the survival of a liberal democracy within distance of China's totalitarian grasp — a goal that should be shared by the United States. Instead, President Trump has retreated to his administration's flawed "America First" mindset.

This is an ideal opportunity for the United States to assert our strength by supporting democratic values abroad. In his inaugural address, Trump said he wanted "friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world" while "understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their interests first." But at what point is respecting sovereignty enabling dictatorships? American interests are shaped by the principles of our founding: political freedom, free markets, and human rights. Conversely, the interests of China's Communist Party are the exact opposite. When these values come into conflict, as they have in Hong Kong, it's our responsibility to take a stand for freedom — even if those who need it aren't within our country's borders.

Of course, that's not a call for military action. Putting pressure on Hong Kong is a matter of rhetoric and positioning — vital tenets of effective diplomacy. When it comes to heavy-handed world powers, it's an approach that can really work. When the Solidarity movement began organizing against communism in Poland, President Reagan openly condemned the Soviet military's imposition of martial law. His administration's support for the pro-democracy movement helped the Polish people gain liberal reforms from the Soviet regime. Similarly, President Trump doesn't need to be overly cautious about retribution from Xi Jinping and the Chinese government. Open, strong support for democracy in Hong Kong not only advances America's governing principles, but also weakens China's brand of authoritarianism.

After creating a commission to study the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote last month that the principles of our Constitution are central "not only to Americans," but to the rest of the world. He was right — putting "America First" means being the first advocate for freedom across the globe. Nothing shows the strength of our country more than when, in crucial moments of their own history, other nations find inspiration in our flag.

Let's join the people of Hong Kong in their defiance of tyranny.

Matt Liles is a writer and Young Voices contributor from Austin, Texas.

Summer is ending and fall is in the air. Before you know it, Christmas will be here, a time when much of the world unites to celebrate the love of family, the generosity of the human spirit, and the birth of the Christ-child in Bethlehem.

For one night only at the Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, on December 7th, join internationally-acclaimed radio host and storyteller Glenn Beck as he walks you through tales of Christmas in the way that only he can. There will be laughs, and there might be a few tears. But at the end of the night, you'll leave with a warm feeling in your heart and a smile on your face.

Reconnect to the true spirit of Christmas with Glenn Beck, in a storytelling tour de force that you won't soon forget.

Get tickets and learn more about the event here.

The general sale period will be Friday, August 16 at 10:00 AM MDT. Stay tuned to for updates. We look forward to sharing in the Christmas spirit with you!