Thursday, March 16, 2006

TV evangelist signs multimillion-dollar book deal

Joel Osteen is living 'Your Best Life Now'

The publishing industry is abuzz with Joel Osteen's new book deal. The contract could bring the religious broadcaster more than $10 million. The deal with Free Press, a subsidiary of Simon and Schuster, could be one of the richest for a nonfiction book, according to insiders.

Osteen's new contract follows the huge success of Your Best Life Now, published in 2004. The New York Times has details.

Via: Writer's Edge

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Emmanuel said...

The idea of making serious money with writing is unheard of in regions where smaller languages are spoken. In Dutch, for instance, your market would simply be too small, even if your book would be successful, to do anything more than survive of your royalties.

Dr. Deborah Serani said...

I have seen him on tv. He scares me, and I can't figure out why!

Deb S. said...

Emmanuel: You make some good points when it comes to books written in "smaller" languages. One would hope, however, that if a book has universal appeal, a publisher might risk the extra expense and print the book in one of the more widely spoken languages.

Dr. Deb: Joel scares you? Hmmmm. Maybe you see (or sense) something that the rest of us don't.