April 18, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT

FIRST WIVES CLUB author Olivia Goldsmith can thank Bette, Goldie, and Diane for her new book deal. Even though her last two books performed dismally, Goldsmith has snagged $3.5 million from HarperCollins for her next two. ”Her popularity has increased manyfold thanks to the movie,” says her editor. Switcheroo, due in 1998, is about a wife and mistress who trade places; the second novel, a sequel to First Wives, is due in 1999.

LITTLE BROWN will pay Bob Spitz $350,000 for the first ”massively researched, full-scale, unauthorized biography” of the Beatles by someone not in the band’s camp. The manuscript is due in 1999.

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