By Stephan Lee
Updated June 01, 2011 at 05:58 PM EDT
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For fans who are dreading the end of Glenn Beck’s daily Fox News show, there’s reason to celebrate; and for his detractors, something to groan about. Beck’s media empire won’t be shrinking any time soon: The conservative talking head has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster that includes the launch of a new book imprint called Mercury Ink, an extension of Beck’s production company Mercury Radio Arts. Under the terms of the deal, Beck will be able to develop a roster of authors to publish while continuing to write his own books. The first release from Mercury Ink will be a YA novel by Richard Paul Evans called Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25, which is slated for an Aug. 9 release.

Simon & Schuster is currently gearing up for Beck’s newest nonfiction release, The Original Argument: The Federalists’ Case for the Constitution, Adapted for the 21st Century, out June 14, and his latest novel, The Snow Angel, which is scheduled for Oct. 25.

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