Britney Spears In Talks for Book Deal, Plans to Release Novel (Exclusive)

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Should she be signed by publisher It Books, the pop star and "X Factor" judge would join an elite club of headline-grabbers-turned-authors, including the Kardashians, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Lauren Conrad.

Pop superstar. X Factor judge. Author?

That’s right, Britney Spears is close to signing a book deal, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, with plans to write a novel.

Her rep confirms that It Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, which has released many popular musician memoirs (among them: autobiographies by Sammy HagarThe Game, Slash and Motley Crue), is having "discussions" with the singer. (A rep for It would not confirm.)

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A source tells THR Spears would pen a roman a clef for the publisher. The story would incorporate fictionalized versions of her own experiences, much like Lauren Conrad’s 2009 New York Times bestseller L.A. Candy, which was about a girl who moves to Los Angeles and becomes the star of a reality show. Conrad, who starred in The Hills, has written two more novels since.

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Indeed, Spears is the latest in a growing cadre of headline-grabbers who dabble in books. They include the Kardashians and Jersey Shore’s Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi.

No word yet on when a Spears book may be released, but with the singer appearing on a network TV show (and being paid handsomely for it -- in the vicinity of $15 million) and having sold nearly 100 million albums worldwide in her career, the advance is likely to be substantial.

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