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Mike Pence departs the Biden inauguration. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Former Vice President Mike Pence has signed a two-book deal, with a significant advance, as part of a strategy to be vocal and visible ahead of a possible 2024 presidential race, Axios has learned.

Details: Both books will be published by Simon & Schuster, and are expected to be out within the next few years. Both will emphasize his Christian faith and public service.

  • The first, to be published by 2023, is mainly a memoir of his four turbulent years in the White House with President Trump. The second will be more broadly autobiographical.

Pence, 61, said in a statement: “I am grateful to have the opportunity to tell the story of my life in public service to the American people." He added that he will take "readers on a journey from a small town in Indiana to Washington."

  • Dana Canedy, senior vice president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, said Pence's "life and work, his journey as a Christian, the challenges and triumphs he has faced, and the lessons he has learned, tells an American story of extraordinary public service."

Earlier Wednesday, Pence announced a policy and advocacy organization, Advancing American Freedom, backed by several high-profile Trump administration alumni.

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Mike Allen, author of AM
Apr 7, 2021 - Politics & Policy

2024 watch: Mike Pence's next move

Former Vice President Mike Pence today launches Advancing American Freedom, a policy and advocacy organization "to promote the pro-freedom policies of the last four years."

The big picture: After lying low since the inauguration 77 days ago, Pence said the 501(c)(4)'s goals include "promoting traditional conservative values and promoting the successful policies of the Trump administration."

Investors fear inflation, labor shortages in second half of 2021

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Investors entered 2021 concerned about the transition to a new U.S. president, the form of new fiscal stimulus, the distribution of vaccines and the reopening of the economy. Now, top risks include supply chain bottlenecks, labor shortages, inflation and slower GDP growth.

Why it matters: Stocks have rallied almost unabated for over a year, leaving many to wonder if the market is overdue for a big selloff. Last week's declines amplify those concerns.

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1 hour ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Trump works refs ahead of book barrage

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Former President Trump has given at least 22 interviews for 17 different books since leaving office, with authors lining up at Mar-a-Lago as he labors to shape a coming tsunami of Trump tomes, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: Trump advisers see the coming book glut as proof that interest in "POTUS 45," as they call him, has never been higher. These advisers know that most of the books will paint a mixed picture, at best. But Trump is working the refs with charm, spin and dish.