UPDATE: SOLD! Lena Dunham Is Seeking One Million Dollars For Her First Book
UPDATE: Sold! Dunham's book went to Random House for something north of $3.5 million dollars. Apparently the bidding war was heated, with a number of publishers vying for the book.
More from Random House, via the New York Times:
Susan Kamil, the editor-in-chief and publisher of Random House, confirmed the acquisition on Monday, saying in a statement, “We’re thrilled to welcome Lena to Random House. Her skill on the page as a writer is remarkable — fresh, wise, so assured. She is that rare literary talent that will only grow from strength to strength and we look forward to helping her build a long career as an author.”
Random House described the book as “in the tradition of Helen Gurley Brown, David Sedaris, and Nora Ephron,” offering “frank and funny advice on everything from sex to eating to traveling to work.”
As expected, this has caused quite a bit of consternation in the literary world. Lots of people saying she doesn't deserve it or that it's indicative of a negative trend in the publishing industry, lots of other people saying to calm down and go concentrate on your own life. What say you?
Film and television prodigy Lena Dunham is looking to expand beyond the her respective screens. The star, writer and creator of HBO's hit show Girls is shopping a proposal for Not That Kind Of Girl: Advice by Lena Dunham. Basically, it's a collection of essays about sex, friendship, work, eating disorders and various other feminine issues, told with her well-known self-depreciating sense of humor. According to Slate, the price her agents are asking is one million dollars.
You've read right. She's asking one million dollars for a proposal, which means the book is not even written yet. Dunham's already suffered an impressive amount of criticism for both her series and her origins (she is the daughter of Laurie Simmons, famed American photographer), so this announcement almost guarantees more vitriol from her detractors. Many career authors are going to wince at her asking price.
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