November 20, 2013 12:19pm PT by Andy Lewis
'Scandal' Creator Shonda Rhimes Inks First Book Deal
Shonda Rhimes is moving from the small screen to the printed page.
The creator of Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal has signed with Simon & Schuster to write a memoir, the publisher announced.
The book will trace Rhimes' decision (prior to coming to Hollywood) to build a family and the challenges of being a single mother while striving for professional success. Publication is scheduled for 2015.
S&S describes the book as "part memoir, part inspiration, part prescription."
In a statement announcing the deal, Rhimes joked, “Simon and Schuster is crazy for giving me a book deal, as I am clearly in no position to be handing out wisdom.”
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But on a more serious note, she added, "I have made a lot of mistakes as a single mother, and as a working mother, and as a sleepless mother, and as a dating mother. And I did all of it while running a bunch of TV shows. So I'm going to write about that and hope my kids don't use it against me in therapy later."
S&S vp and editor-in-chief Marysue Rucci also commented on the deal. "Shonda Rhimes is bar none in the storytelling realm. Now fans of her phenomenal shows can read Shonda’s story in her own words – and marvel at how Shonda built a phenomenal career. Readers everywhere will cheer the fearless decisions Shonda has made to achieve happiness."
For her television work, Rhimes has been honored as Television Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America, received a Lucy Award for Excellence in Television from Women in Film, and a GLAAD Golden Gate Award. She was also recently appointed a Trustee for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by President Barack Obama.
The deal comes as Rhimes remains busy running two of ABC's most valuable shows -- third-year hit Scandal and Grey's Anatomy, which is in its 10th season and recently celebrated 200 episodes. In addition to developing new projects via her ABC Studios-based Shondaland banner with Betsy Beers, Rhimes also is prepping War Correspondents, a feature film based on an early teleplay, for Sony.
ICM's Jennifer Joel represented Rhimes in the publishing deal.