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Fresh off her Emmy win, Amy Schumer has inked a high seven-figure deal with Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books for The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, a funny memoir. Gallery Books Publisher Jennifer Bergstrom officially announced the deal on September 23, confirming an earlier THR story.
The book with a to-be-determined final title is expected to be published in fall 2016. Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo was a working title used in the proposal.
The book is said to be a series of comedic essays looking at the Emmy-winning star’s family, childhood and feminist politics. A statement from Gallery said it “will feature personal and observational stories from Schumer that range from the raunchy to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing.”
Similar books by Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and others have been reliable bestsellers. Initial sales of Fey’s Bossypants exceeded two million copies. There are few sure things in publishing but a funny book from Schumer would be on the short list of guaranteed bestsellers. Secrecy surrounding the project was tight. Editors had to go to the offices of Schumer’s book agent David Kuhn to read the proposal. Eight publishers bid on the project.
Entertainment Weekly reported the winning bid was in the $8 million to $10 million range, echoing early speculation among publishing insiders about the book’s value. Sources tell THR that bidding topped $6.5 million on Monday afternoon before the auction’s final round of offers. A source pegs the final deal at a huge $9 million.
Fey received a $6 million advance for her book. Lena Dunham got $3.7 million for Not That Kind of Girl. Aziz Ansari got $3.5 million for Modern Romance, which was a New York Times bestseller when it published in June.
Earlier this year, her film Trainwreck, which she wrote and starred in, was a breakout hit for Universal, earning $137.7 million worldwide. The Judd Apatow-helmed project was a semi-autobiographical story, and seems to have whet the public’s appetite for more stories from the comedian.
Schumer is attached to star in a comedy for Fox, which has Jonathan Levine attached to direct. Schumer and her sister, Kim Caramele, reworked an initial script by The Heat‘s Katie Dippold. It centers on a mother and daughter who find themselves kidnapped while on vacation in Brazil.
Schumer is also writing a screenplay with her new BFF, Jennifer Lawrence. They two actresses would play sisters in the film.
Schumer was repped by David Kuhn of Kuhn Projects on the book deal. She is also repped by UTA, Schreck Rose and APA for touring.
Additional reporting by Borys Kit.
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