Life has been anything but a train wreck lately for Amy Schumer. Not only did the actress win an Emmy on Sunday night, Simon & Schuster imprint Gallery Books confirmed today that it has struck a deal with Schumer to publish her upcoming memoir. Sources tell THR that the agreement includes a $9 million advance.
With a working title of The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, the book will reportedly be a collection of comical essays about Schumer’s childhood, family, and feminist viewpoints. Gallery Books revealed in a statement that it also “will feature personal and observational stories from Schumer that range from the raunchy to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing.” No release date has been announced, but the memoir is expected be published in the fall of 2016.
Simon & Schuster wasn’t the only publishing house interested in locking down a deal. The firm emerged as the victor of a bidding war, with eight publishers showing interest in a book deal with Schumer, according to THR sources. Given how well humorous memoirs written by high-profile comedians have sold in recent years, it’s understandable that Schumer’s proposal would be one publishing houses would salivate over. Tina Fey’s Bossypants, for example, spent five weeks at the top of The New York Times Best Seller list when it came out in 2011.
Like Fey, Schumer has proven her durability. In addition to recently winning an Emmy for best variety sketch series for Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, she made waves at the box office this summer with Trainwreck, a film she wrote and starred in. The comedy was loosely based on her own life, so it seems safe to say that fans may respond just as well to her memoir.
Schumer will now have to add completing her memoir to her already full schedule. Moving forward, she’s got a fourth season of Inside Amy Schumer to work on and a screenplay that she’s co-writing with Jennifer Lawrence and sister Kim Caramele to finish, among other projects.
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