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The Goldman Sachs Elevator parody Twitter account landed a book deal with Simon and Schuster imprint Touchstone. Remember when it was blog-to-book deals, not tweet-to-books deals, that were inciting envy in the breast of writers? (The New York Times)
Every week seems to bring more good news, followed by a frenzy of congratulatory tweets, for Brian Stelter.
Sofia Coppola will turn Fairyland:A Memoir of My Father, Alysia Abbott’s well-received memoir, into a movie.
American Zoetrope announced yesterday that it had acquired the motion picture rights to Ms. Abbott’s memoir about growing up with her father, the gay poet and activist Steve Abbott, in San Francisco during 1970s and 1980s before and during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
Lena Dunham has sold her book proposal to Andy Ward, an executive editor at Random House for $3.7 M., a source familiar with the deal told us. The auction, which was still going on as late as Friday, was decided over the weekend.
The proposal (obtained by The Observer) for Not That Kind of Girl, mocked up Read More
Ding ding ding. While everybody else was busy debating the first presidential debate last night, bidding for Lena Dunham’s book, tentatively titled Not That Kind of Girl, climbed to 3.6 million, DeadlineNY reports.
And the bidding is not over yet–it is expected to go even higher. No word from her literary agent, Kim Witherspoon Read More
It had to happen. Lena Dunham, creator and star of HBO’s Girls, New Yorker contributor, frequent panel participant and Oberlin grad, is shopping a book proposal, the Post reports.
Although a source told the Post that the book, tentatively titled Not That Kind of Girl, is slated to go for a minimum of $1 million dollars, it’s not all about money. It’s about being unique and interesting.
“Instead of just auctioning off the book to the highest bidder and having them publish it, they are doing it in a unique way,” a publishing insider told the Post. “The top five bidders in this week’s auction will sit down with Lena on Friday for a meeting. She’ll then choose from those offers.”
THREE'S A TREND!
Sportswriter Jake Appleman has inked a deal with Scribner to cover the Brooklyn Nets debut season. Mr. Appleman has written about basketball news and basketball tips for The New York Times, NBA.com, Vibe and NBC Sport and is a senior writer at SLAM magazine. Mr. Appleman tweeted the news this afternoon.
Other sportswriters Read More
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Scientology head honcho David Miscavige’s niece has a book deal for a tell-all about the organization. Tony Ortega, former editor-in-chief of The Village Voice, is trying to get a book deal about the subject (rather than just blogging about it at the alt-weekly). The Master is in theaters. There is ongoing interest in Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (and a Vanity Fair cover story).
GREAT MOMENTS IN BOOK TITLES
So you thought that Kenneth Starr and Linda Tripp already discovered everything you never wanted to know about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky’s affair back in the 1990s? Think again.
Ms. Lewinsky, the woman who will forever be the intern with a stained blue dress, has decided to capitalize on her long-lived fame and sullied name. The Post reports that she got a $12 million book deal, although the publisher has not been disclosed. That’s a lot of money (especially in these days of austerity and low book advances) but apparently Ms. Lewinsky has the goods.
Every now and then, something from the daily Publisher’s Lunch email—which tells of the latest book deals in the publishing industry—will catch our eye.