Lena Denham, Writer of Girls, Signs $3.5m Book Deal With Random House
Just two weeks since her original comedy 'Girls' won an Emmy, having been nominated for five (which is, in itself a fantastic accolade), Lena Denham has now signed a deal with Random House Publishing worth $3.5m for a self-help book entitled "Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned".
Dunham had sent a 66 page proposal to a range of publishers, so reports The Guardian. The proposal was filled with illustrations to her humorous essay ideas that has already been compared to Tina Fey's "Bossypants". The Editor-in-Chief of Random House, Susan Kamil, said of the young writer: "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."
Dunham's choice in both literary agent- Kim Witherspoon- and subsequently of Random House could not be better decisions. Witherspoon set up her own agency at the age of 26 (the same age the Dunham is now) and has gone from strength to strength, now representing Lionel Shriver and Sophie Kinsella. Plus, Random House is one of- if not the - biggest publishing house in the world, with subsidiaries such as HarperCollins, Penguin and Vintage in their portfolio.
Excited fans can expect themes such as "work, friendship, travel, sex, love and mortality" in the book, with one chapter titled "Body," includes, as reported by the New York Times, "Red lipstick with a sunburn: How to dress for a business meeting and other hard-earned fashion lessons from the size 10 who went to the Met Ball." No publishing date has been set, as yet.