Amy Schumer Played Her Book Deal Pretty Brilliantly

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Earlier this week it was revealed that Amy Schumer landed a book deal with Simon & Schuster that’s reportedly in the $8-10 million range, and The New York Times points out that the massive deal is actually not Schumer’s first – she also landed a $1 million deal with HarperCollins back in 2013 but ultimately canceled it after the premiere of Inside Amy Schumer:

The book’s early drafts lacked a clear narrative structure, so Ms. Marx was brought in to polish the essays, according to several people. Over the next year, as Ms. Schumer’s career accelerated, little new progress was made on the book. In the spring of 2014, Mr. Hirshey and Ms. Marx requested a meeting to go over the edits. Ms. Gendell delivered bad news: Ms. Schumer was too busy and wanted to cancel the contract. She returned her advance with interest. Ms. Gendell stepped aside as her agent. In an interview with GQ in July, Ms. Schumer noted that she was writing a book of “dark” autobiographical essays and alluded to the canceled contract, saying, “I had a whole deal, but I decided to wait — I thought I would make more money if I waited.”