One of your favorite comediennes is having a pretty fantastic week: Amy Schumer just got a book deal along with snagging an Emmy. Details, like which publisher won the auction, are scarce, but whoever it was apparently paid around $8 to 10 million for the rights to the currently unnamed essay collection. Just as a reminder, Lena Dunham's book Not That Kind of Girl sold for $3.7 million and Tina Fey's Bossypants went for around $6 million.
As crazy as those advances are, books by female comedians have become huge business for the publishing industry. In addition to Fey's and Dunham's books, essay collections from Mindy Kaling, Chelsea Handler, and Schumer's fellow Amy, Amy Poehler, were all bestsellers. There's no reason to believe Schumer's book will buck the trend, and, given her recent success on the big screen, plenty of reasons to think that her book will be both hilarious and profitable. New York publishers, who apparently had to bid on the book to even see the proposal, certainly seem to think so.
The book is expected to cover the usual funny lady memoir topics — Schumer's childhood, her family, her comedy career, and her feminism — but it's all rumors at this point. Regardless, there's no doubt that whatever she ends up writing about, the book will have you snorting soda out your nose from laughing so hard.
As we settle in for the interminable wait, let's speculate on what Jennifer Lawrence will do to help her friend celebrate this big win. Might we suggest a room full of literary cakes?