Lena Dunham, the woman behind the critically acclaimed HBO series Girls, may get a rich seven-figure book deal for a title where she’ll mix some of her own personal history with advice-giving, according to Slate and Page Six. The working title is Not That Kind of Girl and Dunham is reportedly seeking a deal worth at least $1 million.
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Slate‘s Brow Beat blog, which obtained an email that included a proposal for the book, described it this way:
In the intro, Dunham is self-deprecating about the idea that she has any wisdom to share, but says that if the book can help anyone avoid some of the mistakes she’s made it will be worth it. She cites Helen Gurley Brown’s Having It All as a kind of inspiration, even though she thinks much of what Brown specifically advised is totally nuts.
The New York Post‘s Page Six cited an insider who stated that the top bidders for the book will meet with Dunham to make a pitch to the writer.
The creator and writer of the endlessly dissected HBO series recently (and the similarly confessional indie film Tiny Furniture before that) is no stranger to the printed word; she’s recently contributed a Nora Ephron remembrance and an essay about her college boyfriend to The New Yorker. The latter of those two pieces received a variety of responses ranging from to “totally worth it” to she’s “turn[ing] The New Yorker into Thought Catalog.”
Dunham, who plays aspiring writer Hannah Horvath in the series, gave this advice in an HBO Q&A earlier this year in response to a question about wanting to start writing but feeling “intimidated”:
I think if you feel like you were born to write, then you probably were. If you’re writing, you’re starting in private. It can really be this amazing, private, freeing experience. Forget that it’s for other people — that comes in later.
As for Girls, it’ll be back on television for a second season beginning in January.