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Associated Press: Serena Williams to serve up memoir in 2009 (over 1.3M$ fee)

Serena Williams to serve up memoir in 2009



NEW YORK (AP) — A memoir by Serena Williams will be released in 2009 by Grand Central Publishing, which beat out a handful of other publishers bidding for the life story of the No. 1 ranked women's tennis player.

"Serena Williams is one of the world's most remarkable athletes," Grand Central editor Karen Kosztolnyik said Tuesday in a statement. "We've watched her rise to No. 1 despite physical and emotional setbacks, and her hard work and determination have inspired legions of fans young and old. Serena will give her memoir a strong motivational slant."

Financial terms for the book, currently untitled, were not disclosed, although a publishing official with knowledge of the negotiations said bidding reached at least $1.3 million. The official, citing the confidentiality of the negotiations, declined to be identified.

Williams, 26, has won nine Grand Slam titles and, with sister Venus Williams, won a gold medal in women's doubles at the recent Olympics in Beijing.

Grand Central Publishing is a division of the Hachette Book Group.

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1m seems a measly sum!

Is that the minimum she could get back?

It can't be can it!

But yeah, good news! Big news
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She should do this after she retires

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She should ride the wave now

I thought she should wait. But she just became #1 for the second time in her career and won her 9th slam. I believe she will win more slams but ..
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1m seems a measly sum!

Is that the minimum she could get back?

It can't be can it!

But yeah, good news! Big news
According to the article that's at least how much she sold the rights to the book for. She will get a % of profits no doubt also.

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(1)A lot is being made of the record Serena has vs Sharapova. It is being used as THE reason she will win again lol. Good thing we have players like Tomas Berdych (who had an even worse record vs Nadal) to remind us of the fallacy of this nonsense logic.
(2)You stans may as well sleep well tonight because tomorrow the a replay of Lucie's winning moment over and over again will haunt your dreams for weeks to come
(3)The stars have aligned perfectly for the upset of the 21st century. All the best Garbine
(4) There is no path to victory for Williams.Keys wins in straight easy sets.
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great can't wait to read it

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1m seems a measly sum!

Is that the minimum she could get back?

It can't be can it!

But yeah, good news! Big news



$1.3mill is measly?

The famous American actor Rob Lowe got $1mill for his Memoir!



Rob Lowe's Memoirs Sold For $1 Million, but the Actor Has No Time to Write Them


Back when the writers' strike was keeping him out of work, actor Rob Lowe decided it'd be fun to write a book about his life. And so he wrote up a proposal, and with the help of Richard Abate of the Endeavor Talent Agency, submitted it in early February to publishers all over town. Mr. Lowe was a big hit, according to Mr. Abate, impressing editors with his insistence on writing the book himself instead of hiring a ghostwriter like most celebrities do for their memoirs.

After an intense auction, the book had a buyer in Jonathan Karp, publisher of the upstart Hachette Book Group imprint Twelve. Mr. Karp, who publishes just one book every month, beat out formidable bids from several other major houses, agreeing to pay Mr. Lowe what several knowledgeable sources said was about a million dollars.

The deal was just about ready to go—Mr. Abate had informed Mr. Karp that he had prevailed in the auction and contract negotiations were under way—when, on Wednesday the 13th, the writers' strike up and ended, and Mr. Lowe suddenly became an actor again.

Over the course of the next few days, as Hollywood rose from its three-month slumber and everybody went back to work, Mr. Lowe's schedule filled up quickly. First, according to Mr. Abate, ABC ordered something like 30 new episodes of Mr. Lowe's TV show, Brothers & Sisters. Then two major film projects emerged. Suddenly the next year was looking pretty busy, and Mr. Lowe had to face the fact that he just wouldn't have time to write his book.

"He is just booked for at least the next year straight," Mr. Abate said. "We're going to come back to Karp when he's done shooting all these things, if there's time then to do it. He doesn't want to commit to it because he doesn't know what he's going to be offered between now and then."

"We talked to Jon for a good week after the auction was settled," Mr. Abate said. "We were excited to go forward, but we couldn't figure out how we were going to do it timewise."

If and when Mr. Lowe does decide to take a break from his acting career for long enough to write the book, Mr. Abate said, he is going directly to Mr. Karp.

"Jon won the auction," Mr. Abate said. "If Rob does the book, we're gonna do it with Jon."

Mr. Karp would not comment on the status of the book beyond confirming that Mr. Abate's account was accurate.
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She should do this after she retires
memoirs yes but autobiography no...I hope she dishes gossip from the locker room
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i will read, and i hope its better than her poetry! lol!
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$1.3mill is measly?

The famous American actor Rob Lowe got $1mill for his Memoir!



Rob Lowe's Memoirs Sold For $1 Million, but the Actor Has No Time to Write Them


Back when the writers' strike was keeping him out of work, actor Rob Lowe decided it'd be fun to write a book about his life. And so he wrote up a proposal, and with the help of Richard Abate of the Endeavor Talent Agency, submitted it in early February to publishers all over town. Mr. Lowe was a big hit, according to Mr. Abate, impressing editors with his insistence on writing the book himself instead of hiring a ghostwriter like most celebrities do for their memoirs.

After an intense auction, the book had a buyer in Jonathan Karp, publisher of the upstart Hachette Book Group imprint Twelve. Mr. Karp, who publishes just one book every month, beat out formidable bids from several other major houses, agreeing to pay Mr. Lowe what several knowledgeable sources said was about a million dollars.

The deal was just about ready to go—Mr. Abate had informed Mr. Karp that he had prevailed in the auction and contract negotiations were under way—when, on Wednesday the 13th, the writers' strike up and ended, and Mr. Lowe suddenly became an actor again.

Over the course of the next few days, as Hollywood rose from its three-month slumber and everybody went back to work, Mr. Lowe's schedule filled up quickly. First, according to Mr. Abate, ABC ordered something like 30 new episodes of Mr. Lowe's TV show, Brothers & Sisters. Then two major film projects emerged. Suddenly the next year was looking pretty busy, and Mr. Lowe had to face the fact that he just wouldn't have time to write his book.

"He is just booked for at least the next year straight," Mr. Abate said. "We're going to come back to Karp when he's done shooting all these things, if there's time then to do it. He doesn't want to commit to it because he doesn't know what he's going to be offered between now and then."

"We talked to Jon for a good week after the auction was settled," Mr. Abate said. "We were excited to go forward, but we couldn't figure out how we were going to do it timewise."

If and when Mr. Lowe does decide to take a break from his acting career for long enough to write the book, Mr. Abate said, he is going directly to Mr. Karp.

"Jon won the auction," Mr. Abate said. "If Rob does the book, we're gonna do it with Jon."

Mr. Karp would not comment on the status of the book beyond confirming that Mr. Abate's account was accurate.

I am glad someone put it into context
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i hope she expounds on some of the things she talked about in " The Black List".

I wish Richard Williams would write one too. he is definitely one of my heroes.

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Methinks that the Nobel Prize for Literature competition has gotten just a little more interesting.

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