Amy Schumer negotiated a seven figure raise on her book deal

The comic backed out of a $1-million deal with HarperCollins back in 2013

Published October 1, 2015 8:49PM (EDT)

  (Charles Sykes/AP)
(Charles Sykes/AP)

Next time you're planning to ask for a raise, take a peg out of Amy Schumer's book.

According to a new report in The New York Times, the comedy darling signed a $1-million book deal with HarperCollins for a book of humorous essays back in 2013. A year later, perhaps sensing that her star was rising following the premiere of “Inside Amy Schumer,” she bailed out of the contract.

Now, Schumer has parlayed her success into a reported $8 to $10-million deal with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books, trouncing Tina Fey’s and Lena Dunham’s deals of $5 and 3.5$-million, respectively.

As she told GQ earlier this year, "I had a whole deal, but I decided to wait — I thought I would make more money if I waited.”

So there you have it: The best way to get a seven-figure raise of your own? Just wait. And make a hit show. And a hit movie. And win an Emmy. And become best friends with Jennifer Lawrence, for good measure. Easy!



By Anna Silman

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