InsideMobileApps InsideSocialGames 10,000 Words FishbowlNY FishbowlDC LostRemote TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser MediaJobsDaily UnBeige

Posts Tagged ‘Lena Dunham’

How to be Lena Dunham’s Opening Act on Her Book Tour

lena-300x300Girls creator Lena Dunham is going on a tour to promote her new book Not That Kind of Girl, and you can apply to be her opening act in your local city.

Check it out: “Think you’d make a great opening act for one of Lena’s events? Show us what you’ve got! Submit a video demonstrating your talent (singing, comedy, musical spoons, etc) under your local city where available. Your act must be 3 – 5 minutes and able to be performed with a limited set (AKA a solo microphone and a stage). We want to keep it local, so we ask that you reside within a 75 mile radius of the event city for which you are submitting your talent.”

You have until 11:59pm ET on August 1st to apply. Follow this link to apply.

Mediabistro Course

Nonfiction Book Proposal

Nonfiction Book ProposalStarting September 4,work with a literary agent to complete a full proposal that wins an agent and a contract! Ryan Harbage from The Fischer-Harbage Agency, Inc. will teach you how to convey your idea in a winning book proposal format, write your proposal letter, understand the nuts and bolts of the nonfiction book industry, and more. Register now! 

Random House to Publish Book of Comedian Interviews Conducted by Judd Apatow

JuddFilmmaker Judd Apatow has landed a deal with Random House.

The New York Times reports that Apatow will compile a collection of interviews with 25 comedians for a book entitled Sick in the Head. Some of the people he spoke with include Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Lena Dunham, and Amy Schumer.

According to the Comic’s Comic, the publishing house will release the finished project in 2015. Apatow (pictured with Dunham) plans to donate the proceeds to the 826LA creative writing nonprofit.

Lena Dunham to Pen Archie Comics Story

archie girlsLena Dunham, best known as the lead actress and creator of Girls, will write a four-part mini-series for Archie Comics.

The publisher plans to release the four Dunham issues sometime in 2015. In an interview with Comic Book Resources, chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa promised that Dunham’s story will be “really, really funny.”

Dunham had this statement in the press release: “I was an avid Archie collector as a child — conventions, first editions that I kept in plastic sleeves, the whole shebang. It has so much cultural significance but also so much personal significance, and to get to play with these beloved characters is a wild creative opportunity.”

Hilary Knight Chronicles ‘Girls’ Set Visit With Sketches

girlsHave you ever wanted to meet the cast of Girls?

Eloise series illustrator Hilary Knight spent some time at the TV show set. He secured this invitation by her a signed set of books to actress Lena Dunham  after learning that she has an Eloise tattoo on her back.

Vanity Fair reports that Knight chronicled the experience by sketching various moments throughout the day. Some of the moments he captured included seeing “a young fan admiring Dunham’s new ink” and witnessing a deliveryman bring the cast and crew lunch at Silvecup Studios. What do you think?

‘The Believer’ Captures a Conversation Between Judy Blume & Lena Dunham

believeThe Believer, a McSweeney’s publication, has created a mini-book featuring a conversation between legendary children’s author Judy Blume and Girls actress Lena Dunham.

This interview book will be given as a gift to new subscribers. The magazine only plans to distribute 2,000 copies. According to the McSweeney’s website, a natural friendship bloomed between the two ladies from this interview.

Here’s more about the book: “What does surprise, though, in this 80-page book chronicling the pair’s first meeting and a conversation that touches on writing, celebrity, sex, censorship, and favorite breakfasts, is just how naturally the two get along. The generation gap doesn’t stand a chance—perhaps because Dunham and Blume have reading in common.” (via The Frisky)

Stop Worrying About Book Deals & Write

As you head home for a weekend of reading and writing, we have a simple piece of advice from the great author Alan Watts: “Forget the money.

When actor and director Lena Dunham scored a major deal this week, the Internet sagged under the weight of frustrated writers arguing about money. This beautiful video clip from T dramatizes a simple but powerful lecture from Watts, reminding us why we write. Doobybrain transcribed a bit from the video:

When we finally got down to something that the individual really wants to do, I will say to them: “You do that and forget the money.” Because if you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you will spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing. Which is stupid! Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing, than a long life spent in a miserable way. And after all if you do really like what you’re doing it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually become a master of it. The only way to become a master of something is to be really with it.

Read more

Lena Dunham Reportedly Lands $3.7 Million Book Deal

Actor, director and Girls creator Lena Dunham has sold the book proposal for her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned to Random House. According to The New York Observer, she inked a $3.7 million deal.

The New York Times had the scoop: “Ms. Dunham, the writer and star of the HBO comedy Girls, circulated a 66-page proposal with color, illustrations and a humor that publishing executives predicted could produce another best seller like Tina Fey’s blockbuster memoir, Bossypants.”

Random House is reportedly comparing Dunham’s style to Helen Gurley Brown, David Sedaris, and Nora Ephron. Dunham has published “First Love” in  The New Yorker and a short essay in Rookie.

Lena Dunham Shopping a Book Proposal

Actor, director and Girls creator Lena Dunham is shopping a book proposal.

Slate’s Brow Beat culture blog broke the news, giving us a glimpse at the Not That Kind of Girl: Advice by Lena Dunham book proposal that reportedly set a million dollar start for the publishing auction.

If you want to read her writing, Dunham has published “First Love” in  The New Yorker and a short essay in Rookie, both included a candid look at love, sex and youth. She also has more than 354,000 followers on her Twitter feed, posting fairly regular commentary about her life.

Read more

Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham Introduce an App: Top Stories of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, here are our top stories of the week, including Humble Bundle experiments, a big book deal for a Twilight fan fiction writer and Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham‘s iPhone app introduction (video embedded above).

Click here to sign up for GalleyCat’s daily email newsletter, getting all our publishing stories, book deal news, videos, podcasts, interviews, and writing advice in one place.

1. Twilight Fan Fiction History of Gabriel’s Inferno
2. Periodic Table of Typefaces
3. Humble Bundle Model Tested with eBooks & Charity
4. David Pogue Downloads BitTorrent Copy of eBook
5. How To Get a Refund for Jonah Lehrer’s Imagine
6. Free Sites to Promote Your eBook
7. HR Pro: ‘Master’s Degrees Often HURT an Application’
8. The Lost History of Fifty Shades of Grey
9. Self-Published Bestseller List
10. Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham Introduce New Yorker App

Jon Hamm & Lena Dunham Introduce New Yorker App

Mad Men star Jon Hamm and Girls creator Lena Dunham took a kooky turn in a five-minute video introducing The New Yorker‘s iPhone app.

We’ve embedded the video above–what do you think? Hamm plays a sleazy night show host and Dunham plays a disinterested actress, but somehow, they manage to outline all of the new features on the app as well.

All Things D has more about the app: “If you’ve used the New Yorker’s iPad app, then you’ll have a very good sense of what you’re getting here: All of the magazine’s content, along with a small handful of digital goodies, delivered to your device via Apple’s Newsstand. Access is free for print subscribers, or you can buy a digital-only subscription that includes iPad and iPhone access; you can also buy individual issues. Publisher Conde Nast is giving away this week’s edition free, so you can try it out yourself.”

Read more