Lena Dunham’s $3.5 Million Deal

This article is from Issue 61: Jan/Feb 2013

It’s a good time to be Lena Dunham. The 26-year-old has two feature films under her belt and a hit HBO series, Girls. Plenty of people are heralding her as the next Tina Fey, but few expected quite the amount of love the announcement of her first book, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned, received. Her proposal set off a bidding war that culminated in a nausea-inducing $3.5-million advance offer from Random House. That’s right: advance. Random House is betting $3.5 million on an author who has yet to publish a single word.