Penny Marshall to Publish Memoir Through Amazon.com
Filmmaker-actress Penny Marshall has a book deal with a fresh twist: The publisher is Amazon.com.
Marshall's agent, Dan Strone, announced Tuesday that the online retailer would release Marshall's memoir "My Mother Was Nuts" in Fall 2012. Marshall starred in the 1970s sitcom "Laverne and Shirley" and went on to direct such big screen hits as "Big" and "A League of Their Own." According to Strone, Marshall will also write about her marriage to Rob Reiner, her friendship with John Belushi and her fight against lung and brain cancer in 2009.
"I can't say I'm excited about the Yankees losing, or there not being a basketball season yet, but I am excited about writing this book," Marshall said in a statement. "People have always asked me how I got from the Bronx to Hollywood, so I thought it was time to tell how it all happened. I have had many lives (not in the Shirley MacLaine sense) and you will hear about them all. Just don't expect any recipes. I don't cook."
Strone told The Associated Press that several publishers bid for the book, but that Amazon "won the auction." He declined to offer financial details, but said that Amazon's offer was "a lot" and that it also offered a much higher royalty on e-books than the 25 percent traditionally given by publishers.
"It was a decision whether to go with old school or new school," said Strone, CEO of Trident Media Group.
Amazon, which has been steadily expanding its publishing operations, recently signed a deal with best-selling self-help author Timothy Ferris. Rival booksellers, worried about helping a competitor, have expressed strong reservations about selling books released by Amazon.