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The Queen of Media herself, Oprah Winfrey, is finally writing a memoir.
The Life You Want is set for publication with Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan. Oprah previously released four other books with Flatiron including the O’s Little Books/Guides series, and a collection of her O magazine columns of the same name, What I Know For Sure.
Managing Director of Pan Macmillan, Anthony Forbes Watson, called it “a landmark publishing event.”
Although the exact terms of the deal have yet to be revealed, Oprah’s rep at William Morris Agency negotiated it for a rumored eight-figure amount. A large part of the deal also included Oprah’s own imprint under Macmillan. Her book will be the first under the imprint, which will only publish a few hand-selected titles every year.
With the success of Oprah’s Book Club and her Favorite Things, there’s no doubt that any title released under her seal of approval will see success.
Oprah started out in radio, only to be recruited for local news when she was just 19. In 1984 she took over the daytime talk show AM Chicago. Her empathy and candidness interviewing guests of all walks of life earned her first place ratings in the Chicago market, overtaking Phil Donahue’s show Donahue. It was renamed The Oprah Winfrey Show in 1986 and the rest, as they say, is history.
Aside from her enormous talent, Oprah has been revered for her rags to riches evolution, overcoming outrageous adversity in her life. In an announcement posted on her website yesterday, Oprah said she hoped her story “inspires other people to live the highest, fullest expression of themselves.”
Publication of The Life You Want is set for January 2017.