The next time you’re planning to ask for a raise, unleash your inner Amy Schumer. The comedian and 2015 It-girl showed us all how it’s done by trading a $1-million book deal for an $8-million book deal. According to a new report in The New York Times, Schumer signed a $1-million deal with HarperCollins for a book of humorous essays back in 2013. A year later, she cancelled the contract. Yes, that’s right. She walked away from a million bucks. Why? She knew she was worth more.
The newly minted Emmy winner has catapulted to success thanks to her hilarious jokes, a love of white wine and a don’t-take-it-so-seriously attitude — oh, and her #DropsMic moment on gun control endeared her to even more fans — and upped her worth, big time. Now, Schumer has parlayed her success into a reported $8-million deal with Simon & Schuster’s Gallery Books, outstripping Tina Fey’s Bossypants and Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl deals of $5 and $3.5-million, respectively.
She explained her decision to GQ earlier this summer. “I had a whole deal, but I decided to wait,” Schumer said, proving that patience is a virtue and that good things come to those who are Amy Schumer. “I thought I would make more money if I waited.”
Takeaway? Know your worth. When your professional stock has grown and you bring more to the company than before, let your bosses know, then take a page from Amy Schumer. If you’re not feeling confident, before walking in to your negotiation, blast Rihanna’s “BBHMM” (in your earbuds, of course). Then go in there, and say in your most professional voice, “Pay me what you owe me!”
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The post was originally published on Levo League by Amy Elisa Jackson.
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