UPDATED, 11:18 AM: We reported it exclusively Monday, and now Flatiron Books has confirmed it: Oprah Winfrey will write an autobiography. The Life You Want is set for publication with Flatiron in January 2017. The NYC-based publisher, a division of Macmillan, also announced that the Winfrey memoir will be the lead title in her as-yet-unnamed book imprint, which is expected to include several nonfiction titles per year, chosen personally by Oprah.
“We’re deeply honored to publish The Life You Want, which is such a remarkable combination of Oprah’s life story and the lessons we can all draw from it for our personal growth,” said Bob Miller, president and publisher of Flatiron Books. “We’re also thrilled to give a home to Oprah’s imprint titles. We all know how extraordinary Oprah’s instincts are when it comes to choosing books, instincts borne of her lifelong love of reading and the power of the written word.”
PREVIOUS EXCLUSIVE, December 1: One of the biggest autobiography deals in recent memory is nearing its conclusion. Oprah Winfrey is headed toward an eight-figure payday to write her remarkable life story. Flatiron Books — a division of Macmillan — is the front-runner, I hear.
Winfrey has co-written numerous books, including What I Know For Sure in 2014 for Macmillan, but this is considered to be the definitive memoir. It went out under the cone of silence a couple of weeks ago with publishers signing non disclosure agreements.
WME is handling the auction for Winfrey.