Maybe it’s because she wants a fortune to tell her story, but Jennifer Hudson can’t seem to get publishers to buy the “Feeling Good Now That I’m Not A Big Girl” book she’s been shopping since before she had dropped all the weight.
J. Hud and her
ghostwriter literary agent have been trying to get a mil for her tale of conquering obesity for the past four years. And no one is buying it.
But while Hudson’s weight struggle and self-help tips are marketable, sources say because of her $1 million-plus demand for the deal, publishers are holding out for the full story about her coping with the horrific slaying of her family.
Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donnerson, her older brother, Jason, and her 7-year-old nephew, Julian King, were killed in October 2008, allegedly by her brother-in-law, William Balfour, who was indicted for murder.
Hudson has rarely commented on the tragedy. During a February appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show, she struggled to speak about it and started crying as she said, “My mother right now would say to me, ‘Why are you always crying? Stop crying. You’ve got to keep going.’ ”
Sources say the 29-year-old “Dreamgirls” star met with a prominent newsmagazine journalist last December to discuss penning a memoir about the tragedy. But she backed out after the meeting, telling our source, “It’s just too soon.”
Another publishing insider told us: “It was disappointing. Her book about her diet is really appealing and wonderful. But if you spend a lot of money on the book deal, you want it to sell. With no talk of her family, we didn’t think it was worth it.”
Do you think Jennifer should write about her family’s tragedy? Which would you rather read or find more inspirational: her weight-loss tale or her survival story?