Combs to write his story for Ballantine

Gilmore to co-pen with entrepreneur

Though some would say it’s a bit early in his career, Sean “Puffy” Combs has nabbed a seven-figure pact with Ballantine Publishing to pen his autobiography.

The 28-year-old entrepreneur and CEO of Bad Boy Entertainment will co-pen the tome with scribe Mikal Gilmore.

Ballantine has acquired world publishing rights and will offer translations, book club, magazine and newspaper serialization rights domestically and internationally to the book, which is untitled and scheduled for publication in the fall of 1999.

Gilmore is a Rolling Stone magazine reporter who won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1995 for “A Shot in the Heart,” a biography of his brother, executed killer Gary Gilmore.

“Sean’s remarkable story is an inspirational saga of triumph over adversity and a sweeping social history of a generation,” said Judith Curr, publisher of the Ballantine Group.

In the last few years Combs has helped shape the sound of hip-hop while introducing several of the genre’s most successful artists, including Faith Evans and the Notorious B.I.G.

Bad Boy, which was launched as a joint venture with Arista Records in 1993, has released albums with combined worldwide sales of more than $100 million.

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