Derek Jeter Gets His Own Book Imprint at Simon & Schuster

Posted on November 16, 2013

Derek Jeter is getting his own book imprint at Simon & Schuster. Yes, you heard that right, baseball star Jeter has partnered with the Simon & Schuster to form Jeter Publishing. The new imprint will release adult non-fiction titles, children's picture books, middle grade fiction, and ready-to-read children's books. The children's books will be published in conjunction with Paula Wiseman Books, Little Simon and Simon Spotlight. The adult titles will be published in conjunction with Gallery Books.

Jeter said in a statement: "This publishing partnership with Simon & Schuster is an exciting way for me to discover and develop new books, sharing insights of my own, or from people I believe have interesting stories, philosophies or practices to share." Gallery Books' Louise Burke said, "Derek Jeter brings his talent, strong work ethic and charm to anything he attaches his name to. Jeter Publishing will allow this elite athlete to share his passions with readers of all ages and interests."

When we hear the name "Derek Jeter" the first thing we think of is not book publishing. We think of the sports icon who has played 19 seasons for the New York Yankees and who helped take the team to five World Series Championships. On the other hand, the legendary shortstop has come off an injury-ridden season and turns forty next spring. He's most likely looking for a post-baseball career. It makes sense to launch a new venture while his fan base is incredibly strong.

The New York Daily News reports that Jeter explained his new career this way: "I understand how important content is this day and age. You get an opportunity to share people's stories -- it doesn't necessarily have to be baseball -- that I find interesting, I'm happy I get an opportunity to do it. I'm looking forward to it. This is my publishing imprint. It has my name on it. I'm going to try and make everyone proud."

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