There’s always a major thing going on while I’m on vacation that I don’t hear about until I get back. In this case it was the “announcement” that Derek Jeter might enter the publishing world when he retires from his playing career.
According to a piece in the Nov. 14 NY Times, “Jeter, the Yankees’ shortstop and captain, announced that he would start a publishing imprint, Jeter Publishing, a partnership with Simon & Schuster.”
The imprint “will include nonfiction books for adults, like biographies and titles on business and lifestyle; children’s picture books; middle-grade fiction; and books for children who are learning to read. Jeter suggested that the book enterprise might lead to other ways of presenting content, like films or television.”
I’m willing to bet this will be the first instance of a player of Jeter’s magnitude making such a “career change.”
New York magazine took the opportunity to advise Jeter on how to succeed in (the publishing) business without really trying, based on the suggestions from people already in the field. Number five on the list, according to Jason Pinter, founder and publisher of Polis Books, “Above all else, do not sign Alex Rodriguez.”
UPDATE: Well, this is a bit confusing. WREG, the CBS affiliate in Memphis, says Jeter will write the books.