So, I now know how my life in publishing will be complete: I will sell a book to Derek Jeter.
You probably saw the news last week that Derek Jeter is planning to be a book publisher when he retires from baseball. Yes, Mr. November is starting an imprint, Jeter Publishing, with Simon & Schuster. Interestingly, unlike other imprints headed up by famous people that tend to reflect their famousness (e.g., Anthony Bourdain signing up his chef buddies), Jeter Publishing intends to publish a wide spectrum of adult and children’s books, not just baseball tomes.
But while Jeter says he intends to be involved with every book that bears his name, he might first want to read Daniel Menaker’s memoir (an excerpt from which ran in New York Magazine this week) and see what he’s in for. Yes, there’s a whole lot of inside baseball (sorry, couldn’t resist) in the Menaker piece, but I can tell you that much of the craziness rings all too true…
Then again, if Jeter could thrive under George Steinbrenner for so long, I’m sure he can handle S&S. After all, he’s been a savvy businessman from the start–anyone remember Jeter Flakes?
Anyway, back to the original point: I will sell a book to Derek Jeter.