NEW YORK -- What does the man who has everything need? Apparently, his own book publishing imprint. Derek Jeter, who despite his renegotiation is still seeing his Yankees salary drop from $17 million to $12 million has gone into business with Simon & Schuster to begin Jeter Publishing. Here is the memo:
Simon & Schuster is proud to announce a multi-faceted, co-publishing partnership with sports icon Derek Jeter. Under the name Jeter Publishing, the program will encompass adult non-fiction titles, children’s picture books, middle grade fiction, and ready-to-read children’s books. Adult titles will be published in conjunction with the Gallery Books imprint and children’s titles will be published in conjunction with the Little Simon, Paula Wiseman Books, and Simon Spotlight imprints. Louise Burke, President of Gallery Books and Jon Anderson, President of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced the co-publishing partnership.
With Jeter Publishing, Derek Jeter will identify and help create sports-related non-fiction and fiction that appeals to audiences ranging from children who look up to him as a role-model to sports-savvy adults who have been witness to his remarkable career. Jeter Publishing will also publish books featuring interesting personalities and themes in sports, pop-culture, and other arts.
Jeter is a true legend in professional sports. While helping the New York Yankees win five World Series Championships and achieving a myriad of milestones and accomplishments, Jeter has met some of the world’s most interesting and diverse people, while establishing a brand synonymous with trust and credibility. The combination of his access and insights as well as the trust factor will enable Jeter Publishing to uncover and create truly original content.
“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,” said Jeter.
“Derek Jeter brings his talent, strong work ethic and charm to anything he attaches his name to,” said Louise Burke. “Jeter Publishing will allow this elite athlete to share his passions with readers of all ages and interests.”
“Derek is a stellar role model for kids, and his many stories of the game will inspire young readers,” said Jon Anderson. “We couldn’t be more excited to bring books that embody his unparalleled standard of hard work, sportsmanship and teamwork to an emerging audience. It is an honor to work with him.”