New York Yankees superstar Derek Jeter announced Thursday that he is establishing his own publishing imprint, Jeter Publishing, with Simon & Schuster. The imprint will focus on adult non-fiction, middle-grade fiction, picture books, and more. The first books are expected to be released sometime next year.
According to ESPN, Jeter says he wants to “share people’s stories,” but the subject “doesn’t necessarily have to be baseball. It could be any walk of life I find interesting.”
From Publishers Weekly:
Jeter will work to identify and create titles for the line. Adult titles produced by Jeter Publishing will be published in conjunction with S&S’s Gallery Books imprint and children’s titles will be published in conjunction with Little Simon, Paula Wiseman Books and Simon Spotlight imprints.
Paul Crichton, S&S Children’s Publishing’s director of publicity, said that Paula Wiseman Books is already at work on “a middle grade due in spring ’14 and picture book in fall ’14.” Simon Spotlight has a book for April 2014, and there are Ready to Reads in the works.
Jeter will juggle publishing duties with his role as shortstop for the Yankees, with whom he recently signed a one-year, $12 million dollar contract despite speculation that he is nearing the end of his baseball career.