R.A. Dickey, who pitches for the New York Mets, has signed a three-book deal with Penguin's Dial Books for Young Readers. Dickey is best known for throwing one of the rarer pitches in baseball: the knuckleball. His memoir, published by Penguin's Blue Rider Press and called Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball, hit stores this past March. The first book in this deal, scheduled for fall 2013, will be a young readers' adaptation of the memoir.
The second two titles in the deal will be picture books, the first of which, Knuckleball Ned, is set for spring 2014. The third book is not yet scheduled.
Dickey was represented by Esther Newberg at ICM; she sold world rights to president and publisher of Dial Books for Young Readers, Lauri Hornik.