The TV producer credited with providing reality TV with its greatest hits to date, Survivor! and The Apprentice, has written an inspirational book about his meteoric career, and Ballantine has bought it. He's

Mark Burnett, and the house's editor-in-chief,

Nancy Miller, signed him for a book he calls

Jump In: Even if You Don't Know How to Swim. In it, Burnett, who was born in Britain and served as a commando in the British army before trying to make his way in Los Angeles (at first, improbably, as a nanny), will offer the lessons he learned along the way, especially to trust your instincts and learn not to be paralyzed by indecision. Miller bought North American rights from agent

Scott Waxman and will publish next February.