John Stockton’s upcoming book “Assisted” is endorsed by (surprise!) none other than John Stockton.
While it was somewhat unexpected that he would even write a book – seeing how he avoids publicity – it was made easier by two things. First, he wrote it himself, with backup from his 6-8th grade coach.
Second, he wrote the full manuscript beforehand, rather than piecemeal, so it couldn’t be easily manipulated by publishers.
He said publishers like to “presell” books by having a hand in what will be the content.
“So right off the bat they can say, ‘Let’s have some coaches in it’ and ‘Great, we’ll have half with Stock, half with Malone’ and you’re ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa.’ So we chose that (self-contained) route purposely.”
He said there were “two or three” publishers that informed his co-author, Kerry Pickett, they wanted “significant” editing. The book is published by Shadow Mountain, a division of Deseret Book. Stockton said the Utah publisher “wanted it; it was important to them.”
The key, though, was that the book needed to be his own, with his priorities, not an agent or publisher’s ideas. Shadow Mountain was more than happy to comply.