Shonda Rhimes will publish “Year of Yes,” with Simon & Schuster this fall, the publishing company announced Tuesday.
The creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away With Murder” was given a challenge in December 2013: Say “yes” to unexpected invitations for an entire year. She chronicles the power of saying yes in the book.
“Saying yes for an entire year turned out to be one of the most amazing decisions I have ever made,” Rhimes said. “It was also a little insane, a lot terrifying and sometimes wildly embarrassing. So this is not a story I ever planned to share with anyone. However, once Simon & Schuster asked me, I had no choice — what else could I say but yes?”
Simon & Schuster Vice President and Editor-in-Chief Marysue Rucci acquired World English rights from Jennifer Joel, partner at ICM Partners. Simon & Schuster will also publish an unabridged audiobook alongside the hard cover edition and eBook in November of this year.
In 2013, TheWrap reported that Rhimes had inked a deal with Simon & Schuster, to write a book about starting her family before achieving fame and how she balanced her personal and professional responsibilities.
Previously, she co-authored “The Princess Diaries 2, Royal Engagement: Movie Scrapbook” with Meg Cabot for Scholastic.
Along with”Grey’s Anatomy” and “How to Get Away With Murder,” Rhimes is the creator of ABC’s “Scandal,” and “Private Practice.” “Shondaland,” the name of her production company, is also the nickname given to her collective of shows.
Her upcoming projects include TV movies “Show & Tell” and “Lawless.” Rhimes has received multiple awards, including a Golden Globe for Outstanding Television Drama, and has received several Emmy nominations in the categories of Outstanding Drama Series and Writing for a Drama Series.
Rhimes has been included twice in Time Magazine’s 100 list of the most influential people along with Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business.”
Simon & Schuster is a part of CBS Corporation and is a leader in general interest publishing. It publishes over 2,000 titles annually, including books by Jodi Picoult, Lauren Weisberger and Stephen King.