Beaufort Books to Publish “If I Did It”
New York-based Beautfort Books, founded in 1980, has finalized a deal with the Goldman family to publish “If I Did It,” the O.J. Simpson title that HarperCollins previously rejected.
In late 2006, HarperCollins canceled plans to publish the title and destroyed 400,000 copies of it, after a public outcry against the planned publishing.
“The team at Beaufort Books will be working closely with the Goldman family to bring this book to the attention of the American public,” says Eric Kampmann, president of Beaufort Books. “We will be working diligently, to not only publish this book well, but to honor the memory of the victims of this terrible crime: Ron Goldman and Nicole Brown Simpson.”
Earlier this month, a Florida bankruptcy court awarded the rights of the title to the Goldman family.
The publishing deal was brokered by Los Angeles-based literary agent Sharlene Martin, of Martin Literary Management.
“I am very proud to be part of my clients’ effort to expose this confessional to the rest of the world,” she says. “Once I read it, I knew I wanted to help get this book out so any illusions of ‘fiction’ would be dismissed.”