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An Iowa sportscaster’s patience leads to a thriller baseball book

An Iowa sportscaster has fulfilled a lifelong dream with the publication of a book that makes youth baseball a life-or-death proposition.

Scott Reister says the book “Baseball Spy” features a boy named Zane who tries to find a deadly spy for his team before something goes wrong. “And if he doesn’t keep winning kuh-blammi, everything’s going to go wrong, so literally in the book Baseball Spy it’s life or death. Little League is life or death,” Reister says.

Reister says the idea for the story came from his own baseball experience. “Maybe I was 11 or 12 and I’m about to hit and in this pressure situation I felt all these eyes on me and I was like, ‘Man, it’s not like it’s life or death, right?’” he says . “And then I started thinking: what if that was true, what if I didn’t get this blow? Then there’s a bad guy who’s about to blow everything up. And I always thought that was the coolest idea for a book or movie, but I never really did anything about it. And I started thinking about whether I would ever write a book, that was it, and eventually I dedicated myself to figuring out how to write a book.

Although the book’s plot involves spies and potential destruction, he says it is a thriller that both adults and children would enjoy. “I would say if you’re in fourth grade, anything younger than that it’s hard to understand the plot, but adults love it, kids love it, it’s a great gift, especially if you have kids who playing baseball,” Reister said. . He says the book has already sold well and the plot is keeping everyone interested. “There are two big twists in the story that move the story forward, and the ending is so exciting that it really explodes in the final scene,” he says.

Reister had written extensively as a sportscaster, but had to learn a whole new set of skills to write the book. It took him six years to get the book published and he has this advice for anyone who wants to give it a try. “As long as you are willing to wait and not give up and seek as much advice as possible. And also take your time before you send it to literary agents, you know, you only get one chance to write that pitch letter to these agents,” says Reister. “So unless you know you’ve spent all this time on the book and it’s the best it can be, don’t rush it. Take your time, get it all ready and then start that process.

Reiser’s patience paid off and he now has a deal for two more books, with the end of ‘Baseball Spy’ yielding the second book ‘Football Spy’. He has been busy with little league signings in central Iowa. You can find the book on Amazon and through other booksellers.

Here are some of the upcoming signings:
Saturday 5/11 3:00-5:00 Barnes and Noble (Jordan Creek)
Tuesday 5/21 6:30-8:00 Beaverdale Books
Saturday 6/8 11:30am-1:30pm Barnes and Noble (Clive University)
Saturday 6/29 10-12 Urbandale Public Library

More signings can be found on Reiser’s Facebook page.