Katie Couric Pens a Book About Finding 'Passion in Your Work'
Katie Couric continues to play coy on whether she'll step down as anchor of the CBS Evening News once her contract is up on June 4.
"Obviously I'm going to have to figure out what's ahead," she tells the New York times. "There is nothing to tell right now [about her future on the network]."
In the meantime, she is continuing to "focus on doing the best job I can on the Evening News."
Random House plans to publish Couric's first book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons From Extraordinary Lives, on April 12.
"I know there are a lot of books out there with different pieces of advice, but I don't know if there is anything quite like this out there," Couric told the Times. She described the book as a compilation of essays and poems about "how to find passion in your work" by her former Today show co-host Matt Lauer and Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet.
She says she was inspired to pen the tome after giving a graduation address last May at Case-Western Reserve University in Cleveland.
While preparing, she solicited insights Sheryl Crow; Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google and Queen Rania of Jordan, among others.
After the speech, Couric said, "I started to think it might be nice to cast a wider net, to reach out to a host of accomplished people in various fields."
She gathered advice from 114 people, including filmmaker Ken Burns, author Joyce Carol Oates, Chelsea Handler, baseball player Alex Rodriguez, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Jay Leno, Salman Rushdie and the football player Drew Brees.
"Some are maybe four or five pages long," Couric said of the entries. "Some are maybe two lines." Indeed, Lauer sent in an essay, Stonstreet wrote a poem and Twitter founder Biz Stone sent in a message that is fewer than 140 characters.
Couric wrote the introduction, which she says is "a little bit about my life."
She also wrote intros for each section of the book, including one about her mentors, in which she describes how Tim Russert, who died in 2008, impacted her career.
She will donate all proceeds to Scholarship America, the nation's largest private, nonprofit scholarship organization -- to make the book come full circle to the college address.
She plans to heavily promote it: "I'm going to be out there selling; I'll be on Des Moines Tonight; I'll be everywhere because I want the book to do well to raise money for the scholarships."
Still, "I don't really consider this my book," she said. "It's a collection, and I'm sort of the overseer."
One day she hopes to write another book.
"I hope one day I will have the time and the self-discipline to write a book, because I think my life has been far more interesting than I ever anticipated and certainly has had all sorts of good and bad things transpire," she said.