Why does a musician need a book?
- Status: Paul McCartney has a book. So does Aerosmith. Your band deserves one too.
- PR: Send a book and a cd to the right person and you stand out from the crowd.
- Fans: Your fans want to know more about you, and a book is the perfect souvenir.
- $$$: A custom-made, easy-to-transport, high-quality item for your merchandise table.
A book about your band will help you create life-long fans. Together, we engage your current fans in the production of your book with a social-media campaign that gets them involved, that makes them feel like a part of your success.
The book we produce will become a treasure. T-shirts fade, keychains get lost, but a book will last a lifetime.
Why choose me?
As a publishing professional for nearly 30 years (my first book design was in 1986), I’ve designed and edited a wide variety of books, from pulp fiction novels to the National Electrical Code. I’ve also done work with NASA and AT&T. This range of experience will help me produce a book that compliments your music.
As a writer, I’ve been reviewing music for nearly 40 years (my first published review was in 1976 for the Alan Parsons Project). I love music. This enthusiasm will help me produce a book that you will be proud of and your fans will love.
What will the book be like?
Imagine an 8×10, around 80-100 pages. The size of a magazine, but perfect binding and a thick cover like a paperback. Inside is the history of the band, interviews with all the players, lyrics to the latest cd, web-related pages, tour schedule — and lots of photos, including one full-page portrait of each band member (for autographs).
An 8×8 square also works well for photos, and stands out from more common trim sizes. It also lets us use existing artwork from your cd or vinyl sleeves, since they are square as well. For an individual musician, a smaller, more intimate style might be more appropriate. It’s custom work. Together we’ll make a book that feels right to you.
What do you need from the band?
Mostly your cooperation. I’ll need permission to use copyrighted materials, including your lyrics and stills from your videos. I need lots of photos. I’ll need contact with each band member for interviews, but this can be done over phone or email. I need access to the person controlling your social media accounts, so we can engage and involve your fans.
How do we get started?
Send me a message with the form below. In the comments, please list Website, Twitter, YouTube and/or Facebook links.