Books for Musicians

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.

 

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Running Heads

The running heads in a complex book serve as a navigational aid. In a book divided by parts, the left head names the part, and a reader can flip through the pages to find the section desired. If the right running head names the chapter, navigation inside the part is possible. Read More »

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Margins

Margins provide a frame of white space around the text, insulating it from the scenery around the book, the other things and people in the reader’s field of vision. Read More »

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Legibility and Readability

Legibility is concerned with how quickly one can process the information presented, especially under adverse circumstances. Readability is concerned with comfort over time. Read More »

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The Title Page

Considered by many to be the single most important page of the book, the title page traditionally includes the title of the book, the author or authors, and the publisher. Sometimes, the editor is noted here as well. Often included is the location of the publisher’s main office, or the city where the book was printed, and the date of publication – but these are more and more to be found on the title verso (aka the copyright page). There may be some illustration or ornament.
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The First Verso

The first verso page of a book, which is also the back of the bastard title, is often simply blank. Other common uses for this page include a list of the author’s previously published works, a quote, or a dedication. Read More »

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The Half Title

The Half Title (sometimes called “the bastard title”) is the first page in most books. Occasionally, a publisher will place reviews or blurbs before the half title for commercial purposes. It is usually just the title, printed in a quiet way, in a face related to the rest of the book. Small caps in the basal text face are popular, although the type may also match the chapter heads. Read More »

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Trim Size

What trim is: If your book is being printed on a large press, it will have several pages printed on one large sheet of paper, which will then be folded and cut (or “trimmed”) to size. The method of arranging pages on a large sheet so everything comes out properly when folded and trimmed is called “imposition.”

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Paper

Of all the “given” specs, paper is most often the one handed to you. 20 to 30 pounds offset white is common. If you enjoy the luxury of deciding the paper, you would do well to contact the printer’s paper supplier. Paper is hard, soft, smooth, grainy…. It has pull, warp, texture, depth…. It can be cut, folded, perforated, scored — you get the idea. It is complex and changes often. Read More »

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Binding

The best binding for your book is the one that serves the reader best. That will depend on your book and the needs of the reader, so let’s look at the most common binding methods and examine their strengths and weaknesses. Read More »

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