My first Blog

My first Blog
Ron Wood and the author in mid 1970's

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New pitches

I am sending 3 new query letters out tomorrow.
They go to Miriam Altshuler, Arcadia and Jeff Herman. This time none of these agents are in NYC which was my target at first. (I like NYC so I was predjudiced to send the first 6 there).
Jeff Herman is the writer of the Book "Guide to Publishers and Literary Agents" that I am using to find agents names and addresses. When I find the name I then go online and research the requirements and then I send out my pitch.
If anyone wants to read my pitch letter let me know and I'll send it on. Maybe its not good enough. I'll change anything in my quest; I'm a salesman, a glorified bloody flogger as my Dad would call me!!
Keep your fingers crossed.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Music as we know it has died

I was talking to my friend Bert yesterday. He owns a CD shop. Bert's CD's. Its one of the last independent CD shops in the USA.
I went to see him because I heard he was closing it up. He was disappointed to here that word was around about his plight.
His racks were bare.
He had only a handful of CD's left. He was selling some vinyl. Rarities. Stuff on E bay. You know, collectors items only.
He told me that even the kids had given up on it. The young musicians who wanted an advance on a record deal don't even buy music anymore. They download and burn it. Whose going to give them high $$ to record when they can't sell the stuff.
WOW! How low the music business has come from the high's I've been writing about.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Doug Feiger

Doug died last night. He was a young 57 and died of cancer.
He was the lead singer and writer for the Knack and was most famous for writing "My Sharona". It became a hit for him twice. I went to the same High School as he and he was my sister Jackies first boy friend. He was someone she really loved.
I liked Doug a lot and he came to my office at N2K and Virgin a few times over the years I thought maybe looking for another deal for his music. But then he just came to say hi.

RIP Doug you will be missed.

As it turns out Doug is not in my book but probably should be.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

This writing project is a slow one

The book itself took time to write and I am still changing pieces of it. I think the selling of it is going to be even slower.
I found a Facebook site that I like. Its about one of the characters in my book. her name is Rosalie Trombley and her sons are spearheading a movemnet to get her inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She was the Music Director of CKLW radio in Detroit in the 1970's and was responsible for making stars and Hit records for many stars of yesterday and today.
When she said a song was a hit it was.
She helped me make lots of songs hits and one of them was The Dreamweaver by Gary Wright.
Maybe, he will write a prologue for me.
Anyway, its snowing outside and I realized I hadn't written in a while.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Generic rejection

I got this rejection form recently.
It made me think now thats an easy way out. Althouhg it sounds like he may have thought about the project but he never asks to read anything from it. Thats why I don't like the idea of e mail query letters.

Dear Author,

Thank you for your query. I will respond within three weeks if interested.
If you do not receive a response within three weeks then I have passed on
your project.

Please note that a pass should not be construed as a statement on your
work's publishing viability; it is just my subjective determination that the
project isn't a good fit for me and the agency. I encourage you to continue
your querying and wish you the best of success in your publishing endeavors.


Jonathan Lyons
Lyons Literary LLC

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


I'd like to clarify my position here.
I now own a restaurant called Stoney's (after my last name Stone).
The name came about from the first time I met Bob Marley as I was about to start a tour with him. It was then given again by my friend Lauren Hart a singer/songwriter in Philadelphia.
Anyway. the name stuck as a restaurant name and the Pub is now 10 years old.
I make all the food that my Mother used to make the family when we were growing up in England.
It's in Wilmington, De.

Monday, February 1, 2010

The rewrite

Elizabeth, my wife, is helping to rewrite my book. She's making it more readable. Making the English of it better.
Of course it takes an American to correct an Englishmans English!!
Thank God for you lot.
I like what she's doing though. It will make it more readable and she'll use your American spelling of words.
My problem now is compiling all the photos and interviews and such for inclusion.