My first Blog

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

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I loved this letter even though its a rejection

D\ STEL & GO DERJCH Li lerary Management one union square west
New York, NY 10003
212/627-9100 Fax: 212/627-9313
December 17,2009
Michael Stone

Dear Michael,

Thank you for letting us review the material for your book on famous figures in show business, which we read with great interest. Unfortunately, after careful consideration, we have decided that we are not the appropriate agents to represent your book.
You've done a wonderful job with this material, Michael, and you are certainly qualified to write this book. But unfortunately, it is very tough to sell projects like these in this difficult market. I'm sorry to say that, ultimately, I'm not completely convinced we would be able to place this project successfully.
We wish you the best of luck placing this successfully. Thank you, once again, for letting us consider it.


Thursday, March 11, 2010

Whats a Good Title for the Book

I still don't have a title.

Here are some ideas

Music Was My Life
Stoned on the Way to Stardom
Corner Stone
Inherently Unpromotable
Music Observed
From Behind the Music
Pushing Music To the Top
Looking at the Music Business

Any ideas anyone

Busy right now

Sorry not to have posted regularly recently. March is the busiest month at the Pub what with Lent, St. Patty's day and the final four.
Any way I plan on sending out some more pitches to agents and maybe that will give us something to cheer about.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

This is my pitch letter to these agents. Its called a Query letter.

Dear Jeff,

My name is Michael Stone and I was a promoter in the music business from 1970 to 1999. My job was to make stars out of young men and women. As a result I have a multitude of awards that line my walls from bringing these stars to fame from Warner Brothers, EMI and Virgin Records.
To do this I had to work with the artist themselves and the radio station people that helped make this happen. During this journey I had the opportunity to work with some of the biggest stars in the music business including Van Halen, Lenny Kravitz, Smashing Pumpkins, Tina Turner, The Ramones, Sex Pistols, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones to name but a few. I also had opportunities to work with some entertainers like Richard Simmons and Steve Martin.
I have written a book that includes both positive and negative stories about these artists during my journeys with them. I tell the truth as it occurred which includes drug usage, sex and lots of Rock and Roll.
This book will appeal to the audience that listens to music radio stations, reads People Magazine, and watches Entertainment Tonight and other E TV shows. I also have written from a unique 3rd person perspective about these artists unlike any other published materials.
I am still in touch with some of my old radio friends, which would allow me to promote myself in most US markets. I would need some assistance stocking books for in store appearances as well as help with book reviewers and press interviews.
The book has been written but may still require some editing. I have numerous photos and autographs to publish along with the book.
I look forward to hearing from you to further discuss this book opportunity together. My contact information is below.

Yours truly,

Michael Stone