I received book proof #1

Yesterday was important for me. Tuesday, March 27, 2012 will always be the first day I actually held one of my books in my hands. I have two little boys; this book trails along somewhere as my third child.

I am intently looking for final corrections that need to be made. After submitting those changes, I will receive a second physical proof of the book. I expect to give final approval at that point. Within days of that, the physical book will be available for purchase online. A Kindle version will also be available soon thereafter.

Book Cover Image, etc.

Friends, when I committed to writing a book in May 2010 I had no idea how ambitious of a process it would be. I don’t regret a minute of it. It has been one of the most challenging projects I have ever been a part of, and I am thankful to have had, and have, the opportunity to do this. This coming week, the first-ever physical proof of the book will arrive on my doorstep – book cover and all. I have heard from fellow authors, and I believe them, that this will be a significant moment in my life.

Seeing the actual, physical results of something that has been a labor of love for two of my 30 years – I’m not sure there are words to describe it.

I appreciate the support from all of you, especially since May 2010 when I started blabbing about writing a book. I know some of you are sick and tired of hearing about it, and at times have very likely thought it would never come to fruition. I understand. And trust me, I am ready to see the final results myself, and be able to get it in the hands of anyone interested.

Below is almost exactly how the book cover will appear. Many thanks to the amazing Tyler Clark for his design work on this project. He is a good dude that you should work with if you get the opportunity.

Book Update: March 16, 2012

Formatting is the current stage. The 205-page Word document I submitted is being formatted to fit on the pages of a 5″ x 8″ book. By Monday I should know how many pages are in the book, which is a big step in the process. After that there will still be a few weeks for final cover formatting and approval of a proof of the book.

In the meantime, join me in listening to this great new self-titled album from Delta Spirit.

Early support for my book…

Early support for The Music Industry Doesn’t Have To Kill You, my first book which is expected to be on sale near the end of April 2012.

“John Clore takes you backstage and onstage to shine a positive light on the oft-derided music business, providing an uplifting and enlightening look at how music, and those who create and perform it, brightens our lives.” – Steve Jones, author of Brand Like A Rock Star: Lessons From Rock ‘n’ Roll To Make Your Business Rich and Famous

“A masterful collection of stories exposing the underbelly of the music industry. Prepare for your perceptions to be changed after reading the tales of every aspect of the business.” – Michael Sloane – Managing Partner and Founder, Strategic Blend; Digital Project Manager, 13 Management; Adjunct Professor, Belmont University

“In The Music Industry Doesn’t Have to Kill You, John Clore has put together an amazing collection of real-life stories from industry insiders combined with thought-provoking insights that we can all benefit from. His ability to weave these insights in and out of the compelling, first-hand accounts is impressive and provides a road map for anyone who is interested in working in this great industry.” – Justin Levenson – Manager, Licensing Operations, SESAC; The Recording Academy Nashville Chapter Board of Governors; W.O. Smith Music School Advisory Board

“John Clore is one of the most selfless individuals I know and is genuinely interested in people and their stories. From the first time I met him, John has always been someone who strives to ask questions and learn from the experience of others, to not only aid him in his own noble pursuits, but so that he can also share it for the benefit of others. This book is a glowing example of that mission. The personalities and stories within give an intriguing glance at an array of music industry professionals who each have a unique story to tell and years of wisdom to share, within a business where wisdom can be notably lacking.” Mike Severson – VP Artist Development, Promotion & Marketing, Way Out West Records; Artist Marketing – Country Music Format, World Vision

“I took this book as a challenge to see what my generation will do for the future of music. While it is ever so important to remember what has come before us – who and what created the industry of today – we have to take hold and make it our own. We have to create our own stories, develop our own opinions and insights, learn from our mistakes and celebrate our triumphs. We can only move foward by acknowledging what has been and striving for what will be.” – Rachel Pinkerton – Baylor University, 2012 Graduate, Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Music and Entertainment Marketing; Uproar Records

“First off, if you can rationalize yourself away from pursuing a career in the music industry, you definitely should! For those of us that can’t, however, The Music Industry Doesn’t Have To Kill You provides real stories from real industry legends with real advice about how to survive and prosper.” – Alex White – Co-Founder & CEO, Next Big Sound

“John’s book hits you with every turn, driving home the reality of what this business really is, in totality, with honesty and truth. It’s a must-read for anyone in the business, anyone who wants into the business or any music fan wanting to better understand the many passionate people it takes to create great records and live entertainment.” – Angela-Marie Lampton – President, SunFire Entertainment 

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