Mark Terry

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

An Interesting Excerpt

October 13, 2009
Here's an excerpt from John Sandford's latest novel, ROUGH COUNTRY. In this scene a club owner who routinely books huge country acts as well as new acts that then get seen by business contacts, is meeting with an all female country band leader (Wendy), her drummer and lover (Berni), and Wendy's father (Slibe) to discuss signing her band.

"He'd see all this before. You had artists who'd spent thousands of hours learning how to play a musical instrument, who could tell you anything you might want to know about writing a song, about bridges and transitions and about single specific words that you couldn't use in a song. Cadaver? Had anyone ever used cadaver in a song?

"They knew all that, worked it, groomed it, smoothed it out, sat up all night, night after night, doing it--and they didn't know a single fucking thing about business. They were in a business, but they didn't know it. They thought they were in an art form."

Well, you get the message, right?

Mark Terry


Blogger Natasha Fondren said...

But it's missing the context. :-) From what I can figure, either the moral is that if you're in an art form you'll be in business, or the point will be that they know nothing about business and are thus screwed.

10:25 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

In this case, they were all squabbling over boilerplate aspects of the contract he was offering them, arguing that it was slanted toward him, and he was saying, "Well, yeah, because I'm taking all the risk, all you have to do is show up and play, and besides, this is standard practice." And they didn't have a clue what standard business practices were in the music business.

10:27 AM  
Blogger Richmond Writer said...

Mark check out this article about the money to be made in e-books. I remember you posting once about some that you published with Kindle. He gives you the numbers for how much he makes.

10:58 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Richmond, Yeah, I've read it.

11:01 AM  

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