Home Recording Book Update

Brandon Drury —  February 19, 2008

I thought it would be a good idea to let everyone know the status of my upcoming home recording book. I’ve been hit hard by forum modifications going wrong, web consulting/designing gigs, lots of mixing work, and the usual distractions (like sleep).

Huge Outline
I’ve put some serious time into the book the past week or so. Because I have no idea how to write a book, I just sort of jumped into a while back. I ditched the outline concept, because it simply did not work. I’m not sure why.

I never realized just how tough it is to manage and organize thoughts when they are spread out over 200+ pages. It’s tough! So, I’ve decided to revisit my outline. The outline for the chapter on “vocal recording” is over one page long! AHHHH!! It appears the outline for this book (each heading takes up one line and that is it) is going to take up TONS of pages. I guess this is good. It means there is quite a bit of info.

Still Not Named The Home Recording Book
I STILL haven’t figured out a name for this stupid home recording book. I’m not sure what I want to call it. Luckily, the thread in the forum. Home Recording Book – Title suggestions? is still getting new posts.

I think I’m going to attempt to launch a big contest to name the book.

Release Date
My initial goal was to have this book finished by January 31, 2008. It’s clear that was total fantasy. Books of this nature get much harder to write as you go. I didn’t think about that one. I didn’t realize just how much work writing a big book was. It is not anywhere near the same as writing 300 blogs. Not even close! All of this stuff actually has to be organized!! AH!!!!!

So, I really don’t have a set date picked out for the book’s release. I’ve decided that I do not want to risk leaving anything out of this book and I’d rather take a little longer to make it as good as it can possibly be than to short change myself (and the people who buy it) by rushing.

I’ve not even thought about how to handle the graphics for the book so if someone is just dying to help out on that end, don’t hesitate to contact me.

I will definitely be giving a commission to anyone who sends buyers my way via an affiliate program. I haven’t worked out all the details just yet, but this could be a great way for anyone with a music website or popular Myspace page to make some cash.

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Brandon Drury quit counting at 1,200 recorded songs in his busy home recording studio. He is the creator of and is the author of the Killer Home Recording series.

3 responses to Home Recording Book Update

  1. Dude, you’re attacking Steps 3-9 before conquering Step-1!

    First, get a second-hand G5 Power-Mac, or an iMac with a big screen, stuff lots of memory in it ( ), and install

    OR, if you consider short-term-cost to be more-important than long-term-results, get ( instead )
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    I’m getting a Mac, even though I hate the Apple UI, just because the alternative is to produce a less-organized, less-well written book.

    The Second Thing you need, is “Stein On Writing” by Sol Stein.

    That is the best self-editing/writing-improvement book I have ever encountered ( more advanced than William Zinsser’s “On Writing Well” ).

    The third thing you need, is to know that textbooks usually take 7 years to write!

    Do NOT give-up, no-one ever did anything by any method other-than honestly doing-it, and no matter what happens, it is self-improvement work whose intent improves our world, right?


    Oh, yeah:

    Organizing from the Inside Out
    ( Julie Morgenstern )

    Corps Business: the 30 *Management Principles* of the US Marines
    ( David H. Freedman – Fortune senior-editor )

    both contain methods of being more effective, that make publishing more-likely. is for self-publishing. . . has a font-book, get it, cut out the pages with good-looking-for-your-work fonts, leave ‘em lying ’round so you see ‘em all the time, until you weed-out the fonts that just aren’t “right” for you, & use one of the self-reading fonts that are good. . .

    ’tis a technique for preventing the “Cheap Shoddy Publishing” impression many self-published books end-up-with. . .



  2. What’s your progress with the book. I’m going to buy it if it comes out within a year or 2

  3. kaiservunderbar June 25, 2008 at 11:28 am

    interested in knowing where the book is. would be very interested in purchasing a copy