Stop Making Music – Author Interview – Tom Samuels

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Paperback Writer is pleased to welcome Tom Samuels, author of the satire/humor book, Stop Making Music. This is Tom’s second book and it is based on a character he created who is guaranteed to provoke a response with the reader.  Let’s find out some more about this character.











About the Book:


Tom Samuels’ book, Stop Making Music, contains 136 essays that deliver contrary opinions on the music business. They are written in the voice of an arrogant nitwit who wrestles with “evil” musicians, songwriters and producers. Read each essay carefully because you will be asked if you “agree” or “disagree.” No one goes unscathed…not even the beloved Beatles. Where else could you find an Off-Broadway play based on the life of KoRn? You will be required to actually think about the current state of the music industry. Reading this book is an illuminating journey that will help you to understand why you are a music fan. There is a lesson to be learned in each chapter…a satirical, funny lesson that you will never forget.

“Tom Samuels really knows the music business. He writes about historic musicians such as Gershwin, Vivaldi and Mozart along with current bands such as Green Day, Death Cab For Cutie and Radiohead. His character is one dude you do not want to get in an argument with as he will twist your mind into a pretzel with his bizarre logic. It is best to let his pronouncements flow through your mind down to your funny bone. He has written a great satire on every aspect of the music business.”

Franklin Lutz




Hi Tom,


Welcome to Paperback Writer.


Thank you for having me.


 Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book? 


There is an idea in my book? I should have charged more for the book. The persona I created in the book is a typical obnoxious blogger. Everyone has come across this type of know-it-all. The character evolved on my blog The essays stirred up a good reaction from the readers.


 Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?


I stepped away from my blog for awhile. When I returned to read through it one day I realized I had written a lot of material. I thought it would make an interesting book.


How did you come up with the title?

The title, Stop Making Music, was the underlying message in each essay. It is a terrible message but one that creative people in the music business hear everyday.



How did you find an agent and publisher?

My book was self-published and I have over a hundred rejection letters from agents to prove it.


Who reads your work in progress?

No-one. I can’t make myself care about other people’s opinions. I would rather the words flow with no interruption, manipulation, censorship or spelling checks.


Who made a difference in the book’s quality?

The self-publishing company I used, Art Bookbindery, did a high quality job and was very supportive.


How long did it take you to complete the first draft?

I wrote on my blog for two years then used that material for the book.


How long did it take from start to publication?

It took about two months from working with the staff at Art Bookbindery on the layout and cover design until I received the printed books.


Do you have any advice for new authors?

Don’t open rejection letters from agents!



Thank you, Tom for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of you tour.




STOP MAKING MUSIC VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR ’08 will officially began on July 7, 2008 and continue all month. You can visit Tom’s tour stops at in July!

As a special promotion for all our authors, Pump Up Your Book Promotion is giving away a FREE virtual book tour to a published author with a recent release or a $25 Amazon gift certificate to those not published who comments on our authors’ blog stops. More prizes will be announced as they come available. The winners will be announced on this blog on July 31!






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