Good morning, Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
The Rebellion has begun.
You know how I call you my Rebels? Well, that’s because of a book that, up until today, hasn’t actually existed.
I first came up with the idea for Rebel Yell more than two years ago, way before I published my first book. And now, August 15th, 2014, it’s finally HERE.
I officially declare today the anniversary of the Rebellion, to be commemorated in the annals of history!
Rebel Yell is a book about Steve, the lead singer of a band called Rebel Yell, who’s always wanted to make it big in the mainstream music industry. Meanwhile, his best friend and lead guitarist, Tanya, has always wanted to go indie and self-distribute their music.
Tanya finally convinces Steve to submit a demo to a record label, because she thinks they’ll be ignored and she can finally convince him to go indie. But the plan backfires when a huge record producer hears their music and thinks it’s actually pretty okay.
The producer agrees to sign Rebel Yell, but only if Steve will first ghostwrite an album for Hayley Savage, lead singer of the world’s biggest rock band, Hunger Strike. In the course of working with Hayley and the label, Steve learns a lot about how the music industry works and overcomes many of his personal barriers as a struggling artist. But he also finds out just how mercenary and materialistic the mainstream industry has become, leading him to grow pretty disillusioned with the whole thing.
This book is a bit of a manifesto — a strong statement about independent art versus artistic industries and the pros and cons of each. (Well, mostly the pros of one and the cons of the other, actually. I’m definitely not unbiased on this topic).
But it’s taken from much of my experience as an independent artist, and observing how the big artistic institutions, whether they’re record labels or film studios or publishing houses, treat the artists they depend on. (Spoiler alert: most of the time, they don’t treat us very well).
In fact, fans of the Self-Publishing Podcast and who have known me for a while will recognize many scenarios in the book that are ripped straight from publishing, rather than the music industry. That’s because that’s what’s closest to home for me. And while there are scenarios that are universal to any artistic endeavor, in Rebel Yell I’ve highlighted a lot of the biggest problems in publishing by putting them in the medium of music.
If you’re a fan of my fantasy and my sci-fi, this might not be the book for you. But if you’re an artist, if you’ve ever wanted to be an artist, or if you like art … you might find it interesting.
The hardcover is pretty gorgeous, not going to lie. Click on that image above and you can also buy it as a paperback or an ebook.
HOWEVER, if you’re a little short on cash right now, I’ve got a bit of a special deal for you.
This is a new thing, and I’m not sure how much longer I’ll do it. But for now, anyone who signs up to receive my weekly emails will receive this book in ebook form, for free. Because this is my big, bold statement. This is my instruction manual on how to be a Rebel. So if you’re joining the team, I want to make sure you’re in the know.
That being said, if you’re the kind of person who prefers physical books … I’m quite proud of how this one came out.
The hardcover is twenty bucks, the paperback is ten, and the ebook (if you want to buy it and skip the emails) is only five dollars.
Welcome to this brave new world of Rebel Yell, where we can call ourselves a group name based on a thing that actually exists. Thanks for reading, Rebels. Bye.