About this project
Pictured: author with Josh and Eli Caterer of Smoking Popes ... apologies for the shoddy Blackberry-made video.
(update 7/22/11: THANK YOU!)
After almost two full decades on Chicago’s FM dial, Q101 is going away. When the station is officially handed off to its new owner, Merlin Media, in August, a format flip is expected to happen immediately. Before the memories fade, I decided that I should write a book about the station’s run as an “alternative” rock station.
Smells Like Rock Radio: an Oral History of Chicago’s Q101 (1992-2011) will chronicle the complex, hilarious, and culture-influencing history of the soon-to-be-gone station. The story will be told by the most qualified people to tell it: the DJs, programmers, support staff, and friends of Q101.
The book will be published in two ways:
1) Publish on Demand. The paperback version will be made available through Amazon and other outlets to be determined.
2) E-books (multiple formats). Versions will be professionally formatted for iBooks, Kindle, Nook, and more.
My expenses will include (but aren’t limited to):
- Photos for use in book
- Part-time assistants to help conduct and transcribe interviews
- Copy editing
- Book formatting for multiple e-book retailers
- Unique ISBNs and bar codes for all versions
- Design work (cover, paperback formatting, website)
- Legal work
- Contributor and backer copies
I’ve estimated costs at $9750, an admittedly large chunk of change. As such, I’ve tried to make the incentives worth it!
As for why you should back this book, I'm uniquely qualified to pull it together. I've spent a lot of time at Q101 over the years, handling a lot of different responsibilities:
- Air talent (nights, weekends, even Morning Drive for a fleeting moment)
- Assistant Music Director
- Host, "Local 101"
- Producer, "Sound Opinions"
- Producer, "Live 101" and "Local 101" CDs
- Syndicated host, "Levi's Spark Radio"
- Overnight jock
- Morning host
- Weekend jock
When I wasn't working at Q101, I was competing against it at stations like WXRT and WZZN. I have a comprehensive knowledge of the station's personnel, history, and operations. More importantly, my connections and familiarity with the station will make lining up interviews (the foundation of the book) a breeze.
The simple answer is invest that money in the book, just as I would all the funds before it. I budgeted the minimum amount for everything I need to get the book published. Extra funds would mean additional and enhanced resources. For instance:
If I had budgeted X for a copy editor based on my goal, additional money would mean that I could spend XY on better or enhanced services to get the job done.
If I had budgeted X to pay for freelance interview help, additional money would mean that I could spend XY to offer a more dignified rate to my freelancers, or hire more on.
I'm positive that I under-budgeted for mailing out rewards and publicity copies. Extra money will cover that.
Ditto on per-book production costs.
Five logs' worth.
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