BLUEBELL BOOKS INTERVIEWS
JAMIE: What made you decide to write and publish this book?
MARILYNN: I have been playing and teaching mandolin, both classical and Brazilian music, for many years. It had been nearly a century since a good American mandolin method book had been published, and there had never been a book written to teach Brazilian mandolin technique, so I decided to write them. I published "The Complete Mandolinist" in 2007 and "Brazilian Choro-- A Method for Mandolin" (a bilingual book written with my Brazilian colleague, Paulo Sa) in 2010.
JAMIE: What type of books do your write?
MARILYNN: They are both instruction books on mandolin technique, that also focus on the artistry of playing classical and Brazilian music.
JAMIE: How long have you been writing?
MARILYNN: I have been writing poetry since I was a child, music since I was in college, and books on music since 2007.
JAMIE: What made you choose Mel Bay Publications as your publisher?
MARILYNN: I published my books with Mel Bay Publications because they are the largest publisher of books for plucked strings and they have international distribution. I hope these books will continue to be available for many decades. They are both currently available on Amazon.com and many music sites.
JAMIE: What costs did you incur?
MARILYNN: The cost was time. Each book took me years to compile and edit. And each book includes a CD of examples so it cost to have those recorded. But Mel Bay helped with the recording costs, and after publication I have received royalties for sales that has far exceeded the costs.
JAMIE: What advice do you have to share on getting published?
MARILYNN: Look around in the field you are working in to see what is missing, what would help make things more interesting. Then find a publisher you think might agree with you and approach them.
JAMIE: What fires your creative imagination?
MARILYNN: Great art, music, and poetry inspire me to create.
JAMIE: Do you plan to publish any more books?
MARILYNN: I think I have one more mandolin book in me. As for poetry, for now I am happy publishing a weekly poem on my blog, Celebrating a Year. I did write a poetry/novel manuscript for NaNoWriMo last fall, but I have yet to edit it. I have thought about publishing a calendar book with excerpts, poems, and photographs from my blog, but that is in the future.
love her music spirits, poetry in sonnet or free forms, and supportice manner along the way for more than a year in our online communities,
way to go,
very fulfilling interview, Jamie.
Happy Sunday, Marilynn.
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