A while ago my brother brought to me some books from a book sale.
One of these, the first of James A. Michener’s* that I read, was SPACE; a truly interesting story about our astronauts, beginning with the rocket scientists in Germany during WWII. Then recently I doubled my pleasure by picking up and reading The Drifters by Michener, which particularly gratified my interest in his writings by being a book very much in tune with the times I grew up during the Vietnam War.
Then I got my hands on a truly unique creative work called The Novel–Michener again. And it is this book that I highly, no HIGHLY recommend that any author, and that includes composers and songwriters as well should read this story.
Besides predicting the de-evolution of publishing away from traditional methods, and the observance of the plight of publishing companies who get taken over by conglomerates. It is a living mentorship to any author who will knowingly or unknowingly go through all the stages of worry, self-doubt, conflict over modesty vs. triumph; and, conservative outlook in light of the datum, “An author is only as good as his last book/song,” (which datum is maybe an industry maxim but not one in the creative arts), and all written in The Novel, twenty-five years ago.
It will very incisively inform any, writer, songwriter, artist what to expect in attaining the success desired and what the liabilities are when you attain that success, trying to maintain it.
*Motion pictures TEXAS, CENTENNIAL and many others derived from his books.