Q15 Songwriting tips for lyricists, poets and songwriters

Question 15: I’ve got 250 original songs, how many should I send out on a tape to a publisher who may be looking for material? I’ve heard that you shouldn’t send more than 3 the first time and if they like what they hear they will ask you for more, is this true? You are right, most publishers, or for that matter anyone looking for material only wants to hear two or three of your best songs. I know you are going to say, but all 250 of my songs are good, so which ones do I choose to send in. Most of us songwriters do think that everything we do is pretty good but the reality is that some of our songs are much better than others. Play some of your songs for other people and see if there’s certain songs that they all seem to like. Chances are those songs are the more commercial or saleable ones and the ones worth pitching. And YES, if someone you’ve sent your songs to happens to like one or more or them, they will most certainly ask you to send them more songs for future recording consideration. Here’s some tips for pitching songs. If you mail material to someone who hasn’t asked for it, you could very well get your package back unopened and marked “UNSOLICITED: RETURN TO SENDER” or else thrown away altogether. Therefore, before you start sending material out haphazardly, do yourself a favor: call first to get permission. If someone says yes, get instructions and send your package. If someone says no, then you’ve saved envelopes, postage, CD’s and valuable time. songsculptor

Author: TheSongsculptor
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Published: 2011-03-20 16:27:20
Q15 Songwriting tips for lyricists, poets and songwriters

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