New songwriting eBook: “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”
Download “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle, and take advantage of a 56% price reduction, plus a FREE OFFER.
This past winter I’ve been working on a couple of writing projects, and I’ve just completed one of them. “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” is a companion text to “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” 6-eBook Bundle.
In the coming days, this 82-page eBook will be sold through “The Essential Secrets of Songwriting” purchase page at a price of $11.95. However, if you purchased the 6-eBook Bundle in March or April of 2013, or are deciding to purchase that bundle right now, it is being offered to you as a FREE eBook.
If you qualify according to the stipulation in the previous paragraph, please contact Pantomime Music Publications, and request your free copy. (Please give your name and the date of purchase of the 6-eBook Bundle in that email.)
If you purchased the bundle prior to March 1, 2013, it will be offered to you at a reduced price ($3.99) starting Monday, April 15. Please watch this blog for more news about that.
Here is an excerpt from the Preface of “From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro”:
You may have been writing songs for years now, but lately you’ve noticed a change in your attitude. Though you’ve been completely ensconced in the amateur world ever since you’ve called yourself a songwriter, you’re starting to get that feeling that now is your time. You want to know if you’ve got what it takes to make it as a professional songwriter.
You may have noticed that anytime that you’ve mentioned your desire to transition to professional songwriter status, there’s always someone who says, “Well, that’s really hard to do.” Of course it is. But there are lots of things people do in life that are “really hard to do,” and someone’s doing them. And to be honest, if you’ve got talent as a songwriter, writing the music may not actually be all that hard for you. Getting attention for your music is the hard part.
This eBook is full of prerequisites for making this happen. There are no guarantees, of course. It’s not like being a doctor, where as long as you complete all the courses and get high marks, the letters M.D. appear after your name, and you’re a doctor, ready for patients. The songwriting business is tricky to break into, and there is no guarantee for success. Like many things in life, you can do everything right and still not get the big break.
But there is one thing, more than anything else, that’s an absolute must for becoming a songwriting professional: you need to be able to write excellent music, and you need to be able to do it consistently. That point is going to be made several times in this eBook, particularly in the last chapter, “How Do I Sell Or Market My Songs?” You’ll be told several times that bad music doesn’t sell. And frankly, good music doesn’t sell either, because being good in the songwriting business isn’t enough to help you stand out from the rest of the pack. To get attention for your songs, they need to be exceptional. So if you aren’t writing excellent music on a fairly consistent basis, that is going to be your biggest hurdle.
This eBook answers 12 “How Do I” questions; professionals know the answers, and it’s vital for you to know them as well. Several of the questions deal with important structural elements in music. Many of you, for example, are wasting a lot of time looking for the killer chord progression, and you need to know that killer chord progressions by themselves don’t really exist. That’s Chapter 1. Some of you aren’t aware that choosing a key for a song involves more than just finding one that makes it comfortable to sing the melody. That’s Chapter 2, and dealing with that question will help you as you put a demo recording together. The chapters that follow will deal with things you need to know to make a song work: how to write a hook, how to write a great melody or lyric, ideas on how to create nice backing vocals for your songs, and much more. You’ll also read chapters that deal with writer’s block, and give you solutions to the “How Do I Keep Going After the First 8 Bars of Music” problem that many songwriters (even professionals) face.
The final two chapters deal with business issues vital to your plan to become a professional songwriter. Chapter 11 discusses the important topic of how to protect your music. That’s crucial if you’re going to be shopping your songs around. And Chapter 12 is probably the most important one: “How Do I Sell Or Market My Songs?” People don’t hire a songwriter out of the Yellow Pages like they hire a carpenter, so who’s buying music, and how do they let you know they’re looking? And how do you become the go-to songwriter that fills their needs?
Sometimes the only way to know you have the talent necessary is to dive in and try to make your dream happen. So… DIVE IN!
“From Amateur to Ace: Writing Songs Like a Pro” is available FREE to purchasers who buy the 6-eBook Bundle starting on Tuesday, April 9. Visit the purchase page here, and click on the red banner for more information.