You’ve got the song. So, you’ve been writing and put together a nice collection of songs; And you’re ready for that next step, finding a publisher. That person who believes in your writing and has the connections to make things happen. Here are 3 common mistakes that can kill your chances of working with a music publisher:
Submitting too many songs. Once you’ve gotten a potential publisher contact info and permission to submit your material, there is a temptation to include every song you can pack on that CD, right? Well this is the quickest way to kill your new relationship. The better the publisher, the busier he will be. He doesn’t want to wade through your CD to find your best songs. That’s your job! It’s up to you to pick out 3-4 of your top songs and send him only those. Don’t try to guess what a publisher might like. Put your best work on there.
The “over-follow-up”. There is a fine line sometimes between follow-up vs. over follow-up. The kiss of death would be to follow-up every day for a week after sending your songs off to a publisher. I generally suggest giving 2 weeks before a polite quick email or message. The odds are great that your CD will be on his/her desk at the bottom of a pile, so you do need to follow up. Publishers are busy managing a lot of writers and material. Simply remind them every couple of weeks, that you sent in your CD. If I get no reply after 4 tries, I would drop it and move on, because the message would be clear by then. By no means would I leave an angry message. You don’t want to burn ANY bridges and one day this publisher might end up being your biggest supporter.
Hangi Tavakoli is our in-house established and professional music producer with more than 15 years of experience in music production, mix and mastering, recording engineering, live sound designing/engineering, lyrics writing and music arrangement. He has produced more than 800 and written more than 2000 published songs to-date, including some major hits in international scale.