My publisher explained it this way. He said that he estimated that he got 1 out of every 20 songs he wrote cut. He generally got 1 single for every 12 cuts he got. If you do the math, that’s approximately 240 songs written for every single. And this is from someone at the top of his game. Most of us don’t even have those numbers. To survive, writers have to get singles in today’s market. So, you can see that there is power in quantity. Just as you don’t start playing golf and make the PGA tour the first year you play, it takes a lot of repetitions. It takes a lot of practice to get to a pro level at anything you try.
So, when people tell me they have written 25 songs and still don’t have any cuts, I tell them to write more. A LOT more. Writing a lot more songs is probably the best way to move forward toward a career as a writer. Those songs are your practice swings.
The more you practice, the better you get. That’s the way the world works. So, if you want to get cuts, start writing more. Challenge yourself to double your output by the end of the year. Write. Then write some more.