(see the Publications o Interest
section at the back o this book). alk to other songwriters.Tat’s a good start!
Te listings in
are packed with a lot o inormation. It can be intimidat-ing at frst, but they are put together in a structured way to make them easy to work with.ake a ew minutes to get used to how the listings are organized, and you’ll have it down inno time. For more detailed inormation about how the listings are put together, skip aheadto the Where Should I Send My Songs? section.Te ollowing are general guidelines about to how to use the listings:
1. READ THE ENTIRE LISTING
to decide whether to submit your music. Please do notuse this book as a mass mailing list. I you blindly mail out demos by the hundreds,you’ll waste a lot o money on postage, annoy a lot o people, and your demos willwind up in the trash anyway.
2. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE “MUSIC” SECTION IN EACH LISTING.
Tis will tell youwhat kind o music the company is looking or. I they want rockabilly only andyou write heavy metal, don’t submit to that company. Tat’s just common sense.
3. PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS
shown under How to Contactand ollow them to the letter. A lot o listings are very particular about how they want submissions packaged. Pay close attention. I you do not ollow their instruc-tions, they will probably throw your submission in the garbage. I you are conusedabout their directions, contact the company or clarifcation.
4. IF IN DOUBT, CONTACT THE COMPANY FOR PERMISSION TO SUBMIT.
Tis is a goodgeneral rule. Many companies don’t mind i you send an unsolicited submission,but some will want you to get special prior permission rom them. Contacting acompany frst is also a good way to fnd out their latest music needs. Tis is also achance to briey make contact on a personal level.
5. BE COURTEOUS, BE EFFICIENT AND ALWAYS HAVE A PURPOSE
to your personal con-tact. Do not waste their time. I you call, always have a reason or making contact—permission to submit, checking on guidelines, ollowing up on a demo, etc. Teseare solid reasons to make personal contact, but once you have their attention, donot wear out your welcome. Always be polite.
6. CHECK FOR A PREFERRED CONTACT.
A lot o listings have a designated contact personshown aer a bolded Contact in the heading. Tis is the person you should contactwith questions or to whom you should address your submission.