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  • Series: Songwriter's Market
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Thirty-seventh Edition edition (October 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599637316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599637310
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steven Kerry on April 1, 2014
Should be called "Vanity Faire", and I will tell you why, but in all fairness let me distill my views of this yearly guide by breaking it down into The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly: The Good: There are actually some publishers and erstwhile producers who claim they are willing to sift through all the (mostly dreadful) demos they receive to find that rare "gold nugget"; perhaps it is a matter of gamblers attracting gamblers, but it does offer a wisp of hope to the independent songwriter or others with sincere aspiration, even though sincerity and aspiration are NOT ENOUGH. If you do not have a killer, Top 5 song, you will be ignored or rejected. HOWEVER, The Bad: Most companies with any real level of success merely list in the book, but do not allow unsolicited submissions: game over, EXCEPT with...independent publishers, sometimes with such absurd names you know they are just crackpot enterprises. Most do not indicate any majorly successful recorded hits that made it on the charts. Instead, they indicate records of their songs recorded by unknown acts and released on either what appear to be "vanity labels" or obscure indy labels; quite often if you read the fine print the artists that recorded their songs turn out to be.. the publisher or his wife. I guess it really is a matter of "who you know" after all! Which leads us to The Ugly: even after following all of the listing's guidelines to the "T" (some of which are absurdly elaborate) you will get some of them returned unopened. (WHY DO THEY LIST IF THEY ARE NOT GOING TO LISTEN? you may ask! maybe because there really is no current such company in existence, they aren't legit, or the owner died??) OR you will get form letters or a rare e-mail back with the occasional comment "Does not meet our current needs".Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Crosby on January 22, 2014
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I have worked in the music industry for over 15 years. This toilet paper of an edition constantly references sending CD demos to labels and publishers. I co-run a label and if an artist sent me a CD I wouldn't even bother listening too it as it only proves how out of touch with reality this artist is. If you want to get a&r or publishers to listen to you gain a presence and send a web-link or link to youtube or spotify. This book should retitled 2014 MUSIC FOR DUMMIES. James Duncan SHAME on you! All you have updated in this book in the past 10 years is phone numbers and since I haven't called too many of the limited database you have compiled I'm sure many of these numbers haven't had a dial tone since the 80s
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Just Joyce on November 17, 2013
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Very disappointed. I knew that I had been HAD when I was reading through and saw that publishers in this booked accepted CASSETTES! Really?...... As I did more research I found that people listed as "producers" were in fact NOT. One name I already knew and the person is a vocal coach.....Its sad really. Writer/Editor of this book: very unprofessional...... Do not waste your money...........
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MuckrakerW on February 23, 2014
I cannot rate this book because I have never read it. But after reading some of the reviewer's comments both good & bad, I have come to realize just how frustrated some would-be songwriters are about the authenticity of this man's book.

Since I am a member of BMI, I shall offer some of the best advice anyone can obtain for free in regards the disappointed attitudes & average customer dissatisfaction with Mr. Duncan's book. That advice is, most of the time it is who you know. Simple as this. I got my break because an older sister and younger brother knew a successful & popular songwriter, jazz guitarists, and music publisher, and put this guy in touch with me in Cincinnati, this was during the mid-1980s.

In addition, I struggled for sometime living in Los Angles with my ex-wife, pounding the streets of Sunset & Hollywood Boulevard among other places, taking the 405 to god know where to audition my music. I even joined a songwriter's club in Hollywood. Met some top movie stars who are still alive today. So I know how hard it is out there to get a break.

Best thing to do is to get a copy of the songwriter's Market 2014 edition at amazon.com if it is available, or the 2013 edition, and go through the song publisher's/producer's sections for who is accepting unsolicited submissions. The right contact person will usually be listed, and ask that individual if you can submit no less than three of your songs. If they are interested you should be able to submit.

Hope this helps.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle West on March 29, 2014
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Needed an updated Songwriter's Market book with updated information. I do appreciate this opportunity to investigate the read. Thank you.
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I bought the 2014 edition because I have the 2011 and 2005 editions. I read over the 2011 last night and decided that I would pick up the new edition because it had to be outdated by now... But... What a shock! These are the SAME listing descriptions as in the 2011 edition. Mostly word for word. I find it hard to believe that managers and booking agents want artists to submit cassette tapes, DAT or VHS this day and age. What a disappointment!
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By Tightwad on January 26, 2014
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Despite criticism voiced by some reviewers, this continues to be an excellent resource for song writers. This is a tough business to get a break in. The cards are stacked against newcomers, but you need a starting point and ideas. Combine this book with other resources, and personal research and you might open a door.
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