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"Mary Dawson has written a unique and comprehensive guide for the aspiring songwriter that is bound to become a classic in its field." --Sheila Davis, Author "The Craft of Lyric Writing"

"Mary Dawson's wonderful book starts where the others leave off -- what do you do after you've written your great songs?...I love the way she puts a hopeful face on the future of the business by giving real life stories of people making it their own way, wherever they are." --Jimmy Kachulis, Professor of Songwriting, Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA

"Thank goodness Mary Dawson has documented some of her knowledge about the music industry...This book should now be on the 'Required Reading' list for songwriters." --Jim Sharp, American Songwriter Magazine, Publisher (Retired)

About the Author

Mary Dawson has a 25-year multi-faceted career in the music business. A lifelong songwriter herself, Mary is now president of CQK Music Group of Dallas, which is comprised of three music publishing companies. A popular seminar speaker, Mary conducts classes in the craft and business of music at Southern Methodist University. She is also host of the popular radio talk show, "I Write the Songs."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 237 pages
  • Publisher: CQK Books; 1st edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615133800
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615133805
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,980 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I describe myself best as an obsessive-compulsive songwriter. I love everything about the craft and the business of songs. The obsession started as a toddler writing simple songs with my dad at the piano and has continued all the way to the present. No matter what else I may be doing -- writing articles and books, teaching, consulting or hosting my Internet radio show, "I Write the Songs" -- there is ALWAYS a new song simmering in the background of my mind.

Professionally, I have been involved in the music business for over 25 years. I am the president of CQK Music Group of Dallas (http://www.cqkmusic.com) which is the umbrella company for many products and services for songwriters, artists, musicians and music lovers. Throughout my professional career I have I have earned several post-doctoral degrees in the School of Hard Knocks, and I have tried to pass on what I have learned to those who are just starting out or have hit a roadblock on their music journey.

My book, "How to Get Somewhere in the Music Business from Nowhere with Nothing," contains the answers to the literally thousands of questions about songwriting and the music business that I have received over the years in response to my Internet and print articles, my classes and seminars. I hope you find the book to be helpful and will look forward to your feedback.

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I'd suggest buying two copies, one for yourself and one to give away.
Steven R. Cooper
This book was lighthearted, humorous and informative but written in such a way that it all finally "clicked" for me.
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I'm sure after reading a few you'll be intrigued enough to want to know more!!!!
Natalie Hicks

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Natalie Hicks on July 21, 2007
Format: Paperback
I LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!! Mary Dawson writes with the confidence, wisdom and insight of a seasoned professional while using language that even a beginner can grasp. This book is truly wonderful. I've been following Mary Dawson's writing for 3 years. I found her while doing a random Google search, while I was bored at work one day and I've been a supporter ever since. I was ABSOLUTELY TRILLED to find out that she had put all her years of experience together in one central location.

The beauty of this book is that she breaks down concepts and ideas that many know about however need a wee bit more clarification. She teaches you how to copyright your material, how to be your own publisher, how to network, how write out your song lyrics in a professional manner, how to find resources to put your demo together, how to make the most of your cash advance (if you're a signed artist) and much, much more!!! This is not a fake review. I was not hired to sing praises to her name. I just think that Mary Dawson knows what she's talking about and has a beautiful heart that translates itself into her wonderfully engaging and informative book.

If you just want to get a feel for what she has to say then check out her articles on Writer's Write. I'm sure after reading a few you'll be intrigued enough to want to know more!!!! Trust me!! My all time favorite article is called "Perseverance: The Key to the Doors of Success Part I "and the link is [...] . If you want to browse around after that, the following link provides a listing of some of her other articles. [...]

You will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Cooper on June 9, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been in the music business since 1973 as a musician, songwriter and music producer. I've read a lot of books on the music biz, and this is the first one that I feel truly "answers" the questions. What if? What do I do? How do I go about ? Where do I find ? etc. Deals, demos, lyric sheets, copyrights, labels, song plugging, music publishing and more are all covered. What is even more enjoyable is that they are presented in an easy to read manner. This isn't a corporate book. It's written for anyone to understand. If you are already in the music biz or just an aspiring songwriter you will learn from this. I'd suggest buying two copies, one for yourself and one to give away. Because if you don't, once you loan out your copy you'll never get it back. I highly recommend this book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale Snow on October 18, 2010
Format: Paperback
I started reading " From Nowhere With Nothing " I found it very hard to put the book down.
I haven't read a book in 3 years due to depression, but I have to say your book was difficult to put down.
I have recommended this book to our friends. This book is very informative.
I have written 3 songs, but I am going to try your ideas,
I believe you can always learn more, besides the information sounds so down to earth.
Also I have to say that you are a wonderful person, so approachable.
I will be watching for more books on songwriting by Mary Dawson.
Take Care!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gift Card Customer on July 26, 2007
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I received a copy of your book on Monday from a mutual friend of ours, Joe McDaniel. I spent the last three days head first in this book and finished it just a little bit ago and let me tell you I have never been so encouraged and inspired by a book on songwriting like I was this one. I got the confirmation I needed that that I was on track with some things and I got direction on what my next steps should be. This book was lighthearted, humorous and informative but written in such a way that it all finally "clicked" for me. I appreciate you sharing your wealth of knowledge that is sure to make the path a little less rocky for us than the road you have had to trod.

See You at the Grammy's!
Carrie Baird-
Professional Songwriter
currently managing McDaniel Insurance
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brian Schultz on July 29, 2010
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An outstanding resource for any aspiring songwriter. Mary Dawson's experience and knowledge of the Music Industry is easily accessed in her conversational style book. Anyone who reads this book will appreciate Mary's passion for songwriting and for helping others achieve their songwriting goals. This book is an honest-to-God, page-turner for anyone interested in taking their songwriting hobby to another level. There are many books that can help one with songwriting, but nothing breaks down the business aspect like Mary's book. I anticipate I'll be using this book as a resource and thanking Mary for many years to come.
Brian Schultz
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