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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: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,844,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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this boo is worth purchasing and reading. It's upfront. My daughters have been in the biz for 10 years and there is always something to try differently. The music biz has so much to learn. I highly recommend the book!
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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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Jumpin Jiminy Crickets this book ROCKS!

"This book is simplicity in one hand and a ton of information in the other that will flow thru your mind like a Ferris Wheel."

Remember a couple years ago there was Garth, Randy, Alan, Travis. Now there is Miranda, Blake, Jason, TB Perry.... Well guess what? There is going to be more hot groups and unknown stars yet to be discovered. There is no reason why it couldn't be you, somebody will be next. Whether you currently have a jammin band or just have awesome lyrics on your laptop.

Did you know Garth used to sell shoes and Alan drove a forklift in a warehouse and you do ______ ?

The stars didn't have all the answers when they were green behind the ears, standing looking at the uphill climb that they had to make. They had the desire, and drive, to keep at it. Even after hearing hundreds of, "No, you can't do that", doors closed in their face and unanswered emails.

There are books that will teach you to write the perfect song. And there are legal smeagle books that will make your eyes glaze over. But if you want a book that explains the music business from A to Z, Get Mary Dawson's Book!

Mary say's, you want to "GROW into the Music Business not Go into the music business". It's a series of small steps instead of the leap that ends up getting your wallet ransacked?

Whether this is your first or fifth music book and if you want to hear the roar of real applause instead of water beating your shower wall, this book is a must have!

P.S. Shhhh,... There is something else in there that you will want to know. Mary tells you how to submit your songs professionally to your favorite group, Shhhh!
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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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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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