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How To Get a Song in Front of a Publisher
By Dan Rivers
(Of Course They Accept Unsolicited Submissions) Know the Name and Title of the person you are calling. (You want the Creative Director). The receptionist will tell you “We don’t take unsolicited submissions.” Receptionists are like linebackers. They are tough and fast.
To get by them, ask for the name of the person you are calling. Is Woody Bomar in?
Cold call a publisher. Make all your cold calls together.
10 in a row. Rehearse what you’re going to say. Keep it short. Very short. Start at the lower tier publishers and work your way up.
2. Don’t leave a message. Call back.
3. If you get the Creative Director on the phone. Address him by his first name. Say “Woody-- I’m Joe Songwriter-I’ll be in town next week. Can we schedule a ten minute appointment- I’ve got a couple of songs I’d like to get in front of you? “ If you say anything else, like –can I mail you some songs – I’ve got great stuff –I’ve written a thousand songs- I won a song contest -they will tell you they don’t accept unsolicited submissions. The key words here are” In Town”. The amateur word here is “mail”.
They might get their appointment book out or they may tell you “We don’t accept unsolicited submissions” but drop them off –we’ll call you if we are interested. They won’t call you but you can call them-wait two weeks. If you get anything remotely positive you’re on the right track –hit them again. In about 3 months. And every three months until they sign you or throw you out.
The drop offs may get you an appointment after a few tries.
Of course they accept unsolicited submissions.
About the author
Dan Rivers AKA Dan Robilotta Dan grew up in New York. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from Manhattan College.
He crafted his songs for the commercial market on weekends. Dan is the Regional Coordinator for NSAI in New Orleans.
Dan has had 3 Indie cuts and Boneyard in Benton County has been featured on the NPR Car Talk show. It also plays on the Paris based Midnight Blues. Dan has performed twice on Fox TV in New Orleans . He has two single song contracts and is pursuing a staff writing deal. He is appearing in Nashville writer’s night rounds and locally in New Orleans where he resides with his wife Ginnie. Performed as a singer songwriter as a single act in Cape Cod and Ski Resorts of Vermont. Toured with the duo “Sundance” throughout New England. His wide range of music has gone from folk rock / country to Pop. Dan plays guitar, keyboards and is a lead singer. The newly released CD “Louisiana Sky” had the title track selected for the “Save Our Wetlands” compilation CD.
Dan’s songs can be heard on NPR, Iradiola in Los Angeles Midnight Blues in Paris and London and many indie radio stations. You can listen to Dan Rivers now on CDBaby.com
Web sites: myspace.com/danrivers8118 / cdbaby.com/cd/robilotta2
Contact: Dan Rivers
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