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I’ve found that pricing higher does not hurt you as long as your composition and production quality is up to snuff. On the non-exclusives I’m $50 or sometimes higher. No use leaving cash on the table. Sometimes clients will buy 10 songs and they don’t blink at the price. I agree, stingers and/or bumpers should be lower. I’m generally pricing them at $29.95.June 17, 2016 at 8:58 pm in reply to: Submitting to libraries while seeking publishing a mistake? #25192
The worst possible thing you could tell a publisher is….” oh you want them? GREAT!!! Oh, uh, ummm, I have to remove them from the music libraries they’re in first……”
Choose one of the other, not both.
Treating NE songs as Exclusive is dumb IMO. Equally dumb is randomly throwing them at 10-15 different NE libraries. Self defeating. Doing your due diligence is a good thing, and putting them where they will work is what will get you going.
IMO – I’m with some of the biggest Ex libs out there – EX libs are as spotty as NE libs. Some great things have happened and just as often, some losses where I feel I’ve wasted my creative energy.
Research and correct placements are the key. Giving tracks to EX libs without significant up front buyouts is crazy…..
JakeH – Are the “right” libraries becoming the “wrong” libraries? Very well could be. I’m seeing a shift. Traditional thought as you laid out was my way of thinking 5-10 years ago. Now…..I’m not so sure. Front end is the new back end. Back end is eroding… The majors are slipping. They’d better start stepping up or they will loose ground.
Make sure your desk ergonomics are right for you. I exacerbated an old tendonitis injury (off-road motorcycle induced) after switching to a desk from a console. The result was catastrophic and I’m still working thru it. Bottom line : if it hurts, you’re reinsuring it. The thing that fixed it for me the first time was elbow braces 24/7 and a little magic : Naproxen.
Know that it tends to be chronic and lies “just below the surface” of feeling it. Take care of it and it will go away over time. sometimes it takes a year or two of being careful and doing everything you can to alleviate the pain.
Hoping it will eventually go away is the wrong approach. Be proactive with it and hopefully you’ll be fine. Best of luck.
EDIT : BTW, my latest bout was brought on using a trackball. I gave up on mice a decade ago and a trackball has served me well up until the last year. It was the ergonomics of the desk that wrecked things for me. Get those ergo’s right at any cost. Chair, desk height, angle of arm to mouse/trackball and musical keyboard height. Get em all right.
Up 10% or so over last quarter.
re: Genre’s vs. Sales. Honestly, I don’t think you can predict it. My most used tracks are ones that I probably would have thrown away. My least used – some that I consider masterpieces… Go figure.
As for styles and what to write, I think you have to be wide reaching. If you’re only writing rock because it’s hot right now, you’re going to get the short end of the stick and see your sales drop thru the floor when tastes change. A wide variety of music and styles and types of libraries is what creates longevity.
Typical….. It’s been a month and no reply Art? It HAS been the holidays, but one would think they might be able to find a way to get to it. Very interested in this process as well. Thanks for reporting.
-LAWriterJanuary 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm in reply to: What's your slowest quarter of the year for payouts from the PROs?? #14280
Over the last 20 years I’ve seen no rhyme or reason to payouts from my PRO – BMI. Thank goodness they have been up a bit the last couple of quarters. Late last year and earlier this year were pretty bleak….