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Just landed a music publishing contract with a major publisher...

  1. Daniel Carter profile image72
    Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago

    So I sent out about two dozen pieces of music to a lot of major publishers A YEAR AGO, and got a ton of rejections, but heard back from one of them today and they have offered a contract on one of my pieces. I'm very pleased, but proceeding carefully. I've been in this boat before, dealing with clauses and paragraphs in the contract, but all seems up front and well so far. Everything appears to be industry standards. All good! (I hope.)

    The reason this is big news is because I've just spent the past 12 years publishing all my music myself. (Over 400 pieces) So to have a major publisher take interest gives me a little enthusiasm to keep writing fresh, original stuff.

    Just wanted to share the news with my friends here!

    1. AEvans profile image81
      AEvansposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Oh Daniel, That is well deserved Congratulations to you! smile

    2. seanorjohn profile image79
      seanorjohnposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      fantastic news Daniel.Must check out your hubs to find out the type of music you are into.Congrats.

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      cosetteposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      wow, that is wonderful!

      i was just having a conversation with a friend last night about perseverance towards getting published, and here you are, you hung in there and made it! that's very inspiring Daniel. smile


  2. Cagsil profile image60
    Cagsilposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations!!!!!! smile

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    lynnechandlerposted 8 years ago

    Awesomeness with a side of awesome sauce!

  4. Rochelle Frank profile image95
    Rochelle Frankposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations! Hope all goes well.

  5. Faybe Bay profile image73
    Faybe Bayposted 8 years ago

    Congatulations. I write lyrics but sadly have no talent to write the music, and no one I know does. Way to go DUDE!smile

  6. mega1 profile image78
    mega1posted 8 years ago

    outstanding!  will we hear your music one day?

  7. Mikel G Roberts profile image80
    Mikel G Robertsposted 8 years ago

    Congratz Daniel!!

    Good Luck in the negotiations!

    Great news!

  8. cheaptrick profile image71
    cheaptrickposted 8 years ago

    Now comes the Big money Daniel!
    1 New Mercedese
    2 New House
    3 New Boat
    4 Help out Dean?

    1. Daniel Carter profile image72
      Daniel Carterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Surely you jest, amigo.
      1. Alimony
      2. Mortgage
      3. Car payments
      4. Adult, newly married kids who struggle financially.
      5. Help out Dean when I have a 100 other contracts...(maybe)....

      Thanks, guys. It's a milestone for me. I've published with regional publishers for years, but this is a new part of the journey.

      I'm working with a young photographer to put together photo collages of my music and posting them on youtube as videos. I'm hoping it won't be much longer before I can write hubs and post vids of the music.

      I'll keep you posted...

      1. Mikel G Roberts profile image80
        Mikel G Robertsposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        Woo Hoo!

  9. marcel285 profile image66
    marcel285posted 8 years ago

    Oh awesome one! Just goes to show, if you don't give up on your dreams, you will eventually achieve them!

    1. Daniel Carter profile image72
      Daniel Carterposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      I've been publishing for over 25 years, and have never published with a big publisher.

      "Never, never, never give up. NEVER1"
      —Sir Winston Churchill

  10. Karina S. profile image60
    Karina S.posted 8 years ago

    Congratulations, Daniel!

  11. rebekahELLE profile image89
    rebekahELLEposted 8 years ago

    wonderful news daniel! congratulations!! must feel good to get that validation from a major publisher. dreams come true.

  12. Ivorwen profile image73
    Ivorwenposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations!  You are an inspiration.  smile

  13. Ohma profile image74
    Ohmaposted 8 years ago

    Very nice You are in inspiration to all.

  14. yenajeon profile image81
    yenajeonposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations! This proves people should never give up!

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    sneakorocksolidposted 8 years ago

    Good Job! They just got someone that knows good music when they hear it! It takes alot of moxie just put yourself out there, I can't play a pickle!big_smile

  16. wyanjen profile image81
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago

    I'm so happy for you Daniel! big_smile

    You certainly deserve it my friend

  17. Flightkeeper profile image72
    Flightkeeperposted 8 years ago


  18. TheGlassSpider profile image71
    TheGlassSpiderposted 8 years ago

    *Dances a jig, throws confetti, and pops a bottle of champagne*

    That Is AWESOME!!! Congratulations!!!

    I'll be praying that everything is above the board and that all works out for you. I wish you great success!

  19. livewithrichard profile image88
    livewithrichardposted 8 years ago

    That's great news Daniel, Congratulations!

  20. Cly Walsh profile image56
    Cly Walshposted 8 years ago

    Goodness what a long time to wait! Congratulations on your success, how exciting for you!

  21. Michael Willis profile image81
    Michael Willisposted 8 years ago

    This is awesome Daniel! Being a musician myself I really can understand what that means to you. You must be on cloud-nine. Congratulation on this honor.

  22. Niteriter profile image76
    Niteriterposted 8 years ago

    If I may join the chorus, congratulations on this major milestone in your life. May the breeze be always at your back!

  23. rmcrayne profile image97
    rmcrayneposted 8 years ago

    Fantastic news!  Keep us posted.

  24. blondepoet profile image70
    blondepoetposted 8 years ago

    I am in awe. Best news of the day!!!

  25. rocknrodeogirl profile image71
    rocknrodeogirlposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations, that is awesome!! What kind of music? smile

  26. wyanjen profile image81
    wyanjenposted 8 years ago


  27. Mieka profile image69
    Miekaposted 8 years ago

    Wow congrats!

    What kind of stuff do you write? Just for one instrument or for a whole bunch? What are they publishing exactly?

    Good luck, this will surely lead to more successes!

  28. lorlie6 profile image84
    lorlie6posted 8 years ago

    Amazing news, Daniel!

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    B.C. BOUTIQUEposted 8 years ago

    Very Awesome, Congratulations..I wish I would of known before , I happen to know a few people from my days of having a very close person to me in a major band and another good friend in another major band...

    Hard to go into details, one guy has passed away, but I still have access to contacts in my lil black book.

  30. Sara Tonyn profile image59
    Sara Tonynposted 8 years ago

    Fantastic news, Daniel! Congratulations! big_smile

  31. myownworld profile image79
    myownworldposted 8 years ago

    that's wonderful Daniel.... It's how I've always seen you.. inspiring people and doing great things with your life...smile

  32. emievil profile image78
    emievilposted 8 years ago

    Happy for you Daniel. Hope everything works out and we will hear your music (even on the other side of the Pacific). Congrats!

  33. Tenerife Islander profile image81
    Tenerife Islanderposted 8 years ago

    That is brilliant news, Daniel! Congratulations on achieving something I haven't managed with any of my songs as Bard of Ely.

  34. IzzyM profile image89
    IzzyMposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations from me too Daniel! Look forward to hearing your music!

  35. thisisoli profile image70
    thisisoliposted 8 years ago


    Get a lawyer to once over the contract before you sign!

  36. salt profile image73
    saltposted 8 years ago


  37. Alota profile image58
    Alotaposted 8 years ago

    well done Daniel, what kind of music do you write?

  38. ThoughtfulSpot profile image70
    ThoughtfulSpotposted 8 years ago

    Congrats! What wonderful news.  And, I agree with you... and Churchill.

  39. kirstenblog profile image78
    kirstenblogposted 8 years ago

    I am inspired! It is always great to hear someone having success and making it one step closer to their dream. I may not be a musician of any sort but a dream is a dream and to hear the stories of people making good steps toward their dreams is always inspiring, thanks for sharing this with us!

  40. Ms Chievous profile image79
    Ms Chievousposted 8 years ago

    Daniel that is Awesome! I am happy for you!

  41. Daniel Carter profile image72
    Daniel Carterposted 8 years ago

    Thanks, everyone, for you well-wishes!

    I wrote choral music for churches for over 30 years, and have a lot of it published with smaller, regional publishers, as well as publishing a few hundred pieces myself. Nothing big, but it adds up, except when you're the publisher, if you don't have a broad consumer base, you always use your earnings for printing, promotion and distribution. So I'm glad to have major choral publisher interested.

    The company does a lot more than choral, and I'm heading into a lot of new areas. There are some great opportunities coming my way through musical theater and possibly some film. Things I've wanted to do for a long time.

    I'm familiar with music contracts, and this one seems very standard. Nothing out of the ordinary, so I feel pretty good about it.

    I'm working with a small group of people to create some music videos to post on youtube. I doubt I'll get to any of the choral stuff for the videos. I'm focusing on instrumental pieces, songs, and previews of the musical and other things I'm working on. Should be fun. Very time consuming.

    It's hard to find time to do all this stuff when I work a full-time job as well, but I'm enjoying the process a lot.

    Thanks again!

  42. KCC Big Country profile image88
    KCC Big Countryposted 8 years ago

    That is absolutely FANTASTIC news, Daniel! Congrats! It is well-deserved.  I wish you all the very best!

  43. fastfreta profile image79
    fastfretaposted 8 years ago

    Congratulations Daniel, now the sky's the limit!

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    poetlorraineposted 8 years ago

    i do so love to hear a success story

  45. wrenfrost56 profile image81
    wrenfrost56posted 8 years ago

    Thats really great news, well done you. smile

  46. Rafini profile image89
    Rafiniposted 8 years ago


  47. Zsuzsy Bee profile image88
    Zsuzsy Beeposted 8 years ago

    Daniel what fabulous news. Congrats and here is to the music world picking up many many more of your pieces.

  48. manlypoetryman profile image74
    manlypoetrymanposted 8 years ago

    Way to go, Daniel !