Looking for opinions on publishing compositions

Mighty_Joker

Silver Member
As some of you know, I have been working on a long and arduous snare drum project, culminating in original solo and ensemble compositions and performances. I have now recorded the first set of solo compositions, and am preparing the book for publication.

In its primary, physical form, there are five compositions in the book (ranging from 2 to 7 pages in length), with accompanying notes on their composition, performance notes, and forewords and introductions from prominent players (to be announced!). It will be a nice "product", which I will be proud to release.

However, I wanted people's opinions on a few aspects:

1. Do you think I should release the individual compositions in a physical format alongside the main collection?
2. Do you think I should release a digital version of the collection?
3. Do you think I should release digital versions of the individual pieces?

Digital versions are obviously very convenient logistically. There's no stock, no transit or shipping (it's an instant download), and so is cheaper for everyone and easily accessible worldwide. But, there's the slightly increased risk of piracy and P2P sharing. I also don't want individual releases to undermine the main publication, but if somebody wants to buy one piece, would it put them off having to buy the collection in which it appears?

I'm primarily asking because this is new ground for me and my publishing company. I have specialised in method books in the past, and compositions are new territory. I know on places like Steve Weiss Music, you can buy individual compositions in physical format, but this has the added difficulties of stock and printing, when they already exist as part of the collection.

Anyway, the bottom line is, I have a collection of five pieces to publish. Currently, they will appear in a physical book as a collection. Do you think I should consider any other formats, but as a collection or by piece individually, and why?

Thanks!
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Platinum Member
being someone who is constantly buying these kind of products for my students, I would DEFINITELY go with a digital version of anything and everything. Depending on whether you think these will get added to State S&E lists, it would be great if the buyers/players had the option to buy just what they needed.

given that, I would probably only go with physical versions of the compilation, and not of the individual solos, knowing that there is probably still a decent %-age of the population who would want the physical version - old guys like me - who want to have all the info in hand, and would want t he solos all together in a book that won't get lost in all the piles of other books and solos.

which companies have you thought about for actually doing it...they would also probably have some great answers. I really like the stuff from C Allen; Tap Space; Drop 6; Row-Loff....
 

Mighty_Joker

Silver Member
being someone who is constantly buying these kind of products for my students, I would DEFINITELY go with a digital version of anything and everything. Depending on whether you think these will get added to State S&E lists, it would be great if the buyers/players had the option to buy just what they needed.

given that, I would probably only go with physical versions of the compilation, and not of the individual solos, knowing that there is probably still a decent %-age of the population who would want the physical version - old guys like me - who want to have all the info in hand, and would want t he solos all together in a book that won't get lost in all the piles of other books and solos.

which companies have you thought about for actually doing it...they would also probably have some great answers. I really like the stuff from C Allen; Tap Space; Drop 6; Row-Loff....

Thanks for the insight, this is exactly what I needed to hear.

I own the publishing company that is doing it. I will be looking for international distributors in due time, though, because, you know, Brexit....
 

Mighty_Joker

Silver Member
being someone who is constantly buying these kind of products for my students, I would DEFINITELY go with a digital version of anything and everything....

Can I ask how much you'd usually expect to pay for a single digital piece? Mine range from 2 pages (about 2.5 minutes to perform), to 7 pages (about 8 minutes to perform), and are of a very difficult level.
 

Xstr8edgtnrdrmrX

Platinum Member
Can I ask how much you'd usually expect to pay for a single digital piece? Mine range from 2 pages (about 2.5 minutes to perform), to 7 pages (about 8 minutes to perform), and are of a very difficult level.

hmmm...I personally would expect something like that to be between $7-10? Maybe a bit more since it will probably be marketed toward a demographic of people who are used to spending money on material?

if it was more geared to beginner/intermediate, I would say less because those types probably are already not investing a lot of money/time in their progress, or their parents are not doing the same. "Sticker shock" might come in to play. Just sitting here looking at my shelf at school, I am finding single solos on paper in a range from $3-6 depending on the age...

I would check the publishers I mentioned and see what they charge for digital downloads...I can't imagine it being much more
 
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