(AllHipHop News) Music veteran Wendy Day, who had a successful 20-year career shopping, structuring, and negotiating record deals for some of music’s biggest talents, is sharing her knowledge of the music industry in a digital book series.
Seeking to educate industry hopefuls, Day’s series will start out with the first installment entitled, The Knowledge to Succeed, which is now available in digital stores worldwide. The first eBook, entitled How To Get A Record Deal, is available at Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble’s website, Sony’s eBook store, and TheKnowledgeToSucceed.com, and is offered at an intentionally affordable $6.99 value.
Day says she saw a need for current information based on first-hand experiences and sought to dispel rumors that are rampant among young artists. So, she decided to write a series of affordable digital books, covering the prominent industry subjects that she is frequently asked about at lectures and panels.
“By far, the number one question I am asked as I speak at music conferences around the country is ‘how do I get signed to a record label?’ Artists still hold getting a record deal as their goal,” said Day recently.
Unbeknownst to many, Day has consulted the careers of many prominent artists over the years, making an indelible mark on the game and thus yielding the learnings in the new book series.
A few artists that she has helped include, but are not limited to, Eminem, Master P’s No Limit Records, Cash Money Records (Lil Wayne, BG, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Hot Boyz, and Big Tymers), Twista, Do Or Die, Cormega, Young Buck, Killa Mike, UGK, Machine Gun Kelly, David Banner, Mistah FAB, TMI Boyz, 4ize, and many others over the years.
“Even after explaining how to do it on my Blogs, and sharing specifics of deals I’ve shopped and negotiated, I’m still asked ‘how do I get a deal?’ almost daily,” Day explained.
Her goal is to arm artists with the knowledge they need to compete and succeed in an industry that is known to hide information, as every competitive advantage helps artists get ahead of the rest.
“To stand out in this over-saturated industry, artists must build a fan base and increase their hype (“buzz”) in their own region and on the internet first,” Day explains. “A label has to see the value of investing in an artist before taking the risk of signing an artist to their label. Gone are the days of A&R folks spotting talent and signing them without a movement behind them,” she added.
Day’s next release, available in December 2011, will be Turning Music Into Money: How To Put Out Your Own Music Independently – a perfect holiday gift for anyone interested in doing it themselves or starting a record label.