Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Songwriters Playground is available in paperback or in Kindle format

As that beautiful song lyric said so simply, "AT LAST"
I am proud to announce that my book Songwriters Playground is available in Kindle format (as well as paperback) at Amazon, and you don't have to pay a fortune for it!

The reason it's available now for such a reasonable price is that a well-known songwriter friend of mine, Barbara Kessler, alerted me to something I didn't know.

Babara only knew me as a songwriter and music publisher, not as an author. She called me one day and said '"Do you know who the Barbara L. Jordan who wrote the book SONGWRITERS PLAYGROUND is?  I really like the book, and when I read the introduction again, I realized it was possible it's you...give me a call, please."

I sheepishly called her back and admitted to being the author of this once obscure title. It had originally been published by Mel Bay Publishing, but when the rights reverted to me, I decided to just let sleeping dogs lie. I wasn't about to put it out there myself.

UNTIL...Barbara told me she payed around $80 for the book because it was only available through resellers who jacked up the price unfairly. Gee, I could have given her a free copy if she'd known it was me who authored it and just asked me!  I went on Amazon (it had been ages since I even thought of the book) and saw that the average price for the book through resellers was about $60 bucks. Ridiculous!!! I'll publish the damned thing myself, I said. And I did - through Amazon's On-Demand Publishing operation.

As soon as I got the text to them, zap - the book was reborn.

It's like I had a baby a long time ago, gave it up for adoption, and got it back as an adult. Then I  ignored it until it ran away from home...I didn't care, but it came back to me anyway. How much more abuse can one give a child? I had to embrace this kiddo eventually, which I did, and I'm so glad I did!

I didn't appreciate how wonderful a book it was until I started seeing it take off - and so many people seem to have wanted to let me know how much it's changed their creative lives.

I may even start doing the Songwriters Playground workshops again  (these were of course the reason I put the workshops into book form) -- so stay tuned.


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