How to Get a Song Published

by Marilyn Davis; Updated September 26, 2017

If you've just penned the greatest love story ever or created a head banger that would make Led Zeppelin proud, then the world needs to hear it. But how does the world receive it? Keep reading and learn how to get your song published.

How to Get a Song Published

Step 1

Copyright. Protect your creative thoughts and ideas by registering your work with the U.S. Copyright office. This move will prevent others from profiting at your expense. You can file a copyright electronically by logging onto www.copyright.gov/register/sound.html.

Step 2

Create a quality demo. Spend the time and money to record your work in a professional studio. The finished product will serve as your calling card. Remember, first impressions are lasting.

Step 3

Locate a publisher. Do your research and find a credible publisher. Look for a small publisher in your area. Make sure a good fit exist for both you and the publisher. Your work should appeal to type of artists and genre of music the publisher represents.

Step 4

Submit your demo. Follow the submission guidelines and send a copy of your demo along with a cover letter to the publisher of your choice. Remember, first impressions are lasting. Your demo should be professionally done and the cover letter should convey that you are a serious songwriting seeking to establish a long-term relationship.

Step 5

Hire an entertainment lawyer. Once a publisher has expressed an interest in your song you should retain an entertainment lawyer to protect your interest. There are countless stories of unscrupulous behavior and how writers and artists alike are taken advantage of due to their ignorance of the law. Don't let this happen to you.

About the Author

Marilyn Davis has been a freelance writer since 1999. She has written for youth empowering organizations such as "Atlanta Girls Magazine" and Positive Attitudes Bring Success (PABS, Unlimited). Marylin is pursuing a master's degree in teaching at Liberty University, online, and works as a Learning Specialist to help students achieve academic success and graduate from high school.