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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S. (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581152787
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581152784
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,387,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Susan Tucker is a songwriter, music publisher, teacher, and writer who has made a career out of studying successful songwriters. She teaches song writing and creativity workshops for the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Northern California Songwriters Association, and other song writing organizations across the country, and has been guest lecturer at the Berklee School of Music in Boston. She is the owner of Sage House Music Publishing, the creator, editor, and contributor to The Songwriters Connection Monthly, and author of The Writer's Goal Book. The Secrets of Song writing is her first book with Allworth Press. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Format: Paperback
I recently purchased this book rather excited at what it had promised to set out. It aims to show the defining factors and ideas behind successful song writers. That's the main reason why I picked the book up. What it fails to note, or indeed what I failed to scan through and spot is that it's full of country and american centric songwriters. No offence to the author, as she is well worked in THIS area. But there are other much more important areas of songwriting that are much more relevant to our market now.

Also, the way the book was presented was a little dry. She asked them a simple question i.e. , "Are you a staff writer right now?" And then the poor songwriter has to expand on that greatly to fill up some pages.

From a songwriting book i'd appreciate a wider spectrum of genres and ideaology. That said, this book still has relevance to the market, but it isn't a fair evaluation of songwriters around the world. Susan Tucker is evidently stuck in Nashville and doesn't want to look much further.

If you are looking for a book on songwriting and the thought processes behind it there are better options available to you!
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful
A great book for those looking to rise to the level of being a true professional! 12 April 2007
By Steven G. Kelly - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Susan's book is an excellent book, a simple, fun, and great read! The pupose of her book is as simple as it gets; to share the personal views of many top professionals on how THEY made it. It's a book for those who are looking to grow from the level they are currently at, to the level of a true professional, career oriented song writer. While it is not a step-by-step how-to book, which it does not claim to be, it does share some great moments from many top pro's, who have hits on many charts, not solely county, in hopes that you may find a few gems that you can apply in your career. I highly recommend this book to any one who has ever had any doubtful moments in their career, looking to learn how serious pro's handle the exact same issues, and is SERIOUS about turning their craft into a career.

An A+ to Susan!


Kelly Percussive Arts, LLC
One of the most inspirational books ever! 12 April 2007
By Tim R. Storey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is one of the most inspirational books in my collection. It stays as a regular on my bedside table. All of the writers that Susan interviews are hit songwriters. But the great thing about these interviews is that you see the same doubts and fears expressed that you may have. It gives me inspiration to know that these writers have days where they think they'll never be able to write again or had the same negative doubts when they were starting. It proves that you have to believe and just keep going when everything inside you wants to give up. They also give great tips on the art and craft of writing; Not so much techniques, just things like how they go about writing daily, where they write, what they do prior to a writing session, etc. Great book for songwriters at any level!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Susan's created another great book 29 Aug. 2003
By Anders M. Rasmussen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
What if you could sit one on one with Brett Beavers, Jason Blume, Chuck Cannon, Bob DiPiero, Stewart Harris, Carolyn Dawn Johnson, Gretchen Peters, Hugh Prestwood, Mike Reid, Steve Seskin, Allen Shamblin, Tia Sillers, and Craig Wiseman and ask them penetrating questions on how they find inspiration and success with their songwriting? That's exactly what Susan Tucker did and you can find their answers in her new book, "The Secrets of Songwriting" If you want to improve your songwriting I highly recommend you get a copy, read it, reread it, take notes, and highlight what they had to say.
Ande Rasmussen
editor and publisher of
Inspirations for Songwriters
The best inside look 21 April 2007
By AJ - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I own a couple dozen books on songwriting and this is the best inside look on how successful songwriters are inspired, how they work, and what it takes to keep going toward success in the ultra-competitive world of crafting songs.

The different writers interviewed each have their own way of working, and that is what makes this book so great. Most aspiring writers can see that they can work in a way that is supportive of their own style. I found it affirming and encouraging - plus there are all the inside tips. A great book!
2 of 11 people found the following review helpful
The Secrets of Songwriting 9 Jan. 2005
By Stan Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Nice try but no cigar. Lots more books nail it quicker and better.
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