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New Songwriting Promotion – Songs of Salamon

Daria Salamon’s debut novel, The Prairie Bridesmaid, comes with its own soundtrack! What a wonderful idea…

Nathalie Atkinson of the National Post wrote yesterday in article entitled Songs of Salamon (cheeky title that) about the groundbreaking development put forth by the first-time author and her mid-size Canadian independent publishing company Key Porter.

It also helps that she has great music connections through her husband, Rob Krause, founder of Smallman Records. Anyway, great kudos for the idea and a little snippet from Ms. Atkinson’s most interesting article (after her remark that “Somewhere, Nick Hornby is kicking himself” for not having thought of this himself!):

It’s the kind of marketing campaign you’d expect from a big publisher like Random House, perhaps conveniently featuring artists chosen from Sony BMG, its sister company in the Bertelsmann media conglomerate. Except that it comes from Key Porter, one of Canada’s mid-size independent publishers. The soundtrack won’t make the artists rich: Wach received only a “very nominal” mechanical royalty, and Salamon is making a donation to Osborne House, the nonfictional Winnipeg women’s shelter mentioned in the book, as well. But in light of rampant downloading, shifting industry business models and the recently announced cuts by the federal government to arts funding, Canadian writers and musicians — two groups on the endangered list –have to think fast about ways to expand their audience.

And if there’s film option interest, Salamon’s already done the soundtrack work.

May the Muse stay with Salamon… and long live Canadian ingenuity…

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