It's really great to find this place and I'm really looking forward to hanging out here and getting to know some of you.
I found my way here from searching around online for advice on composer-publisher deals. Basically, I have a deal on the table but it's with a small indie publisher and I want to find out if there's a significant difference between being signed to a relatively unknown publisher and one with more 'clout'..
of course, 'Duh!' is probably the main answer to this question but my quandry is the idea of an indie providing fewer clients with a more focussed service versus just being another 'small fish' in the big pool at a major and perhaps getting no 'push' at all..
Do people here think that it would be detrimental to my progress to sign with an indie - given that it's a gamble that they will actually have the wherewithall to maximise the exposure of my stuff?
(also, of course, it biases my decision that there is no deal from a 'major' on my table.. :D )
So, should I sign to an indie for 3 years to get the ball rolling? (I just want to be working regularly..)
Could it possibly really hurt my progress if they own the publishing but just sit on it and don't get me any placements?
Any thoughts from any of you who are more seasoned in the business side of things would be most sincerely appreciated.
ps. reading through the contract, though it's 'co-publishing' and the 70/30 split in my favour is good, it still seems a little 'over reaching' on the publisher's part.. i.e. looking to secure the rights to 'all' of my previous work that is yet unpublished... is this a massive 'red flag'?
Maybe I could post the contract up here (names etc. censored) so anyone who feels gracious enough could read through it and tell me if it basically sucks or not?!
please let me know your thoughts...
many, many thanks in advance!