Some songwriter’s may think their efforts end with writing the song. Or they believe that by signing a record contract, or a publishing contract, they’re home free Waiting for the royalty checks to start rolling in. Unfortunately that’s not the case. Every step along the way to a successful record takes a team effort, and the songwriter needs to be a knowledgeable member of the team. Others know that it is necessary to go on to get their song(s) distributed, (marketed) promoted, and in the media, through, radio, television, and now over the Internet. Like all artists, songwriters are vulnerable and sensitive. When they create, and the creative phase of the work is over, it’s time to do the business of the music business. Recognizing the need to change gears before entering the business cycle is one of the major ingredients in successful artistic careers. We don’t want to go out there fragile and unprotected and immediately get squashed. Are you among those that are vulnerable and sensitive? Can you take constructive criticism?