The Best Songwriting Books to Level Up Your Craft

Required reading for songwriters! The best songwriting books, books on creativity, and the music industry. | SongFancy.com

These are the best songwriting books I’ve ever read.

Plus a few more. Because most likely if you’re interested in songwriting, you’re definitely a creative, and you’re probably curious about how the music industry works, too!

So I’ve organized this list into three categories – Books on Songwriting, Books on the Music Business, and Books on Creativity.

These are books I’ve read cover to cover, keep as a reference, or would consider to be staples in any songwriter’s library.

Enjoy the songwriting books and let me know if you pick up any of them!

Songwriting Books

51xavb6a89l-_sx322_bo1204203200_

Writing Better Lyrics
By Pat Pattison

51os5gsaoel-_sx324_bo1204203200_

Songwriting Without Boundaries: Lyric Writing Exercises for Finding Your Voice
By Pat Pattison

51rgjmnjf0l-_sx385_bo1204203200_

Pat Pattison’s Songwriting: Essential Guide to Rhyming: A Step-by-Step Guide to Better Rhyming for Poets and Lyricists
By Pat Pattison

51xckxsq4wl-_sx311_bo1204203200_

Murphy’s Laws of Songwriting
By Ralph Murphy

51xnyafhkkl-_sx378_bo1204203200_

Six Steps to Songwriting Success, Revised Edition: The Comprehensive Guide to Writing and Marketing Hit Songs
By Jason Blume

 

MUSIC BUSINESS Books

31hs2ubiuil-_sx331_bo1204203200_

This Business of Songwriting: Revised 2nd Edition
By Jason Blume

51ro3-bxk1l-_sx323_bo1204203200_

Making  Music Make Money: An Insider’s Guide to Becoming Your Own Music Publisher
By Eric Beall

marketingcover

Market Your Music Online Workbook
By Katherine Forbes

screen-shot-2016-11-22-at-4-20-14-pm

How Nashville Became Music City, USA: 50 Years of Music Row
By Michael Kosser

41ue-uj3zl-_sx325_bo1204203200_

Getting Signed! An Insider’s Guide to the Record Industry
By George Howard

51y0siwbjl-_sx331_bo1204203200_

Music, Money, and Success
By Brabec & Brabec

51zdlmdxjl-_sx331_bo1204203200_

What They’ll Never Tell You About the Music Business
By Peter M. Thrall

51gk2qlqpl-_sx329_bo1204203200_

All You Need to Know About the Music Business: 9th Edition
By Donald S. Passman

 

Creativity & Happiness

The War of Art
By Steven Pressfield

51gwzfggzal-_sx403_bo1204203200_

The Artist’s Way
By Julia Cameron

51b3zefka3l-_sy498_bo1204203200_

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
By Austin Kleon

61iqowqmol-_sx393_bo1204203200_

The Little Spark – 30 Ways to Ignite Your Creativity
By Carrie Bloomston

 

Join Song Club and never miss another day to write.

» Get on the waitlist

Listen to our favorite tunes of the moment on our

Never miss a writing day again. Join Song Club!

Song Club is opening soon. Get on the waitlist today!

You've got big dreams for your songs. Song Club will help you reach them with our:

  • Live songwriting sessions with friends
  • Video exercises
  • Weekly song prompts
  • A community talk-space of like-minded writers

Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer is an award winning singer/songwriter based in Nashville, TN.

Born in the Sunshine State, Sarah Spencer writes vibrant, shining americana/pop music. She works in Nashville TN as a singer/songwriter, as well as a UX designer for a marketing firm.

Follow Sarah on Spotify to get her latest releases.

You can jump on her email list at SarahSpencer.com or purchase her debut EP, "Freshman Year" on iTunes.