by Jeffrey and Todd Brabec
Book Song Lyrics
State of Fear
(Michael Crichton)
"You May Be Right"
The Power of the Dog
(Don Winslow)
"Pancho and Lefty"
"Small Change"
Mystic River
(Dennis Lehane)
(Ricki Lee Jones)
The Beach House
(James Patterson)
"Memory Hotel"
"Statesboro Blues"
Hearts in Atlantis
(Stephen King)
"Black Slacks,"
"Tallahasee Lassie"

Another source of income for the songwriter and music publisher is the use of song lyrics in nonfiction books or novels.

All fees are dependent on the number of lines being used; the context in which the song is used; the importance of the song; the number of other song lyrics used in the book; whether hardcover, paperback, or both are included in the request; whether audio books are contemplated; the total budget for such clearances; the territory in which the book will be distributed; and whether English or both English and foreign translation versions are being requested.

Normal fees for hardcover books are between $100 and $1,500, with additional fees normally required for paperback and book-club editions.

In addition, information on the plot of the book, the publisher, and the context in which a lyric is to be used is normally requested by the music publisher prior to approval and a price quotation being given.

One example of such book use is Joseph Wambaugh's best-selling novel The Secrets of Harry Bright (William Morrow and Company, Inc.), which contained portions of the lyrics to 12 songs, including "One for My Baby," "I Believe," "Ain't She Sweet," "Strangers in the Night," "Once in a Lifetime," "Hound Dog," "I'll Be Seeing You," and "Make Believe."

Another example is Nancy Sinatra's Frank Sinatra, My Father, which was published by Doubleday & Company and contained portions of the lyrics to many of the songs that the singer made famous.

As in the case of all lyric reprints of copyrighted songs, inclusion of the correct copyright notice is required either on the page containing the lyric or in a separate section devoted to copyright acknowledgments, normally located at the beginning of the book.

© 2006 Jeff Brabec, Todd Brabec

This article is based on information contained in the new, revised paperback edition of the book "Music, Money, And Success: The Insider's Guide To Making Money In The Music Industry" written by Jeffrey Brabec and Todd Brabec (Published by Schirmer Trade Books/Music Sales).

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