Hey all! Great news. I’m finally on CDBaby.com!
Took long enough. Basically, their website has been really buggy, at least lately. (It’s my first time using them.) They underwent some sort of redesign and haven’t got the kinks all worked out, so every time I would try to enter my album information I would get redirected to the same page, over and over. I finally just called them and worked out the necessary stuff over the phone- although there are still some input fields I haven’t been able to fill out. But all the important info is there.
You’d think that with such problems, I wouldn’t want to work with them. But they are pretty much THE go-to site for independent (really independent, not fake independent) artists to sell their albums. Plus they can get me on iTunes and Amazon (and then I can be on Pandora!!).
Other benefits? Well, mostly I just feel more official now. Like, there is an actual place people can buy my CD online from a company, not just sending me money via PayPal and trusting that I’ll mail them a CD. And theoretically, people browsing CD Baby should stumble across my music and listen to it and want to buy it.
On the other hand, I still get a lot more money if people buy the album directly from me- either in person, or just ordering it off my website. And for digital downloads, I get a lot more of the money if you order it off of my Bandcamp page. But for that matter, I am drowning in CDs in my tiny apartment and would much rather unload them then people buy the digital version. But whatever makes ya happy! I’m always happy when someone buys my music. Actually, you have no idea how happy I am. Selling CDs is hard, and every single person who buys it makes me feel all fizzy like a soda pop.
Oh, and one last thing I almost forgot!! The cool thing about my album being on CD Baby is that YOU GET TO REVIEW IT!! As long as you have an account at CD Baby (which you DO… RIGHT?? You do support independent musicians and buy their albums, RIGHT?? o yeah you can make a wish list there too!!) you can write a review of Toyshop. Hey, I don’t know who will read it or how much difference it will make, but being complimented in print is always a happy thing.
Just keep in mind, you’ll have to do this all over again when I get on Amazon! Oh boy!