While we formally established our business in 2019, CEO Danny Ziemann first started publishing in 2014 with his book The Low Down (originally published by the Institute for Creative Music).
After years of navigating the self-publishing space, Danny realized how few resources were available for musicians looking to put their ideas into print.
Thus, Low Down Publishing was born — a publishing resource created for musicians, by musicians.
And we're excited to share more about what your publication could do for your and your career.
Why should you trust us to help you?⤵
We've been self-publishing for the last seven years and coaching authors through the publishing process. And truthfully, there aren't as many musicians who actively teach, perform, and publish. Here's a shortlist of our qualifications...
We are active educators and performers, teaching in K-12, university, and private settings. Our performing experience ranges from community bands to major international jazz festivals.
All four members hold Master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music, with an extensive focus on Music Education and Music Performance. Erik is currently finishing his PhD in Music Education. (Short version: we've got writing, editing, and playing chops!)
In addition to the eleven print publications we've overseen, members of our team have published in major research journals and assisted numerous authors in their publishing projects.
Danny's bass method books have sold thousands of copies and are in use in schools and universities throughout the world.
Most important, we know what authors need to create successful books...
And we've done it A LOT of times.
In our Publishing Intensive, we'll guide you through the steps so you can be on the way to sharing your ideas with the world.
Let's talk about the details of the
No matter where you are in the publishing journey, you'll walk away with a plan for that suits you perfectly:
>> 2 full days of expert-guided training sessions specifically for musicians
>> Special guest workshops with esteemed authors, and publishing industry experts including Sarah Gulish, Elizabeth Bucura, Jennifer Rosenfeld, and more.
>> Q&A and feedback sessions with the entire LDP team
>> Loads of collaboration with like-minded peers
>> A private Facebook group where you can gain additional support
>> Video playback for up to one month
Here are just some of the topics being covered:
Creating a personalized roadmap and schedule of your publishing process from start to finish
Writing in a way that connects with your ideal audience
Aligning your publication with career aspirations (collaborations, gaining private students, becoming a thought leader)
Hiring the right freelancers to handle artwork, design, engraving, and editing (and why you shouldn't self-edit)
Marketing strategies for 2022, including an in-depth look at our 2021 royalties and marketing plan
If you relate to any of these, then this intensive is not for you:
→ You think books are outdated tools (even though book sales continue to be at an all-time high, especially in academic settings)
→ You're satisfied with the status-quo and have nothing to contribute to the conversation
→ You've already a NY Times best-selling author
On the other hand if you’re ready to …
→ provide engaging resources for your musical community
→ diversify your career and create additional income streams
→ step into your role as a thought leader
… then Publishing Intensive is the PERFECT experience to get you there.
1. How does the event work?
The LDP Musician-Author Writer's Intensive takes place live via Zoom.
But this won't be your typical Zoom meeting. In this highly interactive event, you'll receive personalized attention throughout, and plenty of time to interact with your colleagues.
You will also have plenty of breaks, ample time to stretch and grab food, and opportunities to avoid become a Zoom-Zombie. (A zoombie, if you will...)
2. I don't have a fully-formed book idea yet. Is this right for me?
Yes, absolutely! No matter where you are on the journey, these strategies will help you to gain clarity on your ideas and take them across the finish line.
3. What is the cost?
All of this is available to you for $197.
4. I'm not very tech-savvy. Is that okay?
Absolutely! As long as you can use Zoom and are familiar with Google Drive, that's all you need in order to participate. You don't need a fancy camera, microphone, or anything — just the basics will be just fine.
5. Are there recordings if I can't make everything?
Yup! You'll receive all the recordings, though you'll want to make it live just so you can get the full experience. You'll have access to the recordings for one month.