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Sep 8, 2014 09:30 AM

Kathleen Parrish

Ultimate DIY CD Guide, Part 3: Distribution and Publicity

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Check out the first two installments of the Ultimate DIY CD Guide:

You’ve chosen your printing house and packaging. You've finalized your album artwork and liner notes, and you've gotten your UPC barcode – now, you’re almost done! In the final installment of our Ultimate DIY CD Guide, we will discuss finding a distributor for in-store and online sales, as well as beginning your publicity campaign.

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Sep 2, 2014 09:30 AM

Kathleen Parrish

Ultimate DIY CD Guide, Part 2: Design

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In part one of our Ultimate DIY CD Guide, we discussed looking for a printing house and packaging options. Now that you’ve decided on how your CDs will be printed and presented, it’s time to focus on album art, liner notes, and getting a UPC barcode.

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Aug 25, 2014 09:30 AM

Kathleen Parrish

Ultimate DIY CD Guide, Part 1: Printing and Packaging

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One of the highlights of my childhood was creating mix CDs for friends and family. After carefully arranging the songs in the perfect order, I’d then create customized art for each case. As I got older and started becoming serious about being a musician, I of course wanted to learn how to take a more professional approach to CDs. In this three-part Ultimate DIY CD Guide series, we'll take you step-by-step through the process of manufacturing, packaging, obtaining a UPC barcode, album art design, distribution, and – finally – selling your CD. While there are certainly many ways you could go about each of these steps, we feel this offers the most professional outcome while still having a variety of budget options. So let's get started!