Let's create a Concept Album Together

Support, guidance, and feedback on your songwriting so that all the songs on your album contribute to one powerful story.

The time has come.

Tell a gripping story on your new concept album!

So that you can offer your fans a special experience that follows a clear message from the first song!

IF there is something on your mind that is so important to you that you want to write an entire album about it...
SO THAT you can help others who are in the same situation by sharing your story with them ...

AND it is your dream to write an album that will go down in history as unforgettable as Green Day's "American Idiot" ...

AND you are willing to have a story coach guide you while you write your songs ...

THEN you shouldn't pass up this offer.

Here's why... Because a concept album is the pinnacle of album production and has made the biggest difference in many artists' careers!

Tell Me ...

Does this sound like you?

You want to write a concept album, but you don’t know how you can pull it off — so you haven’t started. You wrote down some notes. Maybe you even have an idea or a basic story outline. But you don’t know what to do with it.

You're unsure which direction to take on your new album. You want to try something new. But you can't come up with concept album ideas or do not know how each song can support that story in its unique different way.

You’re suffering from self-doubt wondering things like: Am I even good enough to write a concept album? Do I have what it takes to tell one single story over multiple songs? What if I just can't do it? 

You've done your studies, read books and blog posts, went to seminars and talked to other musicians, but you still do not know if your story is any good. Truth be told, this dream to write a concept album just feels overwhelming to you.

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Just imagine ...

It doesn't need to be that hard.

  • Having a clear and comprehensive understanding of what kind of story you'll be telling on your album so that you know exactly the different stages of your story that you can include in your songs.
  • Choosing the songs as single releases that express the most significant moments of the story told on your concept album.
  • Feeling confident and inspired when you write instead of overwhelmed, confused, and full of doubt.
  • Having a personal guide to brainstorm ideas with, troubleshoot problems, and to keep you on track. Who inspires and guides you to find the story that is just waiting to be told.
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Storytelling 101

Every Hero Needs A Guide.

A Story Coach helps you find the story you want to tell, master the fundamental principles and essential storytelling skills, and provides you with the exact steps you can take to know exactly how you can make every song contribute powerfully to your album's story.

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Melanie Naumann - Let's create a Concept Album Together

My Promise to You

Here's how and why I can make you this promise.

My name is Melanie Naumann and I've worked for years as an editor for writers, honing my understanding of the craft of storytelling through numerous courses, seminars, and dozens of writing guides.

My focus, however, is on taking song lyrics to a new, more meaningful, and gripping level through the use of storytelling.

I am the only Story Grid certified editor who works as a songwriting coach for songwriters.

In my podcast, I analyze songs according to storytelling principles and talk about how important storytelling is in songwriting.

If you are looking for someone to help you create and develop the story for your concept album, I look forward to hearing from you!

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What's included.

Guidance and support to find the one story you truly want to tell so that you put your time and energy into a project that's meaningful to you.
#1 – Guidance and support to find the one story you truly want to tell so that you put your time and energy into a project that's meaningful to you.

We brainstorm central ideas, themes, and concepts and talk about the progression each storyline can take. That will provide you with a clear understanding of the options you have to tell your story and to find the one story that resonates the most with you.

A step-by-step outline of your story so that you know exactly what each song needs to accomplish to support the global story told on your album.
#2 – A step-by-step outline of your story so that you know exactly what each song needs to accomplish to support the global story told on your album.

A detailed cheat sheet of the most anticipated moments of your story and the character development of your protagonist so that you can focus on writing instead of worrying about what to include in your songs.

Specific and actionable feedback so that you can improve your story as you write forward.
#3 – Specific and actionable feedback so that you can improve your story as you write forward.

You'll get personalized feedback on your songs that will help you stay on track. You'll know what you're already doing well and what could use some improvement. That means you won't waste your time writing a story that doesn’t work and that won't resonate with your listeners.

Friendly and encouraging support from someone who knows how to tell a story that works.
#4 – Friendly and encouraging support from someone who knows how to tell a story that works.

No more wondering if your story is good enough to be told on a concept album. I will be your guide, your mentor, your friend so that you can spend less time doubting yourself and more time creating to get your concept album done.

Accountability in the form of inspiring tasks so that you stay focused and on track.
#5 – Accountability in the form of inspiring tasks so that you stay focused and on track.

To prevent you from getting creatively stuck, you'll get small tasks each week to spark your imagination and to inspire you so that you won't hit writer's block and are able to continuously work on your album.

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Your Advantage.

You will go on a journey.

You can trust the feedback of a professional story coach, and know exactly what you need to do to write a compelling concept album that will leave an impression!

This is what the world could look like for you:

  • When you write a concept album that your fans will love and that will reach so many people, think about how good you'll feel when you can proudly say you've mastered this supreme discipline of songwriting.
  • When you write the lyrics for the songs on your album, think about all the people who will feel connected to you because your songs speak to them.
  • When you create something meaningful that will stand the test of time and make you unforgettable in the hearts of your fans and everyone who rediscovers your songs.
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Your Investment.

Get quality service for your career.

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Let's create a Concept Album Together

Pricing is based on whether we consult via calls and emails or if we work together at a place of your convenience. Please read through each plan carefully and choose the option that works best for you.

I support artists that want to make an impact and save lives! If you can't make that investment but you still want to get your message out, you can apply for the Stories in Songs Grant.

 

Note: I don't know how long I'll continue to offer the bonuses. Everything may change tomorrow, as I'm often booked up as the only songwriting coach in the storytelling field. Send your request today to make sure you get the bonuses.

Video Calls

up to 10 songs

weekly feedback loop via a 1-hr 1:1 coaching call to discuss my feedback and next steps

duration of 8 weeks

detailed feedback for 2 songs/week

on-going analysis of the lyrics written for the songs of the concept album

evaluation of album strength

single release recommendation



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Non binding request

On Location

up to 12 songs

immediate feedback loop, brainstorming and writing the songs together

please request possible duration of collaboration

no song limit per week

on-going analysis of the lyrics written for the songs of the concept album

evaluation of album strength

single release recommendation



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Non binding request

There and Back Again.

Let's work on your story.

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This Is Perfect For You if ...

  • You want someone to help you create a powerful story and tell it through every song on your next album.
  • You look for an expert storyteller and coach who knows what makes a story work, what doesn't and how a story can be improved.
  • You want to take your songwriting to the next level and are willing to do the work.
  • You understand that investing in professional feedback is the key to becoming a better storyteller and songwriter.
  • No matter if you want to write a rap, punk, metal, electronic, or folk concept album, you know that the craft of storytelling applies to all music genres.
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This Is NOT For You if ...

  • You are looking for help with music, melody or putting the lyrics to the melody. Feedback about music theory is not included.
  • You are looking for someone to compose your songs.
  • You can't accept feedback or constructive criticism on your songwriting.
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How it Works

How you can become a Songwriting Ninja.

1. Apply for working together.

Just use the contact form below.

2. Let's talk.

We'll get on the phone and talk about your project.

3. Storytime

We create and develop the story for your concept album.

4. Your Concept Album.

We write songs together that not only tell one great story but that also change lives & create meaning!

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Let's Create Something Amazing Together

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Here's What You'll Get

  • Guidance and support to find the one story you truly want to tell so that you put your time and energy into a project that's meaningful to you.
  • A step-by-step outline of your story so that you know exactly what each song needs to accomplish to support the global story told on your album.
  • Specific and actionable feedback so that you can improve your story as you write forward.
  • Friendly and encouraging support from someone who knows how to tell a story that works.
  • Accountability in the form of inspiring tasks so that you stay focused and on track.
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FAQ

If you don't see an answer to your question, you can send me an email from my contact form.

I am a Story Grid Certified Editor. That means I was personally trained by Shawn Coyne. He is an editor with over 30+ years of experience in editing manuscripts, and he has worked in the "Big 5" publishing houses. He created the Story Grid methodology that helps storytellers evaluate the structure of a story, identify the strengths and weaknesses, and give the writer the next steps to improve their story.

Being a Story Grid Certified Editor I am able to evaluate:
  • how stories work and what it takes to tell a story in a song that your listeners can resonate with

  • how to help you improve the stories told on your albums, no matter if you have a rough idea, songs drafted or released

  • how to give constructive and valuable feedback

 

If you want to learn more about The Story Grid methodology, visit the Story Grid website here.

I focus on the lyrics of the songs and not on the implementation of the music. So it's totally fine if you send me the lyrics in a Word-Document or in a PDF via email.

Absolutely! Let's have a call and talk about what is keeping you from getting started. Book a FREE strategy call with me and we'll talk about your current work in progress, about previous releases and how I can help! 

Yes, I can! I offer every songwriter a FREE analysis of one of their songs. This will provide you with a better understanding of storytelling in songwriting so that you'll know what you're already doing well and where you can focus on improving.

You can also work with me on an album together. We can brainstorm central ideas and concepts, talk about the stories for each song and write the lyrics that will engage your listeners in what you want to express in your songs.

For sure! Even if you don't want to write a concept album, there are plenty of opportunities for how you can tell little snippets of stories in your songs that support the global theme of your album. Just reach out to me via email or book a FREE 45-minute strategy call with me to talk about your project and how I can be of help!

Yes, absolutely. You don't have to have the music ready in order to apply for the analysis of your songs. I focus only on the lyrics and not on the melody or the musical implementation. So send me the lyrics of the songs in a Word-Document or in a PDF.

When we're working together, I focus on consulting, coaching, and writing lyrics together because I believe that everyone has a story to tell. And I want to support you to be able to tell what you need to express in your songs. So I'd love to work WITH you to tell truly powerful stories in your songs.

Yes, I do. Na klar! I'm a German native speaker and I'd love to work with you! Check out my German website here: storiesinsongs.de.