This is a deep dive into your album’s songs, analyzing what worked and what didn’t work answering a list of well-chosen storytelling criteria so that you’ll not only get a comprehensive insight into your songs but also specific feedback to every song you’ve ever released on an album.
This will give you a black-and-white, close-up comparison of how well each album and its single releases met the most important storytelling criteria like genre, character, and theme. This allows you to see which album(s) and singles stood out the most overall and in terms of storytelling principles.
I will provide you with a visual comparison of the overall analysis results with the sales data of your albums so that you'll know exactly which single releases and which storytelling criteria influenced the sales positively or negatively. This is the most valuable resource you’ll ever need for your songwriting because it provides you with an important reference point to see which storytelling criteria are the most influential ones for the success of your albums. Once you understand the past, you’ll see the future much clearer.
With all the data gathered in the analysis as well as in the infographics, you’ll get a next steps editorial letter that includes specific feedback on what you should focus on in your songwriting, how you can improve it and what you should avoid in order to make your next album a hit.
You will talk one-on-one with me. You can ask me any questions about my feedback, your next steps, or about how to tell stories in general. You’ll leave the call with a clearer global, big-picture view of how you can tackle your next album.
Throughout the Story Grid Diagnostic process, I will provide you with a list of Masterworks to study along with my next-steps recommendation letter. You’ll also get a cheat sheet of the most anticipated moments of your primary story themes as well as additional resources depending on your album’s topics.
And most importantly, you will know your band's Uniqueness Factor - and how to apply it in your songwriting so that you get more fans, reach higher album sales, and write engaging songs that truly make an impact on your listeners' lives.
That means you will exactly know the secret formula that turned previous albums into a success, and learn how to write another album like it, or even a better one.
Pricing is based on the number of albums released PLUS the amount of support you need. Please read through each plan carefully and choose the option that works best for you.
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.
or pay 2.500,- €/month for a period of 6 months
or pay 3.200,- €/month for a period of 6 months
or pay 3.900,- €/month for a period of 6 months
Book your free strategy call and we talk about options.
delivered within 2 months
specific feedback on each song
professionally designed infographic for visual reference
recommendation for single releases
Uniqueness Factor and most important storytelling criteria
"next-steps" recommendation letter & implementation guide
2 Coaching Calls
(1x before and 1x after the evaluation)
everything from the Standard Tier
+ 2 additional coaching calls
Evaluation of the next album (not yet released)
PLUS expected success prognosis of the next album
recommendation and specific advice on how to write a concept album
or pay 10.500 € monthly (3 months)
everything from the previous two tiers
3 months of unlimited coaching and support to help you write the lyrics that your fans will love
on-demand coaching video call each week to help you stay on track
ongoing daily feedback on your lyrics
tasks and exercises to help you write your next album
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I guarantee that only me – the creator of the Uniqueness Factor analysis and the worldwide only certified story editor who specializes in storytelling in songwriting, will analyze your songs' lyrics. You are getting a clear to follow implementation guide so you don't have to worry about all the analytical work behind the analysis. And I will always speak to you in plain English.
If I don't live up to any of these promises, I insist that you tell me and I'll credit back to your account double the billable amount of the consultation.
The entire analysis of 7 studio albums with approx. 10 songs on each album requires to ...
different storytelling criteria for each song
graphs and charts
customized plan for you
Yes, for sure. Even if your previous albums have not made it into the album charts, you can still send me other data you have about your albums. Maybe you keep track of your sales and can send me the number of sales for each album, or maybe you use an analytics tool for your website or your social media accounts — anything you have that existed when your previous albums were released can be used to check how much of an impact each album made.
On the first strategy call, we'll talk about which data might be the most useful so that you know exactly what to send in for the analysis of your discography.
Yes, absolutely. Even if you have only three albums, there's always something to learn from the past. This analysis provides you with a clear overview of the storytelling in your songwriting so that you can compare each storytelling criteria in every song and on every album with each other.
It's the most valuable deep dive into your writing and you'll not only find out what you're already doing well but also which things exactly you can put your focus on to improve the storytelling on your next album.
Yes, you're right. The fundamental principles and essential storytelling skills are the same for each storyteller. BUT the audience differs from storyteller to storyteller.
Even if you have an audience that enjoys love stories, there are people who rather see a story about a relationship that fails and all the pain that goes with it, while there are others who turn to love stories for the happy romantic ending.
And even if the principles are the same, I can find out which storytelling criteria resonated the most with your audience. So by evaluating the songs and the albums and gaining specific data I can compare the criteria with the success of each album to find out what kind of stories your audience looks for when they turn to you.
Knowing what your songs should be about can help you satisfy your listeners' expectations and even connect with more people.
Yes, absolutely. I understand that you need time to let the results of this huge evaluation sink in. That's why you'll have up to a year to send me your next album project to receive feedback on it.
And I know, life happens, if for any reason you can't finish the songwriting for your next album within a year, just let me know in advance and we talk about it.
Of course. Music is art. And even though you're doing the best you can, it's so hard to make a name for yourself.
I can relate to that because as a fiction writer it's no different. You can write the best story, but there's just so much noise that sometimes even an amazing story fails to get the attention it deserves.
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.
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
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.
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.
No, I do not work as a topliner. I focus on consulting, coaching and writing songs 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.