Ok, Did you ever want to wear the "Marketing" hat and explore your inner-business man, and creativity? Do so here, and it may actually lead to being put into practice. I'm releasing my album this Christmas, and hope to sell roughly 2K copies, keeping to just a local-level. It's a Rap album, hoping to have a really home-grown feel for the Capital District of New York State. The obvious answer is to play open-mics and sell albums out of those, but I'm hoping for a bigger lead-up to the album dropping so I'm not focusing on that right now. Posters/Tee's/etc. You'd have to find web-sites/businesses that create all of these things and also have a plan for a good promotions MySpace page with a couple sample-snippets. Pressing the album is going to cost roughly $.79 to $1.00/copy, but I will start with 300 or-so and the take my profits to have more pressed as I go. Kitty Kodder is designing my album cover, and she's doing a great job. My budget is roughly $800, with $300 of it going twrd buying those first copies. I could sell the tee-shirts for-profit, though, and the budget might pay for itself eventually and then-some. (well duh, that's the goal lol). So posit your strategy here. I wonder, would local businesses sponsor the album in-return for their logo on the inside cover/credits? How do I approach that situation?> For the album itself, what kinds of diversity do you look for in an album? I was thinking ... few club tracks, few mellow/driving tracks, couple skits, couple story tracks, couple hard-core lyric tracks(really colorful). Anyhoot, enough of me...let's see what you're feeling. Lastly, if anyone wants to get REAL SERIOUS, and become a small-time manager for an artist who only aspires to sell locally, smaller-time, let me know. My artist name is GT. Genius Tracks. The album is self-titled (Genius Tracks) and the cover-design is about done. I'm doing a lot of recording in the September/October area, so I have time now to focus on a whole out-line/game-plan. My recording is free.