The Real-World Guide to Music Business Success. If you are a musician, you need this book, which is rooted in real-life music business experience, not classroom theory. It reveals the secrets of artist development using the creative process as the foundation for success, and provides solid direction for you to plan and evaluate your path to success. Hot Hits, Cheap Demos shows you how to: jumpstart your career · create a press kit and develop sure-fire marketing strategies · contact clubs and alternative venues · produce and promote your own shows · make an eye-catching web site · create a standout song, find a producer, and even package a CD. Written by Nadine Condon, a 20-year music industry veteran who's been instrumental in the success of such acts as Smash Mouth, Stroke 9, Third Eye Blind and Train.