I created an updated version of this which combined the master release process as well, which is available here.
Today I’d like to discuss a great timesaver that will allow you to use existing releases as templates to allow you to quickly generate variations of releases that are currently in the database! Say you have the CD/Tape/8-Track/MP3/Wire version of the LP already in the database or the exact same release but on a different colored vinyl. All these require separate submissions before they can be listed for sale
Unique versions are extremely important to the database and your sales as they will allow your buyers to know exactly what they’re getting as all the correct information is already on the release page. Not to mention that it’ll be your username tied to the release page whenever someone searches for your particular version.
First, what you want to do is to go to the release history page
Followed by Copy To Draft
After clicking yes, you’ll be taken to your fabulous drafts folder. From here, you’re going to want to hit the Edit / Submit button:
Here, edit the draft to match the release in your hand, make sure not to leave any bits such as barcode, country or date which may not match your release. Be sure all credits are accurately represented as well.
Upon completion of the release, make sure to either create a new master release or add it to an existing one. More information about that can be found at my last blog post: Here
And there you have it! Now you can create new releases with a fraction of the effort.