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If you are not competent to do this, and few amateur or pro­fessional composers are, send it to some reliable person or firm that makes a business of writing and preparing manu­scripts (Mss.) for professional use or publishing purposes.
A poorly written Ms. is always greatly handicapped. The artist or publisher cannot read or play it with ease, the accompaniment too often is not written in correct technical form, the words are not syllabled or placed rightly under the notes, and consequently interest is at once lost in an other-possibly good piece of work.
Some folks appear to be under the impression that the average publisher sits all day in his chair wringing his hands in despair because he cannot find any songs to publish. These people therefore rush to his assistance and send him "music" to which nobody but a hard-hearted tom­cat could possibly do justice. Don't emulate them. Send nothing but what has artistic merit, and let it be always properly presented and worth the trouble of examining. Depend on it a good looking Ms. will always receive con­scientious attention, while not frequently an untidy or clumsy piece of work is never even given the chance of examination.
A prominent New York publishing house once received a Ms. by registered mail. It was a song, or at any rate, it purported to be. It was written on a large sheet of dirty yellow paper which had probably been used to take home Sunday's leg-of-mutton from the butcher's; the lines of the staff were all carefully drawn (it was the only careful thing about it) with a quarter inch space between each, and the notes were literally "shaded" in with a soft lead pencil, and looked like a heterogeneous collection of decayed duck's
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