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eggs. The composition was rejected. Another firm received a masterpiece written on a torn piece of brown paper the size of a bath towel. Of course the result to the respective composers was nil!
An extra typewritten set of the words should always ac­company your complete Mss. when sent to artists, publisher or manager. Don't try to draw the design yourself for your title page when sending your Ms. to a publisher for his con­sideration, unless you are really an artist. If you wish some particular design that is original or specially desired, ex­plain the subject clearly in words. It is always the best plan, however, to say nothing at all about it. The drawing of title pages is an art in itself, and the publisher knows better than any one else what design or style will bring the best results.
When writing an artist or a publisher requesting his consideration of your Mss., one with a view to his using or singing it, the other in the hope that he may publish it and include it in his catalogue on royalty, have your letter type­written if possible, and make it as brief and courteous as you can. The same remarks apply of course when submit­ting a Ms. to a manager for use in his production. These people are always very busy, so don't do anything to waste their time. Enclose addressed and stamped envelope for reply.
Never send your original Ms. copy to any one. Have sev­eral copies made, so that if for any reason a Ms. is lost or not returned promptly, you are able to continue your pro­motion of the song by the use of your other copies
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