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It is, however, always better to avoid the use of these devices. Write everything out just as it should appear in printed form. No mistakes can then arise.
When writing "popular" songs, always remember that it is the masses, the untrained musical public, to whom you must largely look for support and popularity. Don't, there­fore, offer them anything which in subject or melody does not appeal to their ear. It is so much time thrown away if you do.
When you write to or visit a publisher, don't worry him with a history of what you have written or accomplished. He cares nothing about it, for no matter how many suc­cesses you may have had, or how popular your name may have become, if the composition which you offer does not possess the merits he regards as necessary, your former successes will not make your present offering of any greater value than that which would attach to the work of an ut­terly unknown writer.
If a publisher tells you coldly that he cannot use your composition, do not show or feel that you are hurt; and do not make the foolish mistake of telling him that he evidently does not know a good composition when he sees one. Even if he may suffer from so great a misfortune, recollect that
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