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Remember that first class work demands just and reasonable prices, and a few extra dollars put into the work will more than repay the outlay in results, general satisfaction and success.
Let us assume that the prospective firm has been decided on. A letter should be written requesting an estimate on your Ms. (a copy of which should be enclosed) for printing a certain number of copies. If the firm also makes a specialty (which, however, very few such firms do) of editing, and copyrighting, etc., and these necessary points regarding your Ms. have not already been attended to, you should further request that in the estimate these details be added and figured in.
It is far better to have one firm take the entire matter in hand, as the result will always be more satisfactory, provided, of course, you select a firm which makes a specialty of covering this class of work from start to finish.
The estimate being duly received, considered and found satisfactory, write your acceptance, at the same time requesting that your order shall be delivered to you at a certain date. Thirty days is usually sufficient for a reliable firm to complete the order.
When the copies are received (the plates by the way being usually retained by the printer, who keeps them in a fireproof vault for your safety, and thus facilitates matters when you desire a second edition printed) the amateur publisher naturally seeks to discover the best means to attract public attention and promote popularity for the composition.
Some suggestions for assisting towards a solution of this interesting problem will doubtless be of value.
In the first place, the local music dealers or department