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are an unknown quantity and no one can positively predict either their future success or failure. Should the owner or owners of the composition in question have succeeded in placing it with some well known artist or performer, or with some first-class metropolitan production, and proof is furnished the publisher that the composition will be positively sung and produced in this manner, the value of the piece is at once somewhat enhanced. But it is just as well to remember that the good old adage, "What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander," admirably adapts itself in the case of author or composer and publisher.
A reliable publisher will not accept your Mss. if he does not think that there is a reasonable possible chance of success for them, Sucess for the publisher means success financially for you. Incidentally, your reputation as a writer is brought to the front, which naturally counts for a good deal to you. Reputation, however, will avail nothing if the quality of your work does not at all times back it up. It is far better to write two or three songs that are really good and novel in all points than to "manufacture" an endless stream of Mss. of merely mediocre quality.