How to Submit Works for Possible Publication?
Before submitting a work for consideration, we recommend that
you examine Mel Bay's full product line as presented on our web site, www.melbay.com, to get a clear idea
of the type of books we publish. Please note that traditionally we have not
published individual pieces of sheet music, contemporary pop vocal music, or
band or orchestra music, but rather method books and solo anthologies of
historically, stylistically or thematically related material. Our primary focus
has been on original and public domain material arranged for solo instruments.
To avoid duplicating areas that we have already addressed
thoroughly, we strongly recommend that you examine our product offerings before
sending in your submission.
To evaluate projects and manuscripts for possible publication,
we require that the following materials be submitted by mail:
1 . A copy, not
originals, of your manuscript or proposal. It is not necessary to send a
completed work, although you may if you wish. Three or four pieces from a
collection or a table of contents and a couple of chapters from an
instructional book will usually suffice depending on the nature of the work.
(We may request a more complete submission for clarification if necessary. This
does not imply acceptance of the manuscript for publication.) A
professional-looking submission, printed from professional authoring software
such as Adobe InDesign, is preferred. If this is not possible, send an orderly,
clean and neatly handwritten manuscript. Do not send submissions in electronic
format or on disk. While we appreciate an author's ability to provide computer
files once a project is accepted, we cannot evaluate submissions in this format.
2 . A detailed statement
of purpose showing:
a. what the book proposes to do;
b. what makes it unique or different from other publications;
c. what the author views as the market or marketability of the
3 . A demo of the audio if
4 . A bio of the author
5 . Submissions will NOT
Mail your packet to:
Mel Bay Publications, Inc.
Attn: William A. Bay
1734 Gilsinn Lane
Fenton, MO 63026
We do not discuss submissions until they have been received and
Finally, we suggest that
you approach a music publisher as a freelance journalist might approach a
magazine editor. Don't spend a year preparing a complete manuscript only to
find out that your subject matter has already been thoroughly addressed in an
existing publication. Rather, send the materials listed above. These are really
all we need to evaluate a project. While Mel Bay Publications, Inc. is not
currently soliciting new manuscripts, we are always open to an original music