Guitar: Classic Guitar and Lute 7412
Chamber Music 7418
Concert 7413
Duo 7414
Ensemble 7417
Methods 7420
Recordings 7421
Solos/Studies 7416
Technique 7415
Guitar: Fingerpicking 7472
Blues 7474
Celtic 7482
Classics 7476
Contemporary 7477
Methods 7475
Other Styles 7480
Ragtime 7481
Traditional 7479
Guitar: Flamenco 7406
Methods 7407
Solos 7409
Technique 7408
Guitar: Latin 7512
Methods 7515
Solos/Ensembles 7514
Chording 7553
Methods/Study 7554
Other 7555
Solos 7556
Technique 7558
Tunebooks 7557
Banjo: 5-String 7330
Accessories 7331
Chording 7332
Methods 7333
Other 7334
Solos/Tunebooks 7335
Technique 7336
Banjo: Clawhammer 7337
Methods 7338
Solos 7339
Dulcimer: Hammered 7371
Chord/Theory 7374
Methods 7372
Solos 7373
Dulcimer: Mountain 7375
Chord Books 7378
Method/Study 7376
Solos 7377
Harmonica: Diatonic 7517
Blues Harp 7518
Methods 7520
Other 7521
Solos 7522
Method 7390
Other 7391
Solo 7392
Tunebooks 7393
Drum Set 7572
Ensemble 7576
Mallet 7574
Snare Drum 7573
Duos/Ensembles 7587
Methods 7588
Solos 7589
Tunebooks 7590
Baritone 7606
Chords 7608
Methods 7607
Songbooks 7609
Accordion 7308
Concertina 7311
Piano Accordion 7309
Autoharp and Chromaharp 7321
Methods 7322
Solos 7324
Tunebooks 7323
Bassoon 7352
Cello 7353
Classics 7355
Duet/Ensemble 7356
Methods 7357
Solos/Tunebooks 7358
Clarinet 7361
Duet/Ensemble 7363
Methods 7364
Solos 7365
Tunebooks 7366
Flute, Fife and Oboe 7395
Classics 7403
Duos/Ensemble 7401
Fife 7396
Methods 7397
Oboe 7404
Solo Collection 7399
Tunebooks 7402
French Horn 7405
Organ 7534
Other String Acoustic 7561
Bajo Sexto 7562
Bowed Psaltery 7567
Charango 7563
Guitarron 7564
Lute 7565
Oud 7566
Sitar 7568
Tres 7569
Vihuela 7570
String Bass 7592
Tinwhistle 7596
Instruments 7598
Methods/Study 7597
Tunebooks 7599
Trumpet & Bugle 7345
Duos/Ensembles 7350
Methods 7346
Solos 7348
Tunebooks 7351
Viola 7611
Violin 7612
Accessories 7613
Classics 7615
Duet/Ensemble 7616
Methods 7617
Solos/Tunebooks 7619

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,, 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; and

                        c. what the author views as the market or marketability of the item.

3 . A demo of the audio if possible

4 . A bio of the author

5 . Submissions will NOT be returned







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 evaluated.

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 publishing concept.