Saraband Music does accept high quality editions of music and books from editors
and authors. Guidelines for these are set out below, and must be followed. Unsolicited manuscripts will be returned (possibly unread), or
where very heavy, may be collected or returned at the sender's expense.
1. All submissions
must be preceded by a preliminary email or phone call. Please do NOT
send unsolicited manuscripts, and do NOT send any attachments to your preliminary email. NO email that includes any unrequested attachment will be read or answered. There are no exceptions to this whatsoever.
2. All submissions must match Saraband Music's specialisation: ie.
mediaeval, renaissance or baroque music. In some cases, early classical
music will be considered. No other music will be considered at this time.
3. It is most important for the editor to ascertain whether there
are any competing editions available for sale. Saraband Music is particularly
interested in first editions, and in editions which substantially
improve on any rotten editions which are available. If there is a
good edition of your work currently in the market, then Saraband Music
will not publish another edition. Check with music shops, library
catalogues, internet, other scholars before approaching Saraband Music.
4. If you are basing your edition on library manuscripts or any material
which may be under copyright, all permissions must be sought and granted
before Saraband Music is approached, and acknowledged in the introduction. Some libraries require a number of free copies in return. Saraband Music needs to know this prior to approval of your project.
5. Submissions can be either editions of sheet music, or books which
contribute substantially to scholarship in a particular field, such
as theses or translations. In the case of theses, some preliminary
editing may be necessary to ensure readability by a musically informed
"general public". Deep specialist knowledge should not be a prerequisite
to understanding your material. If it is, then please rewrite or explain
6. All sheet music should be presented with a 1 page scholarly (but
very readable) introduction which sets the edition in a historical
context. Where necessary, a critical commentary (in readable table
format), and texts/translations should be presented as well. Any controversial
material should be justified in the introduction (with sources). Remember that the purchaser of your edition is likely to be an amateur musician, teacher or student. Jargon will not be published.
8. The editor/author is responsible for all proofreading, which should
be diligently carried out. In the case of sheet music, you should
organise a friend to play through the music for you, or read your
9. Editors should have strong tertiary qualifications in music: eg.
B.Mus Honours, M.Mus, PhD etc. Some exceptions to this rule may be
allowed, particularly where there are strong references presented
from specialists in the field. See also the new Cadet Publishing Program page for related guidelines.
10. Music may be presented as NEAT hand copies for typesetting, or
camera-ready copy. Where the latter is available, some alterations
may be required to fit Saraband Music's high standards of presentation.
Files in Encore v.4, and Sibelius (recent version) are acceptable
on PC disk. No Mac files please. A hard copy should accompany your
disk. If hand-written manuscripts are not easily legible, then I may
refuse to publish from them, as it wastes valuable time.
11. No specific guarantee on timing of publication will be given,
though a rough estimate may be available. Saraband Music prefers not
to accept too many manuscripts at once, and as publishing is a secondary
task to the retail operations, there can be delays.
12. Where I feel that I do not have the competence to assess a manuscript,
work may be shown to experts in the field, who will also be asked if
there are comparable works available which may diminish the sales
of your edition.
13. Editors are strongly advised to look at Saraband Music's editions
to assess style and presentation.
14. At present, Saraband Music is mainly accepting submissions from
Australian musicologists and editors, however, this policy is not
exclusive, and editors from other countries may make enquiries. However,
preference will generally be given to Australians because Saraband
Music is the only exclusive early music publisher in this country.
Editors in the U.S. and Europe have more choice in choosing to whom they
submit their editions.
After publication of your edition, your biographical details are put on the editors' page of the Saraband Music website.