(Please see the FAQ at the bottom of the page to see questions answered about promotions.)
Every situation is unique. Typesetting math requires different expertise and different skills than typesetting a novel. Or a piece of music. Or an instruction manual.
The crux of these services, however, is the economy of it all. You could just download Finale, Sibelius, MuseScore, etc, and type away, but then again you could have someone else handle it for you. You could get Microsoft Word, InDesign, or LaTeX, but in the end it is not just convenience, it is the impression. Making your statement through something professionally made in a timely manner with someone who has the expertise to do so is the real economy.
Music published that is original in traditional style (horizontal lines of music much like you read a book) is 20¢/measure. This rate runs per instance, and not per system. As an example, if you submitted 40 measures of piano music, then we would bill 80 total measures.
Music published as a graph or pictogram will require a formal review process to determine whether the job is even feasible or to figure out how much “time” it will take. These jobs are normally charged by the hour instead of the measure, considering the complex nature of such scores.
For editing, arranging, transcription, transposition, or in-text examples (for use in professional papers), there is a fee of $50/hour, minimum of 2 hours. We provide justification and documentation of all hours spent, so that you understand what you got.
We do offer in-house compositions for commissions. Please contact us to get the ball rolling.
For Professional Documents
For the typesetting of a professional document, we charge our flat hourly fee of $50. To give you an example of what it would cost, a 400 page dissertation (without musical examples) would cost around $10/page. It could cost more or less, depending on the delivery format of the work (such as a crude text file, word file, pdf, scan, etc).
For Publications and Graphic Design
This is the same as above.
We do offer discounts for first projects, students, and teachers.
We also offer discounts with retainer agreements. For instance, we can cover any and all compositions you might have on a yearly basis, within a reasonable amount of time, for a lump sum. This would greatly reduce the overall expense of publishing bits over time.
There is a 33-100% expediting surcharge for publications needing to be filled within a 3 week time of deadline. For instance, if you needed a simple document typeset by Monday, 3 days before, we would charge approximately 40% of total cost for filling that order quickly. This is not a hard-and-fast rule, but we will make sure that you understand what surcharges might occur before you agree to sign or pay anything.
For large projects, there is a 50% non-refundable fee of the contract assessed at the time of agreement. Otherwise, all projects are paid in full, unless it is otherwise agreed upon beforehand in writing.
If you don’t see your question here, contact us.
I’m on the fence about your services; what can you do for me?
We offer a one-page tryout for free. For music, we can publish a portion of your music so you can see the quality of our work.
Do you handle copyright claims, or handle acquiring copyrights for my project?
No. We do not typeset any music or text that has an active copyright claim against it. We do not litigate, negotiate, or settle disputes with claimants. It is the sole responsibility of the contractee to secure any and all copyrights to a body of work. We do require proof of such claims, and we do not work or accept money for projects until such proof is provided. Any and all disputes over the legitimacy of a copyright claim will not be tolerated by Puritan Verlag; the contractee is subject to any and all legal fees assessed in the event of litigation.
Can you typeset a work that is in the public domain?
Absolutely. Generally if the work predates 1920, then it is usually secured. This is not, however, guaranteed. It is the sole responsibility of the interested party to make sure it is secure.
Can you typeset a work by someone who is in the public domain, but the edition is modern?
This is tricky. Generally, if there is a new scholarly report or an annotated edition, the words and thoughts presented in the editorial process are copyrighted. Where it gets tricky is deciding whether or not the use of such an edition constitutes copyright violations. In order to draw a clear line here, we must say that you must be able to procure an edition which is not under copyright, and any/all editorial annotations are secured with copyright.
If I created the project, am I allowed to give it to you to typeset?
Absolutely. As long as the material is 100% original and thought-for-thought your own musings.
If I created the project, but it involves material under copyright, can you typeset it then?
As the theme goes, if you have a proof of use or can procure a legal exemption from the copyright, then we can typeset it. Otherwise, you will need to strike it from your project or obtain the copyright for it. This is generally more important with sampling music, but as an academic publication you must comply with any governing body which presides over the research.
I obtained a work for free by the publisher; can I use it in my project?
Generally speaking, promotional materials or freebies or pro bono works are usually restricted even still with copyright. You must still obtain the copyright to that material.
How can I secure the copyright for material that is under copyright?
Usually it looks like contacting the copyright/clearing house for that publisher or author and writing a letter requesting the need for copyright, the scope of that copyright, and what exactly you would like to use. For some organizations it takes a few weeks, others it takes a few days. Please keep in mind you may need to pay a fee to use it, or agree to a royalty settlement off of the work you used it in. It is also good practice to reach out to the author of that work or whoever survives it and request its use. Typically authors are more willing to allow its use than large publishing firms.