Choose a Size
Use a three-ring binder of no more than 1-1/2" spine (1" is optimal). Larger than that make pages turns very difficult. If you don't believe me, try turning a crumpled page in a full 3" binder while sight-reading.
Only keep active cuts in this book. You should have a separate binder for your entire repertoire. If it's in the book, it should be audition ready. Hemming and hawing makes you look like a timid amateur.
Make Your Music Pretty
Start with clean photocopies. Don't include any markings that you don't want your pianist to follow. We do what we're told.
Print your copies on white card stock so it holds up over time. DO NOT use plastic sleeves. The glare from these can be awful and prevents us from reading your music.
Make sure ALL the notes are there, including the left hand of the piano. This gets cut off all the time and it makes us guess at what it should be, potentially affecting your performance. If you're copying something from a large book, a copy ration of 90-94% will usually do the trick.
Mark It Clearly
All your makings should be in red (see how that helps?). Tempo alterations should be on the piano system, not the vocal line. Remember, we might be seeing this tune for the first time.
Mark breaks with a censura - fancy talk for two slashes (//). Money notes you'll hold for a bit should have a fermata.
Cuts should be marked with brackets and VI-DE. Mark one bracket through both the vocal line and piano system and mark VI- above the entire system where the cut begins. Mark a second bracket through the entire system and mark -DE where the cut ends. Click here for an example.