Publishing Austen

So I’m reading in Kathleen James-Cavan’s introduction to the Broadview edition of Sense and Sensibility (Peterborough: Broadview, 2001): “… writers could choose to publish ‘by subscription, by profit-sharing, by selling copyright, and … on ‘commission” … Austen chose the last when she published Sense and Sensibility”. That’s the footnote to this statement: “she came to agree in 1810-11 with the firm Thomas Egerton of Whitehall for the publication of Sense and Sensibility at her own expense” (8). Did you hear that? Austen self-published her first novel!!! Indie writers, take heart.

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