Before we get back to normal transmission next week, we thought you might like Tolstoy's answer to the indie author's…
Though it took technology to spread it to the masses, self-publishing has a long and distinguished history, as this anecdote from Alison Baverstock’s book The Naked Author: A Guide To Self Publishing, illustrates:
“In 1797, a manuscript was submitted to a London publisher by the proud father of an unknown author. First Impressions, a three-volume novel. was offered for private publication; the writer’s family would pay… to mitigate the publisher’s financial risk. The publishing house turned it down.
Revised and renamed, it was finally published fourteen years later to good reviews… [and is] today… a cornerstone of English literature.”
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