Alfred Tennyson when we passed him in Regent Street, calling at publishers' offices for cheque, when 'Will you take care of it, or shall I?' I asked gaily, and she would be certain to reply, 'I'm thinking we'd better take it to the bank and get the money,' for she always felt surer of money than of cheques; so to the bank we went ('Two tens, and the rest in gold'), and thence straightway (by cab) to the place where you buy sealskin coats for middling old ladies.
The publisher replied that the sum for which he would print it was a hundred and - however, that was not the important point (I had sixpence): where he stabbed us both was in writing that he considered me a 'clever lady.' I replied stiffly that I was a gentleman, and since then I have kept that manuscript concealed.
For nearly two years I've been scuttling about among the publishers
, and now I know every detail of their business.
His decision to come to England was caused directly by an announcement from Leonard Upjohn that a publisher
had consented to print the poems.
Allen says, `Leave out the explanations, make it brief and dramatic, and let the characters tell the story'," interrupted Jo, turning to the publisher
When, in Dryden's time, with the great enlargement of the reading public, conditions were about to change, the publisher
took the upper hand; authors might sometimes receive gifts from the noblemen to whom they inscribed dedications, but for their main returns they must generally sell their works outright to the publisher
and accept his price.
Owen had not much doubt that he would find a publisher
. He knew that he had written a great book--a book that would score a wonderful success--a book that would LIVE.
"You are mistaken, friend D'Artagnan," said Aramis, always on his guard; "this is from my publisher
, who has just sent me the price of that poem in one-syllable verse which I began yonder."
Warn the publisher
that we can not have this sort of thing: put the editor in prison!"
Then we would speak of this publisher
and of that, comparing the generosity of one with the meanness of another; we would argue whether it was better to go to one who gave handsome royalties or to another who "pushed" a book for all it was worth.
Sir Walter was in some degree a partner in the business both of his publisher
and his printer.
'The Poems of Two Friends' became instantly and lastingly unknown to fame; the West waited, as it always does, to hear what the East should say; the East said nothing, and two-thirds of the small edition of five hundred came back upon the publisher