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Vol. 1.-No. 4.]
AUGUST 15, 1890.
THE ORGAN OF THE SOCIETY OF AUTHORS
Published for the Society be
NEWS AND NOTES.
authors did pay for the printing and publishing of their first books, including Mr. Besant and his
clever partner, the late Mr. James Rice.” T has always been our custom to publish the proceedings at the annual dinner of the
This is one of the little paragraphs which contrive Society as a pamphlet, and send it round to
to tell the truth and to suggest a falsehood.
It is perfectly false to say that my late partner our members, in order that those unable to be present on the occasion may benefit, equally with
and myself ever were such fools as to “pay for the guests, from the speeches, and may resolve not
production.” to absent themselves on a future occasion.
It is perfectly true that with many of our novels -certainly the first three-we chose to print and
bind the work ourselves, and placed it ready for There is a dearth of matter for Literary Notes publication in the publisher's hands. He sold it on and News in the month of August. The Author commission, which, in honest hands, is a very good for this month has therefore been made to consist way of publishing a book though it involves some wholly of the proceedings at the dinner. We have knowledge of practical publishing and a good deal received communications, which in the natural of trouble. The way to work it iscourse of events would have been inserted in The Author this month, but have decided to delay their
(1) To arrange with a printer and bookbinder.
(2) Tofind a commission publisher and arrange appearance.
about terms. Several of these are so interesting, and so distinctly have reference to our aims and objects that
(3) To make the time of payment to the printer
fall at the time of receiving the first it would be the greatest pity to attempt to discuss them now.
publisher's return. It is not fair upon any question of interest to
The advance or prepayment of money is thus submit it to the public-especially to a public
avoided. What the author risks is the difference largely made up of working littérateurs--at this
between the sales and the printers' bills. season of the year.
As in the case of those persons who insist on publishing what all the respectable houses refuse,
it is perfectly easy to work in this way, I have PAYING FOR PRODUCTION.—The following cutting always been amazed to find that they still fall into from some unknown journal was sent to me :- the trap of so much down towards “cost of pro
duction.” “According to Mr. Besant's thinking, authors should not pay for the printing and publishing of their own books.
The Committee wish to impress upon merubers “I am loth to mention names, but I can assure Mr. of the Society, who are kind enough to interest Besant that a great many of our now most popular themselves in obtaining new members, that only
such persons are eligible for membership who have at any time published work which may fairly entitle them to be described as authors, or those who have been or are at present engaged in journalistic work.
In last month's issue of The Author by an oversight the names of Professor Max-Müller and Augustine Birrell, M.P., were unfortunately omitted from those who have consented to join our Council.
A document called a Memorandum, in reply to a certain pamphlet which is exercising the mind of the Society for the Promotion of Christian Knowledge by sweating Christian authors, has been received. It shall be published in the September number with a few remarks; meantime, it is sufficient to say here, that does not answer a single point raised in that pamphlet, that it gives no figures, that it explains nothing, that it admits everything, and that it ends by denying everything.
THE ANNUAL DINNER
Mrs. Holmes. Rev. J. Inches Hillocks. Fergus Hume. Rev. W. Hunt. A. James. Mrs. James. (“Florence Warden.”) C. T. C. James. Jerome K. Jerome. Rev. Prebendary Harry Jones. Major Jones, R.E. Mrs. Charles Jones. Mr. Jones. Miss Jones. C. F. Keary. H. G. Keene, C.I.E. Rudyard Kipling R. B. S. Knowles. James Stanley Little. Léon Little. Mrs. Long. E. J. Martyn. Campbell McKellar. Dr. McKinney. Mrs. Middleton-Wake. Rev. C. H. Middleton-Wake, F.L.S. Mme. Mijiatovich. C. Mitchell. B. Mitford. J. Fitzgerald Molloy. A. Montefiore. H. J. Montgomery. George Moore. Mrs. Chandler Moulton. H. Naidley. Professor Nicholson. Rev. W. Robertson Nicoll, LL.D. Mrs. Goddard Orpen. J. R. Osgood. Mrs. Louisa Parr. Dr. Parker. A. Paterson. Mrs. J. Pennell. Miss E. Pollock. Mrs. Walter Pollock. Walter Herries Pollock. Sir Frederick Pollock, Bart. H. Campbell Praed. Mrs. Campbell Praed. Geo. Haven Putnam. Mrs. Rohlf. (“Anna K. Green.") Mr. Rohlf. A. Galt Ross. R. B. Ross. Mrs. Mary Rowsell. Mrs. Sala. T. Bailey Saunders. W. Baptiste Scoones. VOL. I.
At the conclusion of dinner :- The Chairman (in proposing the toast of “The Queen ") said: Ladies and gentlemen, the toast which I have the honour now to propose to you is ever the first where British subjects are assembled, and is ever received with sincere loyalty and reverential attachment,-sentiments justly inspired by a reign which has given to this Empire, in the fullest measure, the blessings of constitutional freedom, and which, in every sphere of thought and action, has been auspi. cious for the fruitful rivalries of peace. (Cheers.) I ask you to drink to the health of our most gracious Sovereign, the Queen.
The toast having been duly honoured
The Chairman said : Ladies and gentlemen, the next toast which I have the honour to propose to you is that of the "Incorporated Society of Autheris, and I rejoice that I can commence by ofan of congratulations. During the past year,