Missives from Viola Bennett

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tyleroi
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Missives from Viola Bennett

Post by tyleroi » Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:54 pm

Dear William Heinemann,

I am writing to you in following up with the discussion that we had several months ago during my foray into the publishing world. I’m forced to admit that I likely made quite the impression, pushing my way into your club in the manner that I did so, but I make no apologies for standing up for rights that should belong to every able-bodied woman of the Empire.
Pursuant to your recommendation that I “experience something first-hand before hoping to write about it”, I have spent the last several months in the Gruv. Though I’m forced to admit that making my way into the Gruv was it’s own body of misadventures, I will not bore you with them at this time.
I write to you now, from Fort Alice, to inquire again about a book deal. Included are some early drafts of a few chapters, though I would particularly like to draw your attention to the chapter on the legal processes of some of the inhabitants of the Gruv. At the current time I have sanitized some of the details, pending a discussion with certain members of the House of Lords regarding the best way to handle some of the more sensitive details. You have my assurances that, should we be entering business together, I will be taking pains to include every detail I can without endangering any members of our loyal nation.
My travels are likely to continue again soon, but sending my mail to Fort Alice remains, for the time being, the best way to reach me. In case it is of interest to the publishers, I am currently travelling with a shaman of one of the tribes of locals within the Gruv. She has been a fascinating window into the complex world that exists here, and has been an invaluable resource.
I look forward to hearing from you, and in the meantime will continue my research and writings.

Sincerely,

Miss Viola Bennett

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Re: Missives from Viola Bennett

Post by Slimcreeper » Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:31 pm

I cannot speak for Mr. Heinemann, but I eagerly further word from this remarkable woman.

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Re: Missives from Viola Bennett

Post by Andrew1879 » Sun Apr 15, 2018 11:02 pm

Dear Miss Bennett --

You will perhaps forgive my somewhat brusque approach at our last meeting. Given the way you behaved rather like the worst of the suffragettes, you'll perhaps take into consideration the reception you got at the club as an object lesson. Proper society demands certain behaviors of both men and women alike. Even if women were to be admitted to my club, entry would require membership or at the very least escort. I shouldn't go barging into a meeting of the Sorosis Club, after all, it being designated as women-only.

All that aside, I have to say that I do admire your persistence. The fact that you've gone ahead and traveled to the Grosvenor World shows more grit and determination than a few male authors I could put name to. Can't get them to stir themselves from their habitual environs without a cash advance, and here you are, off doing research on your own shilling, and turning in a prospectus that has in fact caught my interest.

If you would be most kind as to share your contacts with Whitehall, I could work with them directly here in London and perhaps save a bit of time in terms of communication delay, lack of proper telegraphy through the Rabbit Hole and all that. Of course, we would have to pass your work through the appropriate channels. Her Majesty's various services will want first crack at the sort of intelligence you've hinted at in your opening chapters. I've had rather an interesting visit this morning, no, can't say who from or even what office, but it's in the district if you know what I mean. It seems that I'm rather encouraged to maintain communication with you, not that I really need such.

I suggest a serialization culminating in a book publication, rather than waiting until you've got the book completely written. Periodicals such as The Strand and The London Magazine are always looking for anything pertaining to the Gruv, the more exotic the better. If you've got firsthand experience, as you do seem to have, best to strike while the iron is hot as it were. I've taken the liberty of discussing the possibilities with one or two editors - oh no, they haven't seen your actual manuscript, not going to give them a taste for free don't you know, but enough hints were dropped to whet their appetite. There's quite a bit of interest in this as it turns out, and the idea that it's being written by a lady adventurer seems to have a bit of a titillation factor.

Let's cut to the chase, shall we? I've enclosed a contract that will let me represent you properly, for twenty percent at the front end, and a bank draught for a hundred pounds as an advance which you may redeem once the signed contract is in my hands. If you don't mind being a nine days wonder, and gaining perhaps a bit of notoriety as well as fame, as there are those who won't approve of a woman having such adventures even in these enlightened times, I believe that you and I can come to an arrangement.

Your obdt.,
William Heinemann
Publishing Agent, WH Smith Ltd, Fleet Street, London
enc: contract, draught on Bank of England

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