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 LINDSAY'S ARCHIVE  
PAYMENT SLIPS AND A PUBLISHER'S LETTER
In 1950 Story received the following letter - presented here with its grammatical eccentricities intact - rejecting his sequel to The Trouble With Harry, but expressing an interest in Murder On Her Mind. (The Trouble With Trudy was eventually published by Boardman in their 1955 Harry paperback edition, and Murder On My Mind by Dragon in the same year.) There is also a tantalising reference to a play based on Harry. Hitchcock's film version was still 5 years in the future.

TELEPHONE: CHANCERY 8319 TELEGRAMS & CABLES: "AUTHORSHIP HOLB LONDON" CODE: 6th EDITION A.B.C. 5 LETTER

 RUPERT CREW LIMITED

 BUSINESS MANAGEMENT FOR AUTHORS

 KING'S MEWS, GRAY'S INN ROAD, LONDON, W.C.1

 

J. Trevor Story Esq., 11 Meadway

Welwyn Garden City, Herts

 28th., November 1950.

 

Dear Sir,

 One Reader's report upon your novel, MURDER ON HER MIND, has evoked sufficient Interest for us to seek another opinion. There is bound to be controversy over a story of this type, but it is our intention to give MURDER ON HER MIND every possible consideration.

 As a matter of interest we should like to know precisely the scope of your activities by way of published material.

 THE TROUBLE WITH TRUDY must come back to you. As apart from the somewhat unusual appeal of this story it is much too short to secure the attention of the average publisher.

 The play typescript; THE TROUBLE WITH HARRY ‑ is in the hands of our Reader.

 We look forward to receiving some data from you in due course.

Yours very truly,

 for RUPERT CREW LIMITED

 Kathleen Crew

 JT MANAGING DIRECTOR

                 JOINT MANAGING DIRECTORS                 

 F. RUPERT CREW                          KATHLEEN CREW

 

While every care is taken of all MSS. submitted no responsibilities can be accepted for their accidental loss in transit or from any other cause

On the two payment notes below a stark contrast exists between the generous sum of 42 received from John Bull for the story Happy Go Sammy and the much smaller fees from 2 local papers in the Express group for two other stories. The John Bull story may have been longer, but as the magazine was a national title with a larger circulation it is likely that it paid generally much better rates.
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