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169 Years of Dickens' A Christmas Carol

By December 19, 2012

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Charles Dickens self-publishes A Christmas CarolToday marks the 169th anniversary of the publication of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.

Dickens self-published his now-classic tale of Christmas ghosts and one man's redemption on December 19, 1843 following a dispute with his publisher regarding the earnings from a previous book. The story--and the story of Charles Dickens' relationships with his publishers--are described well in The Man Who Invented Christmas by Les Standiford. This bit of Dickens biography gives an informative peek at the publishing world of Dickens' time, the politics of which seem not-so-different from that of today's book world.

For more stories of successful self- and non-traditionally published authors read about:

E L James and Fifty Shades of Grey's publishing success.

Amanda Hocking's paranormal self-publishing story.

The New York Times bestselling self-marketing efforts of authors E. Lynn Harris and Lisa Genova.

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