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The Dennis Wheatley 'Museum' - Instant success as an author

Publicity ...

The Publicity Postcard

DW's copy of a letter he wrote to
the Duke of York (who was
later to become King George VI)...

... and of a letter he wrote to
Sir John Lavery

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For a transcript click here

DW knew from his days as a wine merchant the importance of publicity.

A novelty in its day, DW arranged for two thousand promotional postcards to be printed, featuring the map from the book's pictorial endpapers. These went down so well that Hutchinsons arranged an additional print run.

DW also wrote to a number of his former clients, friends and acquaintances letting them know that he had just written a book, and asking them to recommend it to their friends and to ask for it in their Libraries. DW kept copies of all these letters and about fifty of these copies still survive.

As a final touch, DW did something that was virtually unheard of in his day - he visited bookshops. While this is normal practice today, at the time it was a real innovation. After a drink with the manager of the bookshop at Kings Cross station, that store alone sold seven hundred copies.

References: 'Drink and Ink' p 114-6.
Phil Baker pp 284-5.

Provenance:Private Collection