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Miss Netta Syrett is one of the fortunate women who found no difficulty in getting her first novel, "Nobody's Fault," published. "I wrote it in London," says Miss Syrett, "and it was accepted at once by Mr John Lane." On the day of publi-

cation she was amazed to find a full

•column in a morning paper devoted to / tfche new book. Except for some short stories in 'The Yellow Book' I was unknown in the literary world, and very ignorant of its way. Nearly every reviewer was very kind to 'Nobody's Fault,' over which I had worked seven or eight months." ; The first novel written by Miss Gertrude Page was never published in "book form, but appeared as a long serial story in "The Girls' Own Paper." Ifc was written when Miss Page was only 18, at a period of hot indignation against much that the young novelist saw and heard around her. "I first sent it to Mr Blackwood," says Miss Page, "but I received a letter informing me that though Mr Blackwood could not see his way to publish the book himself, lie had read the story with interest, and advised me to send it to the editor of "The Girls' Own Paper." I took his advice, and the story was promptly accepted, and af-terwards-become the subject of some in- ., tsresting correspondence. The greater part of the story was written in. secret, often in the night hours, and I told no one of my labours until the letter of acceptance was in my hand. :■."'•

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FIRST BOOK ACCEPTED., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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FIRST BOOK ACCEPTED. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8794, 14 February 1914

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