Dear backers,

Sorry it’s been a bit quiet here after my visit to the printers, but I had an excellent excuse: I was very busy shipping your books!

Jane Austen’s England arrived on my doorstep (literally!) last Wednesday morning and my (long-suffering) partner Maurice and me started packaging them right away. For two days our living room looked like a warehouse and smelled like a printing company.

The books on my doorstep
The books on my doorstep

Bringing them to the post office

On Thursday evening we were able to bring the orders for our Dutch backers to the post office, and on Friday morning we drove to Germany to have the rest franked at the post office in Mönchengladbach and sent out.

Most Dutch and German backers will have received their book(s) by now, and I understand that some backers in other EU countries have also had their copy in their mailbox.

For our backers outside the EU: your book is on its way, but it will take about 10 working days or so (and longer if customs want to have a look inside) to arrive.

I was very happy with the result
I was very happy with the result

Who is Gerd Gemmeker?

If you are wondering why you receive the book from someone named Gerd Gemmeker and not from me: to be able to send it from Germany (which is a lot cheaper than sending it from The Netherlands; that way we could keep the shipping costs low), I needed a return address in Germany. Gerd is the father-in-law of one of my oldest friends, Annemieke (whom I’ve known since nursery school/kindergarten), and he kindly let me use his address for this purpose.

We had a car full of books when we drove to Germany
We had a car full of books when we drove to Germany


So this is it for now. I hope you will enjoy Jane Austen’s England as much as I did writing it. Once again I want to thank each and every one of you for your support, patience and faith in this project.

A special thank you to my publisher Anaïsa who went along with this crazy idea of mine to start a crowdfunding campaign; to desk editor Anne and production manager Agatha; and of course to the excellent Karen Holt, who did such a great job in translating the book from Dutch to English. And a special mention to poor Maurice, who had to deal with all the ‘backstage’ stress of running this campaign and joined in whenever he could.

End of the line?

As I said before, I do hope that this is not the end of the line for Jane Austen’s England. I hope that we will find a publisher in an English-speaking country to take it over from here. If you like the book, and know of a publisher who might be interested, please let me know.


If you have any questions, remarks, or want to share your selfie with Jane Austen’s England with me (I’d love those!), you can send a message through Kickstarter, email me at, or find me on my personal Facebook-account.

All the best,


8 Responses to Finis

  1. Marian 5 June 2017 at 19:36 #

    Thank you Karin, for all your hard work (and Maurice!) What a lovely picture, you in front of ALL those boxes full of Jane Austen’s England!

  2. Marian 5 June 2017 at 19:37 #

    and other Karen for the translation. It was nice meeting you at the symposium!

  3. Gillian 7 June 2017 at 09:08 #

    Many thanks Karin – I have just received my signed copy. It is beautiful! Thanks for all the hard work done by yourself and the rest of the team involved in this wonderful book.

    • Karin 7 June 2017 at 09:09 #

      Thank you Gillian!

  4. Jan 7 June 2017 at 09:38 #

    I received my book yesterday in Massachusetts, USA. It’s beautiful! The production values are very high and it has the best directions for a walk to Beechen Cliff! We quickly realized that we needed a “working copy” because we’ll be in England in September, so we’ve ordered another. Wish I had thought ahead!

    • Karin 7 June 2017 at 11:00 #

      Hi Jan, I can’t believe that it arrived so soon. So happy to hear it! Thanks for ordering another one, I put it in the mail today. And I wish you a great trip to England. If you are going to the festival, we may see each other in Bath 😀

  5. Carol J Perrin 8 June 2017 at 22:48 #

    I ordered this back when you had your kick start campaign, but my email has had major problems. Not sure my message got through to you earlier when you requested my address.

    Thank you for all your hard work and efforts.

    • Karin 9 June 2017 at 10:09 #

      Hi Carol, I’m so glad you’ve sent me your address. I have been trying to get in touch, but I didn’t succeeed. The book is on its way now to the address you gave me. Enjoy!

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