This chapter concludes the study by drawing together how literary businesses in the Victorian period instigated various business practices, highlighting how and why these were accepted and legitimised within the field. This has provided a fuller understanding of the processes which gave rise to practices such as using gentlemen’s clubs for networking and women using male pseudonyms to get published. Victorian Literary Businesses demonstrated how the institutional contexts of authors, publishers and literary agents, championed certain practices over others and how these shaped the direction of the industry. In addition, the study highlighted whether certain practices enabled or constrained how businesses could later operate. Overall Literary Businesses provided an original and insightful exploration of the institutional development of one of Britain’s oldest creative industries through an analysis of historical sources not often used in business research.
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