Today’s Internet and social media have allowed individual, one-or-two-person businesses more ‘reach’ and larger markets than ever. Consider authors, for instance (Please, do consider authors… 😉 ). Self-published authors have many options for getting the word out about their books. But they aren’t the only ones. If you’ve ever been to Etsy or other, similar, sites, you know that individuals who design and sell their own products can now reach people as never before. So can those who provide services, whether it’s editing, web design, or tax preparation.
It hasn’t always been that way, of course, and it’s interesting to see how those individual businesses have been represented in crime fiction as time has gone on. After all, not everything has to be purchased from a mass producer. And sometimes, those characters who in those businesses can add interest to a story.
For many centuries, individual businesses were integral to…
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