The website of the historical fiction writer.

The Many Faces of Historical Fiction

While I was giving my pitch I missed all apart from the last few minutes of a talk on romance in historical fiction which I’m sure was very interesting. Again, this is something for another post but it won’t be a long one as I romance doesn’t really feature in my work but I’m sure you will all be pleased to know that I’m compiling Alternative Wedding Song List Part III so watch this space!

After the Day Conference on Saturday I rushed back to my hotel, got suited and booted and legged it back for the Conference Dinner (and no one tried to mug me on the tube!) The meal, just like the company was First Class and lots of effort went into the costume pageant.

Sunday morning kicked off with a panel session discussing what the genre of historical fiction involves and what the future holds. Historical fiction is like a film, a game or a re-enactment in which they all bring history to life and (hopefully) inspire the imaginations of those reading/watching/playing it.

History in general is going through a change and has been for quite some time. It isn’t all about Kings and Queens with court gossip but about ordinary people be they servants, slaves or soldiers. Whatever your interest, however, it is important to write what you like, whether there is similar stuff on the market or not. Writing for the market is like writing for money: you won’t get very far. Enthusiasm can be very infectious so there’s every chance you could pass your interest onto others.

The electronic revolution is changing publishing at an ever quickening rate and social media is a very good way for authors to reach their audiences, both before and after their books are published. There was some discussion of enhanced e-books (those that have pictures, maps and a glossary) but many said they interrupt the narrative flow and cause a problem with the suspension of disbelief that should come with reading a book. Publishers aren’t also that keen as they cost a fortune and therefore won’t sell very well.

As for Twitter there was much of a divide on whether it is good or not. Personally, as I’ve said before, I don’t mind it that much but it does get annoying when you see @s and #s where they shouldn’t be. Is it really that difficult to type the letters ‘A’ and ‘T’ together? And why on forums do people insist on using @ in replies to people? And why do papers have to use # in headlines?

Anyway, rant over. Tune in tomorrow for a talk about Alternative History and why this workshop was of a particular interest to this writer. https://jamesbicheno.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/alternative-history/

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