For a while I’ve been associated with an outfit called The History Quill which offers a raft (or an inkwell?) of services and support to writers of historical fiction. It’s a commercial enterprise but I don’t have a problem with that. It means, for instance, that blog posts are commissioned and paid for (if only I could get round to writing one!) and that even ‘volunteer’ beta readers get a small payment for their efforts. As a result the blog posts are regular and of excellent quality; topics cover everything from narrative distance to going to the loo through history! On the website you’ll also find plenty of free downloadable resources, structured coaching programmes with reputable authors and now, behold, a (virtual) convention!
This 5-day event is ONLINE from Wednesday 2nd to Sunday 6th of February with each day devoted to a theme. There are many sessions on each day and the speakers are all successful writers or specialists in their fields.
Wednesday 2nd – The future of Historical fiction
Thursday 3rd – Book marketing in Historical fiction
Friday 4th – Publishing and Getting Published
Sat 5th – The craft of writing historical fiction
Sunday 6th – History and Research
This is only an outline programme so do take a closer look.
You can book for a single day with multiple days carrying a discount. Most sessions will be recorded for asynchronous viewing. There is also an EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT running until December 22nd, so it makes sense to book now if you think this is up your street.
Did I say I am speaking? Take a look at the full programme and check out Sunday if you want to learn more! In keeping with the ethos of HQ my speakerdom entitles me to a commission if anyone books through me, so if you do decide to go ahead I would be grateful if you used this link.
On the other hand, feel free to book with another author or via the HQ website.