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Monday Tips: Tidbits from the Internet

Here are a couple of sites that I’ve found useful recently:

  1. K. M. Wieland is an historical novelist who lives in Wyoming and mentors other writers via workshops and her blog Wordplay, which won the 2011-2012 Top Ten Blogs for Writers. Her Most Common Mistake series is funny and informative.
  2. A. J. Humpage has been writing fiction for 22 years. Her blog All Write – Fiction Advice won the Stylish Blogger Award and is full of tips on how to polish your prose, how to do flashbacks properly and the art of foreshadowing.

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Mirella Patzer is a busy woman. A few weeks ago, I showcased a blog that she runs called HISTORICAL NOVEL REVIEW. Today I stumbled on another blog of hers, HISTORY AND WOMEN, again replete with wonderful photos of people from the past, and also extremely easy to navigate with a sidebar categorizing novels by time. I don’t know where Mirella finds the time to do this, as I understand she is currently working on three historical novels. But her blogs are a real treat, and she will make time to do reviews.

SCANDALOUS WOMEN, a blog written by Elizabeth Kerri Mahon is a site devoted to ladies who did not always behave themselves. Elizabeth published a book this year on this same subject with Perigree Trade. Her blog was named one of the 100 best blogs for history junkies. She is happy to review books about women who turned heads while making waves.

LENA SLEDGE’S BLOG is for writers, aspiring writers and all those who love to read. She does book reviews, author interviews, book giveaways, book bargains, free books on Kindle and gives tips on writing resources. Lena is a careful reader who takes 1-3 months to complete her review.

–Cynthia Haggard writes historical novels.  She has two completed manuscripts that will be published in the coming year. THWARTED QUEEN  is a portrait of a woman trapped by power, a marriage undone by betrayal, and a King brought down by fear.FAMILY SPLINTERS is  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.


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Jane Friedman’s blog THERE ARE NO RULES

This Friday, I’m going to try something different. I’m going to start a series of Friday posts that will highlight a blog or website that I think is particularly interesting.

Today, I’m going to talk about THERE ARE NO RULES, a blog owned and operated by Jane Friedman. Jane is the former publisher and editorial director of Writer’s Digest. She is currently visiting professor of e-media at the University of Cincinnati and contributing editor to Writer’s Digest. Jane is very generous in passing on information via free webinars and blog posts, and I have learned a great deal from her on the changing nature of the publishing industry.

On Wednesday, Jane posted a blog from guest blogger John Rember, who wrote on the relationship between authors, agents and publishers.  Here is an excerpt from his blog:

But my troubles with my agent were never her fault. They were inherent to the relationship between agents and writers, which is a predator-prey kind of deal. Agents are not hoping to find, in you the writer, a diamond in the rough, a talent to be nurtured, a friend to be encouraged. They’re looking for the next John Grisham and they’re looking for 15% of a multi-million dollar advance. They are cold and hard businesspeople—if they aren’t, they end up living under bridges, and not the bridges in the Hamptons—so your talent or niceness is not their first consideration.

Many writers assume that with the big houses, a few bestsellers subsidize midlist writers. That’s the way it used to work. Now the CFOs of publishing houses demand that every book be a money-maker. In practice, this means editors are told to look for the next bestseller, and they, not being psychic, think that it looks like the last bestseller. Hence John Grisham, James Patterson, Dan Brown, and the dead Swedish guy.

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To read Jane Friedman’s blog, THERE ARE NO RULES, click here.

–Cynthia Haggard writes novels.  She is currently seeking representation for HE MUST BE SOMEONE,  a novel about identity, forbidden love and family secrets. For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories. (c) 2011. All rights reserved.


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Historical Novel Blogs

When I rummaged around the internet recently, looking for interesting blogs, I came upon three.

History and Women is a quirky blog full of odd tidbits about women’s history with wonderful photographs used as illustration.  It is run by Mirella Patzer, Nan Hawthorne and Greta Marlow.  I do not know Greta Marlow, but Mirella Patzer and Nan Hawthorne are regular contributors to discussion on the Historical Novel Society’s listserv.

Historical Romance UK is full of news about new historical novels, including one that features Margaret Dashwood, the youngest sister in Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility. The only problem with this blog is that you have to do a lot of scrolling, as the “excerpts” are really extremely long…. I mean thousands of words long.  Good for a cold winter night when you have nothing better to do and there is only rubbish to watch on the telly.


Reading the Past offers pithy book reviews (one paragraph long) of various historical novels that are on Sarah Johnson’s bookshelf. To judge from the quantity of her reviews, Sarah is a voracious reader, and her website is a treat for those of us who like to find not-so-well-known gems of historical novels.

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