HNS Conference, Here. I. Come!

on June 21, 2021

The Historical Novel Society North American Conference is this week and not surprisingly, it’s online.

I’m excited to be on TWO panels, and here’s a link to the teaser for the first, Setting the Scene: Exploring Historical Settings through Genres.

And here’s the teaser for the second panel, Author Marketing Collectives.

If you’re at the conference this week, please come on by…Friday June 25 at 12:45pm PT for Setting the Scene; Sunday June 27 at 12:45pm PT for Author Marketing Collectives.

If the cover of your already-published novel fails you, should you change it?

on June 20, 2021

Join me on Paper Lantern Writers for my latest blog post New Cover, Same Old Fanny. Not surprisingly, it’s about how I changed the cover of my novel FANNY NEWCOMB & THE IRISH CHANNEL RIPPER.

But just because we’re all pretty busy these days, I’ll cut to the happy ending (and answer the title question above) here:

“So, if you’re an author and your existing cover or covers aren’t making you happy,

aren’t making you feel proud,

don’t make you go yummmmm,

make you feel like a failure, and

don’t compliment the other covers in your genre,

it’s probably time to redo your cover.

It’s worth the time, it’s worth the money, it’s worth the rethinking of how you want your novel to be known.”

 

If you do have time, come on over!

Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archives

on June 11, 2021

From Gertrude Käsebier to Buffalo Bill to African Americans in WWII to Abigail Adams’ letters to John, there’s something fascinating for everyone in my Sixty Sensational Online Historical Archives on today’s Paper Lantern Writers’ blog.
Come on by for Postcards of Peoria, Heart Mountain Relocation Center Records, King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani photos,  first-person narratives of the American South, and much, much more!

It’s time to SHINE with Paper Lantern Writers

on April 24, 2021

As a founding member of the Paper Lantern Writers Historical Fiction Author Collective (whew! what a long title!) I’m excited to invite you to join SHINE, our new Facebook Group.

SHINE is for readers and writers, editors and researchers, and anyone else who loves to talk about books, especially our favorite historical fiction.

Here’s the official story:

“We are a group of historical fiction readers and writers who love to talk about historical fiction!

We’d love to find out what you are reading and writing, but please limit self-promo to Fridays.

Other recommendations are welcome any time!”

SHINE with Paper Lantern Writers FACEBOOK GROUP!