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Making It in Historical Fiction

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The bestselling author of Take Off Your Pants!, the popular outlining guide for writers, is back with another how-to manual for those seeking to start a career in historical fiction.

There’s no doubt that historical fiction is popular with readers. In fact, the genre is expanding all the time, gaining market share and influencing other media at a rapid pace. But the HF ma
Kindle Edition, 149 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by Running Rabbit Press
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Michelle Cornish
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent resource for authors of historical fiction!

This is a super helpful book. I can't wait to put Libbie's suggestions to use. While this is geared toward historical fiction authors, there are many tips I think all authors will find useful, especially Libbie's five simple steps for great cover copy!
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm a fan of this author's other books, both fiction and non-fiction, so it's pretty unsurprising that I liked this one as well. (Also, she loves Wolf Hall, so she clearly has great literary tastes.) This is a systematic, practical approach to building a career as a historical novelist, starting with choosing your time period and taking you all the way through packaging and marketing the finished product. I especially enjoyed the chapters on research and how best to incorporate it in your story. ...more
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great, inspiring read. A book on writing actually worth spending money on. Thank you Libbie Hawker.
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot of good advice in this little book. While it is aimed at historical fiction authors, and has a lot of great demographic information about the typical reader thereof, the advice can be applied across the board.

The author examines not only the story/plot process, but also the importance of packaging (cover, title, promotion, and more). Trends in historical fiction covers, for example, are reviewed in detail. Now, this book was published in 2015, so some things have changed while oth
Angel Leya
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: writing, non-fiction
I picked this up because I love Libby Hawker's nonfiction stuff, and I've been thinking of doing some historical fantasy. I felt the topics covered were thorough, and she had a lot of great advice. Some of it is timeless, and some of it is a little less so, though she made sure to note that in her writing. I appreciated her take on the topic selection and marketing, but I found the advice on researching to be a little light. Still, a great book for anyone interested in diving into the historical ...more
Katrina Nowak
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This guide from Libby Hawker has many useful tips for anyone interested in writing historical fiction. Chapters are relevant whether you are a hobbyist, looking to publish independently, or using an agent and traditional publisher. It is a niche book helpful to an audience of historical fiction writers.
Wendy Stanley
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Should be read by ever writer who wants to be successful reading historical fiction. Would have like some illustrations on plot arc included.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was nice. A little too broad for what I expected, but still useable. I especially appreciate the parts of reader psychology regardin series, that bit was new to me.
Peter Ferry
Aug 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Essential reading for all writers

I don’t know about you, but I’m one of the those writers who on the one hand thinks he knows everything and yet on the other is incredibly insecure. Libbie Hawker’s book helped me realise that I’m more prepared than I thought while also offering so many key tips that I would never have thought of. Highly recommended.
Rei A
Aug 21, 2016 rated it liked it
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It's rare to find a book about writing and the publishing industry that's focused on the very wide genre of historical fiction, which happens to be my favorite genre to read and the one I've ended up writing. This book had a lot of good insight and practical advice packed into it and I'll definitely be making use of some of it going forward in the future of my writing career. But there were things I didn't agree with simply because it doesn't mesh with the way I write. As specific as it was at t ...more
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Great info on a subject that doesn't get the attention it deserves. This is not a "how to write book" and does not advertise itself as such. It's a book that provides lots to think about and a helps you build a game plan for writing in the historical fiction field. I really liked it and highly recommend it to anyone looking to start or improve their career in historical fiction. ...more
Joanne Reid
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Detailed information and sensible advice. It really gives you an idea of how to deal with historical fiction and it remains nearby because I find it comforting to pick it up and revisit it from time to time.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Quick read, helpful, informative. Much of this advice would also apply to other genre of writing.
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Don't read too much into this. ;) ...more
Jun 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Good advice. Quick read.
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Libbie was born in Rexburg, Idaho and divided her childhood between Eastern Idaho's rural environs and the greater Seattle area. She presently lives in Seattle, but has also been a resident of Salt Lake City, Utah; Bellingham, Washington; and Tacoma, Washington. She loves to write about character and place, and is inspired by the bleak natural beauty of the Rocky Mountain region and by the fascina ...more

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