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The One Thing Historical Fiction Writers Ought to Know

The Gender-Genre Wars In a recent issue of Writer’s Digest, literary agent Irene Goodman offered her advice on “16 Things All Historical Fiction Writers Need to Know.” Among them was the caution (?) that “This kind of fiction requires high … Continue reading

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“Droit de Seigneur:” Thoughts on the Outer Limits of History and Historical Novels.

 A true story:  A female student in my Western Civ. asked me rather excitedly if I had heard about ‘droit de seigneur,’ and if it was “true.”  Wearing my historian hat, I said, yes, and no. She started to walk … Continue reading

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Smiling at Strangers—the Strange World of Book Signings, aka “This is a Cheese Shop”?

Having participated several times in the strange ritual called book signing, these are my observations, and like Mrs. Anne Elk’s (of the Monty Python fame), they are mine….  However, after talking to others in similar situations, I concluded that for … Continue reading

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