Writing Historical Novels

Painting a vivid picture in the mind of a reader within the first few pages of a historical novel is a vital skill. Certain people will pick up and buy a book just from the title or because they are familiar with the author’s previous work. Yet writers also rely on those who have never read any of their work to buy their books. Often this happens by word of mouth or the recommendation of another reader on a forum such as Goodreads or Amazon. Historically, it happened when, attracted by the cover, people picked up the book in a bricks and mortar store. This is not the case so often now, sadly. Nonetheless, the same principles still apply. The reader has to be interested moments after they decide to take a look. This has been facilitated online by the way that retailers allow potential buyers to read the first few…

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