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Woolley's one-of-a-kind guide teaches writers the fundamentals specific to creating compelling and accurate historical fiction. Woolley's one-of-a-kind guide teaches writers the fundamentals specific to creating compelling and accurate historical fiction.


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Woolley's one-of-a-kind guide teaches writers the fundamentals specific to creating compelling and accurate historical fiction. Woolley's one-of-a-kind guide teaches writers the fundamentals specific to creating compelling and accurate historical fiction.

30 review for How to Write and Sell Historical Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Candace

    Persia Woolley writes a helpful guide to writing historical fiction. Though printed in 1997, it still has applicable information. I wish there was an updated version of this book which included social media and blogging for marketing and advertising. Also the sections on internet researches, agents and publishing is helpful but could probably be modernized. Overall, Woolley's book is a good reference tool. Persia Woolley writes a helpful guide to writing historical fiction. Though printed in 1997, it still has applicable information. I wish there was an updated version of this book which included social media and blogging for marketing and advertising. Also the sections on internet researches, agents and publishing is helpful but could probably be modernized. Overall, Woolley's book is a good reference tool.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Iciek

    A bit dated at this time, but when you are just starting out, a Godsend. Best piece of advice: if you are writing historical fiction, the first thing you should do is go out a buy a bookshelf. She was right. I had just been accumulating piles of books on the subject I wanted to write about. The bookshelf helped me get more organized.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phillip McCollum

    Slightly dated, but an okay reference for those seeking to write historical fiction. Woolley provides a wide breadth of advice, starting with the basics of defining the genre and research methods, taking the reader through actually writing their novel and then finishing with discussions on seeking agents and editors. Most of the best advice is given through her personal experiences, such as when touring locations, probing people like bus drivers for tips about locally known places and legends. You Slightly dated, but an okay reference for those seeking to write historical fiction. Woolley provides a wide breadth of advice, starting with the basics of defining the genre and research methods, taking the reader through actually writing their novel and then finishing with discussions on seeking agents and editors. Most of the best advice is given through her personal experiences, such as when touring locations, probing people like bus drivers for tips about locally known places and legends. You can tell this book was published in 1997 and with that in mind, Woolley was definitely ahead of her time by taking advantage of the computer and basic Internet. Like many writing books that hone in on a specific genre, it's a good addition to writer's library, but not an all-encompassing work.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elaine

    This book has been a help in my quest to write a historical novel based on an anecdote from my family history. Ms. Wooley provides detailed instruction, advice, and encouragement to the aspiring historic novelist. Although a few years old, the book is still current enough to be applicable in her advice on computer use, although I found her reliance on paper notebooks and files, well, historical. She provided useful information about the experience of finding an agent and what happens when you get This book has been a help in my quest to write a historical novel based on an anecdote from my family history. Ms. Wooley provides detailed instruction, advice, and encouragement to the aspiring historic novelist. Although a few years old, the book is still current enough to be applicable in her advice on computer use, although I found her reliance on paper notebooks and files, well, historical. She provided useful information about the experience of finding an agent and what happens when you get published. However, I found her caveats and descriptions of the publishing industry demoralizing. She provided good references and examples. In total, a very worthwhile book.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Laure Estep

    4.5 stars Informative, thoughtful, yet still warm and inviting text. It feels like an intimate workshop or chat with an expert author on the art and techniques of historical fiction. Plenty of useful tips -- I found the section on organizing research to be particularly helpful -- and examples to illustrate her points. Lots to learn and to think about. The book was printed in the 90's and the section on publication is a bit out of date. I'd love to see this updated with info on utilizing the inte 4.5 stars Informative, thoughtful, yet still warm and inviting text. It feels like an intimate workshop or chat with an expert author on the art and techniques of historical fiction. Plenty of useful tips -- I found the section on organizing research to be particularly helpful -- and examples to illustrate her points. Lots to learn and to think about. The book was printed in the 90's and the section on publication is a bit out of date. I'd love to see this updated with info on utilizing the internet for research, marketing and such as well as thoughts on the rise of indie and self-publishing.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Brentman99

    As one day I would like to write my own work of historical fiction, I have decided to start reading some of the books on writing that have been gathering dust on my bookshelves for more years that I would readily admit. It's about time, my wife would likely say. Published in 1997, Persia Woolley's book has become dated. Written when the Internet was on the cusp of becoming a way of life and not just another tool, there is some reference to its capabilities and possibilities, but a lot is missing. As one day I would like to write my own work of historical fiction, I have decided to start reading some of the books on writing that have been gathering dust on my bookshelves for more years that I would readily admit. It's about time, my wife would likely say. Published in 1997, Persia Woolley's book has become dated. Written when the Internet was on the cusp of becoming a way of life and not just another tool, there is some reference to its capabilities and possibilities, but a lot is missing. There is no mention of online publishing or details regarding online research. At 209 pages (including index), it is fairly compact and the plain language makes it a very quick read. Also, the mentoring/nurturing tone of the book allowed it to seem helpful and not preachy. I did find that some of the information on the mechanics of writing and how to organise research (albeit dated) was helpful, though there was not as much of it as I would have liked. Sharing some of her experiences along the publishing journey made the book very insightful and offered a dose of realism to the glamour of becoming an author. Overall, I think that the book is a good introduction to the subject of writing historical fiction. But given its age and the fact that the author has passed away and it won't be updated, it will be of limited value.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna

    Even though this is an old book, it was highly recommended in an historical fiction workshop so I thought I would get it. The author give numerous examples from her own fiction and some helpful tips, but much of is was laughably out of date. We don't really need advice on how to travel, find places to stay and get around in another country anymore. At least not in a book about writing. It also makes you realize how much the internet has changed not only the ease of travel, but also the ease of w Even though this is an old book, it was highly recommended in an historical fiction workshop so I thought I would get it. The author give numerous examples from her own fiction and some helpful tips, but much of is was laughably out of date. We don't really need advice on how to travel, find places to stay and get around in another country anymore. At least not in a book about writing. It also makes you realize how much the internet has changed not only the ease of travel, but also the ease of writing historical fiction.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mike Kanner

    I hesitate to give this a bad review because it was probably a very good source in its day. However, the problem is that its day is long past. From how and where to research to the world of publishing, very little still applies today.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jean Storsberg

    Although much of this advice is dated (published in '97, so there are very few references to internet), most of the first 3/4 of the book is still relevant and very helpful. Her chapter on research and writing itself are inspiring. Although much of this advice is dated (published in '97, so there are very few references to internet), most of the first 3/4 of the book is still relevant and very helpful. Her chapter on research and writing itself are inspiring.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This was very helpful. It's a little out of date--advising the use of floppy disks, etc.--but was helpful for structuring a book. This was very helpful. It's a little out of date--advising the use of floppy disks, etc.--but was helpful for structuring a book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    Hilariously out-dated in some ways, but really interesting in others. I intended to skim this and ended up reading the whole thing.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Mitzi

    A good read for anyone thinking about writing a historical novel.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Fleurd

    Good information for aspiring novels on how to sell and write.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  15. 5 out of 5

    Richard

  16. 4 out of 5

    neko shae mantooth

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sadie

  18. 4 out of 5

    C.P. Lesley

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bob

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathy

  21. 4 out of 5

    Theo

  22. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Robison

  23. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Jansen

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kira

  25. 5 out of 5

    Moppet

  26. 5 out of 5

    Anna Dalhaimer Bartkowski

  27. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eddie Gordon

  29. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Thomas

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mark

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