Sharpening the Blade: Borrowing Elements from Mysteries to Craft Compelling Historical Fiction 

With their life-and-death stakes, mysteries have had a profound narrative power since Wilkie Collins wrote The Moonstone in 1868. In a mystery, the reader often strongly identifies with the protagonist, an amateur sleuth or professional detective encountering clues and experiences simultaneously with the reader. As a result, both intellectually and emotionally, the protagonist and reader are, quite literally, on the … Continue reading Sharpening the Blade: Borrowing Elements from Mysteries to Craft Compelling Historical Fiction 

Eight Fabulous Activities at National Harbor, Maryland

By Christine Trent, Venue Chair The HNS 2019 conference will be held at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, located inside National Harbor, a vibrant shopping and entertainment district just minutes away from Reagan National Airport.  Within easy steps of the Gaylord are more than 60 restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, and nightclubs; including some … Continue reading Eight Fabulous Activities at National Harbor, Maryland

Ten Tips for Pitching Your Book at the HNS Conference

By Elizabeth Kerri Mahon, HNS Conference Board Secretary & Agent/Editor Liaison At the 2019 Historical Novel Society Conference, most pitches will take place one-on-one with you across from your agent or editor at a small table in a large nondescript hotel meeting room with other appointments occurring at the same time. In most cases, you … Continue reading Ten Tips for Pitching Your Book at the HNS Conference

Author, Editor, AND Screenwriter: An Interview with Preconference Academy Instructor, David Ebershoff

The Historical Novel Society is excited to welcome back David Ebershoff as a special guest. This year he is providing instruction at our Preconference Academy with two workshops entitled: “Costume Drama: Adapting (Historical) Fiction for the Screen" and "Ask An Editor: Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know (But Might Have Been Afraid to Ask) about … Continue reading Author, Editor, AND Screenwriter: An Interview with Preconference Academy Instructor, David Ebershoff