THE HISTORY QUILL
WELCOME TO THE HISTORY QUILL
If you’re a historical fiction writer, you’ve come to the right place. Our mission is to provide everything you need to make your writing a success, including specialist historical fiction editing services, group coaching, and dedicated tips and resources.
Get started with one of our top resources…
A guide to accuracy and authenticity in historical fiction
50+ top online research resources
Novel outline template for historical fiction writers
About The History Quill
Founder and executive editor
Historical fiction is a truly unique genre, full of its own particular idiosyncrasies, challenges, and opportunities. That’s why I founded The History Quill – because historical fiction writers deserve specialist support from editors who know their genre inside out.
Our team combines a commitment to excellence in story craft with a deep-rooted passion for history and historical fiction. Our mission is to provide you with expert support at every stage of your writing journey, including blogs and resources to help you get your novel started, specialist historical fiction editing services, and group coaching. Whether you’re an experienced historical fiction writer or just getting started, welcome!
“Andrew was one of the first people to read my novel, so sending it to him for a full structural report felt like a big – and slightly daunting – step. But I’m so glad I did. He has an excellent grasp of what works in historical fiction, from little words that were anachronistic to larger plot points that needed to be refined. His thoughtful analysis helped me to focus my attention on the areas that needed improvement, while his praise for what was working well, together with his intuitive understanding of what I was trying to achieve with the plot and the characters, was encouraging and motivating.”
Specialist historical fiction editing
If you’re searching for a historical fiction editor, look no further. Our editing services are designed exclusively for historical fiction writers. We combine in-depth knowledge of story craft and language with specialist knowledge of history and the historical fiction genre. Whether you’re after content editing, copy-editing and proofreading, or bespoke support, we’re here to help.
Content editing – also known as developmental editing – focuses on the big-picture issues in a manuscript, including plot, structure, setting, characterisation, historical authenticity, and overall writing quality. It should be your first step in the editing process, showing you what’s working in your story and what isn’t. As well as identifying any problems in your manuscript, we offer detailed recommendations on how to fix them.
COPY-EDITING & PROOFREADING
Copy-editing and proofreading are vital for refining your manuscript once all the big-picture issues are settled. They focus on the micro-level elements of your writing, such as grammar, punctuation, syntax, formatting, and catching typos. Copy-editing also involves checking your story for consistency and logic. Together, they’re vital for ensuring your story is as professional and polished as it can possibly be.
If you’re looking for bespoke support, we’re happy to help. Common bespoke projects include query critiques, story concept critiques, and first chapter critiques. We also offer one-to-one coaching if you need help getting your story started or you’re looking for ongoing support as you write. Whatever you’re looking for and whatever stage of the writing process you’re at, we’ll build a service tailored to your needs.
“I was thrilled with the service I received from Andrew and his team. The copy-edit and proofread they provided were thorough, punctual, and vital for giving my manuscript the professional polish I was aiming for. The team combined invaluable historical expertise with a forensic approach to grammar, punctuation, and consistency. When they spotted errors, they did an excellent job of explaining them in the accompanying style guide, and they answered my queries at the end thoughtfully and comprehensively.”
Our coaching programmes are designed to support historical fiction writers by giving them a structured path towards completing their novels. We have two programmes: our Get started in historical fiction workshop series is a programme of one-to-one coaching for people who are just getting started, while our Work-in-progress group coaching for historical fiction writers is for people who are currently working on – or are about to start working on – their work-in-progress and are looking for feedback, support, and accountability in a friendly group environment.
GET STARTED IN HISTORICAL FICTION
Our Get started in historical fiction workshop series is a programme of online workshops designed to help you start writing historical fiction with one-to-one support and feedback from an expert tutor. There are three workshops in total, each covering a different aspect of getting started in historical fiction and each lasting six weeks. You can pick and choose which workshops you want to take, or you can take all three!
WORK-IN-PROGRESS GROUP COACHING
Work-in-progress group coaching for historical fiction writers is a six month online group coaching programme combining expert tutor critiques and guidance with feedback and support from a small group of fellow historical fiction writers. The programme accommodates a range of experience, from writers who are just starting on their first novel to those who have already been published.
“I have always wanted to write historical fiction, but I worried that, as only an enthusiast, I might be spinning my wheels. I initially asked Andrew to review my novel outline, but, after his excellent feedback, I asked him to take me on as a coaching client as well. His advice and support has helped me get my first novel off to a great start, and I’ll look no further for an editor in the future.”
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If you would like to get in touch or make a booking, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Tell us a little about yourself and your story, as well as what kind of help you’re looking for.