Wednesday 2 February – Sunday 6 February, 2022

The History Quill will host a five day virtual convention for historical fiction writers on 2–6 February, 2022. The event will be hosted on Zoom. Our concept is based on the idea of enabling you to build your own convention, thus creating an experience tailored to your particular interests. Each of the five days has a theme, and you can attend for all five days or only one day, or anything in between, depending on where your interests lie.

There will be multiple events on each day, all of them matching the theme of the day. These will include expert presentations, panel discussions, guest Q&As, networking opportunities, discussion rooms, workshops, critique sessions, and more. All panel discussions and presentations will include time for questions and answers at the end. There will also be special one-to-one sessions with editors, agents, and book marketing experts that can be booked for an extra fee in January (please note: the booking deadline for one-to-ones has now passed).

The vast majority of the convention will be recorded (there are some exclusions, e.g. one-to-one sessions and discussion rooms – these are marked on the agenda). You’ll have access to recordings for the days you have booked, and we’ll give you a choice between lifetime access for a small fee or four weeks’ access for free.

You can read more about each day below. We’ve included a summary of the theme of each day, some highlights, a full event list that you can toggle, and a link to download the convention agenda. You can book your place at the convention using any of the ‘build your convention’ buttons on this page. The booking deadline is 28 January, 7pm GMT.

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Themes

DAY ONE (2 February) – THE FUTURE OF HISTORICAL FICTION

We will kick off our convention with a day dedicated to discussing and predicting the future of historical fiction, exploring how we can navigate the challenges and grasp the opportunities ahead. The day will cover how technology will impact writing, publishing, and selling books, emerging trends in the industry, discussions around diversity and representation, and the changes you want to see as we try and shape the future before us.

Highlights

Here are three of our top highlights from day one:

How technology will change the landscape for authors

Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn)

What will be the next big historical fiction book?

Imogen Robertson (Chair of the Historical Writers’ Association)

Nelle Andrew (Literary agent at Rachel Mills Literary)

Lucy Richardson (Head of Publicity at HarperCollins and host of The Book Belle YouTube channel)

Town hall: what are the changes we want to see in historical fiction?

Moderated by #HFChitChat co-hosts:

Syd Young

Janna G. Noelle

Olesya Salnikova Gilmore

Gabriella Saab

Click here to see a full list of day one events

All events are recorded except for those marked with an asterisk (*). If you can’t participate in an event live due to the timing/time zone, the recording will enable you to watch it at a time convenient for you.

10:30 – 11:30 (GMT) / 05:30 – 06:30 (EST)
Digital scarcity through NFTs: A game changer for author earnings
Laurence O’Bryan (BooksGoSocial)

 12:00 – 13:30 (GMT) / 07:00 – 08:30 (EST)
What will be the next big historical fiction book?
Lucy Richardson (HarperCollins / The Book Belle), Imogen Robertson (Historical Writers’ Association), Nelle Andrew (Rachel Mills Literary)

14:00 – 15:00 (GMT) / 09:00 – 10:00 (EST)
The future of work and pay for authors
Nicola Solomon (Society of Authors), Orna Ross (The Alliance of Independent Authors)

15:30 – 17:00 (GMT) / 10:30 – 12:00 (EST)
How can we make historical fiction more diverse?
Michelle Addo (Kensington), Piper Huguley, Jenny Bhatt

17:00 – 18:30 (GMT) / 12:00 – 13:30 (EST)
What are the changes we want to see in historical fiction?
Moderated by #HFChitChat co-hosts Syd Young, Gabriella Saab, Olesya Salnikova Gilmore, and Janna G. Noelle

18:30 – 20:00 (GMT) /13:30 – 15:00 (EST)
How technology will change the landscape for authors
Joanna Penn (The Creative Penn)

20:30 – 21:00 (GMT) / 15:30 – 16:00 (EST) *Not recorded
Networking Event (TBC)

23:00 – 00:00 (GMT) / 18:00 – 19:00 (EST)
Serialisation: The future for authors?
Substack Inc.

00:30 – 01:30 (GMT) / 19:30 – 20:30 (EST)
Mark Coker and Andy Hunter in conversation: the future of book publishing and retail
Mark Coker (CEO of Smashwords), Andy Hunter (CEO of Bookshop.org)

02:00 – 03:00 (GMT) / 21:00 – 22:00 (EST)
How will software change writing and publishing in the next ten years?
Dave Chesson (Kindlepreneur)

You can download the full convention agenda, including detailed summaries of each event, speaker bios, and timings, using the button below.

Ready to book?

Use the button below to review the pricing and book your place!

DAY TWO (3 February) – BOOK MARKETING IN HISTORICAL FICTION

Publication isn’t the end of your writing journey. Now more than ever, whether you are traditionally published or self-publishing, you will need to take a hands-on approach to marketing your own books. Day two is dedicated to helping historical fiction writers make a success of book marketing, giving you the knowledge, tools, and resources to build your audience, attract readers to your books, and build a thriving career as an author.

Highlights

Here are three of our top highlights from day two:

Top book marketing tips for historical fiction authors

James Blatch (from Self Publishing Formula & author of historical thriller The Final Flight)

Three book marketing success stories

With historical fiction authors…

Eric Schumacher

Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

M J Porter

Community is key: unlocking the ardent fan in every reader

Octavia Randolph (author of The Circle of Ceridwen Saga)

Click here to see a full list of day two events

All events are recorded except for those marked with an asterisk (*). If you can’t participate in an event live due to the timing/time zone, the recording will enable you to watch it at a time convenient for you.

10:30 – 11:30 (GMT) / 05:30 – 06:30 (EST)
Connecting with readers through compelling content
Sam Taw (Historical Times Magazine)

12:00 – 13:00 (GMT) / 07:00 – 08:00 (EST)
Paid ads for historical fiction authors
Laurence O’Bryan (BooksGoSocial)

13:30 – 15:30 (GMT) / 08:30 – 10:30 (EST) *Not recorded
Writing a compelling book blurb workshop
Holly Dawson

15:30 – 16:30 (GMT) / 10:30 – 11:30 (EST) *Not recorded
Live book listing critique
Anna Caig

17:00 – 18:30 (GMT) / 12:00 – 13:30 (EST)
Three book marketing success stories
MJ Porter, Chrystyna Lucyk Berger, Eric Schumacher

17:00 – 18:00 (GMT) / 12:00 – 13:00 (EST)
Promotion loves company: maximizing promotional efforts through an author collective
Ana Brazil, C.V. Lee, Edie Cay, Kathryn Pritchett, Linda Ulleseit

18:30 – 19:00 (GMT) / 13:30 – 14:00 (EST)
Community is key: unlocking the ardent fan in every reader
Octavia Randolph

19:30 – 20:30 (GMT) / 14:30 – 15:30 (EST)
Top book marketing tips for historical fiction authors
James Blatch (Self Publishing Formula)

21:00 – 22:00 (GMT) / 16:00 – 17:00 (EST) *Not recorded
Discussion group on book marketing tips

23:00 – 00:00 (GMT) / 18:00 – 19:00 (EST)
How to become a newsletter ninja!
Tammi Labrecque

00:30 – 01:30 (GMT) / 19:30 – 20:30 (EST)
Social media for historical fiction authors
Ariele Sieling

You can download the full convention agenda, including detailed summaries of each event, speaker bios, and timings, using the button below.

Day two includes the opportunity to have a one-to-one session with a book marketing expert for an added fee. We will provide more details on this in January for those who have booked this day.

Ready to book?

Use the button below to review the pricing and book your place!

DAY THREE (4 February) – PUBLISHING AND GETTING PUBLISHED

Day three will focus on publishing and getting published in historical fiction. We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of different publishing options – including traditional publishing, hybrid, and self-publishing – we will find out what publishers are looking for in 2022, and we will unlock the secrets of how to land an agent and get a publishing deal.

Highlights

Here are three of our top highlights from day three:

Which publishing pathway is right for you?

Jane Friedman

What are historical fiction agents and publishers looking for in 2022?

Craig Lye (Canelo)

Juliet Mushens (Mushens Entertainment)

Cate Hart (Harvey Klinger)

How to get an agent for your historical novel

Jessica Errera (Literary agent, Jane Rotrosen Agency)

Click here to see a full list of day three events

All events are recorded except for those marked with an asterisk (*). If you can’t participate in an event live due to the timing/time zone, the recording will enable you to watch it at a time convenient for you.

11:30 – 12:15 (GMT) / 06:30 – 07:15 (EST)
Indie vs traditional publishing: pros and cons from a hybrid author
Pam Lecky

13:00 – 14:30 (GMT) / 08:00 – 09:30 (EST)
Getting a publishing deal: three success stories
Cecily Blench, Kaia Alderson, Alexandra Walsh

13:00 – 14:30 (GMT) / 08:00 – 09:30 (EST) *Not recorded
Pitch your novel: live critique
Amy Durant (Sapere Books), Cate Hart (Harvey Klinger)

15:00 – 16:30 (GMT) / 10:00 – 11:30 (EST)
What are historical fiction agents and publishers looking for in 2022?
Juliet Mushens (Mushens Entertainment), Craig Lye (Canelo), Cate Hart (Harvey Klinger)

16:30 – 17:30 (GMT) / 11:30 – 12:30 (EST)
How to get an agent for your historical novel
Jessica Ererra (Jane Rotrosen Agency)

18:00 – 19:30 (GMT) / 13:00 – 14:30 (EST)
Which publishing pathway is right for you?
Jane Friedman

20:00 – 21:00 (GMT) / 15:00 – 16:00 (EST) *Not recorded
Ask the agent/publisher: a Q&A and networking event
Amy Durant (Sapere Books), Craig Lye (Canelo), Jessica Ererra (Jane Rotrosen Agency)

21:30 – 22:30 (GMT) / 16:30 – 17:30 (EST) *Not recorded
Discussion Group on publishing pathways

00:00 – 01:00 (GMT) / 19:00 – 20:00 (EST)
Publishing the indie way
Wendy Dunn

01:30 – 02:30 (GMT) / 20:30 – 21:30 (EST)
Getting a television or movie deal for your novel
Dave Mason

You can download the full convention agenda, including detailed summaries of each event, speaker bios, and timings, using the button below.

Day three includes the opportunity to have a one-to-one session with a literary agent for an added fee. We will provide more details on this in January for those who have booked this day.

Ready to book?

Use the button below to review the pricing and book your place!

DAY FOUR (5 February) – THE CRAFT OF HISTORICAL FICTION

Drawing on the knowledge of our editors, experts, and successful historical fiction authors, day four will explore what it takes to write great historical fiction. We will cover topics specific to historical fiction, the broader craft challenges faced by writers, and particular historical fiction subgenres. No matter what stage you’re at in your writing journey, day four is about helping you to become the best writer you can be.

Highlights

Here are three of our top highlights from day four:

What does it take to write great historical fiction?

With historical fiction authors…

Ben Kane

Denny S. Bryce

Susanna Kearsley

Andrew Taylor

Matthew Harffy

(Ben Kane image copyright Colin Thomas)

Writing your first historical novel: five things you need to know

Denny S. Bryce (author of Wild Women and the Blues)

Writing unheard voices: inspirations, challenges and responsibilities

With historical fiction authors…

Louise Hare

Louise Fein

Nikki Marmery

Frances Quinn

Click here to see a full list of day four events

All events are recorded except for those marked with an asterisk (*). If you can’t participate in an event live due to the timing/time zone, the recording will enable you to watch it at a time convenient for you.

 11:00 – 12:30 (GMT) / 06:00 – 07:30 (EST)
Writing historical crime fiction
Crime Writers Association: Martin Edwards, Jean Briggs, Karen Charlton, Matthew Booth

 11:00 – 12:30 (GMT) / 06:00 – 07:30 (EST)
Writing historical romance
Romantic Novelists Association: Julie Cohen, Melissa Oliver, Elizabeth Chadwick, Sharon Maas

14:00 – 15:30 (GMT) / 09:00 – 10:30 (EST)
Sparkling settings and convincing costumes: lessons from the stage
Deborah Swift

15:30 – 16:30 (GMT) / 10:30 – 11:30 (EST) *Not recorded
Discussion Group on craft tips

17:00 – 18:00 (GMT) / 12:00 – 13:00 (EST)
End with the beginning in mind: hooking readers with your chapter endings
Paper Lantern Writers: Ana Brazil, Kathryn Pritchett, Mari Christie, Rebecca D’Harlingue, Edie Cay

18:30 – 20:00 (GMT) / 13:30 – 15:00 (EST)
What does it take to write great historical fiction?
Matthew Harffy, Denny S. Bryce, Andrew Taylor, Susanna Kearsley, Ben Kane

20:30 – 21:30 (GMT) / 15:30 – 16:30 (EST)
Writing unheard voices: inspirations, challenges and responsibilities
Louise Fein, Louise Hare, Frances Quinn, Nikki Marmery

20:30 – 22:00 (GMT) / 15 :30 – 16:30 (EST) *Not recorded
Live editor critique & Q&A
Editors from The History Quill: James Aitcheson, Edward Willis

22:00 – 23:00 (GMT) / 17:00 – 18:00 (EST)
Magic and myth: incorporating fantasy elements in historical fiction
Christopher M. Cevasco

23:30 – 00:30 (GMT) / 18:30 – 19:30 (EST)
Writing short historical fiction
Meredith Allard (The Copperfield Review)

01:30 – 02:30 (GMT) / 20:30 – 21:30 (EST)
Writing your first historical novel: five things you need to know
Denny S. Bryce

01:30 – 03:00 (GMT) / 20:30 – 21:30 (EST)
The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world
Wendy Dunn, Christine Bell, Glenice Whitting, Kate Murdoch

You can download the full convention agenda, including detailed summaries of each event, speaker bios, and timings, using the button below.

Day four includes the opportunity to have a one-to-one session with an editor from The History Quill for an added fee. We will provide more details on this in January for those who have booked this day.

Ready to book?

Use the button below to review the pricing and book your place!

DAY FIVE (6 February) – HISTORY AND RESEARCH

History and research are at the heart of historical fiction, yet the relationship is sometimes uneasy, as writers must grapple with the challenges of maintaining historical accuracy even when the story is pulling them in the other direction. Day five will tackle the tensions inherent in translating history into fiction, help you to improve your research skills, and dive into a range of historical periods.

Highlights

Here are three of our top highlights from day five:

Do historical novelists have a duty to represent the past accurately?

Hallie Rubenhold (bestselling historian and historical fiction author)

Writing about real people: J.C. Briggs and Deborah Swift in conversation

With historical fiction authors…

Deborah Swift

J.C. Briggs

The relationship between history and historical fiction

With historical fiction authors…

Margaret Skea

Kelly Evans

MJ Porter 

Click here to see a full list of day five events

All events are recorded except for those marked with an asterisk (*). If you can’t participate in an event live due to the timing/time zone, the recording will enable you to watch it at a time convenient for you.

10:00 – 11:00 (GMT) / 05:00 – 06:00 (EST)
The real Tudors: writing about the Tudor period
Natalie Grueninger (Host of the Talking Tudors podcast), Dr Owen Emmerson

10:30 – 11:30 (GMT) / 05:30 – 06:30 (EST)
Stepping through the magic door: defining and achieving authenticity in historical fiction
Alison Bacon

12:00 – 13:00 (GMT) / 07:00 – 08:00 (EST)
Writing about real people: Deborah Swift and J.C. Briggs in conversation
Deborah Swift and Jean Briggs

14:00 – 15:00 (GMT) / 09:00 – 10:00 (EST)
World building 101 for historical fiction writers
Robin Henry

14:00 – 15:00 (GMT) / 09:00 – 10:00 (EST)
Women in history
Gina Buonaguro, M.K. Tod

15:30 – 17:00 (GMT) / 10:30 – 12:00 (EST)
Spinning straw into gold: storytelling veracity when evidence is slight
Octavia Randolph, Marion Wiesler

15:30 – 16:30 (GMT) / 10:30 – 11:30 (EST)
The rules of historical research and how authors get to break them
David Wilson

17:00 – 18:30 (GMT) / 12:00 – 13:30 (EST)
The relationship between history & historical fiction
MJ Porter, Kelly Evans, Margaret Skea

17:30 – 18:30 (GMT) / 12:30 – 13:30 (EST)
Turning personal history into historical fiction
Kyra Robinov

19:00 – 20:00 (GMT) / 14:00 – 15:00 (EST)
Do historical novelists have a duty to represent the past accurately?
Hallie Rubenhold

20:00 – 21:00 (GMT) / 15:00 – 16:00 (EST) *Not recorded
Research resource sharing session

21:00 – 22:30 (GMT) / 16:00 – 17:30 (EST)
The big debate: how accurate should historical fiction be?
Historical Writers Forum: Samantha Wilcoxson, K.S. Barton, Paula Lofting

23:30 – 00:30 (GMT) / 18:30 – 19:30 (EST)
Writing about Regency history for the commercial fiction market
Regency Fiction Writers: Sabrina Jeffries

You can download the full convention agenda, including detailed summaries of each event, speaker bios, and timings, using the button below.

Ready to book?

Use the button below to review the pricing and book your place!

Frequently asked questions

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Which countries will you accept bookings from?

We welcome bookings from people who are resident in the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and any EU country. If you are not resident in one of these countries, unfortunately we won’t be able to accept your business at this time.

Please note the stipulation about time zones below.

Update (21/12/2021): Unfortunately, due to GST regulations, we are unable to accept any further bookings for the convention from Canadian residents.

Will you accommodate different time zones?

We will organise the convention schedule to align well with North American and European time zones. Most events will take place at times of the day that are suitable for both North American and European participants. A small number of events will take place either in the early morning in North America or the late evening in Europe, but most of these events will be recorded for you to watch later.

If you are outside North America and Europe, you can still participate, but the convention may not align well with your local time zone. However, most of the convention will be recorded for you to watch at your convenience.

Will the convention be recorded?

Yes, the vast majority of the convention will be recorded and available for viewing for up to four weeks afterwards for free. You also have the option of getting lifetime access to the recordings for a small fee equal to 10% of the total cost of the convention. You can select this option on the checkout page.

The only events not recorded will be one-to-one sessions, interactive critiquing workshops, and discussion sessions, as these are focused almost entirely on live participation. These will be marked on the agenda. All other types of event will be recorded.

Where can I find the full agenda?

You can access the full agenda via any of the relevant buttons on this page, or you can download it here.

How interactive will the sessions be? Can I ask questions?

The convention will be very interactive. All of our panels and presentations will include some time for questions and answers at the end, and several of our sessions focus on interactive discussion and critique.

What does 'build your own convention' mean?

It means you can decide which theme days you want to attend and which you don’t. This will allow you to build an experience tailored to your interests. You can attend all five days, just one day, or anything in between.

What if I can't attend some of the days but still want to have access to the events?

No problem! If you want to attend but are unable to join us live for some or all of the days, you can watch the recordings at your convenience instead.

How much does the convention cost?

Go to the booking page here to see the pricing. You can book all five days, just one day, or anything in between. You will receive a 10% discount for each additional day booked, rising to a maximum 40% discount for all five days.

I would like to participate in one of the interactive critiquing or workshop sessions. How can I do this?

Unfortunately, the registration deadline for the interactive sessions has passed.

I would like to book a one-to-one session. When and how can I do this?

Unfortunately, the registration deadline for one-to-one sessions has passed.

Where can I see the full terms and conditions?

You can view our full terms and conditions here. There is a section dedicated to virtual events and the convention.

More questions?

If you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch by emailing us at events@thehistoryquill.com.

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