It’s Survey Time Again

Interesting chart showing what people look for when they read historical fiction — it also says something about who reads it. I’d say women make up the biggest percentage.

A Writer of History

Announcing HF 2015 SurveyYes, I know some of you will think I’m crazy!

However, the topic of reading is always on my mind and this time, with advice from historical fiction editor and blogger Jenny Quinlan and New York Time best-selling author Beatriz Williams, fellow panel members at the upcoming Historical Novel Society’s Denver conference, I’m releasing a 3rd reader survey.

Topics include:

  • preferences regarding famous or fictional characters
  • what makes characters come alive
  • favourite historical novels (yes, this will be complicated)
  • favourite historical fiction authors (let’s see how the rankings change this year)
  • effects of social media on the reading experience

Please take the survey and share the link with friends, family, and on as many social media venues as you can – The survey will be open until May 14. Many thanks for your help.

A few highlights from prior surveys:

  • HISTORICAL FICTION IS MAINSTREAM: Less than 2% of participants said they rarely or never…

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3 thoughts on “It’s Survey Time Again

    • You’re welcome! One comment on the survey, it seemed to assume that people who write historical fiction read it. I haven’t read it for years. Now I’m too busy reading history! 🙂

      • An interesting perspective, Martha. I suspect many other writers are like you – but they do say that one way to improve your own writing is to read great books by others! I also review books so that gives me a chance to read lots of variety 🙂

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