I have to halt posting about seventeenth century cosmetics for a moment. Why? Because I just booked my flight to The Historical Novel Society Conference and I’m psyched!
We only meet on US soil every other year because we rotate with our British founders across the pond. Which makes it the Do Not Miss Event for historical fiction!
Though I’ve been a member for many years, 2011’s San Diego conference was my first. No matter what you may have heard about my goings-on during the early morning hours in the lobby, I can make no further public comment. Suffice it to say, I made some of my very best friends in San Diego.
I was delighted to meet PhDs, archeologists, and world travelers. For this group, it’s about more than just the writing, it’s passion for time and place. Because of so many variations within historical fiction, you find thrillers writers to romance writers, specializing in settings from Ancient Rome to World War One.
From meeting big names, to informative panels, it’s a lot of bang for your buck. Count on covering all the hot topics in the genre. Strictly limited to only three hundred attendees, you get to meet almost everyone. They schedule plenty of networking (aka cocktails) at large then break into smaller, more intimate sessions. Agent and editor pitches are scheduled in advance, but most snag extra pitches from the waiting list and by hanging around the pitch room for no-shows. This year they’re even offering an optional writing-coach workshop.
Check it out and join us. We can make some history of our own. Like this little memory. I can’t recall exactly why or how Sophie Perinot and I managed a Tweet & Greet. She made me hold the sign, even threatened me with a big stick.