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January is always a dangerous time. And no, I don’t mean the ice and snow that comes from living in Canada. January is dangerous because it’s my planning time; the time when I think strategically about where I’m heading and how I’m going to get there. The time when I think boldly to conceive outrageous goals. After all, why have a goal if it is easily attainable?

With the goal of reaching more than 1000 subscribers I’m changing the focus of A Writer of History. You can see it already in the blog’s banner photo: Inside Historical Fiction. And what, you may ask, does that mean?

Inside Historical Fiction

What I plan to do is look under the covers of historical fiction to illuminate those attributes that make it different from contemporary fiction. For writers, I hope the topic will enrich your writing process. For readers, I hope you will find insights to enhance your reading experience.

Posts will include interviews with well-known authors of historical fiction, reviews of books and articles on the topic of writing historical fiction, interviews with academics, and expansion of the Writers Map of Historical Fiction introduced a few weeks ago.

A former consulting colleague of mine used to say that choosing a strategy includes choosing what NOT to do, as well as choosing what TO do. In the case of A Writer of History, this means writing fewer (or no) posts on WWI and conducting fewer (or no) general author interviews.

With the goal of becoming known for analysis and insights on historical fiction, including the writing of and the readers of the genre, I plan to conduct another reader survey. This year’s survey will repeat some of the questions from prior years for comparison purposes while adding new questions about historical fiction and a focus on ‘social reading’ — how social media is affecting reading. Having reached 2400 readers in 2013, my goal is to reach 5000 in 2015. I will definitely need your help to reach readers around the globe.

So – a new look and a new focus. I welcome your feedback, topic suggestions and guest posts.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE is set in WWI France and is available in paperback from Amazon and in e-book formats from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. Her debut novel, UNRAVELLED: Two wars. Two affairs. One marriage. is available in paperback from Amazon (USCanada and elsewhere), and in e-book formats from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and on iTunes.

Mary can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads.