2013 Historical Fiction Survey

In October 2013, the second comprehensive survey of historical fiction reached more than 2400 participants. Resulting survey data offers intriguing perspectives on favourite authors, time periods and story types, the reading habits of men and women, attitudes concerning pricing and indie books, and the growing influence of social media on all aspects of reading.

Posts about the survey include:

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I am very grateful to Richard Lee, founder of the Historical Novel Society for supporting the 2013 survey. Through HNS, I have discovered a wealth of information on historical fiction and an incredibly robust community of readers and writers.

40 thoughts on “2013 Historical Fiction Survey”

  1. Hello Mary – Have been out of touch for the past month due to moving (very traumatic) and filling out this survey was a great way to reenter the comunication loop. Thanks for being the driving force in gaining information about HF.

  2. Ms. Tod,

    I took the survey today and I enjoyed seeing the answers on it as it gives a glimpse into other readers’ preferences as much as it helps you receive our individual answers. The only thing I had forgotten to say in conclusion is when it came to mark off a response for the time of books we read, my answer wasn’t quite accurate as when I thought about it afterwards it nearly sounded as though I read other formats, when in fact, I exclusively read print books? Just thought I should say that here. I am most curious for the results myself! And, as foresaid in my survey, the HNS is one of my favourite blogs to drop by! Thankful to lend support to you and to the HNS!

  3. This is fascinating and I spent a lot of time reading all the links and information I could find about the survey results.

    But there is one area I was interested in that has not – yet – been detailed. As a wannabe historical fiction novelist I am curious about the “future” of historical fiction, so I was particularly interested in the responses of those under 30. (I am 52, so I am not being ageist, if anybody has concerns on that issue.)

    Is it likely that a future link will analyse the responses and preferences of those under 30 years of age? I am particularly interested in favourite time periods and genre type preferences.

    Would anybody else find this particular aspect interesting?

    1. Hi Free-Falconer … I will be looking at age related items in a future post. Definitely an interesting angle when considering the future of historical fiction. I am encouraged already by the widespread readership for HF which spans all age groups that participated. Interestingly, the 2012 survey showed that those who begin to read HF at a young age are very enthusiastic readers of the genre later in life. Another thing to keep in mind is the notion of story – the top reason for reading HF for those who read less than 25% is ‘because it’s a great story’. Many thanks for stopping by.

  4. I am looking for a historical novel about a one armed boy growing to be a fisherman. 17th century. It has a gr8 description of a whaling village, fishing boats and procedures. Can anyone help with title or author?

  5. No. Never used.facebook. car accidentt. Brain damage, haard to learn new things. Good idea. I see if my daughter will do it.

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