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Creating & Publishing GOOD Historical Fiction

Creating & Publishing GOOD Historical Fiction



Join us in the library for a writing workshop with New York Times best-selling author, L. M. Elliott, and founder of Fortiter et Recte Literary, Peter Malone Elliott. Learn how to research and write unique, captivating, authentic, and commercially viable historical fiction. Topics to be covered include:

  • Finding character, themes, and plots twists in primary documents, targeted research, interviews with historians, and by asking librarians
  • Creating authentic dialogue, true to the cultural milieu of an era
  • Avoiding historical cliche and "info dump"
  • Working in era-specific societal expectations/challenges
  • Writing an effective query and marketing your work

In his discussion about agent/editor queries and marketing, in addition to his years of work with aspiring authors at Book Pipeline, Peter will share his experience os using a small publisher for his debut novel.

While not required, it may be helpful to be familiar with the following books which will be referenced during the presentation:
Bea and the New Deal Horse
Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves
Hamilton and Peggy!
Under a War-torn Sky
Da Vinci's Tiger

This year’s winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, L. M. Elliott was an award-winning magazine journalist in Washington, D.C., before becoming a New York Times best-selling author of 14 historical and biographical novels. She has written on a variety of eras (the Italian Renaissance, American Revolution, Great Depression, WWII, and the Cold War) and for a variety of ages. Her works include the above titles and the Cold War docudrama, Suspect Red. Her novels have received multiple starred reviews and awards. Elliott has spent many happy summer weeks over four decades at Rehoboth in a much-beloved family cottage.

Before founding Fortiter et Recte Literary,  Peter Malone Elliott was the Director of Operations for Book Pipeline, where he spearheaded the division’s rebrand and launched three much-acclaimed author discovery platforms. It was here Peter honed his editing skills and his deep-seated love of working with writers—no matter what stage in their careers—grew into a sense of mission. In addition to reviewing thousands of manuscripts, Peter passionately coached all Pipeline contest winners, providing in-depth editorial analysis of their works and long-term career development strategy. As the sole person responsible for industry circulation of Pipeline finalist manuscripts, he single-handedly developed a network of 200 literary agents and acquiring editors. With his help, a dozen first-time authors secured literary representation and/or publishing deals. Peter also is the author of Blue Ridge, a psychological thriller.

We invite you to support the presenters by purchasing a copy of their books from Browseabout Books by clicking HERE. Call-in orders are accepted at (302) 226-2665 or you can stop by the store to purchase a copy. For store hours, please visit their website.


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Saturday, June 15, 2024
10:30am - 12:30pm Eastern Time
Large Meeting Room
Lewes Public Library
  Adults     Older Adults  
  Book Discussions     Literacy and Language  

Registration is required. There are 16 seats available.