Mary Tod

About me

I write historical fiction focused on WWI and WWII. In addition to writing and research, I enjoy exploring how the changing world of publishing is affecting writers, agents, publishers and others. HNS offers a wonderful change to connect and participate with like-minded individuals.

From my website

Market Segmentation – One Writer’s View

Have you ever thought of applying market segmentation to your novels? When I worked at IBM, we thought about markets for PCs in the days when personal computers were new (yes, I lived in a time when we didn’t have PCs), and when I was in consulting, we considered the characteristics of…

10 Thoughts on the Purpose of Historical Fiction

A second reading of Jerome de Groot’s The Historical Novel offers insights on the purposes of historical fiction beyond entertainment. “History itself [and therefore historical fiction] possesses interest for us more as the unfolding of certain moral and mental developments than as the mere enumeration of facts.” Historical fiction offers an…

Writing Historical Fiction by Katharine McMahon

Two days ago, I promised to provide some thoughts based on my reading of Katharine McMahon’s WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION. It’s a small e-book which requires less than two hours to read and, beyond the introduction, is broken into the following chapters: (1) Following Your Nose, (2) Researching the Past, (3)…

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