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.

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Parenting chaos

Having just returned from Chicago, where we helped our daughter and son-in-law with their toddler and newborn, I am reminded of the chaos each family faces in such circumstances. Toddlers are beautiful little people, fun, engaging, eager to learn, chatty, and from time to time¬†totally impossible. Adding a newborn to…

Evolving World of Book Reviews (2)

Last week’s post on book reviewing postulated a few reasons authors seek reviews: audience exposure, influence readers to purchase, useful feedback, reader connections, data collection, endorsement by someone of note. But what about readers? Beyond book recommendations, are readers looking for information, for perspective, for themes to consider, for insights…

Evolving world of book reviews

Although traditional media remain a source for book reviews, social media and online sites play an ever-increasing role in how readers choose and discuss books. What can be said about the¬†evolving world of book reviews and recommendations? A 2013 survey showed that online sources dominate when readers look for recommendations.…

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