A Conference I Can’t WAIT For!

Posted by Heather on Mar 6, 2013 in WRITING TIPS |

hnsAs the spring blows in, I find myself getting super excited for conference season! There are a few I’m excited about, but my favorite happens in June–the Historical Novel Society. It alternates every other year between the U.S. and England. This year it’s going down in a beautiful coastal town in Florida.

So what’s all the fuss about? Who even attends?


**Historical Fiction, Historical Fantasy, His. Romance, or His. YA

**Meeting authors they love, plus books signings

**Late night sex readings by their favorite authors (Diana G abaldon and several others with juicy tales)

**Big names like C.W. Gortner, Susan Vreeland, Michelle Moran, Sheromance coverrry Jones, Leslie Carroll, and SO MANY MORE)

**Era fashion show & contest

**Cool panels on things like women in history, weaponry,witchcraft, the ancient world, poison, et al.

**Cocktail hour and semi-formal dinners

**novels with swashbuckling, seafaring, warring, medieval, renaissance, regency, early 1900’s or even WWII adventure tales and more


**Write in any of those categories above

**Enjoy any of those things above

**Want to pitch to agents & editors

**Are interested in craft or agent panels

**Could use some peer inspiration and camaraderie



**Want to meet their writing heroes

**Want to hit sunny Florida and stay in a hotel that overlooks the bay

Need more convicing?

Check out these bloggers who have their own feelings on the subject!

Amanda Orr

Marci Jefferson

Julianne Douglas

Susan Spann


What about you? Do you have any conferences you’re really excited about?




Chris R.
Mar 6, 2013 at 11:12 pm

Late night sex readings? Holy moly!

Mar 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

LOL, Chris. There are some blazin’ scenes in historical novels.

Meg @ A Bookish Affair
Mar 7, 2013 at 8:11 am

I’m super excited to attend the HNS conference in June too! It’ll be my first time!

Mar 7, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Yay! I’m so excited to hook up with everyone.

Kate Michael
Mar 7, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I’ll be there! They have workshops on weapons, witchcraft, and poison! Plus, there’s palm trees :)

Mar 7, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Are you seriously coming, Kate? I’d love to meet you! :)

Kate Michael
Mar 7, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Hey! Yes, I’m coming, and I can’t wait to meet you too! I’ll probably book everything next week :)

Mar 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Kate!!! OMG! Yay!!!!! Drinks on the patio for sure! I’m so excited to meet you.

Kate Michael
Mar 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm

WOOOT!! Absolutely 😀

Arabella Stokes
Mar 8, 2013 at 10:49 am

Heather, I absolutely cannot wait for this conference! As a native Floridian, I am looking forward to welcoming many friends, fellow authors, and fans of historical fiction to the Sunshine State! It’s gonna be a blast!

Mar 8, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Donna, I CAN’T WAIT! Especially to see you and the girls. It’s going to be so fun! xo



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