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HWA 2018 Conference Will Be Here Before You Know It!

HWA 2018 - Providence RI - June 7 - 10, 2018

We are celebrating a Craft-tastic Weekend! Master Class Writing Intensives, craft and historical sessions, and so much more.
The call for speakers ends March 15th. Call for Presenters

Early Bird Registration is now open. Conference

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Should You Consider a University Press for Your Next Book?

For years, university presses have focused on scholarly monographs and college textbooks. But that is changing. More universities are publishing popular non-fiction and fiction, in part because there's money in it. University presses can easily turn a profit from a press run of 10,000 to 15,000 books--figures that would cause a traditional trade press to turn up its corporate nose in disgust.

That is good news for historical writers looking for new markets.

Which of the university press should one approach?

Start with the Association of American University Presses at The website includes a resources section called For Authors & Faculty. The Finding a Publisher section includes a grid which shows which publishers are interested in fiction, biography, folklore, sociology, American history and other topics. Some publishers prefer fiction that targets their region. They are less picky when it comes to nonfiction.


Four Speakers Look at Writing, History and Dragons

Author Parris Afton Bonds helped launch the Romance Writers of America group in 1980. But there was nothing glamorous about her early career. She borrowed money and spent $800 in phone calls promoting her work. She wrote newspaper, magazine and TV journalists in seven states, assuring them she “was a great interview.”

The beginning writer—and mother of five boys—had some down days. If you're passionate about your work, “you will be trampled on,” she told attendees at the Historical Writers of America's second annual conference in New Mexico.
But you can get through it with a big dose of passion, persistence, and Pepto-Bismol, said Bonds, the Texas-based author of 45 historical and romance novels. Writers must share the same traits as the heroes they write about, she said. They must cultivate an indomitable spirit.

“Close your mind to discouragement,” she said. “Don't let those bastards get you down.”



HWA 3rd Annual Conference
Providence, RI June 7 -10 2018 - Save the date!


 Speaker Series Interviews

Jodi Daynard
Parris Afton Bonds

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