I’m excited to be planning my trip to Historical Novel Society North America’s (HNSNA) 2023 Conference in San Antonio next month!
I’m planning to pitch my finished novel to a couple of smaller publishers while I’m at the conference and learned I need something called a “pitch sheet.” This sheet will have a blurb (much as one might have on the back of a book), a bio, and some historical background information.
I looked at a couple of pitch sheets online and thought, “maybe I should do a sample cover?” Thanks to living in the 21st Century, I went on Fiverr, and sent a few images from my Pinterest to an artist along with a brief description of my heroine, and the plot and tone of the book. The artist sent a cover back in a little over two days. $30! I feel it was well worth it.
I attended HNS’s conference back in 2021 when the entire thing was on Zoom and I loved it, quickly getting to speed in what’s going on in traditional publishing today, self-publishing, craft and marketing. One of the most valuable sessions was Jane Friedman’s “Self-Publishing 101.” I was stunned to learn not only that people now buy book covers online, but to learn that people sometimes bought pre-designed covers and then write the books around them––wow!
My other favorite 2021 moment was when I attended a “Cozy Chat” with others writing about the American Revolution. We all had tri-corns. On hand. For when the occasion called for it. And we put them on!
I’ll write more next month after the Conference; wish me luck with my pitches!
P.S. I’ve also helped HNS-NYC re-vamp their website over the past couple of months. Take a look if you’re interested in past events, or want to see what’s going in NYC, whether you’re a historical fiction reader or writer.