2013 GH Finalist: Piper Huguley

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piperPlease welcome GH Finalist Piper Huguley to our Firebird blog!   Piper is an aspiring author pursuing publication for her inspirational historical romance fiction.  She is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist for her novel, A Champion’s Heart—the fourth book in The Bledsoe Sisters series.  She is a member of RWA, GRW, FHL, ACFW and CIMRWA.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/piperghuguley

Twitter: @writerpiper

Blog: http://piperhuguley.com

A Champion’s Heart

1935 Pittsburgh:  Aptly-named Champion Bates is an up and coming Negro contender who harbors a secret—he could lose his eyesight if he keeps boxing. He is tormented by a love lost–at the moment of their elopement; he abandoned his childhood sweetheart, Cordelia “Delie” Bledsoe for his career. Seven years later, Delie needs financial help to sustain her orphan’s home. To prove his love, he will fight—one more time—and give her the winnings to maintain her heart’s desire.  Will Delie rediscover her love and forgive him in time to prove she has A Champion’s Heart?

 

What’s going on with historical romance?

If you haven’t heard, since the beginning of the month, historical romance has folks talking. Lynn Spencer kicked things off in the All About Romance blog.

The fabulous Evangeline Holland (my FB writing group buddy) continued the discussion on her blog.

Dear Author got into the fray and weighed in with the provocatively titled: “We should let the historical romance die.”  I commented there:

Even in the Rita chat this past Thursday featuring this year’s Rita historical romance nominees, the first question to any of the nominees (Sarah MacLean), was:  How did she feel about the Dear Author controversy?”

For those of us who are nominated in this category this year in the Golden Heart, we have a stake in this.  And maybe even previous years. As I said in the Dear Author column, if you consider the Golden Heart nominees as “up and comers” then we have something to say about up and coming into a subgenre that Jane of Dear Author thought should die, so that it can rise up, phoenix-like, and reinvent itself.

For me, since I have been on a quest to fill what I considered to be an empty niche, my thought was to throw caution to the wind and to write whatever I wanted to read.  And I did.  And I came to find that there is no crazed throng waiting breathlessly for the next Bledsoe sister story to come forth from my old 2007 Toshiba laptop. Yikes.

Some solutions have been offered to help historical romance back to prominence, mainly along the lines of increasing the variety of the genre.  This solution has received some acceptance, but it is risky. Until some of us get out there to see how the sales shift things, we don’t really know if this is the answer.

So we must batten down the proverbial hatches, weather the storm and continue to write what we love.  Historical Romance will be back someday.  I don’t know when or how the next breakout will be (and I pray it will be one of us), but when it does, we need to be ready for it.   And to hearten any of my Golden Heart sisters who have been nominated this year or previous years and may not be at the receiving end of that agent/editor love, I offer the words of Jeanne Lin. Lin, a previous Golden Heart winner who now publishes her Chinese Historical Romance with Harlequin, told me via twitter this week:  “Strangely, this does not frighten me too much. We write unusual historicals. We’re dying from the moment we’re born.”

Weigh in:  is historical romance dying or is it just reflective of a cyclical trend?  What might be the answer? 

66 Responses to “2013 GH Finalist: Piper Huguley”

  1. Piper Huguley says:

    Going shopping for the GH dress this morning, but whenever anyone wants to weigh in, I’ll respond! Have a good day!

  2. Susana Ellis says:

    The focus on testing above all else has forced teachers to concentrate on teaching to the test, and that, unfortunately, is giving academics a bad name. If history class is mostly dates and wars and test-taking tips, students are going to have a tendency to dislike history. I personally don’t care for that sort of history. History to me is how people lived, what they thought, and why they thought that. Just like language teaching was never about memorizing vocabulary lists and conjugating verbs; that stuff has no meaning without the experience of using the language to chat with people and find out what makes them tick.

    It’s sad, but I’m old enough to have seen many fads come and go in our educational system, and I’m hoping that before too long people will come to their senses about this testing craze and allow teachers to teach from their hearts and not from some arbitrary list of “standards.”

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Susana,

      Me too! With my ds who does not like to be tested, but loves his animals and dinosaurs, it is crazy that these kind of standards have completely taken over education. As an educator, I am not one to say “stop testing,” but it cannot and should not be the only way. It kills the enthusiasm for learning.

      Thank you for stopping by!

  3. Julie Steele says:

    I hadn’t heard historicals weren’t “in” anymore until all the controversy. Now I will keep my head out of the sand.

    But I firmly believe as long as there are lovers of history, there will be a place for our books. Love what Jeanne Lin had to say about the whole thing. There is a bumper sticker there!

    Peace, Julie

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Julie,

      I know, she has been so great. People may know already, but she did, by Twitter, helped me to keep it together before the GH announcements and I really appreciate her good sense.
      And if she hasn’t read what you said here, I might pass it along to her–after all, she could make a bumper sticker and use the proceeds to start the twins college fund! Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Piper – welcome to the Firebirds blog. As a contemp writer, I had no idea people were even talking about this – I still see historical as the “holy grail” of romance. You’ve brought an interesting topic to the table today – thanks!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Nikki,

      I have to say I hestiated a bit before I submitted this because I thought everyone knew about it, so I am glad that I submitted this, even if it was a bit different from what other had done before. Thank you for having me today!

  5. Piper – welcome to the Firebirds blog. As a contemp writer, I had no idea people were even talking about this – I still see historical as the “holy grail” of romance. You’ve brought an interesting topic to the table today – thanks!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      I forgot to say–wow, “holy grail”….no pressure there Nikki! :) Once again, thank you for giving me a place to vent!

  6. Kay Hudson says:

    I haven’t kept up with the latest controversy (work got in the way!), but at a recent conference an editor told me that although people claim they want more variety in historical romance, all they buy are Regency-set stories. This is clearly an exaggeration (apparently they buy Scottish Highland stories, too!), but New York believes it. (My own 2011 GH finalist is a rom-com set in 1877 Texas–talk about a non-existent market!) I’d love to see more variety, too, more Jeannie Lins. I just bought Deeanne Gist’s latest book, It Happened at the Fair, set in 1890s Chicago, but most of the historicals on my current stack are Regencies–because that’s what my friends are selling.

    • Magdalen says:

      Kay — When an editor tells you that readers only buy Regency-set stories, that’s like having the organizers of a race tell you that the runners only drink Gatorade…when that’s the only drink in the little cups on offer. Someone made those choices long before readers got into it.

      I used to ache for the next Jane Feather or Patricia Gaffney historical, 20 years ago. But someone decided that the average reader didn’t want to read 400-page, well-researched stories about Cromwell’s civil war or mid-19th Century Wyckerley. Now I’m offered titles like “When you Give an Earl a Cookie.”

      I disagree with Jane about self-publishing not being an answer here. Editors may have clamped down on alternatives, but if you have a great story, readers will find you. It may take a while, but it’s better than the Hobson’s choice of “write what sells” or “that will never sell” rejections.

      • Magdalen, that book title cracked me up! That’s exactly what it seems like! (Though it’s more likely to be a duke…)

        • Piper Huguley says:

          Talia,

          That title is funny–for those of with kids who know those big selling books, I wouldn’t pass someone to try it…or maybe for contemps it would be..If You Give a Billionaire a Beignet!

          Thanks for stopping by!

      • Piper Huguley says:

        Magdalen,

        Thank you for your comment. It may be more of us need to branch out to self pubbing. I bought some over the weekend to support a writer who was writing in 20th century Russia. Thank you for coming by!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Kay,

      It does make me wonder who these people are and how they know so well what readers want…I still read Regencies, so even I may be partly to blame, but when that is all there is to buy….it’s a vicious circle. Thank you for stopping by, Kay!

  7. Welcome! If I remember correctly, Dear Author and Smart Bitches teamed up a couple of years ago to “Bring back the dying contemporary!” Does anyone else remember that? Apparently, the contemporary was in risk of dying out and now it’s back stronger than ever. As for historicals (which I write), I do want them to branch out from England only. I had a manuscript rejected a couple of years back because the heroine was not British, but a princess from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Never mind that it won about 20 contests and took an overall best book in one. I think readers still want the historical, but want other settings. That said, you’re right, historicals are the anchor of the romance genre.

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Wow, your historical certainly sounds interesting, Kathleen…I hope that it sees the light of day sometime. Thank you for stopping by!

  8. Chris Taylor says:

    Great post, Piper. I can’t comment for the market in general,but I LOVE historicals. My favourite book of all time is Kathleen E Woodiwiss’ A Rose in Winter. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read that book!

    I hope you found the perfect GH dress! I still have no idea what I’m going to wear!

    Looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta.

    • Piper Huguley says:

      And that love matters. Keep up the love Chris, that’s all I’m saying…..:) Thank you for stopping by!

  9. Darcy Woods says:

    Morning Lucky 13 sister! Wow, Piper, I’m with Nikki–I had no clue about the controversy surrounding the future of Historicals. Since I write contemporary YA, probably the closest parallel I can draw is YA Paranormal Romance which has become an industry swearword. *adds dollar to swear jar*

    However, I don’t believe any genre EVER dies. It cycles. And recycles. Until it is en vogue again. So in the meantime, I’ve just had to find clever ways to sneak a “breath” of paranormal into my contemporaries. Because I love a good rebellion ;)

    Happy Dress Shopping!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Glad to edify you, Darcy! And I like your attitude about it, so if you don’t mind, I will just think of it like that…
      And as for the dress shopping—curse those Krispy Kremes!

  10. Piper, my Lucky 13 sister,
    Your story sounds absolutely amazing, but I may be partial since I’m from Pittsburgh. :-)
    I love the high stakes and second chances in the story, but more than anything I love when the characters find their lost loves. It makes my heart all mushy-like.
    I don’t generally listen to the nonsense about what sells, what doesn’t and what genres are a dying breed. Good books sell. Period. I will read any genre if it has a good story and good characters.
    Yours sounds like a great story, and I’m sure it will sell. Period. :-)

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Kim,

      Are yinz from the ‘Burgh ‘n at?

      Translation for those not from Pittsburgh: Are you from Pittsburgh too?

      Small world!

      And I so appreciate your supportive comments. They help, believe me, on the down days!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  11. Great post, Piper!

    I must admit that I’ve been clueless about the future of historicals, but as a paranormal YA romance author (and my swear jar is full), I hope that readers will demand that publishers and authors (who self-publlish) keep publishing the stories they love. Like Darcy said, contemporary stories fell in and out of favor, so perhaps historicals will come back even bigger than before in the near future!

    Your story sounds fabulous, Piper. It deserves to be read!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Bonnie,

      I so appreciate your supportive comments–I had not realized about the circulating swear word jar (and didn’t used to be a quarter?). It’s good to have these opportunities to learn from one another! Thank you for coming by!

  12. Piper, I’m glad you brought this topic here. I hadn’t realized that Dear Author hadn’t originated the discussion, so thank you for the links. For myself, I find the current crop of Regency historicals stifling, with a few shining exceptions. As Magdalen alluded to, what’s on the publishers’ lists tends to be even more narrowly defined than simply being set in a single time and place (though that’s bad enough).

    For myself, I miss the variety of historical settings and flavors. I vividly remember an Edith Layton novel set in 1906 San Francisco. I read the book in the early 1990’s and it’s stuck with me all this time.

    It’s pretty clear that the current publishing industry thinking is, at best, not entirely accurate, judging from the success of indie authors like Debra Holland (a GH winner), who is making a great living from her sweet Western set historicals that nobody would buy because they weren’t spicy Regencies.

    Something I don’t see people mentioning is that this isn’t the first time historicals have been in decline. I can’t remember the timing anymore, but it doesn’t seem that long ago that historical romance authors were fleeing the subgenre and turning to women’s-fiction-flavored contemporaries, which were getting hot at the time. After a few years, the trend reversed. Contemporary romance was dead, and historical was on the rise. And now the trend has reversed once more. I’m sure it will yet again. The question is, will it get out of the Regency-only, England-only, nobility-only rut? Some outside catalyst has to do that, I think. A book that does so spectacularly well that the publishing industry can’t ignore it. Or an indie-fueled trend, a la New Adult.

    • Terri Osburn says:

      Talia, are you suggestions a 50 Shades of Arabian Nights? ;)

      Kidding, but I very much agree. Someone is going to have to forcibly break the current mold. And someone will. Eventually.

      • Piper Huguley says:

        Or just bring by Arabian Nights! There’s plenty of sexual variety and action in that for anyone!

        Piper

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Talia,

      I appreciate your comments about the genre as cylical. That gives me hope. And I’ve read Debra’s work before too. I don’t quite understand this clinging to a 20thc business model, but things are turning over and it seems that the authors have more control than before. Thank you for coming by!

  13. Terri Osburn says:

    I’ve been reading Historical Romance since the 1980s, and I have never struggle to find an Historical through the years. There is no shortage of them now. I agree, there is less variety, but you can find it if you look hard enough. Heck, just go to Amazon and page through Historicals. There are still plenty of options.

    Like most things, reader tastes go in cycles, but few things truly die and I have no fear the Historical will go anywhere. Well, I hope it ventures back a few years, or out a few countries, but they’ll still be on the shelves, virtual and otherwise.

    I’m not one to pay much attention to these Chicken Little types of broohahas. Oh, and welcome to the blog, Piper! Your story sounds amazing and the perfect example of a new Historical spin. I used to live in Pittsburgh so you have me on the setting alone.

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Terri,

      Pittsburgh is a fascinating setting and I think it gets kicked around a lot because of the name–even in the latest historical bio picture about Jackie Robinson, 42, where my beloved hometown got kicked around a lot, just because of the name.

      *gets off of her soapbox*

      As some folk said, the prob with historicals is they don’t age and so the turnover may not be as great. There’s that. There is some variety, and as a consumer, I have tried to make sure to vary my consumption of historicals a bit to see they all get some reader love.

      Thanks for the warm welcome to the blog, Firebird, and for coming by!

  14. Piper, I applaud your decision to “throw caution to the wind and to write whatever you wanted to read”! That’s the type of book I want to read and, as an aspiring historical romance author, that’s the book I want to write as well. Looking forward to the day when I can read your book. Hope you are the break-out author who leads the way for all of us. And hope you are having great fun (and good luck) finding your GH dress!!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Jacqui,

      Thank you so much for your words of support! And you’ve been getting all of these contest placements, so it may be you! But when our time comes, I will be supportive of any and everyone who breaks out of the box! Thank you for your support!

  15. Amy DeLuca says:

    Enjoyed your post, Piper. I don’t write historicals, but I do love to read them– to me, it’s all about characters I can get into and a great love story. I don’t care where or when it’s set. I’m a YA writer whose GH finalist is a Paranormal (that swear jar is getting mighty full) so I’m in a similar boat, wondering about the future of this book. I’ve been told by several agents that they love it, but the Paranormal element scares them because it’s getting too hard to sell. Even if this is not the time for my book to sell, I believe it will cycle back around and find a home eventually. In the meantime, I keep writing other things. I hope yours does get published- it sounds so good.

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Amy,

      There’s that swear jar again… who knew these genres had so much in common! We have to tough it out and advocate for our stories! Thank you so much for your words of support and for coming by Amy–loved your Mother’s Day picture with your boys!

  16. Leslie Lynch says:

    Hi, Piper! Great post, fellow Lucky 13!

    Well written books will always find readers – or vice versa. As I’ve read about the stories that Golden Heart judges rated as GH worthy, I have been struck by the willingness of readers to accept far more diverse stories and settings than editors feel safe in acquiring.

    On the flip side, one of my good friends, Caroline Fyffe, is extremely successful with her sweet western historicals. There is clearly a market! I would by and read your story in a heartbeat, Piper, and I don’t think I’m alone in being intrigued with stories ‘outside the box’!

    Wishing you the best in your publishing career!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Thanks Leslie,

      And your perspective means a lot with your insight into the inspy world! I certainly hope more readers are drawn by the unusual–for me it is such a learning opportunity. Thank for your kind words and for coming by!

  17. TamraBaumann says:

    Hi Piper and welcome!

    What a great post. I must side with the majority and say trends come and go, but a good story is a good story and it will sell. Keep writing from your heart and your time will come!

    Good luck with the dress. I don’t think I had my mind made up about my dress until a week before LA last year. (I don’t recommend wavering on clothing until the last minute like that. It just adds more GH stress. ;0)

    Good luck and best wishes for much future success!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Tamra,

      Thank you for coming by! And I can say it here since you are the last one to post–thus far, I found a dress! I’m not doing a costume, but it does have a slight ‘Cleopatra’ kind of flavor–appropriate for a historical romance author!

      Thank you for your kind words and for coming by!

  18. Destiny says:

    Hi Piper,

    Congratulations on being a GH finalist!

    Thank you so much for bringing this topic to my awareness. I had no idea. I love historical books and hope they will live on forever. It will if we all keep on writing historicals and reading them too. You are right we need to keep breaking out of the box. You inspired me to tackle my own out of the box wips.

    Thank you for taking the time out to do this blog.
    Destiny

  19. Piper Huguley says:

    Destiny,

    Good to see you over here, and that you waded your way through this prickly debate! I just hope people keep their minds open to the possibilities–that would help publishers to see the opportunities that are there. There is a very powerful group of young people coming up in the world and they are not patient with old ways of doing/seeing things. Thanks for stopping by!

  20. Robena Grant says:

    Excellent post, Piper. I had read the article on KBoards last week. The Historical Thread on the forums discussed in detail. While I don’t write historical or Regency, I love both. They are my chocolate, my pacifier. ; ) To me there is nothing like curling up with a wonderful historical so, I hope it isn’t so. I hope this is only a lull and historicals will be stronger than ever.

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Thank you Robena,

      I have some favorite guilty pleasure reading too–the kind of thing that I love to read, but would never write. Congrats on the launch of your new book–it looks great! Thank you for coming by!

  21. Evangeline says:

    I love that this conversation keeps expanding and stretching across various blogs!

    I don’t know if there’s anything else I can add except my hope that it has made everyone remember how much they love the genre, and that it’s whet everyone’s appetites for a variety of settings and characters.

  22. Tracy Brogan says:

    I’m happy about the discussion but I found Dear Authors post to be unduly harsh and she seemed to gather her data all from one source, Publisher’s Weekly. Granted, that’s a very reliable source! But that article didn’t address digital sales and I think that tipped the results. I also think there is an abundance of light Regency romance at the moment (which I thoroughly enjoy) but there are also Scottish historicals, darker, deeper historicals like Joanna Bourne, Cecelia Grant, Sherry Thomas, Meredith Duran, the list goes on. So to say “historicals” should die is a vast generalization.

    And a big YES to Magdelen for her ‘Gatorade’ comment. I don’t think there is an absence of great talent and great ideas from authors. I think publishing houses need to recognize that the public will embrace something outside the Regency guidelines. Readers just want an engaging story.

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Hi Tracy,

      That was my argument too. She was blaming the wrong source, but I think she knew that. The column was more of a cry into the wilderness to get attention and it worked! Thank you for stopping by!

  23. Jean Willett says:

    Welcome to the Firebirds, Piper! Congratulations on being a Lucky13 and good luck in Atlanta.

    I have to agree with several others. While the industry is changing, it’s still cyclical on the genres. Romantic Suspense has been up and down so much we suffer whiplash. The eBook surge has allowed a lot of authors the avenue to publish books in genres NY thinks are dead. The readers and sales say otherwise.

    Keep pushing, keep writing and it will happen.

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Hi Jean,

      Thank you for your good wishes! It is so interesting to exchange information about what is up and what is not. Trends do seem to be so cyclical and like everything else these days, it is happening fast. I can’t imagine RS ever being out of fashion. That’s some of the guilty pleasure reading I was talking about in an earlier response. I love reading it as my “chocolate” as Robena said, but I could never imagine writing it. People who can are awesome! Thanks for stopping by!

  24. Hi, Piper! Interesting controversy. I was unaware of the debate since I’ve been in my editing cave. I’m about to indie release a Scottish historical time travel with faeries. When I first wrote this story, I was clueless about the industry. I just wrote what I wanted to read. At my first local chapter meeting—I won’t tell you how long ago—I was told it would be impossible to sell. Now I’m told the market is flooded. Go figure!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Hello GH sister Dawn!

      I am so happy that you wrote what you like to read and now it is burgeoning! Good for you! Please keep all of us posted on your future success. I haven’t been told what you were told, exactly, it has been more hints. So I keep all possibilities open and I know I can learn from folk like you who are paving the way! Best of luck and thank you for coming by!

  25. Oberon Wonch says:

    Hi, Piper, my Lucky 13 Sister! Your historical sounds fabulous, and I can’t wait to read it.

    I’m so glad you posted about this topic, as it’s been a long-time study of mine. I’ve been writing what I want to read (medieval romance) for over ten years, and I only pray some of your commenters are right–that the market is cyclical and historicals will see a resurgence. I hope it’s soon and that medievals and historicals in other settings will find their audiences again. Somewhere around 2005, I witnessed the evaporation of new medieval romances from the traditional market–seemingly overnight–and my favorite subgenre hasn’t truly rallied since. So, it’s been a long time to be in a down-swing. True, the occasional Scottish highlander medieval surfaces, and the digital world is full of medievals with paranormal elements, plus, many established authors are now self-publishing their older books as if they’re new again, so a search on Amazon makes it appear as if there’s a huge variety of historicals to choose from. But new voices in the traditional market that aren’t writing in 19th century Britain? Very few, if any. Many readers of medieval and renaissance-set romances have moved onto historical fiction, where those settings are popular.

    On the up side, I’m so glad authors have alternatives now and can find their audience–and make money if it’s a popular enough niche–publishing what they want to write! Power to the writers!

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Hello Oberon,

      Thank you for your comment. I have wondered what my fellow HR competitors thought about this whole debate, so I am glad that you popped in. I do agree with you about the whole disappearance of new voices, and that is a central problem, isn’t it? I am just stunned about your medievals though–I love a medieval, and I am sure they will make a comeback soon. Power to the writers indeed! Thank you for stopping by!

  26. Nan Dixon says:

    Oh Piper, I’m so sorry there were problems with the website so I couldn’t comment last night.
    I remember going to my 1st RWA conference 5 years ago and hearing that the contemporary market was gone. Now apprently it’s on the upswing.
    I think this downswing is cyclical.
    But if you write a fabulous book — one an agent or editor cannot put down–I think it can sell.
    It just means when in a tight market – that book just has to be really good.

    Hoping this GH is the start of something wonderful for you.
    Can’t wait to meet you in Atlanta!

  27. Sally says:

    Great post, Piper.

    Thanks for keeping this discussion on the front burner. The idea that the market is cyclical may be the result of the process? If you were a editor building your list and trying to advance, and you had two books in front of you, the first one is “The Duke Claims a Cookie,” and the second is “Seduce the Seducer, A Tale of the Industrial Revolution,” and both are GREAT stories, which one would you choose? Usually the safe one is picked for legitimate career and monetary reasons. The new venue of e-book and self-publishing is great because it means more openings for unusual historicals to get their day in the sun and thus start their own trend in print.

    And Piper, I hope that new trend starts with your books. I really do.

    My GH book is a Regency, but the story revolves around the men who built our modern society, men of the industrial revolution. And like you, I will write what I love, come what may.

    Hope you found a fabulous dress.

    Starting to get excited about Nationals …

    • Piper Huguley says:

      Sally,

      I am just the biggest nerd, so your slightly different take with the men of the industrial revolution is intriguing…I understand that editors want the “sure thing” but no innovation was done without someone taking a risk somewhere… that’s all I’m saying! Thank you for your good wishes though; I appreciate the support! Thank you for stopping by!

  28. Sharon Wray says:

    Congratulations, Piper. I’m sorry I couldn’t comment last night, but I wanted to let you know how happy I am to be a fellow Lucky 13 with you! I wish you the best of luck!!

  29. Piper Huguley says:

    Nan,

    Yes, the little glitch last night was weird, wasn’t it, but I am happy that you persisted! Was that only 5 years ago the contemps were on the outs? Things happen so fast! Well, this will be my first RWA, so I wonder what the talk will be… can’t wait to find out! Thanks for stopping by!

  30. Walt Mussell says:

    Piper, there are so many great historicals out there that it’s hard for me to think of the cycle as being down. Still, unusual settings definitely make for a tougher sell in this market. Jeannie’s novels are amazing and prrof that it can happen, but the successes are few.

    • Piper says:

      Ah Walt, I think you left out some words—you must have meant to say that there are many great historicals “of a certain kind” out there. There are other niches, so….some food for thought, and not a key lime cheesecake doughnut. Just a hot one. They are less caloric and can still allow me to get into my GH dress I just bought….Thanks for coming by!

  31. Sonali Dev says:

    Hi Piper,

    Hi Piper,

    I know I’m not just late to the party, I’m late enough to be late for the parties that came after. However, I just wanted to say that your story sounds lovely. Really, I got choked up just reading the blurb. I think that sacrifice like that is the soul of a story that should sell irrespective of genre.

    I haven’t read the comments here or the DearAuthor controversy, but I love me a good historical. I’m finding more and more that I’m enjoying turn of the century and early 1900s more than Regency these days.

    Seriously, your story is not your run of the mill historical. Plus it’s a slice of life from a culture and time you don’t see enough of in commercial fiction. I’d think it falls outside of trends. Just stick with it and refine it until it sells. Truly, I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

    Hugs and congratulations,

    Sonali

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