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Participate in annual historical fiction survey

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Participate in annual historical fiction survey

Post by sweetpotatoboy » Thu October 17th, 2013, 9:36 pm

A call for everyone to participate in the 2013 Historical Fiction Reader Survey, created by the Historical Novel Society and Mary Tod. Open to everyone who reads historical fiction all round the world.

Everyone who takes part will have the opportunity to receive the results of the survey, which always makes fascinating reading.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JCG7NYP

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Post by Nefret » Fri October 18th, 2013, 4:57 am

Is that the same one EC put on Facebook? If so, filled it out already.
Into battle we ride with Gods by our side
We are strong and not afraid to die
We have an urge to kill and our lust for blood has to be fulfilled
WE´LL FIGHT TILL THE END! And send our enemies straight to Hell!
- "Into Battle"
{Ensiferum}

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Fri October 18th, 2013, 6:53 am

Did it, forwarded it, eagerly anticipating the results!

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Post by Divia » Mon October 28th, 2013, 12:45 am

[quote=""MLE""]Did it, forwarded it, eagerly anticipating the results![/quote]

Me too! But I honestly had difficulty with the top three fav. historical fiction authors. I mean, I don't follow just one person except Michelle Moran. All other books are bought due to subject matter. So while I may not have read a book by you a year ago I might next year cause you wrote something I love.
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Post by annis » Mon October 28th, 2013, 2:14 am

Posted by Divia
I honestly had difficulty with the top three fav. historical fiction authors.


Me too, partly because some of my favourite HF authors are no longer living! In the end I decided to go with three contemporary ones.

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Post by Lisa » Fri January 10th, 2014, 2:45 pm

I just read the results of this survey (they've been e-mailed, and there's a link here too) - an interesting read, but I didn't find the results very surprising. I did wonder about the first "Big Picture" point made though:
HISTORICAL FICTION IS MAINSTREAM: Less than 2% of participants said they rarely or never read historical fiction.
I wouldn't have drawn the conclusion that HF is mainstream from that, considering:
Survey publicity was almost totally through online means and used a number of historical fiction blogs and websites. These factors likely create biases towards (1) historical fiction readers, (2) readers who are accustomed to social media, and (3) participants who read more than the average individual.
I found out about the survey through this site. Does anyone know where else it was advertised?

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Post by sweetpotatoboy » Fri January 10th, 2014, 3:28 pm

[quote=""LadyB""]I wouldn't have drawn the conclusion that HF is mainstream from that, considering:....[/quote]

I received the results a short while ago too. I agree on your above point. The survey results are highly skewed towards readers who typically read a lot of HF.


[quote=""LadyB""] I found out about the survey through this site. Does anyone know where else it was advertised?[/quote]

I can't say categorically everywhere it was advertised, but it would mainly have been through HF-focused blogs, forums, Facebook groups etc. and other online media. It's possible some general readers, who read HF only occasionally or rarely, would have read about it and may have been inclined to participate. But I would imagine most people saw it on sites or feeds related to HF and those who decided to participate are already keen on HF and read it frequently.

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Post by Lisa » Fri January 10th, 2014, 4:36 pm

Thanks sweetpotatoboy,I thought that was probably the case. Still, I enjoyed reading through the results, and many authors, publishers etc will find them useful.

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