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This blog is not spoiler free, not for canon or my own stories.
You'll find this blog populated by:
- The occasional spoiler (given out at my own discretion, but not by request)
- Me answering your questions
- Clarifications regarding parts of the story I left vague
- Expansions on characters
- Scenes that could have been, but were scrapped
- The occasional one-shot
- ...and some selfies on Mundays
In historical fiction it is important to be accurate and the only way to do so is to research the era. What is highly recommended by many writers is to write your story first. While writing your story, mark the parts that you’re not sure are correct and then do the research after you are done. This is to prevent you from from doing unnecessary research that may not be relevant to your work. You want to spend your time wisely!
To begin, the Victorian period formally begins in 1837 (the year Victoria became Queen) and ends in 1901 (the year of her death).
- 1000 Most Popular Victorian Names
- Victorian Era Names, A Writer’s Guide
- Victorian Darlings - British Baby Names
Society & Life
- Victorian Society
- The Victorians: Life and Death
- The Victorian Working Life
- A Woman’s Place in 19th Century Victorian History
- Victorian Occupations: Life and Labor in the Victorian Period
- Flirting and Courting Rituals of The Victorian Era
- Victorian Working Women
- Victorian Life
- Glimpses of Victorian Life
- Victorian Rituals & Traditions
- Victorian Etiquette
- Etiquette, Manners and Morals
- Victorian Britain - Children at Work
- Children in the Victorian Age
- Daily Life in the Victorian Era
- How the Mid-Victorians Worked, Ate and Died
- The House of Mourning - Victorian Mourning & Funeral Customs in the 1890s
- Ideals of Womanhood in Victorian Britain
- Etiquette of a Victorian Lady
- Going to School in Victorian Times
- History of Working Class Mothers in Victorian England
- Life of the Victorian Woman
- The Working Class and The Poor
- VictorianWomen’s Work
- Needlework, Knitting and Crohet
- Victorian Etiquette - Births and Christenings
- Victorian Ballroom Dancing Etiquette
- Ballroom Manners and Etiquette
- Sex & Sexuality in the 19th Century
- Victorian Homes and Gardens
- The Shops and Shopkeepers
- Victorian Christmas
- The History of British Winters
- Top Ten Pet Peeves, or Horse-Related Mistakes to Avoid in your Story
- Marriage in the Victorian Era
- Victorian Wedding Guide
- Victorian Technology
- History - Victorian Technology
- British Money
- Wages and Cost of Living in the Victorian Era
- Pricing and Money
- Victorian Money
- Cost of Living in Victorian England
- How Much Is That - Calculating Prices Throughout the Years
Entertainment & Food
- Victorian Menu - Cooking and Recipes
- A Time Traveler’s Guide to Victorian Era Tea Etiquette (PDF)
- The Victorian Pantry
- Victorian Era Food Recipes
- Victorians Food Facts - Cookbook
- Food, Recipes and Tea
- Victorian Tea Time Recipes - Sandwich and Cheese Straws
- Victorian Era Recipes
- Victorian Food, Party & Recipes
- Victorian Dinner Parties
- 19th Century Food and Drink
- What the Poor Ate
- The Arts in Victorian Britain
- Victorian Art, Literature and Music
- Music, Theater, and Popular Entertainment in Victorian Britain
- Victorian Entertainments - We Are Amused
- 19th Century Hobbies and Daily Activities
- Victorian Pastimes and Sports
- Victorian Fun and Games & Other Pastimes
- 19th Century British and Irish Authors
Hygiene, Health & Medicine
- Health and Hygiene in the Nineteenth Century
- Victorian Diseases and Medicine
- Health & Medicine in the 19th Century
- 19th Century Diseases
- Victorian Health
- Five Horrible Diseases You Might Have Caught in Victorian England
- Alcohol and Alcoholism in Victorian England
- A Look Back at Old-Time Medicines
- Victorian London’s Drug Culture
- Victorian - Medical Breakthroughs
- Victorian Hospitals
- Victorian - Baths and Washhouses
- Medicine and Health in Victorian Times
- The Victorian Revolution in Surgery
- Victorian Science and Medicine
- Victorian Health and Medicine
- Women’s Health
- Victorian View on Menstruation
- Reusable Menstrual Products
- Childbirth and Birth Control in the 19th Century
- British Maternal Mortality in the 19th and early 20th Centuries
- The Historical Horror of Childbirth
- Contraception: Past, Present and Future Factsheet
- History of Contraception in America, 19th Century Artifacts
- Dressing the Victorian Woman
- Victorian Hats
- Victorian Jewelry
- Victorian Hairstyles & Headdresses
- Hair of the Nineteenth Century
- How to Dress for Travel in 1852
- Victorian Men’s Clothing
- How to Dress Like a Victorian Man from the 1860s
- How to Dress Victorian
- Victorian Era Fashion
- Royal Fashion
- Victorian Fashion
- Boy’s 1860s Fashions
- Dressing the Victorian Girl of the 1890s
- Victoria’s Real Secret — The Victorians Knew Underwear
- How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance
- Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 1, luxurious silk hose, colorful stockings, & socks
- Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 2, Chemises and camisoles
- Early Victorian Undergarments; Part 3, Pantalettes, pantalets, drawers, and bloomers
- Victorian Ladies Shoes & Boots
- Victorian Swimwear
- Victorian Men and Woman Swim Wear
- Victorian Language
- The Language of Flowers
- Victorian London - Words and Expressions
- A Dictionary of Victorian Slang (1909)
- Victorian Slang
- 19th Century Swears
- Victorian Slang - Lower Class and Underworld
- Cliches and Saying of the Victorian Era
- The Dictionary of Victorian London
Justice & Crimes
- How Safe Was Victorian London?
- Crime and the Victorian Household
- Danger inside the Train: Crime on Victorian Railways
- Railway Mania
- How Widespread Were Concerns About Prostitution?
- Fallen Women
- The Great Social Evil: Victorian Prostitution
- Sexual Violence in Nineteenth Century England
- Victorian Poisoners
- Crime and the Victorians
- Victorian Crime
- Victorian Crime & Punishment
- Victorian Women Criminals’ Records Show Harsh Justice of 19th Century
- Sentences and Punishments
- Types of Punishments - Hanging
- Types of Punishments - Imprisonment
- Victorian Children in Trouble with the Law
- Child Prisoners in Victorian Times
- Victorian Crime
- Victorian-era Serial Killers
- The Development of a Police Force
- The Metropolitan Police
- A Work-Life History of Policemen in Victorian and Edwardian England (PDF)
- How The Victorians Cracked Crime
- Tracking a 19th-Century Serial Killer
me everytime a character in a movie has to get a few drops of their blood for some ritual bullshit (via jtoday)
WHILE WE’RE AT IT, why do people try to cross those skinny bridges over lava/chasms/whatever by walking upright. IT’S CALLED CENTER OF GRAVITY. get on your hands and knees and crawl across that thing. HUG IT. SCOOT YOUR BUTT ACROSS. “but i look stupid!” lalalala but we’ll avoid that ~dramatic moment~ where you almost fall over and die because your damn fucking self wanted to look COOL
and stop yanking IV lines out of your arms the minute you wake up in the hospital
That is a broadsword, why are you fencing with it
There is a freaking door right there. Stop smashing through windows, damn it.
yes, mr. action hero, I am aware that running dramatically from the baddies at breakneck speed is important, but know what else is important? NOT GETTING SHOT. RUN IN A FUCKING ZIGZAG PATTERN ON THE OFF CHANCE THAT THE MOOKS WERE NOT COACHED IN MARKSMANSHIP BY THE IMPERIAL STORMTROOPERS.
Oh, hey, you there, sneaky hero-type breaking into any place for any reason? WEAR SOME FUCKING GLOVES. They’re called fingerprints, dumbass. You have them and you’re putting them all over the fucking place.
If something really fucking huge is falling on you, don’t FUCKING RUN ALONG THE LENGTH JUST TAKE LIKE TWO FUCKING STEPS TO THE SIDE
Do authors cry when they kill the best character or do they smile, laugh and have a cup of tea with satan
The latter, most definitely.
For anyone coming here searching for the Western AU pics (which is what I assume caused the sudden influx), they are here.
So we’ve discussed why you need an agent (if you want to publish traditionally) and how not to get an agent. But now I want to talk about picking the right agent for you.
So here’s the thing about literary agents: the legit ones are all publishing savvy, business-minded, all around nice people who just really love books. Or at least, the ones I’ve come in contact with are. Every agent (like every person) has their own set of strengths and weaknesses, which often dictate what genres they do and don’t represent. And knowing those strengths and weaknesses is just a teensie bit important to know before you query.
That’s right. You need to research agents before you start querying. Why? The answer’s simple, really—not every agent is the right agent for you.
Some agents are editorial, some agents are not. Some agents represent a huge range of genres, some are much more focused on a couple genres and categories. Some agents have been in the business for over a decade, others are much newer to the publishing game.
I’ve already blogged about where to go to research agents (see that link above? Click it), so I’m not going to delve into that again. What I want to focus on instead, is what you need to be looking for when deciding what agents to query.
There are a couple questions you should be asking yourself while researching agents:
- Does this agent represent my genre? This is the basic filter—the very first requirement is to make sure the agent you’re considering querying represents the genre and category your manuscript falls under. If they don’t, don’t query them. No exceptions.
No, it doesn’t matter if you think they might make an exception for your manuscript (they shouldn’t and they won’t). No, it doesn’t matter if you really like that agent (that doesn’t change the fact that your MS is not a genre they represent). No, it doesn’t matter if your manuscript is supposedly unlike others in its genre or category (if you think that’s the case, are you sure you know that genre as well as you think you do?)—if they don’t represent your genre, do not query them. You’ll get an insta-reject, and you’ll only be wasting your time and theirs.
Note: if you’re not sure what genre your manuscript falls under, check out this post.
- Does this agent represent other genres I want to (or already do) write in? This is important, because you’re not just looking for representation for the manuscript you’re querying—you’re looking for representation for your whole career. Ideally, you’ll have the same agent throughout your career (though that isn’t always the case, which is okay). If your manuscript is a Historical Fantasy and you know going in that you also love writing Sci-Fi, make sure the agents you query represent both Historical Fantasies and Sci-Fi’s.
Why? You want an agent who can potentially sell any manuscript you write, and if you write in multiple genres, you’ll want to make sure the agents you query represent all of them.
- Is this agent editorial? Is this important to me? As I’ve mentioned before, not all agents are editorial (meaning not all agents go through the extra process of revising and editing your work with you before going on submission). This is an extra job, and agents are not required to edit your work (remember: it’s your job to get your manuscripts as polished as possible before sending it to agents). If you know you want an agent who will help you with some of the revision and editorial process, then make sure you query agents who are editorial. (You can find this out through interviews and sites like Literary Rambles).
- What is this agent’s sales record? Do they have a lot of sales? A few things to remember with this one: not having a lot of sales doesn’t necessarily mean the agent is a bad agent. Some agents don’t report all of their sales, and some agents don’t have a lot of sales because they’re new agents, which is totally fine (and in that case, you’ll want to look at the sales for the agency they’re at, instead). But if an agent has been around for a couple of years, they should have some sales reported.
That being said, how much stock you put into the sales thing is up to you. When I was querying, I personally didn’t query anyone who didn’t list sales or their clients, but that’s just me.
- What is this agent’s reputation? What is the reputation of their agency like? Both of these are important to consider when researching agents. If the agent is established, what is their reputation like? If they’re new agents what is the reputation of their agency? (Note: it’s important to check on agency reputation for established agents, too). Check interviews, forums like Absolute Write Water Cooler and sites like Preditors & Editors as well as the aforementioned Literary Rambles to learn about agent and agency reputation.
- Does this agent seem like someone I would work well with? Granted, this is a little more difficult to determine online, but if the agent has a Twitter, follow them long before you start querying. Also, take the time to read every interview you can find—both of these sources can give you insights into the agent’s personality and what their work process is like. There are a couple agents, for example, that I decided I wouldn’t query based off things they said or the way they behaved on Twitter—after all, if your personalities clash, it’s going to make the relationship between you and you future agent more difficult.
Finally, two rules to remember while querying:
- Thou shalt not query every agent known to man. Use the criteria above to narrow down your list to agents that would work well for you and your manuscript. Consider every agent you query carefully. Think, if they offered representation, would I accept? If your answer is “no” then there’s little point in querying—you’re just wasting everyone’s time.
- A bad agent is worse than no agent. I’ve often heard of writers jumping to accept the first offer the get, just because they finally get an offer of representation. I understand this temptation, but the fact is, a bad agent will not help your career. Make sure you do plenty of research on every agent you query, and even more research on every agent who reads your full, and even more research on every agent who offers representation. Know what you’re getting into ahead of time to avoid unfortunate circumstances later on down the road.
What tips do you have for choosing the right agent?
Send me a prompt (a short, vague prompt, preferably) and a character or ship from one of the following fandoms:
- Harry Potter
- One Piece
- Frozen (and some other Disney movies)
And I WILL write a drabble for it and tag it with your name.
NOTE: no NSFW, no ship hate, and if the ship has an element that I disgree with on principle (pedophilia, zoophilia, incest, etc.) then I will probably make it platonic instead.
Also, small ships are gold. If it has a small fandom, I will be extra happy. LeviHan, SasuKarin, RonLuna, etc.
Drabbles can be dark, funny, fluffy, etc. Just send an ask and I’ll do it. (Unless I get too many, of course, but that’s not likely to happen.)
Everything will be tagged as “The Drabbles Project.”