Woolley's one-of-a-kind guide teaches writers the fundamentals specific to creating compelling and accurate historical fiction.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Other writing books I've read are written from a contemporary mainstream or particular genre viewpoint. Yet writing historical fiction requires a somewhat different approach. And this is what Ms. Woolley covers, from plot and characters and research to the business aspects of being a writer, like exactly what happens to your manuscript after it's accepted for publication.
Because she's done this herself (The Guinevere trilogy) the tips and examples she offer all make sense.
Some are practical -- she predicts you'll be buying a lot of books (for research) and getting additional bookcases to put them in.
Some deal with writing -- she notes that readers want to read about people and not about facts, so don't load down your narrative with stuff that doesn't impact the plot or the characters -- instead, you might follow Carson McCullough's example and save that info for a glossary in the back of your book.
Other examples are culled from Parke Godwin, William Shaara, Margaret Mitchell and other historical novelists.
Advice aside, I found it encouraging just to read a book by someone who understands that historical novelists share something that other novelists don't have, or should I say, aren't afflicted with.