Are you going to HNS 2015?

I am so excited to attend my first Historical Novel Society Conference in Denver this June! I'll be presenting on three panels: (Re)creating the Past: Historical Fiction Without the Famous; The Art of Book Cover Design for Historical Fiction; and The Red Pen and Historical Fiction: An Editor’s Perspective. Will you be attending? I'd love to meet you there!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Best I've Come Across Round-up

In a perfect world, this blog would be full of writing and editing tips, research assistance, and all other kinds of good stuff you'd expect an editor to come up with. But the truth is, between editing and cover design gigs and maintaining my first love, my book review blog, I'm just too busy to devote as much time as I'd like to this blog. But I am pretty good at finding resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on Twitter and Facebook. So I thought I'd compile the best of what I come across on the world wide web every once in a while in a recap post for this blog. Here's the latest:


Developing Your Writing Skills: Point of View

How to Create Instantly (& Instinctively) Recognizable Characters

10 Ways To Enrich Your Mind and Become Better at Cultivating Ideas and Putting Them to the Page

Tips on Balancing Your Writing and Personal Lives

How to Find Your Writing Voice and Embrace It

12 Lessons Learned from a Debut Author

Top 10 (Normal) Struggles When Writing a Novel

Writing a Scene with Good Dialogue and Narration


Wednesday, June 3, 2015

New Book Release: My Stepbrother the Rock Star

Congrats to Alexandra Ainsworth on the publication of My Stepbrother the Rock Star, the second book in her M/M romance series, Men of Midnight Dreams! I had the privilege of working with Alexandra on a copyedit of this fun and sexy story of a rock star who falls for his new stepbrother, but his stepbrother is hiding a big secret. Here's the book description:

Superstar Ezra Williamson is battling some seriously pesky feelings. When his mom meets the man of her dreams, he’s delighted—until Mr. Stepfather-to-be’s hot son moves into his Santa Monica mansion for the summer, and Ezra’s heart races like it’s never done before. 

Bad boy intern Alec Vandergeld has big problems. His Dad is scamming again, and Alec vows to keep him on the right side of the law, even if it means getting the sexy star to kick them out. Everyone knows Ezra is straight, and should loathe Alec’s inappropriate advances. Instead, they become everything stepbrothers should never be. 

If Alec reveals his father is more con man than prince charming, he’ll lose everything. But if he pursues his desires, Ezra's rock star career will be destroyed. Alec needs to act fast, but there's no way out...or is there? 

My Stepbrother the Rock Star is available now on Amazon for Kindle for $2.99! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Alexandra's website for the scoop on all of her books!

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Friday, May 29, 2015

New Cover Design: The Stone of the Tenth Realm


Congratulations to Eva Gordon on the re-release of her historical fantasy novel The Stone of the Tenth Realm with a brand new cover designed by yours truly! This cover forced me to step outside of my comfort zone a bit, challenging me to take my skills and imagination to the next level, and I am very proud of the results! Here's the book description:

Sophie Katz, a Jewish chemistry student, harrowingly escapes a Nazi concentration camp. By way of Prague and with the help of a golem and a magic stone, she is transported into the Tenth Realm, a magical dimension that parallels the world she left behind.

Logan MacLeod, a Scottish warrior, hunted for a crime he did not mean to commit, flees to the Bestiary, a forest so dangerous no man dares enter. Drawn by the haunting sound of his bagpipes, Sophie and Logan meet.

Even as love ensues, the dark evil of the Third Reich threatens the Tenth Realm, led by Gustaf Hissler, Adolph Hitler’s doppelganger.

Together they must join the forces against Hissler in the Tenth Realm and help stop Hitler from world domination in Sophie’s realm. Will they be able to stop the Third Reich before its evil conquers all of the realms?

The Stone of the Tenth Realm is available now on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks. Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Eva's website and Facebook page, where she shares info on all of her books and her adventures in the worlds of steampunk, raptor rehabilitation, and wolf sanctuaries.

Need a cover designer?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Finding Gabriel Acquired by Momentum Books!

I am thrilled to share the news that Rachel Demeter, author of The Frost of Springtime, has sold her new historical romance, Finding Gabriel, to Momentum Books, a digital imprint of Pan Macmillan! I had the honor of working with Rachel on a copyedit of Finding Gabriel and of helping her polish her query letter and synopsis as she began the arduous task of submissions. Her hard work paid off! Rachel actually received several offers to publish, but she knew what she wanted and held out until the perfect offer came in from Momentum!


Here's the book description:

Colonel Gabriel de Laurent departed for the war intending to die.

After a decade of bloodstained battlegrounds while fighting in Napoleon’s army, Gabriel returns to the streets of Paris a shattered and haunted soul. Plagued by inner demons, he swallows the barrel of his flintlock pistol and pulls the trigger.

But fate has a different plan.

Orphaned at twelve and victim to a devastating crime, Ariah Larochelle learned to keep her back to walls and to trust no one. But when she finds a gravely injured soldier washed up on the River Seine, she’s moved by compassion. In spite of her reservations, she rescues him from the icy water and brings him into her home.

Now scarred inside and out, Gabriel discovers a kindred spirit in Ariah – and feelings he imagined lost forever reawaken as he observes her strength in the face of adversity. But when Ariah’s own lethal secrets unfold, their new love is threatened by ancient ghosts. Can Gabriel and Ariah find hope in the wreckage of their pasts – or will the cycle of history repeat again?



Rachel says finding Gabriel is "Perfect for fans of Gaelen Foley’s Lord of Ice and Judith James’s Broken Wing, Finding Gabriel features all the dark romance, searing passion, and historical intrigue of The Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables." And here's what Rachel had to say about me when she shared her exciting news:

A special and heartfelt shout-out to the ridiculously talented Jennifer Quinlan/Historical Editorial, who edited Finding Gabriel during it's early stages. She truly allowed the story and characters to reach their true potential, and I'm so grateful to have found her! Aspiring and experienced writers alike: I really can't recommend her services enough.

Finding Gabriel is scheduled for release on August 27, 2015! Visit Rachel's website for the scoop on all of her books and news on the upcoming publication of Finding Gabriel!

Need some help with your WIP?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Friday, May 22, 2015

New Book Release: I Was a Famous Rock Star

Congrats to Alexandra Ainsworth on the publication of I Was a Famous Rock Star, the first book in her brand new M/M romance series, Men of Midnight Dreams! I had the privilege of working with Alexandra on a copyedit of this fun and sexy story of a rock star who can't remember the last five years of his life after a fall from stage. Here's the book description:

What if the whole world knows who you are, but you wake up to find you have forgotten everything since high school? 

When Caleb wakes up in a glamorous LA clinic, he is a changed man. His once-scrawny body is toned, his now-white teeth gleam, and everyone looks at him in adoration. Caleb shouldn't even be in the US--he's English, and has never traveled farther than London. 

Somehow Caleb transformed from an eighteen-year old, sexually questioning, reclusive high school student who spent his free time composing and practicing music in his parents' shabby council flat to become a world famous rock star with adoring fans and his own mansion overlooking the Pacific. 

Caleb bravely tries to fit into his new life as he recovers from his amnesia. But who is the handsome assistant publicity manager who visits him in the hospital? Why does everyone think Caleb is straight? What has Caleb forgotten? And will he ever remember?

I Was A Famous Rock Star is available now on Amazon for Kindle for only 99-cents to celebrate its release! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads, and check out Alexandra's website for the scoop on all of her books!

Need an editor?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Best I've Come Across Round-up

In a perfect world, this blog would be full of writing and editing tips, research assistance, and all other kinds of good stuff you'd expect an editor to come up with. But the truth is, between editing and cover design gigs and maintaining my first love, my book review blog, I'm just too busy to devote as much time as I'd like to this blog. But I am pretty good at finding resources, tips, and fun stuff and passing them along to my followers on Twitter and Facebook. So I thought I'd compile the best of what I come across on the world wide web every once in a while in a recap post for this blog. Here's the latest:

How to Craft Characters Scene by Scene

6 Secrets of Writing a Novel Without an Outline

5 Ways to Choose Your Novel's Title

How to Introduce Your Hero

Please Shut Up: Why Self-Promotion as an Author Doesn't Work

Free Download! The Hybrid Author Game: Self-Publish Your Way to a Traditional Publishing Deal

How to Make Your Query Stand Out

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Book Release: Tales of Byzantium


Congratulations to Eileen Stephenson on the publication of her first collection of short stories, Tales of Byzantium! I had the pleasure of working with Eileen on a developmental edit and a copyedit as she crafted these gripping tales, and I designed the cover too! Here's the book description:

Three stories of love, war, and destiny in medieval Byzantium

A young empress defies her powerful father for love and her rightful place on the throne

A charismatic commander takes the gamble of a lifetime to save the lives of  thousands of innocents

An exiled princess finds a new sense of purpose and creates a legacy that will stand through the ages

These stories provide a glimpse of the dynamic and proud Byzantines who lived during the height of the empire's splendor.

Tales of Byzantium is available now in ebook and print formats on Amazon! Add the book to your Goodreads shelves, and check out Eileen's website, where she blogs about all things Byzantine. And if you're going to HNS Denver in June, you'll get to meet Eileen there!

Need some help with your WIP?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Cover Design: Death is a Duty

Congrats to David Cook on the publication of Death is a Duty, the fifth novella in his Soldier Chronicles series! I had the pleasure of working with David on the cover. Here's the book description:

June 1815, and Napoleon Bonaparte has returned from exile to plunge Europe into war once again. 

Veteran soldier Regimental-Sergeant Major Adam Bannerman of the 42nd Foot, the Black Watch, momentarily watches the dawn light flicker over the city of Brussels before joining his regiment with the rest of the Duke of Wellington's patchwork army of British, German, and Netherland troops. Peace has been irrevocably shattered by the news that Bonaparte has already crossed the border into Belgium, catching the allies unprepared. Wellington hurriedly orders his men, mostly raw recruits and some with dubious loyalty, south to battle their old enemy in what will truly be the clash of nations. 

During the campaign, Bannerman uncovers a dark tale of murder which could dishonour the regiment if it ever came to light. As the war draws to its bloody conclusion at Waterloo, Bannerman, in the midst of flame and powder smoke, must use his wits to survive not only the French assaults, but men on his own side who want him dead. 

Blood will be spilt. Fate demands it. 

Death is a Duty is available now on Amazon and Amazon UK. Add the book to your shelves on Goodreads and check out David's website.

Need a cover designer?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday, April 17, 2015

New Book Release: The Reign of Love and Chaos

Please join me in congratulating Nicola Italia on the publication of her newest historical romance, The Reign of Love and Chaos! I was privileged to work with Nicola on a copyedit of this intense tale of love and liberty taking place during the French Revolution. If you like your romance on the sexy side with a hearty dose of history, this one's for you! Here's the book description:

In the Arabian palace of the sheik, serious and lovely Isabelle Fairfax is surrounded by her doting family and servants and wants for nothing. When she comes of age, she decides to travel to France to live with the Carmelite nuns, who are a cloistered sect, much to the shock of her parents. 

Once in France, she becomes a link to the outside world for the nuns, and her days are spent in prayer, solitude, and bartering for goods in the small village. 

Meanwhile, less than fifty miles away, a new French government is forming in Paris, and Nicolas de Lieurrey is at the center of it. Trained at the prestigious Lycee Louis-le-Grand school, Nicolas is an engineer by trade but drawn to the new world swirling around him. His best friend, Max, entices him to run as a delegate in the new government, and together they have a front row seat to the changes in France. 

However, many of the changes are not good, and as the restrictions on the religious houses increase, Isabelle makes the journey to Paris to stem the anti-religious fervor. Nicolas is drawn to the innocent young woman even as his friend Maximilien Robespierre plunges France into a reign of terror, killing tens of thousands in the name of the new republic. 

The Reign of Love and Chaos is available now on Amazon! Add it to your shelves on Goodreads and check out Nicola's website for the scoop on all of her books!

Need an editor?
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jennyq@historicaleditorial.com