Authors who dare to be different
Recently on Facebook authors have been rueful about publishers' blind spot re maritime historical novels. Editors are fixated on the Napoleonic era, because the followers of Hornblower and Jack Aubrey Sell. Other eras don't Sell -- or so the bean counters in publishing houses believe.
The statistics are undoubtedly with them. Readers like to pick up maritime historicals that are set in Horatio Nelson's time because they know the background, and know what to expect. But how can the reading public ever learn that there are other exciting eras, if the books are not put out?
There is a very interesting site called Unusual Historicals that strives to fix this situation, or so it seems. Worth exploring?