Over 2,000 participants, male and female, from all over the world…it must be M.K. Tod’s annual historical fiction readers’ survey!
We owe a great debt of gratitude for this survey, which reveals a wealth of information from those who impact historical fiction the most….the readers! I will list some of this year’s highlights below, but I encourage you to follow the link above to view the full report. Highlights from the survey can also be see on M.K.’s blog: www.awriterofhistory.com.
- As in years past, women read more historical fiction than men do
- Most believe that social media enhances their reading experience
- More recent historical periods (19th century forward) are becoming increasingly popular with men typically writing about earlier periods than women
- Again, most readers prefer fictional characters within a historical framework with lives of real historical figures as the least popular
- Strong characters and a compelling premise win out over pacing and unique voice
- the survey attracted mostly “high volume readers”, meaning they read more than 20 books per year
- bloggers and readers surveyed were predominantly female
- over half of the respondents were over 50 years of age