What makes a successful historical novel?



I’m writing my first historical novel, a fictionalised account of my Ukrainian-born great-grandmother, and I’m struggling.  How much research should I do? Can I make up facts? What is more important, the character’s voice or the plot? Is there even a market for this type of story?

So, I’ve decided to reach out to those in the know and ask them ‘what makes a successful historical novel?’ The results of my enquiries to a variety of authors, agents, bloggers and publishers are set out below.

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