OK a bit of a personal moan, I suppose, but one I have repeatedly come up against when I see authors doing it over and again - and it annoys me every time.
Or am I just being a stuffy, picky Brit?
The Civil War.
Place Names... like Falmouth and Boston...
I can see you shrugging, is that a puzzled frown on your brow as well?
'Just what,' I hear you complaining, 'is she muttering about?'
Authors use the Internet to promote their books, right?
We Blog and Tweet and Facebook in subtle ways to draw attention to our epic tomes, usually in the format of 'interesting articles'. For us Historical Fiction authors these often relate to our research. And our readers (we hope) find them interesting, educational and entertaining ... except for me personally when this one little irritation pops up every now and then.
I don't always know if the author is US or UK - and even if I did, that is not always helpful: many US writers pen novels about English history and vice versa.
Here he or she is promoting their book (let's give it a title: 'Brother against Brother - a novel of family conflict during the Civil War'
Sounds interesting doesn't it?
The Civil War?
WHICH BLOOMIN' ONE!!!!
Are we talking Roundheads and Cavaliers, or North v the Southern Confederate States?
Then we have a novel about shipping: here's another made-up title: 'Fire at the Helm - a thrilling nautical adventure based around the famous Falmouth Fire'
Falmouth - are we talking UK harbours or US harbors?
English Navy or US?
|Boston MA. US|
Or how about 'Time for Tea in Boston''
Is this about THE famous tea party, or an entertaining novel about Sunday afternoon tea and biscuits with a charming British family?
|Boston, Lincs, UK|
That did not exactly fill me with confidence for his general knowledge of history. I didn't read his book.
So authors, here's a suggestion:
If you are only going to sell your books in your own country, on your own branch of Amazon - then no, I don't suppose this picky viewpoint makes the slightest bit of difference,
but if you are going to market your book on the World Wide Web... maybe it might be an idea to be that little tiny bit specific?