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My Favourite Resources

I am not paid to recommend these resources
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My Two-minute Claim to Fame

Publishing giants, Joanna Penn and Mark Leslie Lefebvre, have been in the business long enough to see authors burning out and leaving the writing life because they turned what they love into a hamster wheel of ever more production and marketing tasks they hate. It doesn't have to be this way.
This book is a collection of tips on how to be a more relaxed author — and return to the love that brought you to writing in the first place. 

You'll find my two cents' worth quoted within (don't blink, or you'll miss it!)

Specialised Historical Fiction Editor

Book Creators


Tools for Building an Author Platform



Tools for Writing


Tools for Getting Published

  • Writer Beware for up-to-date news of scammers in the publishing industry — Victoria Strauss

Historical Research Sources



  • Historic Naval Fiction — all aspects of naval fiction, including links to great fiction and non-fiction resources


Women At Sea





Great Storm Descriptions


Digitalised Newspapers


  • Trove — Australian digitalised newspapers





  • Google Ngram Viewer — shows when a word or phrase was used throughout the history of written records


  • Etymology Online — a history of words and their origins, and when they were first recorded in writing


  • Deviant Art — Victorian-style Insults Generator (SO much fun!)


Victorian Times


  • The Victorian Dictionary — a treasure trove of Victorian resources compiled by historical fiction author, Lee Jackson



  • Rootsweb — an absolute rabbit hole of ancestral history and stories




  • David Rumsey Map Collection — digitalised, rare 16th through 21st century maps of North and South America, as well as maps of the World, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania

Food Through the Ages


  • Eat Like A Pirate — includes interesting descriptions about the taste of flamingos, armadillos and guavas, and some preparation tips of other new foods through the eras

Courtesy and Peerage Titles

  • Courtesy Titles — a peer's wife and children are granted the use of certain titles, depending upon the rank of the peer

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