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Frequently Asked Questions

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As my longer research collaborations start at 3,000 Euros, this is actually an affordable way to get handpicked historical materials on your time and topic.

YES! You, as a subscriber, can actively steer where we’re heading with the Research Challenges.

Submit *your* time and topic.

Or vote for the next topics I should delve into! 🔎

Via email! You receive them, once you subscribe, every other week.

No, you can join it any time! There's a new email every two weeks, and it contains all you need to get started to learn new research methods, and to explore new databases brimming with historical materials. (If it’s relevant, I’ll always link back to previous challenge emails, so you’ll never miss anything important!)

Click "reply" on any of the emails I send, write "I want to cancel", and I'll take care of the rest!

Your subscription expires at the end of the 6- or 12-months term.

These research challenges are curated by me, historian Dr. Barbara Ellermeier. Let me filter thousands of research results, so that you won’t have to!

As a historical advisor, I’ve researched for authors who write non-fiction and novels. Their books - 150 to date! - have been published with Random House USA, Random House Germany, Picador, AmazonCrossing, Hachette USA, Hachette Australia, Vintage Books Australia, Lübbe, adeo, bene, DroemerKnaur, Blanvalet, Blessing, Piper, Ullstein, Sourcebooks UK, Sphere UK and LittleBrown UK.

👓 I have photographic memory.

👓 I read really, really fast. A 700-page novel? I can read it in 8 hours.

👓 I read over 300 books per year (that’s for pleasure, not for work) 📚 📖 📚

👓 For each research project, I read at least 80 books. Often many, many more.

Publishing expert Jane Friedman wrote about me: “If you write historical novels and need help finding the best resources, here’s your woman.”

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