REVIEW TOUR: Game of Love, by Ara Grigorian, by Clare Dugmore
Curiosity Quills is excited to announce the review tour for new-adult, contemporary sports romance, Game of Love, by Ara Grigorian, ahead of it’s release on May 4, 2015. From April 27 – May 4, 2015 you’ll find reviews for Ara Grigorian’s debut novel, along with a Rafflecopter giveaway; where the main prize is an autographed […]
A-Z Challenge Theme Reveal, by Clare Dugmore
Curiosity Quills loves the A-Z Blogging Challenge, so for the first time ever, we will be taking part and posting every day throughout April (with the exception of Sundays of course)! Our theme will be The Literary World, and will include posts about anything from marketing, writing, and publishing tips, to discussions about aspects of […]
Announcing Curiosity Thrills, by Clare Dugmore
Coming June 2015: Curiosity Thrills launches this summer with exciting offerings Curiosity Quills Press was founded four years ago with the goal of delivering high quality speculative fiction using innovative technology for the best possible reading experience. Over the last four years our catalog has grown to include hundreds of titles in the science fiction, […]
V is for Vicki’s Literary World, by Clare Dugmore
I never knew just how big and varied the world of books is until I wrote one. And even then, it still took a while to completely sink in. It takes so many people to bring a book into the world- editors, designers, proofreaders, artists, photographers, typographers, pr and marketing…. Well, you get the idea. […]
U is for University: What I Learned Teaching Freshman Comp, by Clare Dugmore
Long before I was a writer, I taught Freshman Comp at a large, football-obsessed state university. I walked thousands of students through the writing process of academic papers. Naturally I thought this would be a big plus when I sat down to write my own novel. I mean, I had been teaching college writing for […]
T is for Trolling – Dealing with Negative Reviews, by Clare Dugmore
Ask most aspiring writers what they think are the fundamental ingredients for publishing success and they’ll probably say talent, a killer story idea, awesome characters, a perfectly polished query letter, and a lot of luck. In short, you need to write a kick-ass book and get it in front of the right people. All of […]
S is for Shelf-Life, by Clare Dugmore

S is for Shelf-Life

April 22, 2015
By Clare Dugmore
The well-known idiom states: “you can tell a lot about a person by their shoes,” but for me, the most telling thing about a person is their bookshelves. Be it physical or digital, what’s on a person’s book shelf says a lot about their tastes, likes and dislikes.   Here’s my Kindle bookshelf, for example. […]
R is for Reviews, by Clare Dugmore

R is for Reviews

April 21, 2015
By Clare Dugmore
Reviews are the lifeblood of any author. Word of mouth promotion is key to selling books, and the most accepted form of that is reviews. How many of you check the reviews of a book on Amazon or Goodreads before buying it? How many of you go back and read the reviews of a book […]
Q is for Querying – What The Hell Is A Query?, by Clare Dugmore
What’s the Next Step?   So you’ve just finished your first novel. You are full of sunshine and rainbows. Nothing feels better than typing “The End” and knowing you’ve accomplished something with your life. You’ve written A WHOLE NOVEL, created people and places and things with your brain and your brain alone. You open Google […]
P is for Publishing Today (being a newby in the field of Publishing), by Alisa Gus
Dandelion, oh dandelion, You are the spring’s bright bloom You are lovely and fluffy But a cow will eat you up As quietly as you were born, So quietly will you go to your grave. Of course, it looses something in the Russian to English translation, but essentially, this is my first magnum opus, written […]
O is for Oxford Comma, by Clare Dugmore
Some grammar rules are a given. Use active voice. Link ideas with a conjunction. Use a comma to connect two ideas as one. But one grammar rule divides writers and experts. The Oxford or serial comma. “In English punctuation, a serial comma or series comma (also called Oxford comma and Harvard comma) is a comma […]
N is for Nikki’s Story!, by Nikki Tetreault
“Nikki, stop reading, you’re going to fall down the stairs!” “Have you been reading this whole time, class started 20 minutes ago!” This was basically my childhood in a nutshell. Oddly enough, when the time came for the big question, “what do you want to do with your life?”, my first instinct wasn’t to look […]