How Working for CQ Changed My Views of the Publishing Industry, by Clare Dugmore
When I started working for CQ just over two years ago, I thought I was pretty publishing savvy. While working on my own writing projects, I’d researched the usual dos and don’ts of querying, book marketing and self-publishing. I accepted I didn’t know it all – I’m a firm believer every aspect of life is […]
M is for Marketing, by Nikki Tetreault
How do I market my book? We get this question in our inbox on a daily basis, and it plagues almost every author out there. Often the answer is a menagerie of social networks, advertising, and blog tours all saying, “Buy my book”.  Problem is, these have become so convoluted and cluttered that it winds […]
B is for Branding, by Nikki Tetreault
Branding is essentially the boogie man for new authors, there is no magic fairy godmother that flies into your office while you’re writing late at night and whispers the secrets to becoming a brand (though I should look into this). Unfortunately simply having a website and/or every other social network known to man & tween […]
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 […]
Interview With Book Deals Daily, by Clare Dugmore
Curiosity Quills recently interviewed Book Deals Daily, a subscription based book promotion website, which sends readers updates about free and discounted books. Could you start off by telling us a little bit about Book Deals Daily? Book Deals Daily is a service that allows readers to get heavily discounted and free ebooks sent to their […]
Just Call Me Dream Crusher, by Nikki Tetreault
My official title at CQ is Director of Marketing and PR, but what I should actually be called is The DreamCrusher. The truth is, a sad but very prominent part of my job is managing expectations. I keep authors within the reality that is oh-so evasive to the newly published, and make sure the disappointment […]
Bitten by Books Interview, by Clare Dugmore
Today, Curiosity Quills has the pleasure of interviewing Rachel Smith, founder of book review and author promotions blog Bitten by Books, which has produced its own line of jewellery. Thanks for joining us Rachel. Could you start off by telling us a little bit about yourself and Bitten by Books? RS: I have been an […]
Interview with Book Promotion Site SciFiFantasy Freak, by Clare Dugmore
Today, Curiosity Quills has the pleasure of interviewing SciFiFantasy Freak, a book promotion website for all things science-fiction and fantasy. Until 12.31.14, SciFiFantasy Freak are offering all listings on their site for free, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to be featured on the best place for scifi and fantasy!   Thanks for […]
Ten Ways Authors Can Connect With Readers On Social Media, by Clare Dugmore
Last month I wrote about how you need to be a real person on social media, and form relationships with potential readers so that when you release a book, these people care enough to buy it. Today, I’d like to discuss some ways you can actually connect with your readers. Be Visual. In marketing, experts […]
Slow and Steady Wins the Race, by Clare Dugmore
Growing up, one of my favorite Aesop’s fables was The Tortoise and the Hare. The moral “Slow and Steady Wins the Race,” really stood out for me, because, although I was as smart as the other kids, I wasn’t as fast. My handwriting wasn’t great, so I took my time with it to make sure […]