Y is for Youtube, by Private: Rena Rocford
I might be dating myself, but I remember a time before Youtube. Yes, it was the dark ages of the internet, a time of Friendster and Livejoural. Then along comes Youtube. When I first heard about it, I thought it would be the most boring thing ever. I thought it would be tons and tons […]
L is for Love In the Time of #Hashtags, by Private: Lindsey Culli
My novel, THIS ABOVE ALL, began as the result of a wager with some writer friends. Over coffee, one of them bet me that I couldn’t actually reinterpret Romeo & Juliet in a way that would be fresh and appeal to modern YA audiences. Game on, I said. I was supposed to come up with […]
The Underappreciated Social Media Site: Polyvore, by Clare Dugmore
Every author needs a few good social media sites to procrastinate connect with readers on, and the common ones are Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. One site that’s often overlooked, but allows for plenty of creativity is Polyvore. It’s a community powered social commerce website. Members curate products into a shared product index and use […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Don’t Be The Ol’ Gil of Social Media, by Clare Dugmore
If you’ve watched The Simpsons you’ll be familiar with the character Gil Gunderson, a down on his luck salesman who is always trying to get the Simpson family to buy his latest product. Normally by shoving it down their throats or desperately begging and pleading. If you’re an author on social media, you don’t want […]
Correct Punctuation, Usage, and Spelling, Oh My!  The rumors, I hate to admit, are true. I’m a grammar Nazi. Trust me, I like the sound of that even less than you do – I’m even of German descent. Yikes. Moving on. Grammar, people. It’s important. Not because forgetting the comma in “Let’s eat, Grandma!” leads […]