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Interview with the Publisher!!

I am excited about this interview, because it is with a publisher. I love interviewing authors, but I wanted to get into the head of someone else today. Please enjoy!!


Curiosity Quills


What do you look for when you find a manuscript you just have to publish?

When I’ve found one? The next one, generally! If you mean what do I look for in one, what really makes a submission The One, that’s a really elusive trait. As well as all the usual – sound concept and characters, natural dialogue, good pacing, etc – I think the biggest thing is for it to be unique in some way. There are a lot of heavy clichés in modern publishing, and something a bit different does tend to stand out in the sea of Twilight and Hunger Games knock-offs. It doesn’t always need to be high-art – Stein & Candle, one of our series soon to be on book three, is shameless high-camp pulp but just astonishingly fun to read. So long as it makes us laugh or think or gets us talking, you’re on to a winner.

How many submissions do you get a week?

As a small publisher with an very active core readership, how many submissions we get in a week seems to relate directly to one of our (much loved) vocal advocates getting into discourse with a cluster of authors who then all sub at once! Sometimes it dies down to one every week or two. The month or so following NaNoWriMo, as many as twenty. usually someplace in between.

Do you know within the first few chapters, or will you read through to give a book the benefit of the doubt?

Depends really. Yes, some books are excellent and you know immediately, and some are terrible and you know those just as fast. But if the negatives are borderline – for instance a slow, badly paced start but with potential, rather than, say, dialogue that feels about as forced and unnatural as the set-up scenes for mid-budget porn – then it’s often worth giving them the benefit of the doubt, as those kinds of things can be fixed in the editing process.

What are your feelings about self publishing?

Very positive! A lot of our authors have had at least one book self published before coming to us, and the community is such a fabulous, supportive place for people to expand and learn. Tradition publishing has its strengths, but some things it doesn’t do well, like multi-genre cross-overs and other risky bets (although a small, flexible publisher like Curiosity Quills is often a good middle-ground for those). There’s a lot of success stories in the self-published world, and I’m sure there will be many more as the eBook market keeps swelling.

What is your favorite genre to read?

Personally?! Oof. Classic fantasy, earth-based sci-fi (for some reason I’m instantly bored the moment you involve space ships) and then a complicated relationship with paranormal / urban fantasy. I love a good vampire or werewolf book, but with our fuzzy and blood-sucking friends being so over used now, it’s hard to find one that doesn’t feel like yet another rewrite of something I’ve read already.

Do you have a favorite author?

Robin Hobb, and then J R Ward as a guilty pleasure.

What is one silly fact about you?

I have a crack in my right kneecap from being thrown into some metal slats by an elephant.

Anything you want to say the aspiring writers reading the blog??

You’ve heard it before but: keep writing. Yes, guides and tips and critiques of your work are all fabulous and important, but the biggest thing you can do to improve your writing is write, in every spare moment.

Thank you so much to  Verity Linden, PR Manager for Curiosity Quills for this amazing interview!!!


Find out more about Curiosity Quills, as well as taking advantage of free serialized fiction and writing advice, at their website, or follow them on Twitter, Facebook or Google+. Or, ya know. All three.

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2 Responses to Interview with the Publisher!!

  1. Verity Linden (@PublicityPixie)

    Was fun! Hopefully some of that will be useful to readers. Or at least enjoyably diverting for 2 minutes ;)

  3. Vicki Keire

    I enjoyed that very much! Thanks to Verity for the interview, and to Self Publish or Die for hosting!


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