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What if Classic Books had Suggested Hashtags?

It’s pretty common for today’s media to have suggested hashtags so we can join the community of fans talking about a (theoretically) shared experience.  You see them in movie trailers.  They pop-up on your screen multiple times during your favorite TV show.  And even books will often include a suggested hashtag on the back cover.

Recently, I’ve seen a ton of posts that posit what it might look like if classic TV show XYZ had suggested hashtags.  My favorite one is for Friends.  So I started wondering what it would look like if our favorite classic works of literature had similarly suggested Twitter hashtags…  

#TwitterFiction Festival is March 12-16! Check Out Our Authors' Stories

Here at Quirk, #we #love #Twitter. (Psst. Come follow us!) So we're incredibly excited to have three Quirk writers participating in the #TwitterFiction Festival 2014: Ben H. Winters (The Last Policeman), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare's Star Wars), and Eric Smith (The Geek's Guide to Dating).

Read on to find out more and learn how you can write your own #TwitterFiction!

National Crafts Month: Crochet a Creepy Monkey!

National Craft Month continues with a truly intense craft: The Creepy Monkey from Creepy Cute Crochet: Zombies, Ninjas, Robots, and More! This is not a craft for beginners—it’s as tough and unforgiving as March. But if you’re a crafter, you’re not afraid of a challenge! And besides, this monkey is so darned cute I’ll leap at any opportunity to share it.

The world needs more of these sweet little monkeys. Make them!

A Simple Guide to Bookstore Etiquette

(image via the awesome Blue Willow Books)

Shopping in a bookstore is a bit like shopping at a hardware store: if you’re there for something specific, you need to know a thing or two about the item you’re looking for before attempting to find it in the aisles. If you’re there to browse, the world is your oyster.

As a bookseller, I’ve often heard people ask for a book they saw several weeks ago, on that table near the café (you know the one!), that had a blue cover. But lots books go on display every week, on many tables, and some of those books were published two, five, ten years ago! Feeling helpless and apologetic, all I can do is point out general sections of the store where they might find blue book. So to correct future sadness, arm yourself with bookstore etiquette and prepare to fill your arms with all the books you could ever want!

March Book Giveaways: World of Trouble, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Crying, Find Momo (With Paw Print Signature!), And More!

Okay, let me explain something about that weird image up there. That temporary cover is for World of Trouble, the third book in The Last Policeman trilogy by Ben H. Winters. We haven't revealed the beautiful cover just yet, so... yeah. That's why there's a weird gray box. 

But don't worry! We'll show off that gorgeous cover quite soon. 

This month's giveaways on Goodreads, LibraryThing, and BookLikes includes signed copies William Shakespeare's The Empire Striketh Back by Ian Doescher (starting mid-March), finished hardcover copies of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Crying by Carol Leifer, paw printed copies of Find Momo by Andrew Knapp (starting mid-March), and ARCs of World of Trouble by Ben H. Winters. 

Check out where you can request copies below. Good luck! 

Worst-Case Wednesday: How to Escape From a Giant Octopus

 
Although most Octopuses look friendly and cute, and small ones probably are, there are also giant octopuses to consider. Although it is very rare, if you are in the water which they call home, they may attack. This could be because they want to eat you, or simply because they would like a hug.

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