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Sneak Peek: The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy

A few years ago, while at a party for The Mary Sue during New York Comic Con, I met Sam Maggs

We were both writing for Geekosystem at the time, with my former college roommate Glen Tickle. We geeked out over movies and comics, as one does at such a party, and talked about the awesome cosplay we saw at the convention. I enjoyed her articles and writing ever since. 

Fast forward two or so years, and Quirk is putting out her debut book. The Fangirl's Guide to the Galaxy. And I couldn't be happier to see her smart, witty writing in print. This is one special book, and I'm thrilled to give you all a sneak peek!

Posted by Eric Smith

FridayReads: Quirk’s Picks For National Readathon Day

Tomorrow, on January 24th, Quirk is participating in National Readathon Day. A campaign organized by the National Book Foundation and Penguin Random House, National Readathon Day seeks to help raise awareness for reading, and get people into books. Which is like, basically the best cause ever. Readers help fundraise, talk about their books, and help support the National Book Foundation. Proceeds will support their education programs, like BookUp.

Posted by Eric Smith

A Sneak Peek at Two New “Stuff Should Know” Books: Groom & Golfer

I really love it when advance copies of upcoming books arrive at the Quirk Books HQ. It's just so magical. They have the new book smell, you know? 

This week, copies of the two latest installments in our "Should Know" books arrived. Stuff Every Groom Should Know by Eric San Juan and Stuff Every Golfer Should Know by Brian Bertoldo. Eric's actually done another Stuff book for us, Stuff Every Husband Should Know, which came out back in 2011. 

Posted by Eric Smith

How-To Tuesday: Penguin Classics Inspired Projects You Can Make for Penguin Awareness Day

Ah, yes. The noble Penguin. Today on Penguin Awareness Day, we honor the publisher that… 

Okay, okay. So Penguin Awareness Day isn't actually about the publishing house, but wouldn't that be fun? To celebrate the wrong (but oh so right) Penguin, I've rounded up a number of awesome Penguin Classics inspired projects you can create yourself. 

Posted by Eric Smith

Come Blog for Quirk Books [Updated]

Image via (the always incredible) Toothpaste for Dinner

Every now and again I come in here and update this ol' post. And here I am, doing just that!

Interested in blogging for Quirk Books? We're always on the hunt for awesome new talent to showcase on our site! Whether you're into crafting or cooking, fashion or design, comic books or movies… as long as you love writing about your passions with the occasional bookish slant, there might just be a place for you here on the blog.

And yes, we do pay bloggers for their posts!

Interested? Drop me an email at [email protected]. Tell me a bit about yourself, what you're interested in writing about, and include a few links to some writing samples. Please don't send resumes. Just a friendly email and links to clips will do. You should be active on social media and familiar with what we publish on the blog. 

Hope to hear from you soon! 

Posted by Eric Smith

Letter Writing Week: How to Write a Letter, from the Jane Austen Handbook

We've spent all week celebrating National Letter Writing Week, with plenty of posts from crafting to book roundups. But what about actually writing a letter? 

Well, we've got this excerpt from Jane Austen Handbook on letter writing, plus a fancy giveaway! So read on, and learn how to write and prepare a proper, Jane Austen era note. Enjoy! 

Posted by Eric Smith