Inspired Quill is a literature based review and resource blog which has been carefully cultivated to remain accessible to anyone, regardless of whether they’re 22 or 52. The IQ team consider it of the utmost importance to keep the tone of our articles and reviews informative, thought provoking and light hearted.
The Longer Version
I opened the Inspired Quill blog in September 2009. The domain name had been sitting around doing nothing for about a year and a half beforehand and I really wanted to do something with it. My initial plan for the blog was to simply post book reviews, but after a very short time I decided to open it up to articles and news regarding literature. Why? Well, I was a University student and I figured I needed all the non-fiction writing help I could get.
And speaking of help…after going through a couple of months trying to update the site three times a week, I decided to offer writing positions to anyone who wanted to help out. A few people ended up just doing one or two posts, but I now have a few members of the writing team who have been consistently awesome for getting new content to me on a regular basis. All members of the writing team are both knowledgeable and passionate about literature, and use IQ as a means to both share their passion for books, and to also gain valuable (and otherwise difficult to come by) writing experience.
After attending a day’s seminar hosted by Doug Richard called ‘School for Startups’ a few months earlier, September 2010 ended up with mewinning an entrepreneurial award for Inspired Quill, which meant a series of business classes and 1-on-1 mentor help. Needless to say these things have been invaluable, and after starting to network and really get to grips with my niche, I registered IQ with Companies House as a ‘proper business’ in April of 2011. As of September 2011 (I see a trend developing here!) Inspired Quill will begin to operate fully as a Publishing House.
It’s odd, how some things float merrily along, and others tend to pull you by the scruff of your neck into new and exciting experiences and opportunities.
The IQ Blog Goals
To offer an environment for budding writers and critics to develop their skills
To take a dynamic approach to literature reviews and articles, suggesting non-mainstream reading and offering the site readership a resource base
To be accessible to all readers
December 2009 – Became the official sponsor of the University of Leicester English Society.
February 2010 – Reached our first visitor milestone of 1,000 a month (which has been steadily increasing since).
May 2010 – Passed the School for Startups workshop day.
September 2010 – Won an entrepreneurial award on the ‘Enterprise Inc.’ scheme.
March 2011 – Official Blog Tour Host for Novel Publicity.
March 2011 – Official Blog Tour Host for Tundra Publishing.
March 2011 – Official Blog Tour Host for NURTURE.
April 2011 – Inspired Quill was registered with Companies House.