Enormity, Enormousness, and 26 Other Commonly Confused Words

Statue of Liberty photo by Nina Fazzi

The enormousness of Lady Liberty is undeniable, but there’s nothing about it that suggests enormity.

I’m not a sports fan, but a recent story quoting a soccer coach who said he “appreciates the enormity of the task at hand” caught my attention. What evil task did this coach have? Or did he mean to say enormousness? Read the full post »

PitchMAS: Time to Pitch Your Manuscript?


“Hommage” by Leopoldo Maler, Hess Collection Winery’s Art Gallery, Napa Valley (photo by Cindy Fazzi).

Get ready for this year’s #PitchMAS! If you have an unpublished manuscript, this online pitch fest might be what you’re looking for. It will give you a chance to present your work directly to participating agents and editors. Read the full post »

Readers Say Romance Novels Empower, Promote Feminist Values

RomanceBooks-CindyFazziPicThe romance novel has a reputation for being escapist and low brow. As a romance reader and author, I call it entertaining and accessible. Now you can add empowering and feminist to that description, according to survey results published in Maya Rodale’s book, “Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels.” Read the full post »

Top 10 Places in Literature that Will Trigger Your Wanderlust


The Duomo in Florence, which is mentioned in “A Room with a View.” (Photo by Vincent Fazzi)

One of the reasons I read novels is to escape to another place. Good books transport me to cities and countries I can only dream of visiting. Even when a story is sad or downright depressing, a memorable depiction of a locale can still trigger my wanderlust. And when I do get a chance to see some of those places, I feel twice as lucky. Read the full post »

Pew Research: Young Americans and Women Read More

Folsom Library Reader-CindyFazziPicA Pew Research Center survey shows young Americans, women, and people with higher education and income are most likely to read books compared with other groups. The patterns hold for both print and e-books. Read the full post »

Small Presses: 3 Publishers Accept Fiction and Nonfiction Submissions

Folsom Library-Fiction SignThe days are shorter, but the weather is nicer. It’s fall—are you ready to submit your manuscript? Check out these three small publishers that are open to fiction and nonfiction submissions. Read the full post »

Rex Pickett’s “Sideways” Deserves a Toast

Sideways-Cover-CindyFazziPicBook Review: “Sideways” by Rex Pickett, 2004, published by St. Martin’s Press

Miles, a struggling novelist, is divorced and depressed, while his best buddy, Jack, is a moderately successful actor who is about to get married. Together they embark on a weeklong wine-tasting trip in Rex Pickett’s raucous and hilarious debut novel, “Sideways.” Read the full post »

Pew Research: Majority of Americans Value Public Libraries

Folsom Library-CindyFazziPicMost Americans value their public libraries and they would like to see new services, such as help in providing digital literacy for children and senior citizens, according to the results of a recent Pew Research Center survey. Read the full post »

In Praise of the Hated Adverb…Seriously

The poor adverb is like a remote island deemed useless by most editors. (Kamaole Beach, Maui, 2014; photo by Cindy Fazzi)

The poor adverb is like a remote island deemed useless by most editors. (Kamaole Beach, Maui, 2014; photo by Cindy Fazzi)

Stephen King believes the road to hell is paved with adverbs. Most editors and writing teachers hate adverbs as well. I agree that an adverb is superfluous most of the time, but when used in the right place, it can be effective. Read the full post »

Authors Guild Survey Shows Huge Decline in Income for Writers

Folsom Library-Used BooksIf you’re thinking of giving up your day job to become a full-time writer, be sure to read the Authors Guild’s first survey on income in six years. It’s a sobering report that shows authors are not making as much money, even though they spend more time marketing their works. Read the full post »


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