Pew Study: Most Readers Prefer Print over Digital Books

folsom-library-malereader1-cindyfazzipicMore people are using smartphones and tablets to read books, but a majority of readers prefer traditional print books over digital formats, according to a recent study by Pew Research Center. Read the full post »

Just like Your Body, Your Mind Needs a Daily Workout

kidreading1-CindyFazziPicYou just got home and your Fitbit band shows you’ve hit 10,000 steps for the day, thanks to a lunchtime walk. You also skipped the elevators and climbed the stairs in your office building.  Great! Now it’s time to work out your mind, too. Read the full post »

2 Small Publishers Accept Unagented Submissions of Literary Fiction and Genres

manuscript on bucket-CindyFazziPicIf you have an unpublished manuscript, gear up for submission this fall. Black Balloon Publishing is open to unagented and unsolicited submissions of literary fiction and nonfiction in October, while Indigo Sea Press welcomes submissions of mainstream fiction and various genres throughout the year. Read the full post »

BuzzFeed Seeks Writers for its Fellowship Program

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A caricature of a writing position circa 1800s. (General Research Division, The New York Public Library, 1885-1895-05, “Wanted A Typewriter.”

Want a career writing about art and culture? BuzzFeed is offering support through its Emerging Writers Fellowship Program. You have until Oct. 1, 2016, to apply. Read the full post »

Want to Live Longer? Reading a Book Will Help

Read Poster Photo-Cindy FazziThe keys to healthy living and longevity may soon include read more books, judging by the results of a recent study. Read the full post »

Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” Transcends Science Fiction Genre

Fahrenheit451CoverImage-CindyFazziBook Review: “Fahrenheit 451” by Ray Bradbury, published by Simon and Schuster, 2012 (originally published in 1953)

In the futuristic society depicted in “Fahrenheit 451,” books are illegal and intellectual pursuits are considered dangerous. Read the full post »

New Bill Aims to Help Authors Enforce Copyright Protection

Photo credit: opensourceway via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

Photo credit: opensourceway via VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

A copyright is supposed to protect the work of an author, but most authors can’t afford to file a claim in court, so what’s the point? A new bill aims to change the situation by establishing a tribunal for small copyright claims. Read the full post »

Power Up Your Writing: Use Active Voice and Write with Verbs

Use verbs and active voice for writing as powerful as a muscle car. (Photo credit: Ángel Álvarez via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND)

Use verbs and active voice for writing as powerful as a muscle car. (Photo credit: Ángel Álvarez via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-ND)

In the classic writing book, “The Elements of Style,” William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White recommend using the active voice and writing with nouns and verbs. A quick glance at some of the books written by my favorite authors shows the effectiveness of these rules. Read the full post »

Almond, Vanilla or Nutmeg? Let’s Talk about Book Smells!

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New books smell crisp and very different from old books.

Professor Faber, the bibliophile in Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451,” sniffs a book and says: “Do you know that books smell like nutmeg or some spice from a foreign land?” His simple observation embodies our love affair with traditional books, which endures because of how they feel in our hands and also how they smell. Read the full post »

What You Really Need to Survive as a Writer

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Whoa! If you’re a writer suffering the doldrums, adjust your attitude. (Photo by Vince Fazzi, Folsom, Calif., 2015)

Do you sometimes wish you’re not a writer? I do—in times of rejection. As they say, when you get rejected, write something new. The problem is how to juggle a full-time job, family life, and writing, especially when you’re down in the dumps. Read the full post »