2 Small Presses Seek Contemporary Novels and Genre Fiction

manuscriptplums-cindyfazzipicDo you have an unpublished novel or memoir? The Unnamed Press and the Red Adept Press accept unsolicited manuscripts from unagented writers. Read the full post »

13 Nuggets of Wisdom from Novels

fairoaks-alchemist-cindyfazzipicI read novels for pleasure. I consider it a bonus when a book also enlightens or offers advice. Indeed literature can empower readers to take positive actions, according to a recent study.  Read the full post »

NEA Survey: More Women and Older Americans Read Literature for Pleasure

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Photo credit: Researching Media via Visualhunt.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Women and adults belonging to the 65-74 age bracket are the most active readers of literature in America, according to a new survey by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Read the full post »

Top 10 Jobs in Literature: Characters with the Most Memorable Careers

Fahrenheit451Cover-CindyFazziSome of the most compelling characters in literature also have the most interesting careers. Their working lives drive them and their stories. Sure, you’ll find plenty of fire fighters in many novels, but there’s no one quite like Guy Montag, the fireman in Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, “Fahrenheit 451.”  Montag’s job is at the top of my list of memorable jobs in fiction. Read the full post »

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manuscript on bucket-CindyFazziPicIf you have an unpublished manuscript, gear up for submission this fall.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


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 »