Where History and Fiction Meet: Top 12 Historical Novels

“Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier, a Civil War-era odyssey, is a best-selling and award-winning historical novel.

“Cold Mountain” by Charles Frazier, a Civil War-era odyssey, is a best-selling and award-winning historical novel.

Historical fiction, the vast territory where history meets fiction, can be a story about prehistoric times or the Elizabethan era or the American Civil War. It can be a sweeping epic or a thriller or a bodice ripper. What is historical fiction? What makes for a good historical novel? Read the full post »

James Salter’s “A Sport and a Pastime”: Languid, Rich, and Memorable

A Sport and a Pastime Cover-Photo by Cindy FazziBook Review: “A Sport and a Pastime” by James Salter, first published by Doubleday in 1967

James Salter’s “A Sport and a Pastime” reminds me of a five-star resort. It’s luxurious, oftentimes impractical, but always pleasurable. Don’t go looking for the basics. Everything is extra. Read the full post »

New York Pitch Conference: The Art of Selling Your First Book

The calm before the creative storm: This is what the Ripley-Grier Studios hallway looked like before writers arrived to pitch their manuscripts.

The calm before the creative storm: This is what the Ripley-Grier Studios hallway looked like before writers arrived to pitch their manuscripts.

Do you have a manuscript you want to pitch? Perhaps you want to test the waters for a book idea? If you’re nodding as you read this, you should check out the New York Pitch Conference. I belong to the first camp, and I’m glad I attended.  Read the full post »

Pew Research: Majority of Millennials Read Books

Read Poster Photo-Cindy FazziThe word “millennial” usually conjures up the image of a teenager who’s voluntarily trapped indoors to play video games, watch Netflix, and monitor social media all day long. That impression may be true (I know because I have a teen at home), but results of a recent study by the Pew Research Internet Project show that millennials also  read.  Read the full post »

“Dead Poets Society”: Robin Williams Will Stay “O Captain, My Captain” in Our Hearts

Film Review: “Dead Poets Society,” directed by Peter Weir, 1989

Dead Poets SocietyAlthough “Dead Poets Society” is set in a boys’ prep school in Vermont in 1959, moviegoers relate to it because it puts them squarely on a familiar ground. Most people remember a teacher like John Keating (Robin Williams) who changes his students’ lives. In every school, there’s a passionate soul like Neil Perry (Robert Sean Leonard), a painfully shy kid like Todd Anderson (Ethan Hawke), and a rebel like Nuwanda (Gale Hansen). Read the full post »

Writing Contest: Harlequin Seeks Unpublished Romance Novels

Strands by Nina Fazzi

“Strands” by Nina Fazzi. Copyright © 2014 by Nina Fazzi. All Rights Reserved.

So You Think You Can Write? It’s not just a question. It’s the name of a contest for unpublished romance writers sponsored by Harlequin/Mills & Boon. The winner will receive a two-book series contract from the publisher. Read the full post »

In Praise of the Here and Now: Top 10 Present-Tense Novels

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James Salter’s “A Sport and a Pastime” is a fine example of a present-tense novel.

“September. It seems these luminous days will never end.” This is how James Salter’s 1967 novel, “A Sport and a Pastime,” begins. The unnamed narrator is describing Paris—in the present tense. It made me pause because countless writing workshops, articles, and panel discussions tell us the same thing: Don’t write a novel in the present tense. Read the full post »

Brash Books Seeks Unpublished Crime Novels and Award-Winning Backlists

Bookshelf-Mystery-CindyFazziIf you have an unpublished crime novel, you might want to consider submitting your work to Brash Books, a new company established by two veteran novelists. Lee Goldberg and Joel Goldman formed a partnership with online retailer Amazon.com to publish their works, as well as other novels. Read the full post »

Christina Baker Kline’s “Orphan Train”: An Emotional Journey Worth Sharing

Orphan Train Cover-Cindy Fazzi PhotoBook Review: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline, published by William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2013

At first glance, 90-year-old Vivian has nothing in common with Molly, a troubled teen-ager. Vivian is well-off and white, originally from Ireland, while Molly is poor and half-Penobscot Indian. When Molly is caught stealing a copy of “Jayne Eyre” at the public library, she must either perform community service by helping Vivian clean her attic, or go to a juvenile center. She chooses the former, bringing the two together. Read the full post »

Inkshares: Is the Latest Publishing Model Right for You?

The latest publishing model will publish books through crowdfunding.

The latest publishing model will publish books through crowdfunding.

What do you get when you combine legacy publishing with crowdfunding? A new model of publishing through Inkshares. It’s called crowdfunded publishing. Read the full post »

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