Small Presses: 2 Publishers that Accept Unagented and Unsolicited Submissions

Start the New Year with an inspirational writing quote from William Wordsworth.

Start the new year with an inspirational writing quote from William Wordsworth.

Small and independent publishers offer an option for unpublished writers who don’t want to self-publish. Quirk Books and Köehler Books are among those that accept unagented and unsolicited submissions. (more…)

Using a Pen Name: 3 Tips for Avoiding a Pseudonym Identity Crisis

Arno River Pic-Cindy Fazzi

The Arno River in Florence, Italy, inspired my pen name.

While there are many good reasons for using a pen name, choosing one and getting used to it is another matter. My pseudonym—Vina Arno—has a special meaning for me. Still, it’s taking time to sink in. (more…)

Blurb Introduces “Dream Team” to Provide Editorial Services for Indie Writers

Manuscript picture-Cindy FazziBlurb, the print-on-demand platform, recently introduced The Dream Team skills marketplace for writers who want to self-publish. (more…)

Are You Ready to Pitch Your Manuscript?

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

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

If your answer is yes, then get ready for #PitchMAS, an online pitch fest that gives you a chance to present your work directly to participating agents and editors. (more…)

Paula Munier’s “Plot Perfect” is a Treasure Trove of Tools for Writers

PlotPerfectCoverbyCindyFazziBook Review—“Plot Perfect: Building Unforgettable Stories Scene by Scene” by Paula Munier, published by Writer’s Digest Books, 2014

In keeping with the book’s title, Paula Munier doesn’t flinch when she states, “If you want to write commercial fiction, you need to be about plot.” (more…)

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 your novel in the present tense. (more…)

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. (more…)

New Writing Contest: Write About Love!

Maui Seashell photo by Nina Fazzi

Submit a story about something you love and cherish. (Photo by Nina Fazzi, 2014.)

It’s the peak of summer, but Good Housekeeping magazine wants you to write about the stuff that Valentine’s Day is made of. Enter your nonfiction story about your first love or a crush or the one who got away and win some cash prize, plus possible publication. (more…)

Publishing: What Do Mergers and Acquisitions Mean for Writers?

The impact of publishing consolidation on writers and readers remains to be seen. (Maui Friends of the Library bookstore; Kahului, Maui; July 2014. Photo by Cindy Fazzi.)

The impact of publishing consolidation on writers and readers remains to be seen. (Maui Friends of the Library; Kahului, Maui; July 2014. Photo by Cindy Fazzi.)

A report by Publishers Weekly shows increased consolidation in the publishing industry, with 26 mergers and acquisitions occurring within the first six months of 2014. The report says improving economic conditions led to more deals. What does it mean for writers? (more…)

4 Reasons Why I Joined the Authors Guild and Why You Should Too

Seahorse by Nina Fazzi

“Seahorse” by Nina Fazzi.

I’ve heard of the Authors Guild for years, but I didn’t join it until earlier this year. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made as a writer. Let me tell you why. (more…)