Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Scripts and Scribes!

Between the Big Orange Book Festival and the Southern California Writers Conference, this was a busy weekend for readers and writers alike in sunny Southern California. ZOVA was at both events, selling books here, critiquing manuscripts there, meeting book lovers everywhere.

One phenomenal resource we came across over the weekend was the dynamic team at Scripts & Scribes. Many of you are familiar with them thanks to their great interviews with several ZOVA authors at the LA Times Festival of Books earlier this year.

You can take a look at their interviews with Vanessa Fewings, Jessica Therrien, and Wes Albers through the links, and keep an eye out for more from the Southern California Writers Conference in the next week or so.

Scripts & Scribes is a free resource for writers, so be sure to support them by sharing the love with every hopeful writer you know. Follow their website, and follow them on Twitter. It'll be worth it!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Ten Tips for Writers

ZOVA is headed to the Southern California Writers Conference in Los Angeles this weekend, which means we've got writing on the brain. September is a good month to research writing tips and tricks, as we're a hop, skip, and a jump away from NaNoWriMo, that most inspirational of international writing movements which dawns each November. Here are a few tips for writers we've synthesized over the years:

1. You have to learn the rules before you can break them. Picasso taught us this.

2. Know your audience and write specifically for them. Yourself, family and friends, your future children, or complete strangers - whoever it is, know them and write for them alone.

3. Contrary to popular workshop advice, the passive voice is sometimes okay. Like, for example, when it's the only grammatically correct option.

4. And while we're at it, know your grammar.

5. Swear in your novels if you must, but never on your social networking sites.

6. Learn the difference between loose and lose, led and lead. It will save someone a lot of grief.

7. Whatever works for you, be consistent about it. The one habit all successful writers share is making writing a habit.

8. When submitting a manuscript, keep your font simple (i.e. Times New Roman). But when you're writing, use whatever inspires you.

9. Never promise to put a friend or family member in your novel.

10. Self-awareness (not to be confused with self-consciousness) is the greatest asset any writer can have.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Big Orange, Comikaze...here we come!

If you're looking to see ZOVA books in the flesh, this is a good month for you. We'll be hanging at a Comikaze panel this weekend, sharing books at the Big Orange, and sneaking around the Southern California Writers Conference in Newport Beach. We may find ourselves at a few other events, as well. If you want to find us, our books, or our authors at any of your favorite literary gatherings in the coming months, let us know and we'll add it to our list of events to consider. You'll be the first to know if we're coming your way!