I've been trying to include more writing-related articles in these weekly postings. Whether you're an aspiring writer or have numerous published works under your belt, the one thing we all have in common is that the industry changes rapidly, and the more we know the better prepared we all are to survive it. Plus some of these are helpful hints that every writer should revisit every once in a while.
First, let's touch on the DO's and DON'Ts of writing: Marketing and Sales for Novelists, by Greig Beck offers nine very sound pieces of advice writers should consider to be popular and sell books. On the opposite end of the spectrum, How NOT To Sell Books: Top Ten Social Media Marketing No-Nos for Authors warns writers what activities to avoid so you don't wind up on the readers' shit list. What's really sad is that most of these should be self explanatory, yet they still need to be addressed in a web posting.
4 Zombie Apocalypse Problems No One Is Talking About was intended as a tongue-in-cheek posting, but it does raise issues that writers of zombie fiction need to take into consideration in order to create a more realistic novel. Foremost is the fact that anyone with a chronic illness that required medication (heart patients, people with high blood pressure, diabetics, those on behavioral modification medicines) will be screwed within a few months of the outbreak.The other is the heartbreak of abandoning your pets. Sure, if you have a dog(s) you an take them with you, especially if they're large breeds. But what about smaller animals, like cats or rabbits? You can't lug them around in their carriers, unless you don't mind being weighed down and eaten by a zombie horde. So your choices are let them go free or kill them. It's an emotional issue that, as far as I know, has rarely been dealt within zombie fiction or movies.