Pandemic wipes out Humankind
Kim Paffenroth's Page on his zombie-related fiction and non-fiction
6) Historical accuracy in general is very important: I've read stories where people in the 18th century fire guns over and over w/o reloading. I've read several where men who live in the 10th or 11th centuries are said to have returned from the Crusades. This is basic fact checking. I'm not saying if you have your character get off the train in Philadelphia in 1843, that you have to find a train schedule for that year: I'm just saying make sure s/he gets off a train and not a bus.
Okay, that's all I got this morning. I can't guarantee you'll be published if you follow these, or even that you'll write well, but I can guarantee that you'll write better.
Above is what it looks like (I haven't seen anything online that would indicate the scale, I can only assume it's small enough to pick up and hold over your head, Oscar-like).
Stepping out of the theater on a bright sunny day, after seeing Dawn of the Dead for the first time - I can remember it so vividly, being so emotionally exhausted, but so full of ideas and fears. And now some people who know and love the same genre as I do are recognizing the work I've done on my little private obsession. I am so lucky and grateful.