Monday, October 13, 2014

Dead New World Blitz

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Dead New World by Ryan Hill
Published by: Curiosity Quills Press
Publication date: October 13th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult, Zombies

Zombies aren’t mindless anymore.
Before the world fell into chaos, the undead existed only in the imagination. Now, more of them walk the earth than living. Zombies move about freely, while humans entomb themselves inside concrete barricades to stay alive.
All that, while the leader of a powerful cult – known only as Reverend – becomes the next threat to the rebuilding United States. Believing zombies to be God’s latest creation, making humanity obsolete, he wants to give every man, woman, and child the chance to become one. With his combined army of humans and zombies, he may well get his wish.
Best friends Holt and Ambrose went up against the Reverend once. Holt lost a foot and a zombie bit Ambrose…though he survived the virus, only to become a human-zombie hybrid, reviled by the living and unwelcome among the dead. When the Reverend kidnaps the woman Holt loves, the race is on to save her from a fate worse than death.
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Disgusted with myself, I let go of Nancy and walked, alone and with a heavy heart, to Ambrose’s room. I could see him through the window, asleep on a twin bed.
“Push the red button to talk into the microphone,” Nancy said.
I pressed the red button on the control panel next to the door. “Hey, man, wake up.”
Ambrose slowly stirred from his sleep. “Who is it?”
“Your mother.”
“Ha.” Ambrose stood, draping bed sheets over his white scrubs. The days of being stuck in this small room seemed to have sapped his strength. He leaned against the wall, too tired to stand on his own for long. “Nice to see you on your foot.”
“Funny. I could say the same for you. I hear you got one hell of a hickey. Didn’t your mother teach you to stay away from strangers?”
“I never did mind her like I should have.”
I tried to get a good look at him, but the lack of light made it impossible. “They said most people don’t last a day after being bitten. You’ve made it four. I guess I should congratulate you.” Surviving this awful disease longer than most. What a terrible silver lining. I bet he wished the virus would get it over with and turn him.
“Yeah, lucky me.” Ambrose coughed into his bed sheets. “Maybe they’ll give me a prize, like some bacon or something.”
“What… what does it feel like?”
Ambrose shrugged. “Kind of like being sick. Had a fever at first, then some numbness over part of my body.”
“Is it getting any worse?”
“No.” Ambrose sniffed. “Some parts still feel like me, others… like these gray parts, nothing.” He pointed at his arm where the skin had turned a sickly gray. “They’re dead, I guess.”
Nancy loudly cleared her throat. “We need to get you back to your room. They patrol this place pretty regularly, especially when we have… guests.”
I nodded to her, then turned my attention back to Ambrose. “I have to go. I’m sorry. I wish it was me in there, instead of you.”
Ambrose stepped up to the window. The light from the hallway revealed his face. For the first time, I got a glimpse of what his loyalty to me cost him. I froze, unable to take a breath for a long beat. One of his eyes remained normal, but the other took on that awful redness. Patches of dead skin were all over his face. The guilt rising up seemed almost too much to bear. What kind of hell had I sent my friend to?
Growing up, Ryan Hill used to spend his time reading and writing instead of doing homework. This resulted in an obsession with becoming a writer, but also a gross incompetence in the fields of science and mathematics. A graduate of North Carolina State University, Ryan has been a film critic for over five years. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his dog/shadow Maggie. Ryan also feels strange about referring to himself in the third person.

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Handling Negative Reviews


The rule of thumb for writers is to avoid reviews at any cost. Just don't look at them. If you're Gillian Flynn or JK Rowling and get thousands of them, it's easy to do that. For those of us who haven't sold a few million books, reviews can be important. They help get the word out about your work, exposing it to people who otherwise wouldn't be aware of it. This is HUGE. On Amazon, if a book gets enough reviews, it gets bumped into an algorithm that exposes it to more people. Reviews can be great. Sadly, they can also be negative.


Negative reviews can hurt. A lot. A writer spends so much time slaving over a manuscript, making sure it's ready to submit out to agents or publishers. If accepted, the writer then is faced with several more months of editing. When it's all said and done, a writer may spend almost two years working to get just one novel published. It's hard to put that kind of commitment into something, and then read a review where someone says "This is drivel. Terrible writing. This stinks. Blah blah blah." To dismiss something as if it were nothing hurts. A lot. At least, it can hurt.


Negative reviews are a fact of life. People are going to know a writer's work for an infinite number of reasons. Maybe they're jealous. Maybe the book touched a nerve in the reviewer that made them uncomfortable. Or, maybe they genuinely disliked the book. It happens. And it's not up to a writer to worry about it. Most writers can be insecure (myself included), which makes a bad review that much more difficult to get over. But it can be done.


When I get a negative review, the first thing I do is laugh. Period. I laugh at the review. Sometimes, if I think it's an especially ridiculous review, I'll copy and paste snippets to my friends, so they can share in the laughter. Then, I put it out of my mind. What's one bad review among, say, ten? That means 90% of the people who read your book really liked it. That's a pretty good number, don't you think?


Also, to even get to a point where your work is published, a writer has to go through an endless amount of rejection. Agents, publishers, contests, etc. will have all told a writer no several times before they reach that elusive yes. Even Harry Potter got rejected 32 times (or so. Too lazy to look it up.). So, as a writer, you should be used to rejection. Yes, it's a little different, since this is the public trashing your novel, so more people see it, but the principle remains the same. Even during edits with a publisher, a writer will have to deal with criticism (at least constructive criticism). It's okay. And here's why:


   People can say whatever they want about a book you wrote. They'll NEVER be able to take away the fact that YOU WROTE SOMETHING A PERSON LIKED ENOUGH TO PUBLISH. That is a massive achievement! 

   Some people may leave a negative review without reading the entire book. This is extremely bad form, and not worth anyone's time, especially the writer's. The others... well, on the bright side, THEY READ YOUR ENTIRE BOOK. That's a good thing!

   Haters gonna hate. That's what they do. It's a part of life, accept it, and move on. Nobody needs to dwell on negativity in their life. 


   So... smile! While you're working on getting another book published, that person is working on another negative review. Ask yourself this: which person would you rather be?

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