The Zombie Guide to Good Grammar (Call for submissions!)

One of the (many) side projects I’m working on is a Zombie Guide to Good Grammar. I’d like to finish in December and have it out by Christmas, but I’m having a little trouble with it, so I thought I’d ask for some help.

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I have 25 common grammar mistakes, but I need to write 25 zombie/apocalypse themed examples. Ideally these will be fun. Each example could be its own mini story/paragraph… or just a sentence or two. They should be vivid and interesting enough that the scene sticks in your head. However, kids might use it, so it can be “he ate the brains” but not “the shotgun sprayed his brains all over the walls.”

This is the description:

Most people’s grammar is terrible. That’s because grammar is boring. We wanted to make it a little cooler. So we used zombies to illustrate the top 25 common grammar mistakes. You might think you’ve got these basic grammar rules mastered. But that’s why they’re so dangerous. Our brains are funny things (that taste great with ketchup). Even though you know these rules, they’ll still pop up in your writing all the time. So kill those little buggers. Each rule comes with a gruesome example sentence that’s sure to stick in your memory.

I’ll turn it into a powerpoint, poster, book and put it all over the interwebz, plus run some giveaways. It probably won’t earn much money, but it should be fun enough to get people to share (I’ll also make one huge infographic with all the tips). I’m using it to boost traffic and SEO. Help me out and share the benefits.

How would this work?

You can write examples for any of the 25 tips you want, and if I use one, you’ll be credited in the book and all the pages I post it to (with live links back to your site, and a short description; your name + a book + your website). So especially for book editors or zombie-novelists, who want more traffic and visibility, this could be an easy win for you. You get a few backlinks on some of my sites, for specific keywords (zombie/writing tips/editing/book editors).

Plus I’ll send you a copy of the book.

Grab the file here, add in as many examples as you want to, then email it back to me before December 10th (email is in the document).

Thanks!

About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.