My novella, Zombie Reflux, was published in 2014. It’s a satire of contemporary UK society set in a rural Norwich town where the residents are turned into zombies because of pesticide in the surrounding fields. There’s a video of me reading chapter 1 on YouTube, if anyone’s interested.
Next year there is a TV show coming out with a similar storyline to mine: it’s a satire, set in a rural English town and the residents are turned into zombies because of a toxic substance.
But what’s the difference? My story has had modest success and even lost me a few readers/subscribers because it offended some people, whereas this story is having commercial success; it’s being made into a TV show, after all.
So what’s the takeaway? Maybe commercial success has as much to do with timing as having an established readership: maybe a genre or topic has to be right for the market at the right moment to reach its widest possible audience. As for my story? Zombies never die, so the right time will come along. And hey, at least I came up with the idea first!