My Adventures in Graphic Novels
So I wrote this two part Sci-Fi Horror Space Opera which asks, “Why do monsters always have to be so big?” Like many of my projects, this one started out as a short script which was well received and showcased on Shootin’ The Shorts. I was encouraged to expand the storyline and did. In a mere two or three years, the expanded work turned into a two part, novella length, self-published ebook written in my own patent pending not-so-wordy style – Why use 400 words to describe a sunset when 10 or 15 will do?
For those unfamiliar with self-publishing, it’s a lot like pissing yourself while wearing a dark blue suit. It will make you fell warm for a little while, but then nobody notices. So unless you can catch lightening in a bottle, your Magnus Opus can soon be buried under by the approximately 400 newer titles uploaded each day on Amazon – That’s approximately 12,000 newer titles in a month…And many of these are offered for FREE.
The term fierce competition does not do justice to the reality of epublishing. I can not speak with first hand knowledge of the expensive promotional campaigns and stratagems used by other aspiring authors to recoup pennies on the dollar, but guys talk and you do hear things.
At this point in my journey, I sobered up and wandered off in the direction of the wonderful land of Graphic Novels. A wondrous place ripe with the promise of fame and fat profits!
Someone in the back raises their hand and asks, “So how’s that going for you?”
I look a the ground and softly reply, “The jury is still out…”
How hard could it be? Well, in my brief study of the subject, your Rain Man’s Gotta Mad Skills or you must have deep pocket. To play this game requires a Writer (you maybe?), a very good digital illustrator or old school artist with outrageous pencil and ink skills, a Colorist with way impressive talents, a Captions-Dialogue person and a Publisher who is willing to take a quick look at the first 10-15 completed pages of your highly speculative work.
I hasten to add, most publishers are flooded with many submittals – Some good, some bad and some are just awful. In addition to first pages, a proof of concept will be required from new creators: A graphic novel script with page-by-page and frame-by-frame breakdown
If you still have the strength to even think about Graphic Novels after this beat down, read my Lighten Up posted here on this blog and then just do it!