Archive for November 27th, 2009

Nov 27 2009

Marvel and DC don’t read unsolicited scripts– who does?

I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

Optimum Wound has a very useful list of comic book publishers that are accepting unsolicited submissionsMarvel and DC do not accept unsolicited scripts.  (If you’re dead-set on starting out with them anyway, I’d recommend getting a job with them in some other capacity, like editing or sales, and then moving laterally).

No responses yet

Nov 27 2009

Janet Reid’s Query Count

Janet Reid tallied up a day’s worth of queries.  (A query is a letter asking an agent to represent your novel). 

I’m getting impatient with writers who can’t seem to tell me what their book is about. I get lists of characters, descriptions of setting and events, but nothing about choices/conflict/decisions. 

I started at 10 pm with 68 queries. 

  • Query letter missing too much plot: 21
  • Not enticing: 12
  • Nothing fresh or original: 8
  • Not right for me but someone else will snag happily: 6
  • Writer clearly uninformed about genre or category s/he intends to write in: 3.  (B. Mac adds: a common mistake here is using the phrase “fiction novel.”  Novels are ALWAYS fiction, so “fiction novel” makes the author sound uninformed). 
  • No platform (non-fiction queries only): 2.  (A platform is a tool used to market a book or author.  For example, this website.  They’re only required for nonfiction authors). 
  • Just plain old bad writing: 4
  • I don’t think I can sell books in this category: 4
  • Overwritten (probably should be included in bad writing): 1
  • Unable to suspend disbelief (also bad writing): 1
  • Writer is a crackpot: 2.  (Dammit!  I wish I had known that this was a disqualifier before I started writing). 
  • Topics I really loathe: 2
  • Queries set aside to read more closely: 2

A parting thought for you:  decisions and conflicts are the intersection of character and plot.  Don’t neglect them!

2 responses so far