Feb 21 2010

Kris Simon’s Top Five Suggestions Regarding Comic Book Submissions

Published by at 9:44 pm under Getting Published,Publishing a Comic Book

Kris Simon is an editor at Shadowline Comics, an imprint of Image.  You can see her list of submission tips here.

1.  Follow the posted submission guidelines. When editors make these lists, this rule is almost always listed first.  YES, THE GUIDELINES APPLY TO YOU.   Not following them can only hurt your chances of getting published.

2. Don’t overthink things. At Shadowline, you only need to worry about five sample pages (inked, lettered and preferably colored), a paragraph-long synopsis and a cover. Kris doesn’t want more than that because you may need to scrap a lot more work than necessary. Notably, Shadowline doesn’t want the script and doesn’t want a page-long synopsis.

3.  Your e-mail address should be professional. Use your real name or possibly your pen-name.  It makes it easier for the editor to figure out who is who.  Please also see this article.

4.  Don’t ask the editor for feedback. Editors get too many submissions to critique each one.  Editors don’t have much time, so they’ll spend it on the authors that are either good enough to publish or almost good enough.  “If you want to be critiqued, or given pointers, then we suggest you take the proposal to the nearest college and ask one of the teachers there to critique it (or go to a con and wait for a review).”   I’m also available.

5.  Don’t take rejection personally. As Kris points out, she got rejected five times.  I, too, have been rejected many times.  It’s part of the process, whether you’re writing a superhero comic book or a fantasy novel.  However, I think that most authors would agree that their story improved dramatically over the course of the process.  It will probably be emotionally grueling and exhausting, but if you have the determination to see your story through, hopefully you will be pleased with the outcome.  Good luck!

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  1. Lighting Manon 22 Feb 2010 at 11:13 am

    I don’t know if my carbon foot print can handle submitting and being rejected by companies, it might end up being like a large cattle ranch instead of anything to even do with feet. 😛

    Thank you for the article and the link to the original posting, both were very informative.

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