11. The Publishing Process

Webcomic 11 of Daisy and Gatz

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What a lot of people forget about the arts and entertainment industries are that pretty much anything you make is a big risk. You really can’t know how people are going to consume the book/movie/painting/comic you produce. To mitigate those risks, the people in charge, i.e. the publishers and producers and etc., do what they can, and that means they stick to what sells. History proves it. For example, I read an article in the NYTimes recently that discussed how publishers were worried that The Giving Tree wasn’t going to appeal to anyone. However, to give those some people credit, the truth is a lot things that aren’t even close to the quality of The Giving Tree or have the appeal of Twilight cross publishers’ desks. They have a lot of people tugging at their attention, and there aren’t enough editors, agents and publishers to get all the work done sometimes. (I know. I used to be an editor in the publishing game.)

Because of that I like to imagine what the agents, editors and publishers probably thought as soon as they saw Gatz’s query letter. (A query letter is a the cover letter you send with your proposal.) Unlike Shel Silverstein, Gatz probably got an immediate “TO PUBLISH” on his book proposal. And Gatz is no Shakespeare, guys. He can write a sentence that is mostly grammatically correct, but it’s not anything transcendental for the English language.

In the end, I think this comic came out alright. We’ll jump back to Gatz and Daisy adventures on Thursday.

Till then!


P.S. For those YA supernatural romance lovers out there, I apologize for the jab. I haven’t read any lately. The last one I probably read was my younger sister’s Gemma Doyle series, which was several years ago. I also consume the media they catalyze, i.e. The Vampire Diaries—new episode this Thursday!