|"Hey! Come back here! I have to ask you something!"|
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Q: Anything new coming out soon?
Funny you should mention that. Just a few days ago, Fight Card: Barefoot Bones was released as an ebook for Kindle. I don’t want to turn this column into an advertisement, but you can learn all about it here.
|Snoopy know the heartache.|
|Snoopy knows the pain.|
Sadly, there aren't really many (if any) comic publishers out there looking for script submissions. These days, most want to see a finished comic, drawn, lettered, and colored. Most want to read a published comic you wrote to see how you write and from there will decide if they want to see more work from you.
|Snoopy knows rejection.|
My advice is to team up with an artist or-- if you can afford it-- hire an artist and self publish a creator-owned title. You can shop that around as well to companies that are looking for creator-owned work. They are out there. Just check the submission guides to see what publishers are interested in looking at what and go from there.
Q: I recently created a comic book, which am lettering, but am seeking a publisher to partner with to get my work published and distributed. What should I do?
|Funny because it's true.|
This is the hard part. Search the websites for publishers publishing creator-owned comics and submit to them. Or, meet an editor at a convention and talk to them about your project. I can tell you from experience that this part of the process is not an easy one. It's a slow process and can become frustrating. You will receive rejection letters from some and will possibly never even get a response from others.
An alternative is self publishing a Print On Demand comic with Indy Press, CreateSpace, or some other place that allows you to do that. It will get the book out faster, but you have to do all of the advertising and a POD comic will likely never be seen inside a comic shop, but you will have a book in hand you can use to show off your talents to publishers.
|This is my target audience.|
You’ll have to decide which method works best for you.
Q: How many of your actual, real life experiences make their way into your fiction?
Quite a bit actually. Sometimes the outcome is changed or it gets expanded, but snippets from real life are all over my writing. Usually, it’s small bits here and there, but it’s those touches that add an extra something to the story.
|This is also my target audience.|
Q: Who is your book's target audience?
It depends on the book, of course, but my books are usually aimed at teenagers and up. There are exceptions from time to time.
Q: In your opinion as a writer do you agree that "99% of the time, the books are better than the movies”?
Q: How sharp is your instinct for a story? Have you ever had a critique partner, agent or publisher suggest a change to your manuscript then slapped your head and thought "I knew I should have done that!" Do you always follow your instincts, or sometimes get sidetracked by friends or family input?
An instance where instinct served me well happened on the Nightbeat: Night Stories audio/ebook release last year. I had mapped out a plot and was writing to that plot, confident in the identity and role of the villain of the story. Near the end, as I was writing dialogue, one of the characters said something that made me realize that I had it all wrong. The person I thought was the villain was not the villain at all. Sure, he was a bad guy, but not the main villain of the story. That realization made for a much better ending. When I went back to plant clues for the reveal-- I like to play fair with my readers so twists and reveals like this one does not come out of nowhere-- I was surprised to discover they were already there. It was either instinct, my subconscious, or perhaps the characters speaking to me that made it happen. I love it when the characters dictate the story this way.
Q: What's best: Apple pie or Cherry pie?
Of the two, I prefer apple. However, if you’re asking about favorite pie, that would be either lemon meringue pie or pecan pie. Yum. These days, I try to avoid all pies as I’m trying to drop some weight.
Q: If SyFy came up to you and said, "We want to make an original movie based on your intellectual property," would you do it?
Probably. I’d have to read the contract first.
Q: When do you say it's finished? Writers, like most artists, have a hard time stepping away from a piece of work and choosing to call it "complete". When do you know a book is finished?
Some projects, like my novels, for example, I will tinker with until I’m happy with it. Other projects, specifically those with deadlines, come with their own “it’s done” date.
|It's Writing Time!|
At the moment I spend a good 10 or more hours a day, 7 days a week at the keyboard. There are the occasional days off, but lately there haven’t been many of those. When I also worked a full time day job, that number dropped significantly as I only had 1 - 2 hours a day available during the week and then I spent the weekend writing.
|Not Actual Cover|
I’m working on the first novel in what I hope will be a series “Snow.” In the first story, “Snow Falls,” we meet the protagonist, Abraham Snow. Before I even started I knew the opening scene and the effect it would have on the character moving forward. I also immediately heard his voice so I felt like I knew him. From there it was all about peeling back the layers.
Q: Do you pick apart books more during or after you have editing sessions with your own book?
|Love this cover.|
Q: What is your favorite comic book cover?
This is one of those where the answer will change from day to day, but the cover to Bat Lash #2 with art by the incredible Nick Cardy is one that always makes my list of favorites. Bat Lash is a western and this cover tells so much that it made me want to pick up that book and read it.
Q: How do you feel about prologues?
|Free plug: Both are still available.|
Prologues have their place and can be very useful. With my novels, I often do a short opening chapter that is not numbered. It ends then we get a page with the novel’s title and then into chapter 1. I like the way it allows me to tease into the story similar to how a James Bond movie opens, for lack of a better comparison at the moment. I don’t call it a prologue, but I suppose it technically is one. This format works for me. It might not work for everyone.
|You know what ol' Jack Burton says.|
Yes, sir, the check is in the mail.
Q: What do you write, Bobby?
A little bit of everything. My novels run from thrillers to sci fi. I write shorter pieces in whatever genre the publishers are looking for, usually action, adventure, pulp, sci fi, but I've also done horror, sports, and westerns. I also occasionally write comic books and screenplays.
|"NO! I won't read your script!"|
You can see all of my work at www.bobbynash.com if you're interested.
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Before I go, my Fight Card Books release “Barefoot Bones” is now available. You can purchase it here. Keep watching this space. You can read my behind the scenes essay here.
I hope you're having a great weekend.