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Old 11-20-2021, 07:32 PM   #4
Troy Dye
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Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 77
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Thanks to everyone who has submitted samples of their work. I have found my artist for this particular project, but I'm always looking for potential collaborators for future projects. There are quite a few. Doesn't hurt to start early.

I currently have two science fiction titles that are in the early stages of development. Lots of alien beasts. Not a lot of alien humanoids or ships, but plenty of alien predators and prey. One title is for children (G or PG) and the other is for adults (graphic violence, but no nudity.)

Like before, funds are dependent on crowdfunding. I will not pay myself via crowdfunding. All funds go toward the creation of the book. I have a day job and I absolutely love the creation process, so just creating the book is enough to make me happy.

I'm sorry for all of the requirements below, but it's necessary. Being a comic book submissions editor in the past has made me picky.

Just to reiterate and clarify on what was posted before:
  • Send a link to your website or Deviant Art page or blog or Webtoon, etc. to troybdye@gmail.com
  • Please don't attach files if possible.
  • I also need to see many samples, not just a few.
  • For the adult comic, I prefer a "real-life" look, but open to other styles.
  • For the kid book, I'm looking for more of a "Land Before Time" style, but again, open to seeing other styles.
  • Include your page rate.
  • Art must be at the level of currently published books or very close to it.
  • I'll need six pages in order to pitch publishers (you will be paid your full page rate for the 6 pages should funding be secured).
  • Must be able to complete a minimum of 1 fully drawn page per week should the book be published.
  • If you've been published, let me know which book(s)?

There's a lot of talent on Digital Webbing. I've seen many people get better and better over the years. I may not be very active here (like I once was), but this is the only place I want go to find collaborators.

Time to digress ...

Aspiring artists and writers ... DO NOT GIVE UP. I'm not saying you should keep bugging the same person when they say "no" to your art or pitch, but rather that you shouldn't give up on yourself. Get better. Switch it up. Keep coming to places like this to get critiques. Listen to positive people. I know that "don't give up on yourself" is a well-worn cliché, and that you've heard it a million times (one more won't hurt), but you would be surprised at how many people give up easily, don't try, get discouraged by others, or think that they aren't talented enough or smart enough to make their dreams come true. I know more people who think this way than people who won't let anything stop them. Getting my comic book published was my life-long dream ... and I needed to make it happen. So I did. Cost me a bit of money, but dream fulfillment isn't easy (or free in this case). Nothing worth doing should be easy.

On my first book, I got rejected from every publisher and was on the verge of giving up, but I decided to pitch just one more indy publisher ... and they said "yes." A long time ago, I was in competition with 15 or more other writers to write DreamWorks Animation comic books. DreamWorks didn't like any of our pitches. We went through at least 4 rounds of rejection. My writer partner gave up. Many of the other writers did as well. I WAS NOT going to stop there. But what could I do differently? I stopped being dumb. What? Yes ... I said, dumb The path was simple, but not obvious at the time for some reason.

What did I do that was different? I gave them exactly what they wanted. What they specifically asked for. They had provided vague notes on some of the pitches. We took that as a "no." Stupid. It wasn't. It was feedback. When the light bulb finally turned on, it was simple. Even though we may not have creatively agreed with with some of their notes (their notes turned out to be spot on), we listened to them and gave them exactly what they wanted to see. Couldn't have done that if I gave up with my writer friend. It worked. DreamWorks Animation green lit many stories after that. I didn't give up ... I simply switched tactics.

Why am I writing all of this? Well, because the world needs stories. We need artists and writers to entertain and inspire us. In short, we will always need people like you. Now back to me ... no one encouraged me. A lot of people did not have faith in me (actually, almost everyone). People told me to stop wasting time. They thought I wasn't good enough. That my ideas were stupid. They told me to "give up already." NO ONE believed in me (except for my writing partner, of course, and myself). But the negativity sapped my motivation and caused me to question myself for a moment. Maybe they were right? Wrong.

I wanted to get published so bad, I could taste it. I thought about it before I went to sleep every night. I hoped. I dreamed. I prayed. And I wasn't passive about making my dreams come true. I didn't have to be the next Brian Michael Bendis. There's only one of him. Not part of my mission. I wanted to just get one comic published. That's it.

I didn't expect to write a novel here, but I couldn't stop. My point? Make it happen. Won't be overnight, and may take many years, but keep going. I ignored all of the discouragement. You should too. The world needs you.

THANK YOU!!!

Last edited by Troy Dye; 11-21-2021 at 04:10 AM.
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