Starting out #3

#3 Don’t make publishers guess

If you’re cutting-edge and can’t quite see how to make your stuff work in the current publishing environment – don’t assume someone else will. Yes, lots of publishers have an eagle eye and a thirst for the Next Big Thing, but they are also very busy. So a bit of work before you go in could help a lot.

Make sure you know what’s being published in your area of interest and imagine having to use your style to tackle all sorts of things. Would you be able to tweak it to fit?

Can you spot a genre where the artwork isn’t quite connecting with the audience and your work might be a fresh new take? Experiment. Look at a couple of well-known old stories (fairytales are good) and see what your take would be. Do a few illustrations in your style. You’ll quickly see what modifications you’ll need to make and how you can still be authentic to what makes you unique and wonderful.

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