In the past I’ve found myself skimming through multiple articles for a nugget of useful information to create a Comic Book or Graphic Novel.
Here’s the gold from WonderCon 2015:
- Market yourself as well as your project.
- You will need to put in the same amount of time marketing your project as you did creating it.
- Engage with other creators.
- Do your research to find your niche and know your audience.
- Get involved in the community so they know who you are.
- Contact reporters or bloggers you have researched and tell them why you believe they are the one that should review your project.
- Submit only polished work to reporters or bloggers.
- Do not send the entire project. Provide a graphic (artwork) with a short synopsis or the first three pages. Make sure to provide a link for more information about your project.
- Be persistent once you have contacted a reporter, publisher, or blogger. Do not act entitled or overly persistent. Both will come off as annoying.
- Be professional
- Be polite and friendly
- Show your passion for the project. If you are not excited, why should anyone else be?
- What is your hook? What makes your project special?
- Limit self-promotion on social media sites. Instead, focus on connecting by interacting with your followers. The more engaged your followers are, the more likely they are to share your passion and promote your work.
- Do not use the same content throughout all of your social media sites. Keep some exclusives for each platform.
- Interaction is key!