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dossa1uk

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The Hunt For Creators
« on: 27 March, 2019, 03:56:44 pm »
Have de-lurked to ask for some advice, as I know there are a fair few in the know that habituate this 'ere forum. 

My brother is a successful prose writer of crime/action thrillers, in a similar vein to Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, with a substantial, established readership.  One of his characters has been optioned for TV, with a significant name signed on to direct/showrun, for instance.  I suggested to him that a comic adaptation might be, at the very least, fun, and, at best, a successful first step in getting more adaptations done, and after that, who knows?

I've spoken to one or two other creators who have been very helpful with advice, and the upshot of this advice is that it makes sense to take advantage of relationships that publishers may already have up and running, before striking out on our own somehow.  So a suggestion was to reach out to creators, and put together a "pitch document", with synopsis, proposals, and maybe even some artwork examples and so on, and then, if we find no takers, look at options like Kickstarter.

My question is how best to find creators for this - is it simply a case of approaching people, perhaps via Twitter etc, and ask their availability?  Or is there a forum (over and above this one?) where you can advertise for work?  Does anyone have experience of this?  I'm keen to know whether creators are willing to attach themselves to a project before it has been picked up by a publisher, maybe even knowing that it won't actually get to print. 

We are very keen to "do right" by creators, making sure that we pay their going rate, and in short order, for any work done, even if we can't get it to print via a publisher. 

All advice, pointers, guidance and supportive words very welcome!

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Re: The Hunt For Creators
« Reply #1 on: 13 April, 2019, 05:47:53 pm »
It’s sounds like a very interesting concept and I’m sure you’ll have lots of creators interested, to my knowledge there is no formal forum for hiring. My suggestion would be to ask for samples in order to find creators who fit your needs. And almost do an X-factor type contest: for artists look at all their samples then pick your top 5 and ask them to draw maybe a page of story. And the artist you like the most wins the contract.  And you can do similar for writers, colourists, letterers etc.
If the character/book series is a popular as you say, you probably only need a script, a cover and a few pages drawn up to get the attention of a publisher.
Good luck I hope it works out.

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Re: The Hunt For Creators
« Reply #2 on: 13 April, 2019, 07:06:25 pm »
If you're paying the going rate and you know any editors on Twitter, ask them to give you a shout-out.  Apart from the usual hopefuls, there's a good chance professional creators might respond, as I've been surprised at the number of seasoned pros who've thrown their hat in the ring for sample shout-outs.

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Re: The Hunt For Creators
« Reply #3 on: 14 April, 2019, 10:51:56 am »
Thanks for the feedback. Very helpful!

I think I’m most concerned with “doing it right” - not wanting to waste anyone’s time. I follow a few artists on Twitter who also act as great “curators” for other artists, but finding a writer is a good deal harder, I think?  Maybe it’s more a reflection of who I choose to follow, or the more immediate way of sharing work by the artists, as a visual medium? 

I’m hopeful that if/when we get a writer attached, then an artist, we can use this as a good introduction to the piece, but it does feel like pushing water uphill at the moment. Probably due to my naivety...!