Five keys to the perfect cover letter for your graphic novel or comic

You’ve found the perfect publisher for the graphic novel or comic series you’ve been developing. You have an entire creative team behind you, a team that includes a writer, penciller, inker and letterer. Now you’re read to pitch your project to this publisher. But before you do, make sure that you have the perfect cover letter to sell your project.

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Deb Aoki: Using her storytelling skills to explain how business works

Deb Aoki began her comics career in the traditional way: The writer/artist drew comics and sent them out to publishers. She had some success, too, landing a weekly slice-of-life comic strip — Bento Box — in the Honolulu Advertiser. Today, though, Aoki is on a different path.

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Don’t want characters talking from their crotches? Then don’t skimp on the letterer

Unknown comic writers have it tough. To get something published they have to hire a penciller. Then they have to spend extra on an inker. That’s a lot of money right there. For a comic of 22 pages? You’re talking upwards of $2,000 — and probably more — for good artistic talent.

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