8th Wonder Press is kicking off their publishing efforts with an all-new sequential art anthology! We are now accepting submissions for a collection to be released in May 2013 for the summer convention season!
We’d like to see short, black and white comic stories of any style or genre. Our submission/editorial process will be as straight-forward and hands-off as possible. We want to let your voice come through unfiltered, but in order to draw a broad audience, please keep your work as all-ages friendly as you can. (That is, your zombie story is welcome, but the full-frontal zombie sex decapitations are probably going to be a bit much.)
Step 1: SUBMIT!
Send us a proposal outlining your story and characters. Be sure to include sample artwork in the style you plan to use for the finished piece and an idea of the page count. If you’re a writer looking for pictures or an artist in need of wordsmithing, let us know and we’ll try to keep a running list of creators looking for partners.
If you already have a completed comic you’d like us to consider we would be more than happy to take a look at it without going through all of approval steps.
Step 2: WRITE!
If your proposal is accepted you will be asked for a full script and a matching artwork sample.
Step 3: DRAW!
Once the script is approved, draw it up!
Final artwork must be 6 x 9 inches, black and white, in TIFF format at 300 dpi.
Proposals should be sent in pdf format to submissions@8thWonderPress.com. Please include your contact information (name, email, phone number, and mailing address). We welcome any questions you have!
Deadlines are going to be very tight! Be sure you have a realistic expectation of the work you have to do and the time it will take to complete. Missed deadlines mean we can’t go forward with your story!
Proposals: December 14, 2012
Script and minimal art: February 14, 2013
Final art: April 14, 2013
Beyond exposure in the book, the published contributors will receive one copy of the book in which their work appears (limit two per story).
By submitting your unpublished work, you understand that, if accepted, 8th Wonder Press is acquiring First North American Serial Rights which gives us the right to publish your work (in print and digital formats) for the first time in the North American market. The creators retain all other rights to the work and will be contacted for permission if we plan to include it in any future collections. If the work is not published within six months of the scheduled publication date (currently planned for June 1, 2013) all first rights are null and void.
Any use of your material in the format of Podcasts and MP3 will be protected under the Creative Commons Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivatives 3.0 license (see http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/3.0/ for full details). This protects your work from any attempts to use it commercially or creating derivatives not approved by the creator of the work.
When you submit your story, you acknowledge that all ideas, characters, and content are your own work.
Once the book is out the pressure is on us to get it out to comic readers and the more means of distribution we have, the better the odds of that.
- Conventions - This will allow us to put books directly into fans’ hands and pitch directly to a reader’s interests.
- Retailers - We’re compiling a list of indie-friendly retailers we can sell directly to.
- Diamond - Even though we’re going to sell straight to retailers, the best way to get into comic shops is still through Diamond. Once we know the size and complete contents of the book we will try to get into Previews.
- Digital - More and more, readers want to take their comics with them everywhere and digital devices make it easier than ever. We’re going to reach out to ComiXology and Graphicly to increase distribution.
Why 8th Wonder
“I’m doing all the heavy lifting, why should I let you do the easy part?”
Well, we wish you wouldn’t phrase it that way, but it’s a good question. We love comics, and especially creator-owned comics. We want to make sure that our books — and your work — get into as many hands as possible, and the best way to do this is by working with a publisher and not having to build new distribution channels yourself.
Self-publishing is a good option and gets easier and better each year, but the end result can be an unknown quantity. We have an experienced print production manager in-house and will ensure that all of our books look incredible.
For questions, concerns, proposals, and funny cat videos, please email submissions@8thWonderPress.com.