Who Can Contribute?
Anyone! Seriously, no comics experience required as long as you have a good story. In the first volume we had a good mix of published comics writers and illustrators, first time comics writers, and first time writers. Depending on your situation, we’ll pair you up with an editor and/or a writer and/or an illustrator who can best help you adapt the story into comics. In these books, content is king…and if you come to us with a story that we need to have in the book, we’ll do whatever we can to make sure you’re the one to tell it.
What Kind of Stories are you Looking For?
For the second book, we’re focusing on New England from 1750-1776. The book will end with the Shot Heard Round the World and the start of the American Revolution. We would like to have stories about how the revolutionary spirit trickled down to the everyday people. So any stories that don’t feature the usual people we associate with the Revolutionary period (Franklin, Jefferson, Revere etc) will be seriously considered. If you do want to focus on a well-known person, you should tell a story that goes beyond the standard biography. For example, Alexander Danner pitched a story about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson having a discussion about germs which is a perfect fit for the book. There’s a revolutionary history aspect to it (they were on their way to a continental congress…which actually could make it a better fit for the third book) and a more off-the-beaten-path revolutionary aspect to it (recent advances in microbiology).This book will be released in Fall 2015 and completed (illustrated and lettered) stories will be due in March 2015. Stories should be no less than five but no greater than 15 pages long. The ideal length is 11 pages and we’re aiming to have 20 stories in this volume.
The third book currently focuses on the Mid-Atlantic region between the years 1606 and 1776. We’re currently just looking for interesting stories, and there’s no overarching theme for this book yet. With the New England book, we eventually saw enough of a divide in the subject matter to split it into two books. With the Mid-Atlantic books, we Virginia and Pennsylvania would be a safe bet. If they catch our attention, we’ll put them on the list. This book is aiming for a Summer 2016 release, with stories competed (illustrated and lettered) by December 2015.
What If I Just Want to Illustrate Someone Else’s Story?
Send us samples of your work and an idea of the type of story you’d like to work on (action, mystery, talking heads, etc). It’s really that easy. We’re always looking for new artists, colorists, and letterers.
Do I Get Paid?
Yes, all writers and illustrators will receive a small advance against royalties. Fulcrum has a long history of selling non-fiction books and a aggressive marketing plan to go along with it. Spot illustrators, colorists, and letterers receive page rates up-front and will get additional money from the Work For Hire bonus pool in the event the book sells well.
Do I Own The Story?
Yes. Everyone retains copyright on their work but grants the book publishing rights. If we don’t decide to use your story we won’t assign it to someone else. If we do decide to work with you we’ll talk you through the agreement, advances, royalties, copyright, etc.
How Do I Know If My Story Is Original?
We will keep an active story list so you can see what stories are in development. Occasionally, there may be a story up there with no one assigned to it. This will be the case if I discover a story and don’t have anyone working it yet. You can try to pitch that story, but keep in mind I’m most likely actively looking for someone to take it.
Please note that even if a story is in development, it does not mean that it will make it into the final book. Our aim is to have between 20 and 24 stories in each book.
I’m Ready! How Do I Submit?
Send an email to email@example.com and let me know who you are and how you’d like to contribute. If you have any samples of previous work send them along. If you’re not sure what you want to do yet but just want to put yourself on my radar and say “hi,” go right ahead. Better to know you now and the type of story you’re interested in, in case something comes up.
And that’s that! Hope to hear from you all.
Would you like to have Jason Rodriguez and/or one of the Colonial Comics contributors speak at your school, library, convention, book club, or convention? If so, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Speaking" and we'll see what we can work out.
As a general rule, Jason Rodriguez will speak for free at any school or library in the Washington DC area or other area if he happens to be in town. Jason has given many talks and workshops on different topics including History in Comics, Teaching with Comics, and Comic Book Creation. He has given talks/paneled at the American Library Association Annual Convention, San Diego Comic-Con, the Small Press Expo, the Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Comic-Con, and the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo. Jason also teaches writing and publishing courses for Arlington Public Schools.
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