Friday, 6 March 2009

IS YOUR WORK GOOD ENOUGH TO SUBMIT TO A WEBSITE?

PEOPLE OFTEN EMAIL ME, TO ASK, IF THEIR WORK GOOD ENOUGH FOR THEM TO SUBMIT IT TO A WEBSITE EDITOR?!?

Ultimately I have 'No Say' as to what an Editor for any particular Website may Specifically look for in term’s of potential submissions and the level of quality required... BUT...

HOW I WEDGED MY FOOT IN THE DOOR WITH THE WEBSITE, LUSTOMIC.

I submitted a single piece of Artwork to the Lustomic Editor back in about 2005... I was sure it would be good enough to gain some interest in my work. The Lustomic Editor would be knocking down my door to contract such a young and vibrant talent... ^^

Easy-Peasy Right?!?. NOPE!!! I wish it was that easy.

I Never Received any replies or feedback. So I took that to mean my work was not good enough.

I continued drawing, trying to improve and generally trying to become a professional illustrator and about a year later In early 2006, I was all but ready to give up on my dream of becoming a Freelance Illustrator. I couldn't find any Work. I had sent out dozens of emails and postal samples to people and companies of varying illustrative subject matters, and the week before I was about to give up, I decided I would approach Lustomic One Last Time.
I wrote a Rough Short Script outlining of the Story for Tiffani's Transformed Tart and I drew 3 Linear Comic Page Samples (Pages 1 & 3 of those Samples are Posted Below) and I submitted them via email to the Lustomic Editor.

(The Images attached below were the ones sent in 2006, NOT 2005)
Working on these pages, was the origin of how the idea for 'Amsterdamned Nites' first manifested itself.


Then a few day's later I received a positive reply... After a few email messages back & forth, I received a Contract for Tiffani's Transformed Tart... And the Rest is History. ;D

Website Editors are Not Gods...

The Worst a Website Editor can Do after you've submitted a piece of work is to say 'NO'.


Website Editors are Not Gods of the Written or Artistic Mediums, (OK I'm sure there are some out there in the world who may think they are), But speaking from first hand experience, all the website editors I have had the pleasure to communicate with, have always been the most friendly and helpful people.

They are 'Normal People' running online businesses and usually Looking for New and Good Quality Content from bright and potential talents. Some may even offer you constructive critiques as to how you can generally improve or how you can make your story or artwork more in-line with what their site & its readers enjoy viewing.


3 REASONS WHY AN ONLINE EDITOR MAY NOT REPLY:

1) They don't like the style of your Story or Artwork (for whatever reason) & have no interest in replying to you now or in the future.

2) They don't mind your Story or Art but its not quite up to the standard they feel comfortable publishing on their site... So they will perhaps keep an eye on your online portfolio of work and see if it improves enough to the point of them perhaps contacting you.

3) The Story or Art is Not good enough, But they really appreciate all the Hard Work & Effort you've put into the piece of submission work... BUT... They don't want to reply because it would mean having to actually potentially break someones heart (especially knowing how much of themselves people put into their kinky art & stories) by saying their work is not good enough for what their site is looking for. 

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Don't Be Disheartened if You Don't Hear Back from an Editor.

Its very cliched advice, but it holds true... 
'If you don't put your work out there in the world, you will NEVER know if it's Good Enough.' 


Ultimately, If 'YOU' think Your Work is Good Enough to Send to me, Don't Send it to me... 'SEND IT TO THE SITE' where you Really Would Like to have it Published!!!
* SEND IT!!! *
You'll Never know if it's good enough, Unless You do!. :)

Pink & Fluffiness
K@T

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