We (French people) always wish a good health as well as a good year because what is more important than health, right?
2015 ended on a small sour note after my short Chrononauts story did NOT win the Millarworld Talent Hunt. Here it is for your reading pleasure: The Dating Game. WARNING: it’s awesome.
Rejection is hard. It is demoralizing but I keep moving forward. I don’t know who said it but I read this very cool quote the other day: “Success is going from one failure to another without losing your enthusiasm.” Damn I ‘m successful!
Today, I sent in my submission to Top Cow Productions for their yearly Talent Hunt. By submitting before January 15th, I should get a one paragraph feedback sometimes before February 15th and am I looking forward to that. Just to get some professional feedback will be awesome in and of itself.
I am still waiting to hear back from 2000 AD on my Futureshocks submission. I send them emails via their sites and even asked on their twitter feed but I am not getting any answer as to whether or not it has been rejected. I just want to know so that I can send the next one, you know. It has been over two months after all. I also hope it did not get lost in the mail. Makes me wonder, is no news TRULY good news?
Lastly, I just want to share a wonderful article about the importance of PREMISE by Michael Tabb. I really wish I would have read this earlier. It outlines some of the fundamental needed to write a good story and to writer’s block entirely. I just cannot stress how important this article is.
That is it for this week. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday time and wish you, once more, a Happy and Healthy New Year.
How to solve the 2000 AD submission stamped self addressed envelope conundrum.
As you may already know, I really want to submit Future Shocks stories to 2000 AD. They have open submissions right now. The thing is they only take submissions by mail and they are located in Oxford, UK. That’s not the issue though, it’s easy enough to print your script and synopsis, put it in an envelope, and send it to the UK. The tricky part is that in order to get an answer from them, you need to include a stamped, self addressed envelope so that they can just type a short rejection letter (haha), put it in the envelope that you included, and drop in the mail box which, hopefully, does not have a Mr Bean in it.
I did not struggle that much but still, close enough.
Now, here’s the rub. Since the self-addressed envelope will be sent FROM the UK to the US, it needs to have British postage on it. You really want to make it as easy as possible for submission editors so no, you can’t send them Paypal money so that they buy their own stamps or something like that.
I asked the US post office if they had some kind of International postage I could use or even if they had something, ANYTHING that could serve my purpose but nope, big fat nope. I then went to the Royal Mail website and started ordering a sheet of international stamps. They even let me enter my shipping address and my billing info before telling me they don’t ship outside of the UK.
So here is the unfortunate solution to this problem. If you want to submit to 2000 AD, you need a friend in the UK whom you trust and who can help you out. Lucky for me, Gabriela Houston, the artist I worked with on the short Bathory stories lives in London and she totally helped me out. I sent her money via Paypal and Gabriela purchased a sheet of stamps for me (the 1.52 pounds kind just to be safe) and voila. The UK stamps are on their way and soon, I can start being rejected by 2000 AD. Yeah!
2000 AD is a weekly British Sci-Fi comic book Anthology published by rebellion. Judge Dredd was born in the pages of this illustrious publication in the late seventies. 2000 AD publishes on-going serials along with one-off stories called Future-Shocks.
Starting on Monday, 2000 AD will be accepting writers and artists submissions. Writers must submit Future-Shocks stories which must be 4 pages long and with a crazy, unexpected, unforeseeable twist ending.
In preparation for the open submission and because I have never read 2000 AD in my life (I did read some Judge Dredd stories mind you) , I purchased “The Best of Thar’s Future Shocks“. And I am obsessed with Future Shocks now. Some of those stories are really messed up but in a very cool way. It reminds me of Tales from the Crypt but in a Sci-Fi, futuristic setting.
I am still reading through that 160 pages digital behemoth and I already have enjoyed many of Peter Milligan‘s expertly crafted stories. From 6 pages long to only one (1!!!), Mulligan has crafted little comic book gems. They’ll teach you about conserving space, pacing, and the use of the page turn; all necessary features of any good Future Shocks.
I have started writing my own Future Shocks to submit later this week and I hope you too will consider taking advantage of this opportunity. Whether you are a writer or artist, it should not be missed.