Personal blog for M. Alice LeGrow, freelance comics artist and full-time ambassador to the Snake People.
So after six years and eight volumes, Bizenghast has finally finished. If you told me six years ago I’d be doing the same comic series for more than half a decade, I would’ve called you a sorcerer for knowing the future. Then I would have stood idly by whilst you were stoned to death. Also I probably wouldn’t have believed you.
Now I’m working on getting a new series underway and out to publishers in a nice little pitch package. It reminds me of when I was 16 and wrote that novel.
Oh, you didn’t hear about the novel I wrote when I was sixteen? It probably flew under your radar for a good reason: it was terrible and was never published.
Like all great ideas you have when you’re sixteen, my novel was laughable and doomed from the start. I worked on it every night and on the weekends after homework, and had it on a hard disk that I carried religiously with me to school every day to get some writing in during study periods in the library. It was over 400 pages and damned if I wasn’t going to make the best try at getting it published. I really did my best on it…I bought a copy of the Writer’s Market, researched the most likely publishing companies for the genre I was writing in (Crappy Adventure/Crappy Fantasy), and spent quite a long time filling out 39 manila envelopes and stuffing them with three sample chapters, a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a cover letter. Eventually I got those 39 stamped envelopes back, each with a polite rejection letter. And I do NOT blame them.
Anyway, it reminds me of now, when I’m essentially doing the same thing again, minus the manila envelopes and terrible ideas.
If you’d told me when I was sixteen that I’d still be sending out story pitches in 2011, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.