People always ask me, how do you get published? There’s really only one way. Your concept has to excite a publisher more than the hundreds of others they get each week. Write an enticing query letter – a one page description of your project that includes a hook or tagline and bio, plus a bit about who will read it (there’s a sample in the appendix). Publishers of fiction expect your manuscript to be completed, while nonfiction publishers are willing to buy manuscripts based on a book proposal – a ten page summary of your book concept, audience, reasons you’re qualified to write it, marketing platform, and so forth. Prepare your query and also your fiction manuscript or nonfiction proposal. Just as there are many excellent guides to writing, there are excellent books on writing queries and proposals. Then you’re ready to start querying.
Priya’s Shakti, a superheroine online comic from India, stands out in the world because of its impact. UN Women named her a Gender Equity Champion. It’s the first comic of its time to confront teenagers with the reality of sexual violence. This free comic is available online, translated into many languages and adapted into many formats at https://www.priyashakti.com
During the Cold War, everyone feared the bomb. It was a simpler time. Of course, the 80s comic Watchmen shocked readers when the evil mastermind won and succeeded in destroying New York with a similar bomb. Even more disturbingly, he had justification for his crime, as he used it to unite the world… successfully. This diabolical twist muddled heroism and villainy forever, guiding readers into a new era of ambiguity.
First off, I adored Golden Compass and the rest of the trilogy, with its beloved daemons and fascinating metaphor for growing up (also for killing God, but we’ll get to that another time). I enjoyed the 2007 movie quite a lot and was surprised they stopped with one. But, three episodes into His Dark Materials, it’s not really grabbing me. The question is why.
To answer, there are a few lackluster factors beyond the dark look and admittedly Game-of-Thrones-ish credits.
One photo from the newly released The Mandalorian has been speeding around Facebook faster than… well… Yoda’s lightsabering in Episode II: Attack of the Clones (Remember that? Many called it the only good moment in two hours of entitled man-child Anakin’s drippy love dialogue and Padme’s spectacular outfits overshadowing her complete lack of character. As I said at the time, millions on special effects and not a penny on script. But I digress…)