I sure get to hang with the most interesting folks. Today, comic book and graphic novel expert Danny Fingeroth visited DearEditor.com as my Guest Editor. Danny was a longtime writer and editor for Marvel Comics, best known for his work on Spider-Man. His books include Superman on the Couch, Disguised as Clark Kent, The Rough Guide to Graphic Novels, and The Stan Lee Universe (co-edited with Roy Thomas), about the life and career of the co-creator of Iron Man and The X-Men.
Danny is a recognized expert on comics and graphic novels, lecturing about them at venues including The Smithsonian Institution and The Metropolitan Museum and and creating and editing the only how-to publication dedicated to comics writing and writers, Write Now magazine. He also writes how-to books (including How to Create Comics from Script to Print with artist Mike Manley, as well as its companion DVD) and serves on the board of directors of the Institute for Comics Studies. Danny’s even got a new online writing course, “Graphic Novel Writing,” which teaches the entire graphic novel writing process, from producing a proposal to handling Hollywood (it starts May 23 at mediabistro.com). Does he sound like the perfect guy to field a DearEditor.com reader question about submitting graphic novels to agents? Yeah, I thought so, too.
So here’s the question Danny fielded:
My husband has put together a middle grade hybrid graphic novel that I’ve helped him to edit. He’s gotten some positive responses from agents but is always told they don’t think they can place the book. Is there something more challenging about selling this type of novel even though they seem to be very popular right now?
Pop over to DearEditor.com for Danny’s answer.