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Martini Sigil

Missed Opportunities?

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I made an observation recently..... Dark Horse Comics, along with their graphic novel brands, also publish novels (and other types of books) under the imprint M Press Books. ...  http://www.mpressbooks.com/  ... however other indie comic publishers like Image, IDW, Valiant, or Dynamite do not...  I get why Marvel and DC opt out of this endeavor... they're uber successful at what they do.... but with the print on demand technology available, and most books being sold via Amazon anyway, one might think that the indie brands are leaving money on the table... and with so many graphic novel and comic writers also venturing into traditional novels, one might think that rather than allowing their artists to seek other publishers when they pen a manuscript, that they'd capitalize on them having an existing audience.

You never know when you might have the next Neil Gaiman on your hands...

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Marvel and DC also publish novels, don't they? I mean, I know there are lots of comic uh, crap I don't even know what the word for it would be, adaptations? Tie ins? I just always assumed Marvel published them.

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Didn't Neil Gaiman actually pitch an early version of Sandman to GRRM as a Wild Cards novel, but was rebuffed as he didn't have any writing credits at the time?

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15 hours ago, Let's Get Kraken said:

Didn't Neil Gaiman actually pitch an early version of Sandman to GRRM as a Wild Cards novel, but was rebuffed as he didn't have any writing credits at the time?

Exactly! ... But it's even more absurd than that... Say, for instance, that Garth Ennis or Frank Millar take a temporary departure from their regular M.O. and decide to write a novel (as many GN authors do)... as it stands, they would have to get a literary agent to shop the book to traditional publishers like Simon and Schuster, or Penguin... but if one of the indie comic companies that they already write for --and whose customers are already familiar with their work-- were able to publish their book.... it would be a win/win.

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On 04/12/2017 at 7:45 PM, Martini Sigil said:

Exactly! ... But it's even more absurd than that... Say, for instance, that Garth Ennis or Frank Millar take a temporary departure from their regular M.O. and decide to write a novel (as many GN authors do)... as it stands, they would have to get a literary agent to shop the book to traditional publishers like Simon and Schuster, or Penguin... but if one of the indie comic companies that they already write for --and whose customers are already familiar with their work-- were able to publish their book.... it would be a win/win.

Depends. The markets are different. And the stuff they choose to write might be different.

For Neil Gaiman it might work, perhaps. But for Paul Cornell, Dan Abnett, William Gibson, Saladin Ahmed, Genevieve Valentine, Richard Morgan... to name just a few of the multi-platform writers probably less so.

The same reason, basically, that tie-in publishers don't publish the other works of their authors as well.

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