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Tips & Tweets: Advice for Writers, Part 1

Want to make comics? Get tips from Marvel talent manager C.B. Cebulski to help YOU at San Diego Comic-Con and beyond

By CB Cebulski

Alright, writers, your turn... and I'll just rip the band-aid off: Yes, it's true, it's much harder for writers to break into Marvel than it is for artists.

Now there are many reasons for this, the main one being there are so many more of you writers out there. Or at least people who think they're writers. People with no artistic skill, like myself, are pretty aware of the fact and can admit to ourselves we can't draw. But everyone who has ever read a book or comic, or watched a movie or TV show, has had an idea how to make the story the just saw unfold better in their opinion. They feel they can write better ideas that the people who actually did the work that got produced. And, for better or worse, this is even more rampant in comics.

"Wolverine: Dust From Above" art by Francesca Ciregia
So unfortunately, we have to be much more particular in our hiring. Much stricter.

And while we do have a general rule that you do need to be a previously published writer to be considered to pitch to Marvel, I am always happy to give out some general advice to ALL writers so you know what to work towards and what we look for here at Marvel...

Pulled from CB Cebulski' Twitter feed (@CBCebulski) and organized by topic, these tips, tweets and missives may help YOU get into the comic book biz at the San Diego Comic-Con 2010 or beyond!

Special thanks to Marvelous intern Zack Rosenberg (@Comicnerd1988) for compiling and organizing the tweets & tips! And all art featured in this article is from an upcoming story by a new writer! "Wolverine: Dust From Above" is by Joao Lemos, "Invisible Woman: Invisirella" is by Dame Darcy and "Shanna the She-Devil is from Mary HK Choi!

"Invisible Woman: Invisirella" black and white art by Robin Ha
Today's Tips: Advice for Writers, part 1

New writers, sending pitch ideas of any kind to editors cold is a definite mistake.

If you want to write for Marvel, get published elsewhere first. Marvel editors only review previously published work to judge your chops.

All writers need to snail mail the editors directly.

Yes, self-published work, mini-comics, webcomics, editorial cartoons, newspaper strips, novels... all count as published work for writers.

Yes, Marvel accepts PUBLISHED WORK ONLY from new writers. No pitches. No submissions. No original ideas. Nothing Marvel related.

The Marvel editors will read it & if they're impressed by what they see, they'll contact you to pitch them. That's how it works these days.

Again, for new writers, you have to mail copies of your published work in to the Marvel editors you would like to work with for review.

Self-publishing, mini-comics, anthologies, web comics... they all "count", yes.

Come back to Marvel.com tomorrow for part 2!


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      thank you for taking time and making this i'm 17 and an aspiring writer for marvel so thanks for the tip