Friday, 25 December 2015

FEMFORCE 173 IS OUT NOW!

Femforce 173 from AC Comics - Out now!
Femforce 173, featuring my story 'The Iron Wake', is out now! With art from the wonderful Jacob Bear and edits from Femforce main-man Mark Heike, it's a solo SHE-CAT adventure featuring the reappearance of a classic villain!

I'm blown away with how Jacob has brought the script to life and how Mark tweaked it. It's so satisfying to see an idea come to fruition like this, and I know that whenever I send a story in to AC, it's in good hands!

The issue is available for comic shops who may not usually stock it to order from Diamond, or there's a variant cover version available directly from the AC Comics website.

Femforce 173 - AC Comics online store cover
It was a pleasure to write this story for AC and again they were an absolute delight to work with. It pleases me greatly that I'll be back in early 2016 in issue 174 with a story featuring Femforce's iconic leader, Ms. Victory, alongside the giantess Tara! You can find full details of issue 174 over at the AC Comics website right now!




Sunday, 6 December 2015

Oh, so THAT's how.


It's been a weird few months. Some really, really nice opportunities have presented themselves and I'm looking forward to building on them in the coming months, but I do feel it's taken me a long time to get to the right place in order for these things to happen.

Essentially what I've found works best for me, obvious as it may seem, is to work on the things that will help you towards your goals rather than just the ephemera that surrounds those goals. I landed some really exciting writing gigs in recent months that have genuinely opened my eyes to the fact that the market is there for writers to make some progress.

The key? Being honest, being realistic and asking nicely. Of course, the most essential part of the writer's journey has to be the development of the content itself, but it's not always something you have to do alone.

The gigs I've been lucky enough to secure of late have all taken shape with the help of very good editors. It may have been limited to a few brief emails, but those little bits of encouragement genuinely helped the things I've pitched achieve the level where they'll get picked up.

I know my stuff won't be picked up every time – that's the nature of this writing lark – but finding people who understand the market and their audience as well as how stories work has improved the content I've been able to offer greatly.

So. Tips. Be genuine. Be honest about what you do. Be polite and approachable. Listen to feedback. 

I'm so very, very grateful to be able to do the things I get to do right now. It's so much fun. Hard work, yes. A little scary, yes. Exciting? Always.