Ready for another tip?
This one is really, really simple.
Hire an editor.
If you want a book that has a professional look, a professional polish to it, hire an editor. One for the entire project, not just the script. (I personally provide two services, because project management can be expensive.) And you should hire the editor before you hire the rest of the creative team. The editor should be the first person you hire.
The reason for this is because hiring an editor first will save you a lot of time and frustration down the road.
If you hire the editor during the scripting phase (assuming you’re writing full script), they should be able to help with story beats of the art, and spelling, punctuation, and reader impact of the dialogue. Whoever does the lettering, it isn’t their job to edit your words. Their job is to make sure your words fit on the page in an aesthetically pleasing manner that also leads the eye correctly.
If you hire an editor after the work is done (after the book is written, drawn, and lettered), then the chances are very high that there will be problems with the at least the dialogue (spelling, punctuation, impact on the reader). Problems that will need to be fixed. Problems that you may not want to fix because all you can see is the beauty of what you’ve created. Then the possibility of resentment can come in because you’re now having to deal with a person who is telling you your baby is flawed. It isn’t a fun position to be in.
Hire an editor, and hire them first. Hire them to help you make your baby the absolute best it can be. (Of course, when I say “hire,” that also means you should be listening to them. Hiring without listening is a waste of time and money. Yes, I’ve been in that situation.)
Hire an editor. They will save your life (and your book.)
And there’s your tip.