Being ready for work is one of the hardest things to determine in comics.
A lot of creators feel they are ready to get the work done, that they’re ready to be published, but are really just deluding themselves. I understand that “deluding” is a harsh word, but it’s also truthful.
How many stories have you written? How many have you completed? Of those completed, how many have you shown to your peers for a review? Not family members who don’t know what they’re looking at, but actual peers who should be able to help you with some of the more obvious things? How long have you sat at the keyboard, typing out words in the hopes of getting good enough to get a gig? How many ideas have you had, fleshed out a bit and then set aside so you could continue working on the idea that’s already in front of you?
The same goes for artists. How long have you sat at the drawing board and worked on your craft? How long have you worked on your weak spots so that they no longer drag your work down? How much of anatomy, perspective, and texture have you studied? How long have you studied composition and light sources? How long have you worked on increasing your speed so you can do a page or two a day?
How much time have you, as a creator, put into understanding that doing comics is a grind, and trying to do it monthly for an ongoing title of your own creation is an almost impossible grind/pipe dream? Very few people can do it. It’s a way to Burnout City.
In order to be ready to get work, you have to prepare. You have to do a lot of creating beforehand to prepare yourself mentally and physically for the challenge. If you aren’t used to sitting for hours at a time in order to create your art, be it words or pictures, what makes you think you’re ready to produce a quality book for the publisher of your choice?
Sit in the chair and prepare yourself. The longer you sit and work at it, the better you’ll be. It’ll show in the work.