I have a lot of things I wish for, especially when I’m working.
I wish more “writers” would study the language they wish to tell their stories in. Especially punctuation. (If it seems like I’m talking a lot about punctuation lately…it’s because I am. Punctuation is important to writing. You can’t express yourself well without it.)
I wish creators weren’t as sensitive about the work as they are. If/when the work is rejected, it isn’t you who are being rejected, it’s the work. It’s a more personal rejection to not get a job that you’ve interviewed for than it is for your comic work not to be accepted.
I wish creators would do the research they need to do for themselves, instead of relying on others in the community to do it for them. Some questions are just easy questions and someone in the community will know it. Other questions are questions about a creator’s experience with something. But some questions are asked because the creator is too lazy to go find out themselves. These questions are often technical in nature and require a drawn out answer.
I wish more writers would hire editors for their work. I would love to be the gatekeeper for a few companies, really. And by “gatekeeper”, I mean hopefuls would send their scripts to me, and I’d go through them for rejection or acceptance, sending over only those projects I felt had promise. A submissions editor, but outsourced, which would free up most other editors to do their job. They’d then only have to review those books that were able to get through me.
I wish DC had a clue. Convergence showed that they’ve completely lost it.
I wish readers weren’t so invested in characters that were often created before they were born. This would give other comics their chance in the spotlight instead of eking out a living from the scraps of attention left over from Marvel and DC.
I wish Comixology Submit had a curator. Someone would be stuck reading a lot of bad comics, but they’d be compensated for that. (I volunteer!)
I wish creators were more invested in making good comics. The signal-to-noise ratio seems to be growing smaller every day.
Those are some of my wishes. What are yours?