Here’s another tip:
Communicating with the creative team is crucial. It just has to be at a level that everyone is comfortable with. Some creators like more communication, some less. But no matter how much or how little there is, when communication is done, it needs to be done right.
What constitutes “right”?
First, understand that the person you’re communicating with is a collaborator. They’re in this with you. It isn’t just “your” project. Every single person that signs on is doing so for one of three reasons: they want to work with you, they believe in the project, they’re in need of a paycheck. One of those three things will generally be the reason they’re on the project. Once you recognize that, the second part of this should be simple.
Being conscious of the other person’s feelings. Treating them with respect. Treating someone with respect will go a long way. You want the collaboration to go smoothly, and that typically won’t happen if you’re treating someone like an employee. When you’re collaborating, you’re understanding that you can’t do the work by yourself. You need that writer/artist/inker/colorist. (Yes, you need the editor, too, but that’s something of a different story.)
Do you need to talk every day? No, it isn’t necessary, but communication becomes crucial when things come up. Have to take care of a sick dog? Talk to someone. A family member broke a hip? Talk to someone. Busted water pipe? Talk to someone. Communication is crucial, because there are other people out there waiting for you to do your job.
Communication when things are difficult becomes much easier if you’ve been communicating all along. Communication allows friendships to form. If you do it right, the work will show that all parties involved are happy. You’ll be able to collaborate on other projects down the road, instead of wanting to get far, far away from the person you worked with.
Comics are supposed to be fun, and that fun starts with communication.
And there’s your tip.