Frequently Asked Questions

May 19, 2014 by admin

Submission Guidelines 

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Markosia are now accepting comics submissions for works that have been previously unpublished in the UK.

We are particularly interested in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, All-Ages and Historical stories. If you feel your comic doesn’t fit into this don’t worry, we will still look at all submissions.

We are also now publishing prose novels of all genres, so if you have an unpublished novel or one that you now have the rights back to then please contact Harry at harry@markosia.com

Preference will be given to projects that have all creative team members in place. It can be very time consuming finding artists, colourists and letterers for individual scripts.

Markosia works on a profit share basis. We take a share of the profits, then you are responsible for deciding how any remaining profits are split between your team (unless it’s just you doing the entire thing, then you keep It all!).

If we are interested in your project you will firstly be required to sign an NDA with while negotiations take place. This way we can deal with any enquiries or questions before you commit to a contract with us. Afterwards, when the book is confirmed, you will be required to sign a contract with Markosia, so make sure you read the contract in full!

Please only send one submission per team at a time. We want to focus on one proposal at a time and would rather see one solid pitch than a dozen barely thought out ones. You can submit another proposal if you are unsuccessful in 6 weeks from your previous submission date.

In terms of what we ask you for, when we say we want scripts in comic book format we mean they need to be presented in a certain way. Examples for that can be found here.  The comic book script archive is an incredible tool for comic writers so bookmark it!

The DC Comics Guide to Writing Comics and Alan Moore’s Writing for Comics are two books on formatting and deconstructing the writing process we’d highly recommend.

When we say we want to see sequential artwork this refers to a full page of comics panels. Examples are below.

Finally,  it is important that you are aware that the comics/graphic novel industry is brutal, in particular for small publishers like us. With this in mind if making money is the most important thing for you when it comes to your book then we are not the publisher for you. It is tough out there and it may take time to make a profit, and then it is likely to be small. We are ideal for creators who’s ambition and motivation is to be published. We can promise you that we will do the best we can to make your project a success but please think carefully before you submit your project – the last thing we need is disappointed creators sending irate emails because their book hasn’t made them rich!

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Our page template guidelines are below.

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Project Submissions

Our printed books need to be at least 40 pages, we will print short form comics electronically, but our focus is on collected editions and long form comics or graphic novels.

Firstly we need your contact details. We need full names, telephone numbers, e-mails and addresses for each creative on your book. Indicate who the main contact for the book is.

We will then need a synopsis of the project, no longer than a page of A4 – preferably half a page. Keep it as short and to the point as you can, we just want a clear idea of what your story is about and how it progresses, we don’t need background detail on every character and we’ll get the more detailed nuances of the story from the script. Don’t forget to include the title of your book!

If we are interested then we will ask for you to include the full script for the book, set out in readable comic book format. Include any concept art or sequential pages you have. If you have a complete book then that’s brilliant! But don’t worry if all you have are concept sketches we will still get an idea of how the book will come together.

If we are interested then we will ask for you to include the full script for the book, set out in readable comic book format.

This should be sent to Harry Markos by email to harry@markosia.com . We are not accepting hard copies of submissions as we can’t post them back.

Individual Submissions

Markosia are still looking at submissions from writers, artists, colourists and letterers for designated projects. More often than not you should understand that it is difficult to make decisions based solely on dialogue or art, a combination of both is what we look for in a good project.

Details on what you need to send us are below.

Writers

If we are actively seeking writers then we will want to see a fully realised script from you. At least a 22 page script. These must be completed in a readable comic format.

You can send us more than one script to showcase your writing skills.

As mentioned above we prefer to see projects with art included, they will always take priority.

Writers can find artists to team up with on sites such as deviantart.com or digital webbing.com – we recommend that you have someone in place as it will increase your chances.

Artists (Pencillers/Inkers)

Specify whether you want to be considered as a penciller or inker (or both!). We need to see at least 5 sequential art pages from you. Preferably from a couple of different stories. Make sure they contain some background work and a variety of characters so we can see what you’re capable of.

Feel free to send over books you have already been published in.

Colourists

We’d like to see 5 pages of sequentials work or any concept sketches you’ve worked on. Try to show us a variety of work so we can see as much of your skill base as possible.

Letterers

Send us through some examples of your lettering via sequential artwork.

We are only accepting submissions by e-mail. Send your work over to harry@markosia.com .

Due to the high volume of submissions please note that If you haven’t heard from us within 4 weeks then your submission has unfortunately been unsuccessful.

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Shipping Information

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Q – Do you ship outside the UK?

A – Yes we do. Please note that shipping costs could be significantly higher depending on where you live, so if you have any questions please contact us before purchasing anything and we will endeavour to answer swiftly. In some cases it may take up to two weeks for your goods to arrive, depending on where you live, so please be patient and contact us if it has taken longer than this.

Q – What are the shipping costs?

A – For orders within the UK each graphic novel will typically cost £3.  The exception is for the larger, heavier books which may cost more due to the extra weight. If you wish to order more than one book then an additional £1 is charged for shipping.

For international orders each graphic novel will typically cost £8. As with the UK shipping this may change if the book that you are ordering is larger and heavier than a typical graphic novel. Comics are £3 and £2 for each additional order.

If you aren’t sure about the shipping please get in touch.

Q – Can I get better shipping rates for multiple orders, both for the UK and International orders?

It depends on the quantity and weight, but either way we would be happy to get exact rates if you contact us and let us know what you’d like to order and where the items will ship to. We want to do everything we can to ensure that you only pay what you need to.

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