James W. Powell, who'll be editing POSTCARDS, is a great example of being at the right place at the right time.
I'm sitting at my computer and stressing out - the list of companies I want to eventually contact is growing; distributors, wholesalers, printers, magazines numbering in the hundreds and I don't even have a book yet. The list of creators I want to contact is growing - there are about 60 people on it and I'm trying to figure out who I should get in touch with first in order to increase my chances of getting somebody else off of the list.
I'm staring at these lists and realizing that, when the book actually enters production, there is no way I'll be able to keep up with the editing and the publishing side and be able to do both effectively and to the best of my ability - I need help.
Within ten minutes of that thought I get an email from James W. Powell. James saw Sean Maher's mention of my latest Hive column at the time, I talked about editing WESTERN TALES OF TERROR in the column and he contacted me to pick my brain over editing in comics. You see, he's currently editing some of the stories for the upcoming WICKED WEST II and he was wondering what one needs to do to get more editing work.
The story he was editing for WW2 was Bob Tinnell's story. About a week before I had an hour long conversation with Bob where he told me all about THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES and how it's doing so well outside of the direct market - he was helping me shape my own business plan so that I can emulate some of his techniques for POSTCARDS.
Upon receiving James' email I write Bob and explain the situation and ask him, "So, how is he as an editor?"
Bob responds, "In a word? Brilliant."
So, whereas James was expecting me to get on the phone with him and talk about how to get editing gigs in comics, I instead offered him a job editing a monstrous 144-page hardcover anthology.
And as he's seen the talent list grow (specifically who's on it), I think he can appreciate why it's sometimes good to be in the right place at the right time.
I'll be setting up James with blog access so expect to see him dropping in now and again with production updates - he'll also be the man handling the open submissions so he'll be keeping everyone appraised on that process. We've been getting along well, he's excited about the project, and talking it over with him and hearing his ideas I have to agree with Bob.
The kid's brilliant.