Alright, let’s get down to business, shall we? The open submission deadline has passed and we have a lot of good story ideas to work through. I have a daunting task ahead of me. Reading through the submissions is one thing, but comparing story pitches that vary so greatly and deciding which ones will work best for POSTCARDS is a scary proposition.
As if comparing one great idea to another weren’t hard enough, I have to also look a little deeper and consider not only the story, but also the writing style and techniques. Heck, even the artist’s style if the writer chose to include samples of art that might work well with the story. And as Jason said in his post, “Talent Only Goes So Far,” it’s clear that the person we ask to join the crew will need to be more than just a great writer. All of that adds a level of difficulty to the task.
This may be a little time consuming, it might even be a little stressful, but let’s face it, this is the fun part. I thrive on this stuff. Reading pitches and soaking in the writing, the ideas, the very essence of the story, that’s the exciting part of editing. Right now, the book has six blank pages, and I get to fill them. No, not with my own ideas, but what I’ll be doing has its own sort of creativity. Instead of a pen and a pad, my medium just happens to be other people’s creations.
When it’s all said and done, the writer and the artist will get all the credit. They’ll get the praise, the recognition, and hopefully they’ll get the feeling of a job well done. And that’s the way it should be. But when I hear fans say they really liked this particular story, and I know that I chose the right one, there’ll be a part of me that feels like the proud papa.
So I have my work cut out for me. It’s a job I look forward to; one that I’ll take seriously because I want to do right by Jason, the writers, and the fans who will one day be spending their hard earned money on our creation. But I’ll also be having a whole lot of fun with it, and I’m excited to get started.