Should I write a novel or a graphic novel? Advice from authors and comic artists wanted!
I'm not trying to "become a writer," so much as I have a specific story I want to tell. It's kinda like this guy
's story mixed with this guy
's story. It would be kind of like a sociological personal memoir. I've never written anything but narrative blog posts (example
!) and academic papers before.
I've already started a comic layout, but it's taking a lot longer than expected, and I'm wondering whether the cons would outweigh the pros, for someone who's not exactly in the "scene" or anything. However, I personally enjoy reading graphic novels a lot more, and I rarely read fiction. If I did finish the graphic novel, I would do both the drawing and writing, and it's looking like it should be about 180-200 pages in black and white fixed-width pen. (And I draw like this
, basically. Nobody's gonna read this thing for this artistic virtuosity.)
So basically, I'd prefer to try to write a graphic novel unless I'm getting myself into something really difficult and it really would be a better idea to try to stick to the novel format.
--What kind of costs should I expect? I know, I know, everyone thinks they should write a book...I don't really expect to make money so much as I'm hoping not to lose
a lot of money...and get it at least seen
by people...(It'll probably be a pretty niche market, admittedly...like, people who are either interested in Judaism or religious sociology...or "year in the life" memoirs written by college students, I guess.)
--What is marketing? What is publishing? Do I have to "network"? Do I need a website aside from my current blog? Are those "self-publishing" websites any good? Are the novel and graphic novel markets really different (is either one more difficult?), especially for "alternative works"? I'm expecting to completely avoid any "mainstream" companies; that's just not me. I feel like the comix world more easily accepts less mainstream autobio stories, is this accurate?
--Could I put pictures in this hypothetical novel, a la Breakfast of Champions
--Should I just give up? I know nothing about the writing business. Is it just too hard? Is it confusing? Is it like music, where only one band out of ten million will actually make it? Is it 1% talent and 99% luck?
--Is there anything about the craft of writing (or drawing) I really need to know? I write a lot, but I don't really know the "rules" or anything. Do you have any advice on how to avoid coming off as completely amateurish?