| August 12, 2014

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Rejection sucks. In comics, we go through it more often than most people realize. For every book an average reader sees on the shelf, there are a good dozen pitches that were rejected, for one reason or another.

Being the Editor in Chief of ComixTribe, I see a lot of pitches come our way. I can only think of a couple of them, out of all the ones we’ve gotten, that I thought we should publish. Know what that is? That’s a lot of rejections.

While rejection for the comic creator is a fact of life, it isn’t something you ever really get used to. Because you just know that the project is worthwhile, or you just know that you should be working for one of these companies. You’re a better artist than the schlubs that Marvel and DC are hiring! You can tell a better story than that yutz over there! Why aren’t you getting those gigs?

Remember that it’s a numbers game. There are times when a rejection means you have to go back and study your craft more, and there are other times when a rejection means there’s no work for you just yet. Sometimes, it’s near impossible to distinguish the two, because editors don’t have time to tell you the distinction. Sometimes it’s a form letter, sometimes it’s no letter at all.

Don’t let rejection get you down. Just keep plugging away and trying to improve your craft. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Because once you actually get to the show…a whole new set of responsibilities and expectations await you.


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Steven is an editor/writer with such credits as Fallen Justice, the award nominated The Standard, and Bullet Time under his belt, as well as work published by DC Comics. Between he and his wife, there are 10 kids (!), so there is a lot of creativity all around him. Steven is also the editor in chief and co-creator of ComixTribe, whose mission statement is Creators Helping Creators Make Better Comics. If you're looking for editing, contact him at for rate inquiries.

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