Thank You Thursday – Willie Freeman


Ok, it’s Thank You Thursday on a Friday.  I started typing this during the day, yesterday.  I was going to finish the saved draft last night, but I got to playing around with some of my new birthday toys.  :)

Before I start, be sure to check out this website: http://incubatorpress.com/?page_id=2.

While their page is still being constructed, they have still managed to put together a list of awesome talent (including myself *ahem*). 

This, as you know from my previous blog post, is the homepage of Incubator Press ran by Willie Freeman.  Willie is a man who has grabbed hold of a huge undertaking and is trying his best to bring the beast down.  If he tames it, it’ll be wonderful for all involved.  If it refuses to be tamed, well . . . it sure won’t be for lack of trying.

For months now (and no telling how long behind the scenes), Willie has been chipping away at the standard comic publishing model.  It’s his goal to pickup struggling, novice writers and artists and give them the tools and support they need to get started in today’s market.  While not everything has gone super smooth for him, things are starting to pull together into a cohesive shape.

 So, thank you, Willie for doing this – not just for me, but for all the others like myself who have been craving this opportunity our entire lives. 

Next time, I’ll try to be on time.

- Ray

Thank You Thursday: Corrina Lawson


I first met Corrina on the You’ll All Be Sorry forum over at comicbookresources.com.  She was a heartfelt presence there – so much so that she was later elevated to Mod.  She’s insightful and kind.

When I finally joined the multitude on Twitter, the first thing I did was followed as many of my friends from YABS as I could.  Twitter’s conversational manner added to our friendship.  In fact, other than seeing her post on YABS, we hadn’t had too much direct contact over the years prior. 

Corrina is a fellow writer (check out my friends page for her blog and more on Corrina).  As I posted on my struggles and accomplishments on YABS and Twitter, she has been right there to help pump me up.  I see her doing this with other YABSers and fledgling writers without hesitation.

One day, while feeling particularly underappreciated as a writer, I sent Corrina a DM, asking if she would mind reading over my query letter.  She said she would, and within weeks, she had some suggestions.  After that, she asked that I send her my first three chapters. 

I wasn’t expecting much with her busy schedule (publishing and a houseful of kids), so I was thoroughly surprised and ecstatic when I again received an email with suggestions and critiquing that was both encouraging and hardcore at the same time.

I am currently in the process of thinking through these suggestions and while it’s pretty daunting, it’s also very much rewarding to know that others see the merits in my work, the potential for a polished and organized novel in my manuscript.

So, thank you, Corrina.  Hope I can return the favor someday.

- Ray