Would It Be Feasible to Turn My Book Into a Graphic Novel?

Can The Geomancer’s Apprentice be repackaged as a graphic novel?

That’s a question I sometimes ask myself.

Early in the publishing process, while I was still debating what I wanted in a book cover, I commissioned the talented Leticia Kifo, a graphic artist on Fiverr, to design my main character Junie Soong. I ultimately went in another direction, opting for a cover that was more in line with other urban fantasy novels.

However, every so often I pull out my character design and wonder: could the book work as a graphic novel? After all, the backdrop—Chinatown in Washington, D.C.—is visually interesting, especially with its iconic Chinese ceremonial arch. 

The book also features shape-shifting monsters, which I think an artist could have fun with, and lots of action, including hand-to-hand combat.

The major barrier is that it would be a serious monetary investment. I’d have to hire a graphic novel scripter, an artist and a colorist. According to a quick search of the internet, it could cost me anywhere from $100 to $300 per page to produce a graphic novel.

My book is 227 pages. Let’s say my graphic novel is half that size (a picture is worth a thousand words, right?). At $200 per page, I would have to fork out about $22,700.

And I haven’t taken into account printing costs, not to mention marketing and promotional costs. After all that, I’d have to price the graphic novel to sell rather than to recoup expenses since I don’t have an existing fan base.

As you can see, the dollars are adding up. So, a graphic novel of my book isn’t likely to happen short of me mounting a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter or Indiegogo.

On the bright side, I learned a fun fact while researching the issue. What is the difference between a graphic novel and a comic book?

A graphic novel has a beginning, a middle and an end. It’s basically the illustrated version of a novel. A comic book, on the other hand, is a serialized excerpt of a longer story. A comic book often is delivered on some kind of schedule, such as weekly or monthly.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Explaining the Setting in ‘The Forgotten Guardian’

Chinese New Year Is Rooted in Myths and Legends

10 Werewolf Movies You Should Watch