The hardest part about becoming an author is getting your story started. It’s not always as simple as that. As an amateur, you have no idea how it’s going to go. You don’t know if your book is going to be a hit or a flop. And as an amateur, you don’t have access to a lot of publishing houses. Luckily, there are a ton of great ways to get your manga story started. One of the best ways to start your manga story is by creating a plan. You need to plan out how you should create your manga and its elements. Here are some of the best ways to start your manga story with a perfect start.
What is a Manga Artist?
Manga Artist, also known as mangakas, are people that creates graphic novels heavily influenced by Japan’s culture and tradition. They write stories based on Japanese culture with a mix of modern life problems.
How to be a Manga Artist
Being a very creative individual, you have an excellent chance of finding a niche and finding readers. Back in the days one of the key things to think about while looking into your niche and finding readers is finding a publisher. Once you have that, it’s important to find a home for your work. While it may seem like a no-brainer to submit your work to a company, many don’t want to publish work that is “new.” One of the best ways to get your work published is to read popular magazine stories and analyses. Not only will you be able to see if there are any trends that might work well in your work, but you’ll also be able to identify any problems with the version of your work.
Today to be a manga artists you only need 3 things:
- Smartphone, Tablet, Laptop, or Desktop.
You need a device which you can use to access applications and sites you need to use. This will be the device you’ll use on creating elements you’ll need for your manga.
- Internet Connection
It’s necessary that you have internet connection as you’ll need it to access the resources and applications you need to use to create your characters and backgrounds. Also the application you need to arrange your layout and combine the things you created.
- Realiable Manga Site
You need to have a certain site in mind which can accept your manga books for free and can give your comic books opportunity to be discovered by thousands of people. The manga sites I can recommend are Mangago, Mangakakalot, Reading Manga, Mangafreak, and Mangaowl. They don’t require you to sign up and they are free.
The Best Way to Start Your Manga Story
- Choose the demographics of your Manga
As mentioned above, the most important thing to think about while trying to find a home for your work is finding a market. While it’s easy to select the demographics of your work if you know what you’re looking for, it’s very difficult to find the market while remaining an amateur. Thankfully, there are a ton of great ways to find the right readers for your work. One of the best ways to do this is to look at the various types of readers you’re targeting. For example, people who like history and/or cultures are likely interested in your work because they enjoy reading about those topics. It’s important to select the demographics of your Japanese comics as it can influence the flow of the story and the main characters gender.
- Decide the genres of your Manga
One of the best ways to start your manga story is by deciding which types of stories you’d like to write. While there are many different genres of manga, there are a few that seem to tend to be more popular than others. It’s very easy to make a bad decision when it comes to starting a new type of manga and it can lead to disaster. Beginners often don’t have the skill set needed to adapt to the changing times, so they end up struggling to get published. You need to select the genre of your manga because it will be the basis of the flow of your story and the roles of characters.
- Read Famous Manga Reviews
One of the best ways to start your manga story is by reading famous manga reviews. Not only will you get a good idea of what the market is like for your work, but you’ll also be able to identify any problems with your work and which should be improved. We’re very familiar with the faults and successes of famous authors, so it’s no secret that famous authors are very popular in this day and age. There are many reviews you can find online which you can read and analyze.
- Analyze which manga style you should follow
As noted above, it’s very easy to become a beginner when it comes to adapting to the changing times. There are different styles you can find now on the manga industry. The tradition manga style is in black and white. Nowadays there are also colored manga books. It would also depend on you if you can manage to crea a Japanese comics that has color and release it on time.
It requires a lot of efforts to be a manga artist. You need to plan out and create a blueprint for the flow, scope, and limitations of your work. It requires both your creativity and analyzation. Although it may seem easy, finishing your comic books would be the hardest part. With the help of these blueprint manga artist can remind themselves of what their manga books are all about.
Famous anime series are created by author of famous Japanese comics. The road that they need to go through is harder than what mangakas are going through nowadays. The greatest challenge for current mangakas would be on how they would make their works stand out from other Manga.