Today’s Must Read: Yaoi Press publisher Yamila Abraham explains the reality:
1. OEL manga must sell much better than licensed titles to be successful, because it’s at least 3 times more expensive to publish. It is absolutely cheaper to license manga than to produce OEL works. The idea that companies were making their own graphic novels in order to save money is a myth. It’s cheaper and easier to license titles than to create them from scratch.
2. Unfortunately, opportunities for OEL manga creators are almost zero in the USA right now. A sad fact is that OEL manga that sold well, even as well as licensed titles, were still publishing money-pits. There is no incentive for publishers to continue taking chances on relatively expensive new talent.
3. Large publishers which still appear to have calls for OEL submissions are actually looking for licensed properties. Not licenses from Japan. They want to do manga adaptions of Dean Koontz novels, or manga based on CSI. This is why the encourage artists to submit far more than writers. They don’t want writers submitting their unproven original ideas. They want artists to draw the ‘Star Wars’ manga, etc.
These three pessimistic points are the reality right now. All of us on the industry side of OEL know it.
Abraham goes on to explain how Yaoi Press has kept going, despite the yaoi glut, via hard work and knowing their audience.
[Link via Brigid]