For a while I've been planning out a comic series and now I've put pen to paper (or rather, fingers to keyboard) and began writing the scripts to it. I've been doing a lot of planning, and I have a good idea of where I'm going. I've written out the scripts for the first six issues and I'm going to find and hire an artist to draw them out. I'd say so far so good.
I thought I'd turn here for advice, I guess I didn't know where else to ask at the moment.
This series is about superheroes, and it has an emphasis on both worldbuilding and character-driven storytelling. I feel like there's an opening for a new, creator-owned and original superhero comic on the market, and if I release it sooner than later, I'll find the perfect timing for it.
My ideal publisher is Image, but I've heard about how hard it was to get published by them if you're new with no prior credits (which is sadly my current status). I know some newcomers have gotten published by Image by way of getting "In" with someone there, a recommendation if you will, and being paired with an established person certainly helps. What I need most is a publisher who will let me own what I write, and won't be squeamish about it being about superheroes (I know indie publishers often seek non-superhero work). If I can't find any publisher that works, I'll publish it as a webcomic and hopefully build up a good following, and then pitch it to Image using that as leverage. If not them, I hope to find someone. Sadly, DC closed down Vertigo after their relaunch flopped so they currently have no creator-owned line.
At least, that's my plan. I'm not sure how good it is, but it's all I've got at the moment. I'd like to see if anyone here has advice for an aspiring writer, as I know some are here.
What advice would you give to a comic writer trying to make it in with a story they hold dear?