Originally Posted by El Bastardo
Brevoort did hit it pretty spot-on in his reply, though.
Yeah, I've heard similar things from CB Cebulski (when he's not tweeting about food, he's tweeting about how to break into the industry), Gail Simone, and Brian K. Vaughan. If you want to get hired by Marvel (or any of the Top 5 publishers like DC, Image, Dark Horse, or IDW), you've got to already have a resume of published work. A lot of comic writers are also novelists, head writers for TV shows, screenwriters who've made movies, or they have a loooooong string of indie comics.
Simone is one of those anomalies in the industry. She started out with a gig at Marvel after blogging on CBR. I think it might've been her who said that breaking into Marvel without an impressive resume is like breaking into a castle. As soon as you find a way to sneak in, they plug up that particular hole so that no one else can use the exact same way.