i urge all of you to read this "working in comics advice" click above there^^^ since i get these types of questions all the time, i figure, you owe it to yourself to read them, and also because i hate repeating myself.
it also has a peek at an unleashed page i havent posted
I can't believe I read all that at 3am. I'm not on facebook, I don't try to apply to a job or anything, but I was curious. Btw, about the TV rarity thing... I usually just watch a few shows while I eat, because it's not like I can do anything else other than watch something anyway.
Wow. That about sums it up. My favorite this about this is the fact that people often forget. YOU CAN SELF PUBLISH!!! If you want a book of your own with your own art just do it, run it, sell it, etc. Its not rocket science. Put the leg work in and things will happen. Thanks for sending this link. You Rock!
I think people have a misconception of what self publish is. It only makes a physical copy of your work. From there on you are on your own. You have no backing. I self publish and it isn't a cake walk. I don't have a publisher to send my work to an editor, or create a cover, or publicize your work to the public, etc. That is all on your own. All costs come out of your pocket and you get nothing until people start to notice your work and buying it.
If your goal is to simply have a physical copy of your work to sell to close friends and family, its a good alternative. If your goal is to attempt to make a living, it's a bit harder. People who work with publishers generally want to do this for a living, so self publish may not be a good alternative for them. I self publish now, but eventually I want to get with a publisher. Believe me, self publishing is not a walk in the park.
Anything coming out of ones own pocket is never an easy road. People often forget that a mainstream comic book usually is a collaberation of several individuals (this does not include editors). Any artist who wants to do all the work themself is in for an incrediablly long hall. The sheer amont of work involved in writing, designing, etc. is incredibally intimdating, and can discourage most. I myself am one of those victims. Once the creative portion of the book is done, you then have to go and find a company who you the have to pay to have the work put into a physical copy. Once in had you have to find a store, or someone who will help promote or just distribute your work. This portion is also very intimidating and can be a very horrible experience.
The alternative is to host a website and make your book digital and available to the masses. The pros and cons to this are do you charge readers who don't know you a fee in order to read your book, or do you allow yourself exposure and sacrafice money. There is more to this then just the few points, but I understand where your coming from, and I say to you that I wish you the best in your endeavors. You are far braver person than I to take on this task. I hope you suceed. The pay off I hear is amazing.
A few things I've learned in my travels is never give a company money to make your book physical. To charge for cover art, editing, distribution, etc. is fine, as they are all different facets that have to be done anyway. But I've learned if a company says "Give us X amount of money and we'll publish your book," run the other way. There is no guaranty that they will even do a good job. Been there, been burned.
It is extremely difficult to publish on your own, but the plus side is you have complete control. There is no one telling you your story is too long, or that a scene you feel is important or that you really like has to be changed or completely removed. There is no one to argue with but yourself. On the downside you work alone, but if you're up for the challenge, it can be rewarding. You just have to be brutally honest with yourself about your work. That can be the hard part.
There are a few alternative to just tossing out free copies or making it digital. Personally I released a whole chapter and plan to release part of another. You could have little contests or drawings where you offer a free signed copy. And don't forget your local colleges and library's for book signings.
Those are are really great points. I have to agree with you that giving your money to a company, and telling them hey print my book must be a terrifying experience. I would agree with you on being incrediably hard on yourself, but I went to an extreme where I became so hard on myself that nothing was ever good enough. Finidng that balance is really tough. I never went the distance so I have to say anyone who actually finishes a book and it is done well I admire because it is so hard.
a lot of people are reacting to this in a way that has me wondering if they were even paying attention. lots of people ask me all the time how to contact publishers and how they should act when working with them, they really dont know, as well as i didnt until i actually did. there is a conduct there thats expected. the people wanting those answers arent interested in becoming a colorist to self publish XD
I've done the same before, asking how to published, though I wasn't trying to publish a comic. I quickly realized that they got asked that question a lot and really tried to avoid asking out right. We all got thick skulls. It takes a few blows before it starts to sink in.
No I understood the point of the post. My point may not have been clear and I apologize. I was trying to state that for those who are not exposed enough or are find it difficult to make any real connections and cons and such could try this alternative. The internet is a wonderful thing now adays to obtain exposure. Also comic book stores can also sometimes be a good way to network and get a book out the if you can produce a good enough pitch as to why they should stock your book on their shelf. I am sorry if I was not clear. I do appreciate the pointers on how how to speak to publishers so as not to come across as just a meer fanboy.