I guess I still have no idea where I’m going with him.
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Always support Artist and not Industries.
Yes, it is true that as a selfpublished artist, your revenue on one item, is a lot bigger then in case of published artist. Still it doesn’t show a lot of what really is a difference beteen those two models [being self-published author vs being published author]. I guess I’m going to play a bit devil’s advocate here, because the graph might be a little misleading. It looks nice on paper, - look artists you make more money this way - but it usually fails to cover the wide variety of crucial skills and business streak one needs to have for a success. And yes, I do agree that selfpublished artists needs support, and if you have a chance to buy something from artists? DO IT. Still it’s not as easy that all those money artist don’t make per item goes to the greedy people who do nothing. It often goes to the services and things published artist simply don’t have to themselves, and self-published ones NEED to know they have to take care of.
If you want your self-published graphic novel, or just novel, to be successful, you need to sell most of it, preferably all of it - so no 950 copies laying down in a basement as rat food. You need to promote it, generate a hype. Baisically you need to be good at marketing and advertising. Being active with various gallery sites like deviantart, comic/book news sites, social media. Promoting, promoting, promoting, constantly letting people know there is something awesome you are going to sell soon. There is no real place for “Oh but I have 5000 people watching me on deviantart, I’m popular, I’m gonna be safe ^^” because it’s very unlikely that 1/5 of your watchers will buy your book. More like 1/15 if not 1/30 or less. So you either need to promote yourself on devart to raise a lot number of watchers, or try to make yourself known in other places and generate following in different spaces. That’s going to take your time, quite much of it, and time is precious. If you’re going “published author route” this is one of the parts that gets covered in those 10$ you don’t make on one book in case of publishing house. Because they have people who will do that marketing shtick for you. They will also most likely purchase advertisment space on right sites, because if they are any serious publisher? They want to sell your book, probably even more than you do.
There is also editoring and correcting. Maybe you’re lucky and you have friends who will do beta for you, and they are really good and honest at it, so it won’t be just run through “auto-correct”. If not, you will have to do it yourself many many times, over and over, until your eyes bleed, but you are sure everything is right. Next step is having you have some DTP skills, so you can prepare everything for print. And yes it’s going to take your time.
I keep mentioning time, because in case of self-publishing, money comes only after the graphic novel is done and finished and starts selling well. It takes time write and draw one though, lots of time, and during that time author has to support themselves, ie have a fulltime job to pay for bills, rent food and so on. This will affect the speed the book is going to be finished with. Usually it’s the same for published authors, but it isn’t always a case. It all depends on the deal with publishing house. Somee contracts are partially paid while the book is still in making. So author can, say, shift to part-time job if not ditch it altogether - depending on contract money - and have more time for creating. There is also a serialization model, which is very close to being a monthly salary, where author gets money each month for bringing in the set number of pages. However it’s not easy to land a deal like this, sometimes downright impossible. Becayse the deal you get depends not only on publisher, but also on country you’re in [some have bigger comic scenes and sales, other have them nearly nonexistant]. The worser the market, the worser deal perspectives. Options literally depend on where you are, and which languages you speak, Which is why self-publishing is such a good option
Distribution is another part that eats big part of money on one book, around 1/5 according to this graph. As self-published you can rely on only internet and postal distribution, though it’s not the only way. Say you have a mini van, and want to take a ride around bookstores in nearby [or far away] cities, secure the contracts with them and all. You got all the costs like gasoline and time covered by yourself, not by publisher. You can either lower your price for a shop, so you will make less on a copy sold there, but the price will be the same. Or you can go way, where say it costs 20$ in the nearby shop, but if someone buys it’s directly from your site it costs 17$.
In the end, you have to take care of everything yourself, and it does really mean everything. Finishing the book is only one of the requirments. But this is also why you make 6 times more on one copy, than a published author.
I know my english isn’t very good, and I hope it won’t come across that publishing houses are the beast thing ever - they definitely are’t - there are alot of shitty ones, and there is a lot of shitty deals you shouldn’t even consider. If anything, support the self-published BECAUSE they do all this stuff that normally is covered by industry, all by themselves and make it work! It’s independence vs convenience, and choosing independence is always more hardcore, because system is not backing you up, but it’s also not sucking you dry. Support the selfpublished artists because they are badass to make it through work of many people alone. When you have a chance to buy something from artists themselves, BUY IT. And if you’re an artist considering self-publishing, don’t get discouraged, do it. But remember to educate yourself and get it done. Maybe if you’re really good at promoting and/or popular try a crowd-funding, for covering at least part of the costs, or for allowing wider distribution.
Soo… I joined my friend with celebration of last hours of Lion’s Arch, for sake of making screenshots together, before it gets, ya know DESTROYED AND BURNED DOWN TO THE GROUND with today’s story patch. Got random disconnect in the middle of screenshots, and landed in some overflow AND NOW I CAN’T JOIN THEM BACK. There’s that much people there right now, Wow.
So, bye bye Lion’s Arch. home to all AFKing, most popular trading and crafting location, we are going to miss you. Imma going to do some more screenshots with my plush griffon accompanying me.
I’m somewhat fascinated by these otherworldly shoujo aesthetics.
I so need to revisit Malice Mizer. For