Last weekend I had the utmost pleasure of attending Anime Boston. Now some of you may be saying “Wait, wait, anime? What does that have to do with self-publishing?” and the answer is quite a lot. If you’re on this blog you probably know authors self-publish fiction books and non-fiction books, but have you ever consider self-publishing comic books? I hadn’t until I met the wonderful Trevor A. Mueller. I happened to come across Trevor’s information the day before the convention as I was planning my weekend. As an author assistant and someone who loves comics when I saw his panel “Self-publishing 101” on the schedule it made it onto my must-do list.
When self-publishing first started there was a pretty big stigma, something we still sometimes see today, so I didn’t expect the room to be packed. Happily, I was very wrong. The room was standing room only and because of fire code some people were even turned away. Here’s a picture I nabbed at the panel. ->
Trevor was accompanied by author Krazy Krow (of Spinnerette fame) and both had a lot of great insight for budding writers and illustrators. Here are a few:
- Trevor has a background in advertising and stressed the importance of having funds for promotion as well as for production. Smart advice.
- Both authors have used Kickstarter to cash-inject projects they are working on. Both authors self-funded their starting projects and built up a readership before launching a Kickstarter campaign.
- Trevor prints his books with PrintNinja, Krazy Krow uses KrakenPrint (but has used and enjoyed PrintNinja). Both authors use offset printing in order to get better quality books and to cut back on costs, especially when it comes to color.
- When looking for an illustrator it is advised to offer a fair page rate. In order to get a quality artist expect to pay for their services as rendered and not after they have completed the entire comic (aka offering to pay them on the backend). I have found this to be true for any service in publishing.