Wednesday, 28 December 2011

On the One Hand... 2012 will be all about the books

Here's the deal - I really want to get the next four issues of Hero Code going as soon as possible. The first arc of the series is a five issue intro piece really, and I think it would be a really good thing to get the story going. 

Ideally I'd love to have it as a quarterly book, but schedules and finances of both the real world and the comic producing world, often want to have their say on those matters.

There are a number of conventions I could attend in 2012 - starting with the Amazing Arizona Comic Con in January.

Conventions can be good for indie creators, as they really do serve as a great way of meeting new fans and building a fan base for a work.

However, for a writer-only, they can be a tough grind. A lot of artists are able to make some money from shows by offering sketches and original pieces.

One could consider the costs of a con to be a promotional or advertising expense for a series, and if they are able to keep costs down, it can work out as worthwhile in the long run.

At the moment though, I really want to focus on building the series.

And so I'm making the decision to not attend any conventions in 2012, but instead work on getting the next issues of Hero Code finished and out into the world.

I will be starting a mailing list for the series, and also working on the subscription layouts (one idea is to have a kind of "Hero Code membership" program - engaging fans in the series more by having them be part of the world, opening up competitions and the like to them). I think this will be a good way to garner what the fan-base of the series is.

I'm also hoping to get a better idea of where fans of the book are based through this.

I think this will help for future convention plans - ideally I would love to get an idea of where interest in the book exists, and then work up a convention schedule to fit that.

Ideally I want to have the first arc finished by the end of 2012, and then in 2013 attend a few conventions with perhaps a digest trade of this first arc - naturally allowing for real world distractions! Focussing on the series for a year, and building the world a little more will, I think, be a great benefit in the long run.

3 comments:

Jahhdog said...
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Jahhdog said...

I think that more product for indie creators is a great thing. More available to promote and shows you're in it for the long haul. I'm for pdf downloads/collections (I'm pretty sure I told you this before) as the cost of shipping internationally can be prohibitive.

AaRRrOooOO!

Jamie Gambell said...

Jahhdog - that's my thinking too. I will be focussing on Hero Code in a big way, and trying to build on the interest shown in the first issue.

I also have plans for a second volume of Omnitarium - a bit of a departure from the first series. Hopefully I'll be able to dedicate some time and budget to this too, as i think it will really be great fun.

As to the pdf's - I'm going to offer direct digital subscriptions - 6 issues for $5 - in the new year. Once the second issue is completed I'll offer up a hard copy subscription too.

Thanks for the feedback!