I've been thinking about offering subscriptions for Hero Code.
I offered up digital only subscriptions when the book originally launched, and got a few bites (NB: Those of you who did subscribe, I will be including all the remaining issues of Menace of the Mannequin, as well as all the issues of The Theatre of War mini-series, as a thank you for your patience), and still think that it is a good way of approaching things.
With print subscriptions, the hard thing was always finding a figure. Something to make it worthwhile for those showing faith, but something which didn't put me out of pocket too much.
With the quotes from Printninja, I can finally start to get a grasp on what sort of prices I will be offering the books at, and I can start to check postage costs, as well as bulk buying good, sturdy envelopes. I'll cover this in a future post.
A couple of ideas I'm looking at -
1. To do a subscription "pledge drive". I would try to get 50 or 100 initial subscribers at a special rate, also offering up a bonus book (the Hero Code: Theatre of War Pocket Prologue). Let's say the subscription would be $30 for six issues (including shipping) these first would be $25, for example.
2. Patreon is an interesting take on the crowd-sourcing model, and something a few creators I know have been discussing. Backers become long-term patrons, giving up a fixed amount at each level of fulfillment. With comics it would be a per-issue thing. Let's say we set up a Hero Code Patreon page, with digital fulfillment at $1, physical at $5 - every issue completed would see backers pay for that issue. I need to do a little more reading about the site, but Rafer Roberts, creator of the excellent Plastic Farm indie series, has recently launched such a service (as well as Kevin Cross for his Plastic Eyes music projects - which is where I first heard about the site).
As always, thoughts and comments are welcomed!