Saturday, 14 September 2013

Print or Skint - part 6 Subscriptions

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!

2 comments:

Michael said...

patreon is pay for fulfillment, no? I do like that idea...

It is incentive for the artist/creator to produce and to get paid for their work as well as they set their levels of commitment from the patron...

If nothing is forthcoming then no payment is collected...

I think it is a good way for those of us who like a creators work and know what we will be getting...

I don't know how it would work for lesser known and unknowns though...

Points to ponder...

Jamie Gambell said...

I agree - it seems like a much more mutual agreement, I give you what you want, you give me what you think it's worth, almost.

I think I am going to use it for Hero Code.