reMIND Vol 2: Pages 25 & 26
I can’t tell you how impatient I feel about getting Volume 2 finished and published. I work on it every morning for about an hour and a half before I have to get on with the day and even though I am making progress I still feel like I’m not moving fast enough. Well, more like I’m not moving as fast as I want to. Here is my upgraded progress chart.
I’m not worried about running out of pages to post online, I just wish I could get it all finished faster so I can make sure to go to print before November. Plus, I’m really excited about launching a new Kickstarter campaign for book 2 because Kickstarter has really been growing like crazy. My first campaign was considered a huge success when I raised $12,600 for Volume 1. At that time, very few comic projects made much more than $3000 which is why I set my goal to that. But with million dollar campaigns happening every week now and a massively huge community continually growing, I’m really excited to see what I can raise this time around.
I’ve told many people (in person) my publishing business plan/strategy but I don’t think I’ve talked much about it online just yet. But, I think I’ve cracked the code. In a nutshell, I want to blend the old and new publishing methods and leverage the best parts of each. I believe that selling my first printing directly to fans (through Kickstarter, pre-orders and conventions) is the key with an emphasis on it being a collectors item (numbered, limited print runs, signed copies, get your name in the book, cloth bindings). If I can get to a point where I can sell 3000 to 5000 copies in advance of the first printings of my books then I will be able to spend a month shipping them all out at once. THEN go directly to a second printing for the masses that will be distributed through distributors to Libraries, bookstores, comic shops and on Amazon. This will relieve me of the day in and day out shipping and invoicing that was taking up ALL my free time before reMIND went out of print.
So, basically it will be in two sections, My first printings directly to fans hopefully all sold before the book even comes out. Then any additional printings will be handled by a distributor service who warehouses, ships, reps, and handles all the junk that I don’t want to do. Make sense?
This is my strategy in a nutshell and I really think it will work. I don’t have any proof because, to my knowledge nobody is doing this method yet because it’s a fairly new idea to sell directly to fans.
Now, I’m not saying this will work for my next book because its contingent on getting at least 3000 pre-orders. That seems like a big number now but I know its possible in time. In fact, my friend, Jake Parker, just had a Kickstarter recently close with over 2,000 backers. Plus, last week I counted 6 Kickstarter comic projects that were all over $50,000 that were still live.
For reMIND Vol.1 I had over 700 pre-orders sold before getting the books in hand. Now, if I can get double that or triple then I know I’ll be on my way to working on my books full time. :)
Like I said before, I really wish I could spend more time on Volume 2 than I am because I REALLY can’t wait to see what happens.
See you next week!