I’ve been talking with Cyan about making a bound copy of the Myst comic for sale. We still need to talk details, but it looks like I have their support! Woohoo!
What I’d like to do is this: At the end of this chapter, there will be a total of 128 pages. I’d like to publish those chapters together as VOLUME ONE, and offer it for sale. Later chapters would be bunched into volumes as well, probably five in total by the end of the story. It is, after all, an epic story
The question is how. I am open to traditional publishers, but I’m leaning more toward self-publishing options, just because it’s easier and faster. I’m skeptical that a traditional publisher would be cheaper or really be able to extend the market that much. Although, self-publishing now doesn’t exclude finding a traditional publisher later.
Anyhoo, so right now these are my ideas: Magcloud.com for a crisp, color version of the comic. And Lulu.com for a cheaper, black and white version of the comic. Two options.
I’m still open to looking at other companies. The cost of printing the books are so expensive and I don’t want to make the book super expensive! (but I’d also like to make a little profit … it would certainly help me keep going!)
One question I have is if anyone knows of other online publishing companies they like.
Another thing that makes finding printing options difficult is that the page size of the comic is unusual. Landscape printing is hard to find. Lulu and Magcloud have it, but CreateSpace does not. And a lot of places don’t have it.
Now I’m just thinking out loud, but kickstarter is also an option. Several people have mentioned that to me. Maybe the idea could be like: Support the project to see it finished and get copy of the book(s) as a reward. It might be cheaper that way because then I can preorder the books and get a bulk discount. Hmmmm.
Anyway, these are the thoughts that are milling around the old noggin these days. How can get more exposure for the story, make an affordable print copy and make a little money to offset the considerable time and effort the project takes??
If you have any ideas or comments, please share!