Paul Allor wrote one of my favorite recent small press comics, the wonderful ORC GIRL. Because I know very little about Self-Publishing, I asked friends who have been successful at it for their honest tips, and Paul’s encouraging but sobering words here are absolutely essential. Thanks, Paul!
PAUL (ORC GIRL) ALLOR
Okay, let’s get this out of the way up-front: the subtitle of this post should be “Self-Publishing Advice from a Guy Who’s Lost a Whole Lot of Money Self-Publishing.” If you want to know how to self-publish your comics in an economically viable, financially sustainable way, I’m not your guy. Because frankly, I think that’s nearly impossible, unless you’re an established creator (or a wizard!).
But if you’re looking to self-publish as a way to get your work out there, and start to build a career, then we can talk. I’m going to assume that you already have a script, and the creative team is assembled, and everything is awesome. I’m also assuming that you’re interested in a print comic, not just something web-based. Here are a few (woefully incomplete) thoughts on where you go from there.
Advice! From me! To you! And check out the rest of this tumblr. Tons of amazing posts on here.