Thank You Very Much
I’d like to start off by saying an extra-big, Galactus-sized thank you to everyone who is taking the time to read my blog. I know more people are reading than commenting, but that’s fine. This is a controversial topic that many creators don’t wish to address publicly. Many felt more comfortable responding directly through PM, DM and e-mail. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact, I am thankful for every response I get. So please… keep ’em coming.
Get Your Work Out There
Let’s break it down: Until a site is created that offers comics in several different formats at the click of a button, the goal of using alternate distribution options must be to make your work available in as many formats as possible to increase your readership and potential for generating income. I know some will disagree, but think about it: if your work is available as–say–a webcomic (with Project Wonderful ads), hard copies (IndyPlanet), PDFs (Eagle One Media) and iPhone and iPod Touch files (iVerse Media), you have increased your potential to attract more readers and generate income. If your work is only available as a webcomic, however, you limit the reader’s options and the potential to generate revenue. Indie creators don’t have the resources or established fanbase for an undertaking like Marvel’s digital comic initiative that consolidates everything onto one site, but I would submit that their goal is very similar: making their product available in several different formats while increasing the potential to generate income.
You can’t go wrong basing your business model on the best in the industry.
Alternate Distribution Options by the Numbers, Continued
4. Eagle One Media – According to their site, EOM is known for “producing, marketing, and distributing high quality animated comic DVDs, series & educational products for the retail North American marketplace.” EOM has recently begun offering digital comic downloads as well. Publishers like IDW, Moonstone and Desperado Publishing are represented there–as well as smaller indie publishers. Eagle One Media does not require publishers to make their content exclusive, which is a bonus. I’ll get back to why this is important.
On EOM’s site, you can make your comics available for PDF download for a determined price. Readers pay, download the file and the money is deposited into your EOM account to be paid to you quarterly. It’s quick, easy and the staff is wonderful.
Bottom Line: You would not want to use EOM exclusively, but it may be a nice opportunity to increase readership and put a couple bucks in your pocket. If used in association with a webcomic and POD publisher, you may increase your readership and put a bit of cash in your pocket at the same time. On the other hand, EOM’s traffic has fallen 40% in the past three months. If you link to Eagle One Media on your site, however, you will drive readers to their site to download your books, so this may be a moot point. But make no mistake: you’re not going to get rich at Eagle One Media, but something’s better than nothing and you’re increasing your readership–right?
5. Myebook.com – Myebook offers comic books that can be read onscreen. They are modeled after Wowio’s pre-Platinum days. By having several sponsors, Myebooks is able to pay publishers a modest sum every time a reader views their books.
Bottom line: After having an attorney look over Myebook’s contract, I was directed not to sign it due to some vague legalese that appeared to give Myebook consent to publish hard copies of my books. Perhaps someone out there who is using Myebooks could chime in and tell me how it is working for them, but, in the meantime, I have to say that while providing another possible revenue stream, you may unknowingly be giving Myebook consent to publish your work in other formats.
I would like to direct your attention to two sites that I believe have gotten it right:
The first site is Th3rdworld Studios. Th3rdworld offers their titles as webcomics and print copies. I have known Th3rdworld publisher Michael DeVito for several years, and he has intimated that each title will also be available as an on-site digital download in the near future. Michael is attempting to follow Marvel’s business model and I have to believe that he–and Th3rdworld–will succeed. In fact, I’ll be making an announcement that involves yours truly and Th3rdworld Studios. Keep an eye out for it.
The second site is Keenspot. Keenspot is a webcomic host site that–for a relatively small price–will host your webcomic. Customers are free to use Project Wonderful ads or “Donate buttons” where readers can “tip” the creator or creative team, and they also have hard copies of several webcomics available in their store. I have not used Keenspot, but I have only heard good things about them. Perhaps I’ll track down Chris Crosby to give me the lowdown.
Time to Fly
I’m afraid that’s all the time I have today, so I’m going to cut it off here. Listen: if you are using one of the aforementioned distribution outlets and have information that confirms or refutes what I’ve posted, please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know about it. I really want to present the most factual information available–and there’s no better way to do that than by offering firsthand and reliable secondhand information.
UPDATE: I have been contacted by a representative from Myebooks and will address their rebuttal tomorrow.