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Trying to Make Money as an Indie

How does an indie expect to survive in today’s environment?

How does an indie find a way to be profitable? Or at least break even?

Where do our podcasters land at the end of the day: The side of art or business?

These are the subjects we delve into in episode #8 of the Comics Empower podcast!

As you know, the Comics Empower podcast is a 100% honest, behind-the-scenes look at how indie comics companies work.

If you want to hear some honest talk, click here to download the latest episode!

Don’t have iTunes? Listen to it right here:

6 Harsh Ways to Become a Successful Indie Publisher

In my last article, I wrote about the 6 harsh truths of the indie comics publisher.

Basically, they are:

  • Good reviews don’t help sales.
  • Ads don’t help sales.
  • It doesn’t matter that you’re good.
  • People will refuse to read you for free.
  • Fans don’t care about previews
  • Talking about your comic book makes people want to not buy it.

Harsh, right? But true.

And most of the people who have commented on it on Facebook and Tweeter seemed to have had the same experience.

At the end of that article I promised there was a way to become successful and to get people to appreciate your comics and to buy them.

I also shared with you some of the stats that I’ve experienced after making the change, the surge in followers, traffic, sales, and word of mouth.

So. Here are the 6 harsh ways to become a more successful indie comic book publisher:

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Most Popular Articles of 2014

Hi everyone! Guy Hasson here, CEO and head writer of New Worlds Comics.

New Worlds Comics came onto the scene in 2014, in an attempt to create comics that reminded us why we loved comics in the first place!

We also tried to give some of the most original and honest articles on our website. Check out what you and other readers liked the most!

Click on the pictures to go the articles!

May you all have a happy and fulfilling 2015!

 

Article #1: Are Indie Comics Worth It?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fan on Twitter asked, and we answered: Are indie comics worth it?
Is it worth spending all the time, money, and emotion into this project?

Here is the honest answer!

 

 

Article #2: How To Make Nudity in Comics

How to Make Nudity in Comics Empowering (1)

 

Through a coincidence, two of our upcoming comic books, Time Warriors #1 and Wynter #4, have short scenes of female nudity in them.

Since New Worlds Comics believes in giving girls and women stories and characters that empower them, I wanted to talk about this process honestly.

 

Article #3: Can I make Money from Indie Comics?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another fan on Twitter asked: What’s your business plan?

In other words: Can you actually make money by creating an independent comic book company?

You ask, we answer!

 

Article #4: Why Do People Keep Buying Bad Comics?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you often find yourself buying comic books that you don’t really expect to be that good?

Ever wander how the big companies get you to do that?

Here’s how!

 

The Comic Book Business Plan

A reader asked me on Twitter what the business plan is for indie comic book publishers.

You want an indie comic book business plan? You got it!

 

The Original Business Plan

The original business plan was very simple. These were our assumptions:

  • We’d create top-quality comic books.
  • We would only be digital. Thus saving the massive cost of printing and distribution.
  • Comic book fans are thirsty for top-notch comic books. They’d be happy to find new ones. And once they do, they’ll spread it virally through the forums, the Twitters, and the Facebooks.

That was the idea. Since we were only paying the artists (I employed myself as a writer, at least at first, since I would work for free and I have 20 years’ experience writing science fiction), we didn’t really need a lot of sales to break even.

It looked like this business plan couldn’t fail.

Guess what happened?

 

The Tribbles with Trials and Tribulations

  • The Test: We placed ads on CBR, one of the most popular comic book websites. The results: 14 visitors a day from CBR. Conclusion: Comics fans are wary of new things. Until we grow bigger, ads are out.
  • The Test: Our comic books were reviewed by dozens of websites. One of our titles, Wynter, was hailed across the board as “The best sci-fi comic book on the shelves today.” The Results: No additional sales as results of good reviews. Conclusion: Positive reviews do not increase sales. (I’ve had the same experience with online marketing campaigns of my books.)
  • The Test: We tried working with two popular comic book websites, offering their readers to send an email to get a free PDF of Wynter #1. The results: Very weak. Conclusion: Comics fans are wary of new things.
  • The Test: It’s been shown that if you give something to people for free and then let them pay however much they want, they pay more, not less, than you would have gotten originally. We tried putting our Wynter for free at the website, as a test, allowing people to choose how much they pay after they read it. The results: Very weak number of downloads. Conclusion: Not sure.
  • The Test: We were approached by a major Hollywood studio regarding Wynter, as well as by a smaller production company. The results: The studio thought about it and passed, the production company is still in play. We’ll only be able to see the results of this on sales after signing an option deal, and, even better, after having a Wynter TV show on the air. Conclusion: Don’t give up on Wynter. Ever.
Don't lie down and take it. Wynter.

Don’t lie down and take it. Wynter.

The Latest Business Plan

As you can see, when something didn’t work, we pivoted. There were only two constants: 1) We ain’t stopping; and 2) Wynter always makes waves with people who read it.

Our current business plan is based on what we’ve learned since we launched.

One of the major things we’ve learned is that Wynter is consistently perceived by readers as the best sci-fi comic book out today.

Conclusion: Get as many eyes on Wynter as possible. There are millions our there who would love Wynter if they read it: science fiction fans, Warren Ellis fans, Garth Ennis fans, Christopher Nolan fans, Spielberg fans, etc. Wynter knocks people to the floor. Start-ups talk about unfair advantages. What we’ve learned is that Wynter is our unfair advantage.

Plan of action: We’ve got quite a few of those. The first one is already in action: Our old and new Twitter followers get a free Wynter #1 send directly to their email.

We’ve had 2,000 new Twitter followers since we started two weeks ago. Ten percent took us up on it. And this has translated into testimonials, recommendations, and sales.

Conclusion: Keep going! Get Wynter to be seen by thousands, then tens of thousands, then hopefully hundreds of thousands.

Is that a business plan? If we’ve got hundreds of thousands of devoted fans, it doesn’t matter what our business plan is – we’ll be a success.

Wynter. Our ace in the hole.

Wynter. Our ace in the hole.