I have gotten the advice not to exhibit until you have multiple books. That having one comic is too soon, and in most cases you won’t cover your costs.
I can say that this advice is fairly accurate after three years of doing conventions. At first I was going with just Harbor Moon. Although I wasn’t making my money back, I convinced myself that it was necessary to get the word out about the book. And I always kept telling myself, wait until you have more and more books…
And this past weekend was my first convention with multiple books – and it was a whole different experience. The traction at the table was great. If someone didn’t think Harbor Moon was their cup of tea, they responded well to R.E.M. – and vice versa. Since I’m not the most outgoing person around, what always seemed like a mountain too high to climb (pitching people)… became fun.
As you can see though – I ignored this advice for the first two years. Why? Because I only had one book. And there was no other way for me to get the word out then go with one book. Also, it helped me refine my pitch on the book, figure out what is best to present at cons and what isn’t… and also get to meet the people I am trying to connect with – comic fans.
Last night I got a message on Kickstarter from someone with a comic project posted there. I’m going to paste that message here:
“I see you more than doubled your Kickstarter goal! Good job! I’m working with a little comic project that has less than 48 hours to go! Any chance you’d help us get the word out before it’s too late?! We need all the help we can get! Let me know.”
Let’s dissect this message for a second.
-This guy wants me to promote his campaign, which is short half its goal and only 48 hours to go.
-This same guy did NOT back the R.E.M. campaign – one that was going before and during his campaign, where he had every chance to do so – even at $1.
-In fact, this same guy has not backed a single project on Kickstarter!
I certainly don’t need something in return for me helping someone out. Most of the time I need to watch myself because I tend to do too much without anything in return. And those of you who have asked for some advice, or help… know that full well. But this is crossing a line that really got me annoyed.
Before you ask someone for help, weigh out the value added proposition. What is in it for them? Why should they take time (our most valuable commodity) to help you? In this case, if the guy would have put up even $1 I would have been grateful and probably given him a plug. If the guy would have even mentioned R.E.M. and how he thought it looked cool and he’s sorry for not backing, but was so busy running his campaign he lost sight of everything else – I would have just deleted it and moved on. But to come at me with something so selfish, so driven by his own needs and wants… annoyed the hell out of me.
Just over a week out from NYCC and the official launch of ‘R.E.M.’. Zsombor got to NY last week and we’ve been getting a lot of housekeeping done. Putting the finishing touches on art prints (including a NYCC exclusive), making sure all the prints are ready for print (which should get printed this week), getting a promo issue of Chasing Rabbits done, as well as making sure all the rewards and stretch goal artwork is ready to go.
We had a bump in the road yesterday – that made me lose about a year of my life. But it is apparently working itself out – but cost me a bunch of money and has the chance to cost me even more. I will write a detailed post about it tomorrow, but it involves the importing of the books from a foreign country (my first time doing that).