I'm definitely considering Graphicly's conversion process for my next series, HIGHWATER-- but while my original plan was to release nine 20 page issues, now I plan on doing three 60 page issues. But I think that's actually better, for me at least-- the nine issues would have been $.99, giving me much smaller royalties from Kindle/Nook, but the new 60 page issues will be $2.99. Still totally reasonable, and a familiar price to digital comics readers, but it means I get a larger cut. So that works for me.
I see it as an acceptable fee, because I formatted all 9 issues of IM&L, close to 200 pages, for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, PDF, CBZ, uploaded flat tifs to Comixology, layered tifs Graphicly, and so on and so on-- and that gets TIME consuming. Seriously. And then a new ereader comes out, like the Kindle Fire did, and everything needs to be tweaked or reformatted, and there are so many things to consider. I'd rather spend that time drawing new comics and marketing what I've got out there.
say that Mike Jasper and I, selling http://InMapsAndLegendsComic.com
, have made much more than what this $150 fee would have cost us had this existed when we started out. Even if we'd had to pay for each issue. Our sales on Graphicly were never near what we made on Kindle/Nook/Comixology, so I'd say this is a good move for Graphicly as a company, if others had similar numbers.
What's really piquing my interest is Micah's mention that they've reached out to ComiXology and iVerse about teaming up. THAT would be ideal-- a way to get into their systems without being a Big Name Publisher. Mike and I were lucky with IN MAPS & LEGENDS' Zuda history opening that door, but I don't know how things will stand when I finish the first issue of HIGHWATER later this year, for example. And I see those apps as an important connection to digital comics
fans. Nook and Kindle are great for reaching general, casual readers, but if I want to be connected to people who seek out comics because they love comics, I look to the people who use the Comics( and +) apps. ComiXology mentioned a few years ago, 2010? that they had plans for a self-authoring guided view tool. Nothing's come out since then... so a team up with Graphicly seems perfect to me. I wouldn't be averse to them being a little picky when choosing which titles to accept for the app, either, instead of just accepting all submitted; if they want to curate for quality content that's fine with me.