It’s been a long time between updates.
I’m not as active online because I’m writing. Final edits of the first novel in my Femitokon series take up so much of my computer time. I made a decision regarding the digital editions of my graphic novels:
Starting in June, Gynocrat Ink is turning over all digital graphic novel titles, to the artists.
Since Amazon decided it has so much digital content in their catalog they should sell select search placement, it’s a little hard to find my titles. Unless you type my name, the artist’s name, or the title itself, you won’t find my books under their intended genre or category, via search. Naturally, this has led to a dip in sales. This was the first year in many, that I made under the threshold set for filing sales in the my taxes.
Another factor that’s killing sales is my inability to update the image content in my books. I know how to do it–I was digitalizing my comics long before my peers, but these days, I just don’t have the time. Optimizing image files takes hours, even with programs suited to do it “for you”. I don’t have that kind of time, and unless they’re optimized, we cannot earn 70% per title sold. When you take the 70% option, Amazon charges a delivery fee (for large files). That delivery fee was eating into our 70% to the tune of us “losing” money per download. I was forced to collect 35%, to avoid it.
Final factor for my decision: I’m moving back to the northeast, and don’t plan to self-publish anymore. My writing hack led to great opportunities for me in the past two years, and gave me the confidence to finish my series, and seek submission the old fashioned way. Holding onto a business account just to collect modest digital sales, seems pointless.
Turning these editions over to the artists allows them to continue to collect on their hard work–as artists. They’re also in better positions to edit and optimize the books–to increase sales. If the title disappears (starting in May), do not worry, the artists will begin reselling them when they can.
Print copies will remain for sale, as they’re distributed, and I need not worry about upgrading anything to suit the latest eReader-technology.