Archive for March 31st, 2009

Mar 31 2009

How to grow a small blog

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I provide advice about how to write novels, comic books and graphic novels. Most of my content applies to fiction-writing in general, but I also provide articles specifically about superhero stories.

Hi.  If you’ve followed some of my articles on blogging, you know that building an audience is a gradual (read: slow) process.  It takes time for people to discover your content, to link to it, to mention it to other people, etc.

As a result, you will probably have very few readers during the first few months.  But that’s not a problem.  Focus on these issues and the readers will come in time.

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Mar 31 2009

A Villainous Forum

If you have any questions about villains or villainy, please ask them here.  Here are some sample questions to get you thinking.  (If you’d like to use these, go ahead).

  • Is my plot any good?  How could I improve it?
  • How can my villain challenge my hero?
  • How can I make my villain more stylish?
  • Should the villain’s origin story be related to the hero’s?
  • Is my villain too corny?

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Mar 31 2009

Some Thoughts on Self-Publishing a Comic Book

Robert Scott has an amusing and informative horror story here.

To summarize:

  • He and his artist weren’t working on the same schedule. Make sure that your artist will be to produce quickly enough to meet your deadlines.
  • “Had I put more thought into it, been a responsible business person, I would have never solicited [a distributor] without all of the books being drawn.   If I had done that, I could have died and the books still could have shipped on time!”
  • Planning your story ahead will help you keep production moving at a speedy clip.
  • Missing deadlines screws over a long chain of people, but no one gets screwed as much as you.

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