Re: is graphicly good for independent comics?
The pros of it seem to be several:
**The convenience of dealing with multiple sites from one site, which saves time not only upfront with converting, but also later on with checking on each site and dealing with payments. You can hit: Nook, Kindle,Kobo, iBookstore, google, android market, Kobo, plus the regular graphicly apps on FB, phones, tablets, etc. There’s still: Comixology, MyDigitalComics, DriveThruComics, and Illustrated Section. So if you did pay the $150 Graphicly fee and did these others as well, you’re dealing with 5 outlets, but that’s less than dealing with 10 of them. How much time would this accounting, etc, take? The graphicly interface apparently has all the analytics, sales numbers, etc from the various sources. It maybe worth it to forgo some of the other sites (like MDC, DTC, IS) and just push all your sales through graphicly. Comixology would be worth it if you get it probably. I lean toward less is more - that is forgo MDC, DTC, IS and just pay for this Graphicly multi-sites option and add Comixology.
**It may save you money in the future. Just converting to Apple’s interface, as JMacFarlane mentioned is pricey. Also, they drop the 30% fee they take and you get 100% of your sales through Graphicly and they don’t charge % for sales from other distributors. If you just sold 150 issues at .99 through graphicly, you’ve paid for your cost and that doesn’t even include sales from the other sites. It also suggest that they can buy from all these platforms from a single storefront they provide for you so that your buyers wouldn’t have to go to Kindle to get the comic - they get it for their Kindle directly from your site.
**How much control do you have over formatting for these other sites? NikiSmith has mentioned before the challenges of formatting for Nook and Kindle (even has a good ebook on it). Assuming you don’t want to pay the extra $100 to Graphicly for doing the full conversion process, this is an important issue. You want your lettering, etc, to be right for each device.
**What if you want to do have specific offers for different platforms? For example, if you want to bundle early issues on Kindle and Nook, which gives more share of the sales to you than individual issues (60-70% vs 30-40%), is this something you could do on your own through those distributors, or would you have to pay $150 again? Perhaps its not worth the bundling if that’s the case- just wait until you publish the graphic novel.
Perhaps Graphicly won’t highlight your work as much if they’re not making future sales on it. Still, promotion is in the creators court anyway, but this might be something lost.
**If you don't pay the $150, are you still on their graphicly apps? It doesn't appear so - it looks like just their web and FB interface is free with 30% commission.
**Sounds great, but how does it work in practice? Does anyone know of a comic using this one storefront/graphicly platform?benefits as they explain them
Yes, they're looking to make money - they mention the 300,000 comics that will be self-published, but I personally think this option looks great. Since most of us have other jobs and personal lives, this seems like a great deal.