LNH/REVIEW: Kid Review's Roundup - September 2014

Scott Eiler seiler at eilertech.com
Sun Oct 19 17:42:29 PDT 2014

On 10/19/2014 2:49 PM, Tom Russell wrote:
> On Sunday, October 19, 2014 4:59:02 PM UTC-4, Andrew Perron wrote:
>> The thing is, I'm not sure that's actually true. I'm looking at the
>> webcomics model, where freeness encourages an audience that's then
>> willing to subsidize, through collections like these or other
>> outlets.

Darryl (Chevalier writer dude) can speak to webcomics freeness 
fundraising better than I can.  But I doubt he'll be encouraging.

> But that model only really works I think for things that *can* go
> viral enough to build an online audience. With very few exceptions--
> most of them being more on the erotica side of the equation-- prose
> fiction really can't do it.

Honestly, prose fiction never did.  Writing has always been something 
you do because you love to, not because it pays.  For a writer to become 
popular, he basically has to work his heart out and then wait for 
lightning to strike.  The only thing that's changed in the modern age 
is, any writer can publish.

Over at Powernaut Comics, I use yet a third model.  I don't see people 
paying for fiction nowadays, so I give it away and vaguely hope to make 
money off advertising.  Unfortunately, my ethics thus far prevent me 
from putting a ribbon-ad between every comic where people might see 
them.  If I really wanted to make money off the Powernaut, I'd force 
myself past that ethic...  but I think I'm better off building up an 
audience first and not pissing it off.

(signed) Scott Eiler  8{D> -------- http://www.eilertech.com/ ---------

When you *are* the leader... whatever goes wrong... whether you did it
or not... *you* are held responsible. - Barack Obama

I know. - Archie Andrews

- from Archie #617, March 2011, scripted by Alex Simmons.

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