Unfortunately, no. I learned everything by doing, honestly! I know there are degrees you can get in publishing, but I don't have one.
I can just list the stuff I use, though!
Free labor rules. :V
I acknowledge this is a pretty conservative take, but I know people who approached publishing in 4th gear, like a tech start-up. It didn't go well.
-I only signed my 1st option agreement Wednesday.
-I began licensing foreign editions this year.
-I self-distributed until 3 years ago.
-I only published my work exclusively until 7 years ago.
Y'gotta stick to it.
- ICC is run out of a Slack channel, with a plugin called Workast.
- Pre-press is done in the standard Adobe suite, printing is out Canada (porn/drugs) and China (everything else).
- Here's a pre-press beginner's guide you can buy! ironcircus.com/product/lets-p…
- Get a Square reader. They are free. There is no good reason not to have one.
- Invest in a retractable floor or table banner; get it a hard case if you're gonna check it as luggage, a soft case will be fine if it'll be carry-on.
-A nice tablecloth, nice signage, pleasant demeanor will get you far at cons. Be sure to network, not just sell. Make friends. Trade minis.
-You'll probably use Kickstarter. I have a (VERY OUTDATED, BE WARNED) guide for that here. ironcircus.com/product/let-s-…
-When you have a high enough profile, start self-distro.
They're slowly changing to shift with the market, but they Do Not Care About You. They will sell your graphic novels the same way they sell Marvel/DC floppy periodicals; they will offer it for one month only.
That is not good, or normal.
-but not too silly
-or too edgelord
-that you can say out loud in public to a stranger in businesswear.
This seems like silly advice, but SEO matters. And any name you're considering, Google it. Make sure it's not taken.
OR MAYBE YOU DO, I DUNNO
No Soundcloud, but I've got a Kickstarter running right now. Check it out if you like comics full of Neolithic caveperson shenanigans! kickstarter.com/projects/irons…