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MagazinesMy occasional journeys through the internet to find a way to represent 10 Confessions & A Kiss have turned up next to nothing. Oh, I found this one guy that pushes mini-comics for a living but he never got back to me. Another guy who runs a small online zine/comic store never got back to me, and that was disappointing because I used to work with him when I ran Kinships Magazine. Two others will only do commissions, and you gotta do leg work to claim things back. The mini-comic exchange, in which people sent in their mini-comics in exchange for mini-comics in return, is defunct. Coldcut takes minicomics… but…. Yeah, I’d say the effects of the cheap cost of webcomics plus the economy hit the mini-comic culture pretty hard.

I love the mini-comic culture. Comics are a true American art form that other countries adopted, despite popular belief in the manga community. The mini-comic movement was one of the first self-publishing revolutions in the modern history of our country. People are saying the mini-comic is dying, but I’ve seen people at conventions. They still love mini-comics. Mini-comics are choking from lack of exposure, but they’re not in danger of dying any time soon if we make an effort to keep them alive.

I thought about it and decided that since I already am a publisher of sorts, I’d add a mini-comic section to the Apocalypse Store, The OOAK Gallery for Little People. And that I’d try to revive the mini-comic exchange program somehow, because that was a nifty program. But then again I’m a sucker for getting random comics in the mail.

While putting my plan in action, I managed to break the website entire. Which required a complete reinstall. Which means most of the old content I wanted to save – the gallery of dolls and horses for example – are gone, and if I want those images back I’m going to have to find the image backup through my host server. (sigh) Through it all I finally have a working website back up this morning, one that when I can get the funds to expand it will take submissions and allow creators to manage their own content. The comic exchange program is a working feature, and while it’s not free like the old program was with enough participants it still can be great.

So: The Apocalypse Writers (of which I’m the only remaining one) is now going to become a side distributor of mini-comics and host a mini-comic exchange program. Visit our store website: http://ooakleaf.apocalypsewriters.com, bookmark it, and keep an eye on it. It won’t be long before I’m able to do the final touches on it and open submissions. I’ll be looking to see what people have to offer. I’ll be looking to see what people want to read. I’ll be, uh, probably sleeping after an all-nighter working on the website.

logoOver on my ebook cover side of life – the part that pays my bills but doesn’t quite keep the bill collectors at bay – I had expanded from just myself to myself and my daughter. Then I expanded to myself, my daughter, and Conquest, who decided she wanted to earn a little extra money too.  And then we were approached by a friend of a friend who wanted to “intern” with us to start her own ebook cover enterprise. And I realized I had the makings of a real group going on, and my premade section was a mess from all the premade covers and different Paypal addresses. I had accidentally started a real premade cover store.

When I got an invitation from a random stranger to join their own premade cover store, I thought, “Wait a darn minute. I was here first.”

Well of course I wasn’t here first. I’m sure other people were out there doing the same thing… but it would have been silly of me not to polish this growing bit of my business up and give it a name of its own. And that’s how premadecovers4u.com was born.

It’s brand-spanking new. I only just started to advertise it yesterday. But it’s purty, dang it. It’s purty, it has potential, now I just have to get folks to spread the word.

It runs like etsy.com… sort of. I mean people don’t have individual shops. Customers browse through the ebook covers and that’s it. But it’s a venue area like etsy – which is reflected in the legalese I painstaking researched and put on the site. (LOL) It’s free to use, unlike etsy. I just take a small commission off of sales, to pay for the website. Good websites ain’t free. It has a classifieds section. And I’m to think of what else I can add later.

Now how to get authors to take note of it and use it? That’s the hard one. Of course I’m going to direct my clientele to it. I’d be a fool not to, and it’s what I was doing with the old shop anyway. 🙂

I have hopes for it. I have hopes that it will grow and get a lot of people with it. That it will blossom. And that it will enable me to… back off on cover work so I can write on my comics more!!!!!

WAAAAAAH!!!!

Over and out.

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