Small Press & Comic Symposium
Spent all last night schmoozing it up at some small press convention. These are the sorts of things I have to (and want to go to) as owner of Nan Bu Nan Publishing. I’m a big wig and people gots to knows about it. There were two separate panels. The first panel had a handful of local small press dudes and ladies from right here in Chicago. The second panel featured 4 well known comic artists. I’m not gonna bore you with industry details, (or any of the insider dirt) but here’s my big take away:
THE OLD PUBLISHING MODEL IS DEAD.
Everyone of the artists and publishers had some story about struggling to print a 1000 books and then being crushed financially and emotionly when they only sold half, or when they had some sort of printing error on all the covers. I heard a few publishers talking about how they would go store-to-store hustling their books. Suffering through weeks of rejections just to pawn off a box of books. Some of those books went to places like Borders, now that they’re closing tons of stores, those books are just being shipped to some landfill, leaving the publisher to eat the costs.
The answers that night…were few. Digital books were slightly disgussed but it was a lot of, “It’s such a new medium,” or “…but we love print books.” Now I love the feel and look of finely crafted print books myself, and I’m certainly not a huge fan of the restrictions that digital publishing demands. But, what I love is the ease and ability, to get the words and art that me and the rest of the Nan Bu Nan authors spend so many hours painstackingly crafting, to more people faster then ever before. What once was weeks of deals with the printers, missed phone calls, printing errors, and back pains from lugging books around, is now just a few clicks and litereally millions of people have access to our books. DIGITAL IS THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING. This is Nan Bu Nan.
Nan Bu Nan is on the bleeding edge of digital eBooks. Right now we are in the process of redesigning our digital store front to accomidate for our new initiative: A new digital book every month - most of which will be only 99 cents a piece. This is a feat that was never possible in the old publishing model. It would have been too expensive. But this is Nan Bu Nan’s time. A time of change.
Overall it was a great night. Met a lot of great friends in the publishing world, and made a few new ones. I just hope they can get on the digital book train before the physical book reaches the end of the road.