Between working on #6, I've been busy making my zines screen friendly PDFs. This means adding covers, bookmarks and modifying some art to make the zines view-able in tablets and computer screens. It also means shrinking the art a bit so they're smaller, and thus reducing the size of the PDF. This will all make it easier to distribute over the internet. It's been an interesting exercise, because there were a few problems, it was more complicated than I thought, but I'm pretty happy with how I solved them. Particularly covers. They should look cool, just like the printed copies. Particularly the thumbnails. Now, how to distribute them. I want to make the PDFs free to anyone that has purchased the printed copies. But I don't know the best way to do this. So far I'm thinking of announcing it here, when they're ready, and having those that want a PDF copy to email directly with some sort of proof. Which is easy for those that bought them from me directly online. But what about those that bought them conventions, or retail outlets? I'm thinking any kind of proof at this time, since there really aren't that many of them. For those that don't own print copies, or those that want to help a little indie zine producer out, and buy them, I plan to sell them on RPGnow. The only thing I'm not sure about is the pricing. Right now I'm thinking of 25% off the cover price.
Speaking of cover price, it was inevitable, but prices are going to go up. I'm not sure when, but at the end of the month USPS are raising prices significantly for things over 1 oz. (I aim for the zine to be just shy of 2 oz. Including the envelope, stamp and mailing label.) Shipping overseas, is increasing a bunch, and Mexico and Canada going to cost the same to ship as Europe. Yep, my Canadian customers are getting a price hike of over $0.50 probably closer to $0.70. But it's going to reflect on all prices across the board, including new subscriptions. I know, this really sucks. But I'm committed to releasing the analog version, they're just going to go up in price a bit.
I'll let you all know when it's available. (See sample of the Letter formatted edition!)
Let me know what you think!