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Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million Headaches

| July 28, 2014
Kickstarter Fulfillment With Amazon: Saving Hundreds of Hours, Thousands of Dollars, and a Million Headaches

Tyler James into the game-changing nature of partnering with Amazon to make Kickstarter fulfillment a million times more manageable.

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Bundle is the New Black

| June 30, 2014 | 0 Comments
Bundle is the New Black

The wife and I just finished binge watching of the second season of Orange in the New Black this weekend. (Yup, we got our money’s worth out of Netflix…this month at least.) And while calling anything “the new black” is an expression now well past its expiration date, I wanted to write a short post about […]

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Another Creator-Owned Sales Monster in the Making

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments
Another Creator-Owned Sales Monster in the Making

Joshua Williamson and Mike Henderson have a creator-owned hit on their hands with Nailbiter from Image. Tyler James breaks it down.

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What Free Comic Book Day Means to a Small Publisher

| May 4, 2014
What Free Comic Book Day Means to a Small Publisher

Tyler James shares some thoughts on the value of FCBD to a small publisher.

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Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips for Your Project Image

| April 14, 2014
Look Good While You Kickstarter: 7 Design Tips for Your Project Image

Your Kickstarter project image is the most important visual of your entire campaign. Here are some tips for getting it right.

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A $95,000 Tip Jar for Comics? 10 Thoughts on Patreon

| March 31, 2014
A $95,000 Tip Jar for Comics? 10 Thoughts on Patreon

Tyler James shares 10 thoughts on Patreon, the newest kid on the comics crowdfunding block.

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Kickstalling: 9 Things to Do During the “Dead Zone” of a Kickstarter Campaign

| February 24, 2014
Kickstalling: 9 Things to Do During the “Dead Zone” of a Kickstarter Campaign

After a tremendous start, your Kickstarter campaign’s momentum has come to a screeching halt. What do you do?

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Before You Submit to Comixology Submit

| January 27, 2014
Before You Submit to Comixology Submit

In your haste to get on the largest digital comics sales platform, make sure you avoid these mistakes.

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The Creator & Small Publisher’s Guide to the Diamond Distribution Cycle

| January 20, 2014 | 5 Comments
The Creator & Small Publisher’s Guide to the Diamond Distribution Cycle

As a creator or small-press publisher, you should know the Diamond Distribution cycle. This article should help.

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A Netflix for Comics? A ComicsFix Interview

| December 30, 2013
A Netflix for Comics? A ComicsFix Interview

Thousands of comics for one low monthly price? That’s the ComicsFix value proposition…but can they deliver? Tyler James talks to their CEO to find out.

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Comixology: Yes, a Game Changer

| December 2, 2013
Comixology: Yes, a Game Changer

Tyler James takes an in-depth look at how Comixology sales are impacting creators bottom-lines.

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How NOT to Get Stretched by Kickstarter Stretch Goals

| November 11, 2013
How NOT to Get Stretched by Kickstarter Stretch Goals

Tackling the tricky subject of Kickstarter Stretch Goals…Plenty of DOs and a whole lot of DON’Ts!

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Nooo! That’s My #$%#ing Idea! What Are Your Options When Someone “Steals” Your Pitch?

| November 3, 2013
Nooo! That’s My #$%#ing Idea! What Are Your Options When Someone “Steals” Your Pitch?

What do you do when you find another creative team is coming out with a book that has the exact same concept as the book you’re working on?

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The Kickstarter Laboratory: 7 Experiments in Crowdfunding a Floppy

| September 23, 2013 | 4 Comments
The Kickstarter Laboratory: 7 Experiments in Crowdfunding a Floppy

Tyler James discusses seven new crowdfunding strategies he’ll be trying with his latest Kickstarter campaign.

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DIY Crowdfunding Fulfillment Part II – Ship Like a Boss

| September 16, 2013 | 4 Comments
DIY Crowdfunding Fulfillment Part II – Ship Like a Boss

Tyler James continues his DIY Crowdfunding series, discussing the ins and outs of shipping.

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DIY Crowdfunding Fulfillment Part I – What To Do BEFORE You Launch?

| August 26, 2013
DIY Crowdfunding Fulfillment Part I – What To Do BEFORE You Launch?

Tyler James continues his analysis of comics and crowdfunding, discussing the 5 things you must source BEFORE you launch your Kickstarter campaign.

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Think Outside the Floppy

| August 19, 2013
Think Outside the Floppy

What comic creating entrepreneurs can learn from the recent success of the Atomic Robo “Tesladyne Recruitment Drive”…and why we need to “think outside the floppy.”

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Why Aren’t I Selling More Comics?

| July 22, 2013
Why Aren’t I Selling More Comics?

How the hell do we sell more independent comics…and comics in general? Tyler James takes a holistic view.

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UPDATED! Barcodes, ISBNs, UPCs, Oh My!

| July 10, 2013 | 12 Comments
UPDATED! Barcodes, ISBNs, UPCs, Oh My!

Tyler James updates his incredibly useful, frequently referenced, terribly BORING post on Barcodes for Comics. Get your popcorn ready!

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Prioritize Your Creative Time

| June 3, 2013
Prioritize Your Creative Time

Tyler James and the ComixTribe offer suggests for prioritizing your creative time.

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A “Rotten Tomatoes” for Comics?

| April 8, 2013
A “Rotten Tomatoes” for Comics?

Tyler talks to Ken Marden, creator of Kubla Comics, a new comic book review aggregation site.

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Comixology Submit: A Game Changer?

| March 25, 2013
Comixology Submit: A Game Changer?

Is Comixology Submit a “game changer” for independent and small press publishers? Or is this much ado about nothing?

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Everything You Need to Know About Small Press Distribution

| February 24, 2013 | 0 Comments
Everything You Need to Know About Small Press Distribution

Tyler James takes a no-nonsense look at ALL of the distribution channels available to small-press creators.

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Who’s Going to Review My Independent Comic Book?

| January 28, 2013 | 6 Comments
Who’s Going to Review My Independent Comic Book?

Need help finding people to review your book? Tyler James breaks it down in this week’s Comix Counsel.

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When the Projects You Aren’t Working On Are Killing You

| December 24, 2012
When the Projects You Aren’t Working On Are Killing You

How do you cope when all the projects you want to work on someday are sucking the energy from what you’re currently committed to?

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5 Ways Kickstarter Can Be Better

| December 17, 2012 | 1 Comment
5 Ways Kickstarter Can Be Better

Tyler James has some ideas on how to improve the crowdfunding experience.

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A Creator-Owned Sales Monster in the Making

| October 29, 2012
A Creator-Owned Sales Monster in the Making

Tyler James breaks down Spencer and Rossmo’s new series, BEDLAM, which has all the key elements of a sure fire creator-owned sales monster.

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5 Things I Learned Running a Successful Kickstarter

| October 8, 2012
5 Things I Learned Running a Successful Kickstarter

Tyler James shares five things he learned running a successful Kickstarter campaign. Thinking of running one? Give it a read!

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Hard Numbers, Hard Lessons

| September 24, 2012
Hard Numbers, Hard Lessons

Tyler James talks hard numbers and lessons learned from them relating to the Diamond release of SCAM #1. Pull up a chair, small-press folks!

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(Gr)Attitude

| September 17, 2012
(Gr)Attitude

Gratitude and attitude…the topic du jour as Tyler James’ Comix Counsel returns.

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My Approach to a Kickstarter Campaign

| July 9, 2012
My Approach to a Kickstarter Campaign

Tyler James and ComixTribe launched their first Kickstarter today for the OXYMORON hardcover. Tyler explains how he synthesized his Kickstarter research into what will hopefully be a successful campaign.

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Kickstarter: 10 Things I Think I Know…

| July 2, 2012
Kickstarter: 10 Things I Think I Know…

Tyler James has been watching the Kickstarter phenomenon closely. In this article, he reveals ten insights any creator considering launching a project will find worth reading.

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Don’t Let Comics Ruin Your Life

| June 18, 2012
Don’t Let Comics Ruin Your Life

Creating comics is a wonderful, rewarding pursuit. But it can also be an all-consuming passion that, if left unchecked, can ruin relationships, finances, or your life. Tyler James discusses.

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The Pre-Order Gauntlet…(or Why Kickstarter is Kicking Ass)

| June 4, 2012 | 1 Comment
The Pre-Order Gauntlet…(or Why Kickstarter is Kicking Ass)

Tyler James explores the pre-order gauntlet facing direct market books…a guantlet ComixTribe is currently facing with the Diamond debut of Joe Mulvey’s SCAM #1.

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Tips for Submitting to Diamond

| May 21, 2012 | 6 Comments
Tips for Submitting to Diamond

Tyler James spills the beans on how ComixTribe put together a successful submissions package to get their books distributed by Diamond Comics.

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We Are a Tribe

| May 7, 2012 | 2 Comments
We Are a Tribe

Some thoughts on Free Comic Book Day, one of the great annual celebrations of our tribe.

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An Open Rejection Letter

| April 30, 2012 | 8 Comments
An Open Rejection Letter

Tyler James is talking rejection in today’s Comix Counsel. Get the tissues.

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Talking Graphic.ly with Micah Baldwin

| April 16, 2012 | 2 Comments
Talking Graphic.ly with Micah Baldwin

Tyler James reports on his call with Graphic.ly CEO Micah Baldwin about the changes at the digital comics distributor.

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UPDATE: To Graphic.ly or Not to Graphic.ly, That is the Question…

| April 8, 2012 | 3 Comments
UPDATE: To Graphic.ly or Not to Graphic.ly, That is the Question…

UPDATE! Cool news on this post. Make with click! Tyler James posts a special Comix Counsel with thoughts on the Graphic.ly shake up, and a SPECIAL OFFER for folks on the fence about whether or not to use the new service.

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Getting Your Tweet On

| April 2, 2012 | 0 Comments
Getting Your Tweet On

Tyler James talks about Tweeting. Tools and advice for making the Twitter work for you!

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