sinribbon said: I'm curious, too, about your books. Do you self-publish them? Are they for personal projects, commissions? Do you sell them at conventions/shops or just make them for yourself?
Short answer: Yes to all of these.
My blog is a mix of personal and commissions — though I’ve never been commissioned a complete written work before, just parts.
I do physically produce some books to sell in limited editions (15-25) because they’re handmade. These are designed to be physically engaging; Tough's greatest appeal to people was its thin vellum pages that perfectly overlaid the morphing face. I sell books through a combo of my online shop (closed til I find a more reliable shipper), local zine stores, some cons, and online requests.
Much of my stories are designed for the web though, because it has the widest access. My thesis essay, Without Roses, lives entirely online, and has a responsive layout that can be read from a smartphone. Personal works like Pieces and Void I plan to collect into an app as I continue the series. I think that’s where my self-publishing future lies, really, is in apps.
Apps can be published without an ISBN and, most importantly, can be updated.** An app’s flexible pricing can allow you to have a free app, with options to pay for additional content, or even just a donation. I’d like to be able to curate a series that is released monthly, so this idea is really appealing. There’s also pre-made app platforms creators can use, like Narr8, that I’ve seen a lot of great work come from. But this is just the dream I’m working towards.
**This is important because at the moment iBooks does not have a subscription service, and requires self-publishers to buy an ISBN. (That’s a whole other story of grief.)