Odd19 Goes Digital
We're a pretty new company, and honestly this is our first attempt to self-publish, so we've learned a lot of things along the way. We've changed our creative process multiple times to make things faster without sacrificing quality. We've tried hiring contractors for steps of the creative process. We've changed vendors to get higher quality books in a faster timeframe. We've begun selling our books through digital channels.
And most recently, we've discovered a few things.
We get most of our high sales (total volume * cost) at conventions. This makes sense, because you're selling to an audience that's already interested in the type of product you're selling. But the problem is that the conventions cost a ton for us to both fly out to and then stay at a hotel. Even if we sell a ton of prints and commissions, we have a high bar to hit to break even.
Since we went online, our highest volume has been through comixology. People are excited to purchase a book for our prices (.99 or 1.99, depending on the issue), and the feedback we've gotten is that they love the art and the story: the content is more important to them than the physical product.
After our second book was released, both were found on the pirate bay. This means either someone purchased our book and uploaded it, or figured out how to get the high res assets from comixology and put them online shortly after. From what we've seen, it currently has a lot of downloads and people are still seeding it (post it for download from their computer via torrent, for those who don't know how these things work).
So, we spent a long time trying to figure out how to make this information work for us. We really wanted to get feedback, and the biggest feedback we got was that people really wanted to read our stuff and they really wanted it sooner than later. In some cases, people were very interested in what we had to say, they got it illegally.
Well, to fit all these goals, we've decided to convert Sin of Omniscience into a web comic. We'll still be selling the "books" as physical collections, and we'll be providing a different cover to any reprints so that if you've purchased our books, they're now one of an original set and will never be re-printed in that fashion. Starting September 1st, we will be posting new free pages of Sin of Omniscience on our website.
We feel like this is the best way to get the story out to our readers and fans, and still have products to sell through our site and at conventions. We'll be providing a new page of free SoO content on our site once a week. Because of the new processes we're using, we're also going to have time to update Limited Immunity once a week.
Watch this space on Sept 1st for a brand new experience!