Most individuals who make zines aren’t doing it as a profit-making enterprise, and in case you are hoping to make a dwelling out of your zine then you definately’re most likely incorrect. Most individuals who promote their zines put them at a value which sort of roughly covers the prices of creating/distributing them, in order that the zine-making course of would not bankrupt them. Numerous smaller zines (e.g. ones created from a single web page of A4) are given away. It is a lot much less problem not having to gather cash and so forth. And lots of zines are swapped for different zines relatively than purchased. It is as much as you what you do, however do not anticipate to see some sort of revenue margin in your zine; that is normally not the way it works.

Report outlets / e-book outlets

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Numerous impartial document outlets / e-book outlets are glad to hold zines. A few of them have stands for them and have a sale-or-return process in place to allow you to promote them. However even when they do not, you’ll be able to usually ask your pleasant impartial document/book-shop individual if they would not thoughts having them on the counter or wherever.

Sale-or-return is the standard settlement that outlets do: they will gather the cash in your behalf, and you may come again in a month (or no matter) and gather your cash (hopefully) or your unsold zines. Some outlets have a time-limit, for instance in the event you do not gather them inside 6 months they assume you have forgotten about them and do away with them. Some outlets take a reduce of the revenue, and a few do not.


Individuals who like zines and who actually take pleasure in photocopying usually set themselves as much as distribute different folks’s zines – these are sometimes referred to as “distro”s. There are some giant and well-established distros and hundreds of thousands of tiny one-person distros, however sometimes it is only a case of in the event that they prefer it, they will be glad to hold it for you. Should you discover distros which have stuff you want, or your stuff matches in with them, simply ask…

Do not forget that it is sometimes all accomplished for the love of it so it is not fairly the identical as approaching some publishing firm. You do not should be significantly formal, simply ship them a zine and/or have a dialog with them.

Zine festivals

Individuals who like zines and who actually take pleasure in herding cats usually arrange a “zine honest” or “zine symposium” or some such, of their space or for his or her explicit scene. Take a look round to see if there’s something appropriate.

Carrying zines round

Should you’ve obtained a pleasant load of zines freshly made and also you wish to take them to gigs, festivals, and so forth, you most likely wish to preserve them trying good, so it is a good suggestion to discover a sturdy field to hold them round in. Should you’ve solely obtained just a few then something will do, however in the event you get to the purpose of getting quite a bit to hold round then discovering an previous suitcase, camera-case, or some such case with a deal with or strap could be actually useful.

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