Kickstarter 2018 and Sales Taxes

Today’s blog post is more of a personal entry.  As this blog post goes live, I’m taking care of my sales tax return to file and remit sales tax to the state of North Dakota.  Just a brief reminder – anyone wanting to do comics for a living had better follow the proper business procedures and have the right paperwork.  If you are in the United States, that book I reviewed – the Small Time Operator – has a wealth of information.

The Kickstarter is also continuing in.  For some reason, many of the people I have contacted have not seemed to make any pledges.  This has confused me.  However, rather than assume the worst, I’m going to keep a positive attitude and do everything I can to make sure the Kickstarter succeeds.  If you haven’t done so, please back the Kickstarter and tell others about it.

Today, a plan was set in motion.  I have started to set aside money and also will invest it to help that money grow.  What do I hope to accomplish with this plan of saving & investing money?

I want to print a book collection of Tiffany & Corey, my webcomic.  But this time, it will be different.  I’m not going to be using digital printing to do a micro-run.  I’m looking to use offset printing to print a bigger run in the lower hundreds.  The number may be around 500-750 copies.

Some may remember that I did compared digital printing and offset printing in a past post.  Offset printing is the traditional way of how books and other items (magazines, newspapers, etc) are printed.  It is more expensive that digital printing but the more you print, the less the cost per unit is.  Digital printing is good for a few hundred copies but offset is better if you’re doing print runs in higher numbers like the higher hundreds or the thousands.

However, even assuming the most optimistic scenario with my plan, this will take some considerable time.  Between now and the time when the funds become available for the aforementioned book, it’ll be my responsibility to properly market my work and pull in sufficient traffic to the site in question.  In short, I need to cultivate fans much like I have with Sunnyville.

That’s all for now.  I have work to do.  Stay tuned here for more news and updates.

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About Max West

I am a freelance artist and the creator of Sunnyville Stories, an independent slice-of-life comics series.
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