When it comes to your story, you have multiple options when it comes to delivering your concept to a reader. You aren’t necessarily limited to one method, but each method has its own Pros and Cons. When a person discovers and follows your story they become a Reader first and foremost. Once they like your story and begin to follow it, the very next natural question asked is: Who is the creator:: When this happens, that reader begins their evolution into becoming a FAN (and we love fans!). This is a process that is totally controlled by how well your work is presented.
A Reader starts off by looking for a few key things first:
Affordability: The product must have a fair price
Storyline: The story needs to be told in a creative and entertaining manner
Immersion: There must be enough of the story presented for satisfaction to be received
All of these come at a cost and gain to the creator:
Money: Amount invested
Energy: Effort invested
Time: time invested
Money – profit
Fame: general awareness for your product
Power: The fan following for your product (aka Product Loyalty)
Remember that a story is NOT a book. A Story is intangible; it is a concept; nothing more than a tale waiting to be told. A Book is nothing more than a vehicle used to deliver a story created by a person into the mind of a reader and there are multiple vehicles out there that can accomplish this task. Today we’re going to look at Web Comics and Standard Comics (one of my favorites by the way!)
- Affordability: Somewhat, children are able to afford them.
- Storyline: Minimal.
- Immersion : Minimal
- Money: Medium to high based on the medium chosen and level of art (pen, ink, color, digital, etc.)
- Energy: Medium to high. More energy devoted to storytelling through art rather than words.
- Time: Medium to high.
- Profit: EXTREME: If successful. EXTREME Lost: if unsuccessful. A comic is a want- based product and it has the highest profit margin of all the presented products.
- Fame: Good. This is based on distribution. It is easier to market because of pre-existing images.
- Power: High. People often associate a powerful comic to a time in their life so it adds to their memories especially when it is memorable.
- Affordability -VERY affordable (often posted to a website for free)
- Storyline : VERY little or none. The storyline is not realized until after a full series has been delivered.
- Immersion : VERY little. Web comics are designed to be quick and stylish in order to hook the reader instantly.
- Money : Minimal cost to produce depending on where the comic is posted.
- Energy : This can be high based on the promise dates of the comic. If it is weekly, the commitment is high, but product is created in abundance over a short time frame.
- Time : The creator usually gets into an efficient routine within a short time. This contributes to high production skills when dedicated.
- Profit: VERY little. Mostly through advertisement banners for the website.
- FAME: EXTREME! Easy to email, post, mail, and deliver to large amount of Readers. Its fast and small.
- Power: Minimal. It will make FANs out of those that it touches personally only.
What do you guys think? Have you done any comics or web comics? How was your experience working with these story vehicles? Stay tuned next week when I talk about graphic novels, illustrated novels, and full fledged novels!
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