Hang in there, little sister. Let me know if there's anything I can do for you.
Edited at 2008-06-13 11:32 pm (UTC)
*hug* Hang in there, dear! It's really true that when one door closes another opens, another opens, and with your determination, if there ain't no door, make a hole.
are some of the writers in Tokyopop WGA members? And can comic artists actually be qualified for WGA membership (provided that they made their own story)?
Anyways, stay strong there. I think the fact that you have someone who worked closely with the guild is going to make a strong front for you on Tokyopop.
The WGA represents writers of movies, television, and in some cases radio. You cannot join by writing comics.
ETA: They also cover online content, which is what Rivkah's referring to; though I've never met anyone who became a member solely by writing online material.
Edited at 2008-06-14 01:15 am (UTC)
Is there any way you can get the rights back to Steady Beat and print/distribute it yourself?
There's plenty of "vanity press" companies out there, and with your fan base, I think you would do very good at it.
BUmm-R! Darn, we were so close with our book as well (about a week of tones and the final lettering in In-Design). About a week before the awfulness, Bryce said, "I'm going to not be email accessible because I want to finish book 3".
Hey, let me know what you find out about the printing stuff. I wish I could take a loan out and at least print the pre-orders for book 3.
Best wishes on "Jane's" and other projects. I'm sure you will rock it out!
Considering I'm also in the process of reinventing what I have to offer and how I offer it, all you've said resonates with me... hard.
I'm in a position where I think I've painted myself into a corner and didn't realize it until I had a couple of dead albatrosses hanging on my neck... or at least one and one that's on life support.
We shuffle off those birds... spit out the feathers... and stuff our mattresses with them.
Best of luck... and go get 'em, Tiger!
Girl, I know the desperation you must feel. But hang in there--you are established and have the credibility many people can vouch for. I'm sure you'll make it out of this alive and in a better position that you started!
I hope things work out for you. Sometimes I wonder how TP's work their logic with their decisions and business practices. Best of luck.
Sorry, did you just say that Borders--as in, the retail book store, is on the verge of bankruptcy?
Yes. Just Google "Borders bankrupt".
If you can get the print rights back, it might be worth your while to self-publish. (Or re-sell, but my experience in the prose world is that publishers rarely want to take over the third book in a trilogy whose first two were published elsewhere.)telophase
and I have been happy self-publishing our BL manga and selling them online and at cons-- we haven't made any real money once you figure in the cost of cons, hotels, etc, but neither have we lost any, and we're building a fanbase. And your fanbase is much bigger, so you should do better should you decide to go that route.
What was that? Did I hear someone say BL? Your webnets address, please. Here is my debit card. ---a fujoshi
2008-06-14 01:10 am (UTC)
I wish you the best of luck in securing your rights back. This is a pretty surprising development, all things considered.
- Christopher, comics212.net
Ugh... I wish you the best of luck and I hope that you're able to get your rights back. At least if it means having to put Steady Beat Online, you can make ad revenue and take 100% of the profit.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.
Looks like TP may be able to give me the print rights back to book 3. Let's keep our fingers crossed!
hang in there riv! you've come this far and i know you'll keep on trucking no matter how it goes :)
(and when this crisis has passed i have a publishing question for you) :)
I'm sure things will work out for you. It's nice to know that there are possibilities for you. Also, just think you got 2 books published so that will look great on your resume if you are seeking more stable publishing companies. I'm looking forward to your new project!
Non-licensed...does that mean all their OEL? That seriously blows (pardon my crudeness). Well, I'll still support you no matter what! You and Svet completely changed my view on OEL and for that you will always have a place in my dark little heart. <3 <3 <3
Oh no....after all your hard work....D: I am SO sorry. Don't worry though, things will work out, don't give up! Tokyopop seems to be in a real shit pickle at the time and once they get everything straightened out with their company I'm sure things'll be okay again and hopefully Steady Beat 3 will be able to hit the shelves. Keep us posted, I wish you the best of luck.
Best of luck vibes headed your way.
Would a email/write in campaign help? As a fan I'd MUCH rather own books than digital format, so I'd be willing to complain to Tokyo Poop.
I am thinking about doing the same thing. I'm worried about series ending up without a final volume, online or in print. There's gotta be something the fans can do!
Rah, hope the news gets better!
well at least Steady Beat is getting a volume 3, from what I've read on other blogs, not every OEL manga will get a final volume. It makes me said to see this happening to series I love.
2008-06-14 04:57 am (UTC)
*crosses fingers* LUCK!! Shame to hear that they've bailed on the printing! I'll read it in whatever format, though.
Best of luck, and I'm sure Steady Beat will have a print home somewhere. I think self publishing is a very good option--you could get a much better financial deal from the book than approaching a publisher, and I'm sure you could easily distribute through Diamond at the very least.
I'm a Borders specialty store employee, and from what I've seen, the situation is a bit more mixed than what one might assume from rumors of bankruptcy, which is that the company would just go away. They're recovering and changing, gradually.
I think Tokyopop is taking a pretty big risk in going towards online distribution, when commercial online distribution of comics has yet to really be perfected whatsoever. Looks like I'd better buy up all of those OEL titles I'd always wanted to get of theirs.
Fingers crossed for you, hon. LJ seems scattered with bad news today....*hug*