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Little Heart is a 160+ page comic anthology created with the subject of Marriage Equality in mind.
Little Heart is a 160+ page comic anthology created with the subject of Marriage Equality in mind.
365 backers pledged $9,779 to help bring this project to life.

Quick Note: Printer + Payment of artists

Hey! So, I just sent the book in its entirety to the printer last night! It's taken a bit longer to go over the files, move some stuff around and add some new 11th hour design elements. I will be sending off artist payments this Sunday as well as I just added up what everyone is owed.

Now, I have a question for all of you. Since we raised a little more than we planned we've decided to increase the print run a bit and increase the quality of the paper on the inside. Printing 1500 copies of Little Heart will cost about about 5K, 2000 copies will cost 5500$. Artist payments add up to about 4300$, so if we go with the later option the bill will run to about 9800$. What we raised, minus Kickstarter and Amazon's fee's is about 8800$. Shipping everything out and getting all the buttons, prints, etc will cost some coin too and we have already sunk some change in this project prior to the Kickstarter. 

SO, if you wouldn't mind giving your 2 cents on how we should approach this in the comments below, we would be much obliged! You can also private message us if you would prefer. 

Thanks again for all your support. I will be sending off backer reports shortly to get your addresses and other info to stay on track for sending off your rewards. Talk soon and all my best!



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    1. Raighne Hogan 4-time creator on April 6, 2012

      @Lianne, yeah, I would hope we'd make it back. It's hard to know with these things. In addition we (my co-publisher and I) have a packed schedule (for us) of books and mini's we'd like to see out the door this year and I don't want to compromise those either. I definitely do not plan on raising the price any further than it is -- I am a little squeamish at it's current price as we've never had a book that expensive before.

      @Karl We are focusing on quality for sure, we'd like to maybe increase the quantity too. Right now I am working on the last thing to send to the printers. This weekend I will write a more clear take on these idea's and post some images from the book that.

      @Jessica yup, you nailed it. We are going with the better paper first and the the higher quantity second. I think we will at least print 1500 copies. 2K may be a bit risky for a tiny outfit like us, but if there was a lot of demand I'd be more inclined to lean that way. Which is why I am seeing how/what everybody thinks, so thank you!

      Thanks for your thoughts on this everyone! And if you have more, please feel free to chime in!!

    2. Jessica Bechard on April 6, 2012

      If the question is higher quality paper versus larger run, I would say better paper. I've always preferred quality over quantity.
      If the question is just whether or not you should have a larger first printing (and you're using the higher quality paper regardless), I think you should. Build a larger audience, get some word of mouth advertising going, and what have you.
      On the flip side, if you go with the smaller run initially, you can always have a second prinitng later.

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      Karl Malm on April 6, 2012

      Tricky question. A larger run would allow you to reach a larger audience off the bat, but a crisper product might make the message more inviting.

    4. Lianne Sentar/Rebecca Scoble on April 6, 2012

      Even if you need to put more money up-front, I assume you'll make it back by selling the book to retailers or at festivals (you're doing a larger print run, after all, so you're spending more money but ending up with more stock). Also, if you went with higher quality, sometimes you can raise the price a bit since your costs are obviously higher. Best of luck.

    5. Raighne Hogan 4-time creator on April 6, 2012

      My apologies I am bad at communicating. I am not looking for more funds, I am looking for advice. We are willing to put more of our own money into the project and just trying to gauge if you or anyone thinks a larger print run would be worth it. Does that make more sense? I'll write a more clear update tonight. Again, sorry about any confusion -- I had just woken up and words were groggy. Best, raighne

    6. Cassie Wallender on April 6, 2012

      I guess I'm not understanding the question. It looks like you exceeded your goal, so I don't see why you're short now. Why don't you just stick to your original plan/budget and not improve the paper and quantity?