September To-Do List
- This might be an excellent month to conduct a readership survey to find out who your readership is and what kinds of things they’re interested in. SurveyMonkey has a free option that might just do the trick, but it closes after 100 responses. A “pro account” costs about $20 per month.
- Colleges will be back in session. If you’d like to self-syndicate your comic to campus newspapers, now is the time to prepare. I’ll have a post on this in a few days.
- Halloween is just eight weeks away. Traditionally, many webcartoonists do something special with this holiday — whether it’s a special storyline, participating in a cross-over event or posting photos of pumpkins carved with their characters. Start brainstorming now.
- The clock is ticking if you want to have new merchandise ready for the holiday shopping season.
- Inventory check: Do you have enough merch to make it through the end of the year?
- Write a fan e-mail to someone who has inspired you this month.
- Write a short story about something significant that happened to your main character when he or she was a child.
- Look at your site. What could you do to get more of your content visible without the reader having to scroll down?
- No one wants to read an over-analytical, over-thought webcomic. And we do an awful lot of thinking about webcomics around here. While that’s all good, take some time in the next couple weeks do rediscover the silly, the playful and the childlike in your life. And let it into your cartooning.
- September is also the end of the third quarter. That means, you’ll be dealing with taxes before you know it. If you don’t have a CPA, you might consider it. And either way, it’s a good idea to start finding and organizing receipts.
on August 31, 2009
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