February To-Do List
Get out your calendar and start circling dates. It’s time to do a little webcomics planning.
- Start gathering receipts, invoices, records and other information for tax prep. Either schedule a date with CPA or designate a day on your calendar to address this task yourself. Set a deadline this month for yourself so you don’t procrastinate until April.
- Art/writing supply check. Running low? Order now or plan a trip to the store. You may be able to get bulk discounts if you’re able to buy a year’s worth of supplies at once.
- Set aside a few hours to address the site bug you’ve been ignoring or make an improvement in the way your readers are able to spread the word about your strip.
- If you’re planning new merchandise for 2015, start prep work now! I like to have a new product to offer over the summer and one or Christmas. Once you head into summer and all of the conventions, you’re going to find that the Christmas deadline is more difficult to hit than you thought. So get thinking about this now.
- Beyond the two products you plan your year around, make a plan to make smaller merchandise offerings to your readers every month this year. Map out now what those things will be and start planning unveiling next month’s item.
- Put all scheduled convention appearances for the year on your calendar along with four check-boxes: Travel, hotel, con fees, and merch shipping. Check them off as they are addressed.
- Put a promotion/shipping reminder on the week before each appearance.
- Schedule the appropriate days-off from your day job for all con appearances.
- How’s your Con Toolkit? Is it time to re-stock?
- Choose three conventions you’d love to attend and write “Guest inquiry” e-mails to the promoters. Remember to list good reasons they should invite you as a guest.
- What’s the one thing you’d love to buy to help you do comics this year (but just can’t afford)? A new scanner? An iPad? A lightbox? A WACOM tablet? Determine the cost and divide by twelve. Each month put at least this sum aside in a special place. At the very least, you can give it to yourself for Christmas.
- Are you one of the people who reported missing updates because of a lack of buffer comics? Try to do one extra update this week for the buffer. Do it next week, too. And so on.
- Take an hour or so and draw all of your main characters side-by-side with a “police line-up” style height chart behind them. Use this for an easy reference throughout the year to get relative heights right among your characters.
on February 4, 2015
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