Best of Webcomics.com – Aug. 2014
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Best of the site
Evolve or die: Earlier, a blogger made the rounds with a post titled “Advice To The Mid-Career Cartoonist Who Has Failed To Build An Audience.” I started to respond in the forum, but my thoughts turned more into an essay on a larger, broader topic, so I decided to post it as a standalone entry.
Setting Shipping Preferences in Paypal: If you’re not doing this correctly, you could be losing a lot of money.
Hot Seat critiques: We wrapped up a critique series on convention flyers, and we launched a new one that focuses on book-cover design.
Square for an online store: Square is awesome as a point-of-purchase credit-card processor, but is it the right choice for an online store?
Gumroad unveils percentage-based discounts: The digital-merchandise store solution has included the ability to offer customers a percentage-based discount, in addition to its flat-price discount function.
Gumroad offers streaming for… books? Here’s an overview of how it works — and how you might use it to encourage sales.
Twitter: Use the Mute: Smart use of social media including knowing when not to respond. Here’s a case study based on personal experience.
Kindle Direct Publishing —Pre Orders: KDP now includes the ability to release pre-orders for your ebook. Here’s how to implement it.
Troubleshooting WordPress – “My Scheduled Post Won’t post!”: Here’s what to do if it happens to you.
6 Common Mistakes Webcartoonists Make: This is my response to the popular post on IO9. This is actually more than 20 useful tips categorized into 6 sections. And most of them are points you can address quickly and easily to improve your webcomic right now.
Busting 5 Myths about Creative Professionals: Many creative professionals carry around at least one of these myths that pervade their profession. In this video presentation, I talk about why they’re untrue — and why, sometimes, that’s actually good news.
Mailbag: Should I Sell My Domain Name? A Webcomics.com member was presented with a unique offer for his URL, but should he engage?
Best of the Forum:
“The Internet Destroyed the Middle Class” — That was the title of the article on Salon.com. We discussed its veracity.
Search Engine Optimization: What are some best practices?
Handy Kickstarter Calculator: It is.. but it’s missing something that could cripple your Kickstarter campaign if you don’t account for it.
Opentype or TrueType? Which version should you choose when using a font? Would you believe it actually matters?
Cintiq on a budget: Can it be done? Here’s a few ideas…
Suffering Story Regret: He’s mid-way through a story that’s just not working out the way he had it planned. Now what?
“The Power of No.” It’s a new book that stresses the importance of declining certain “opportunities.” We discuss it from both sides.