Create a Master Copy: This is your test piece to see if you’re ready for publication. Make sure everything looks perfect before you head to the printers.
Budget: How many copies do you need? Do you want to print in black and white or in color? Know these answers before you start printing.
Get creative and see what looks and feels best. After all, you want your zine to be something that’s easy to assemble but also visually appealing.
Of course, if you don’t have anyone reading your zine, there’s really no point in doing any of this, is there?
How to Build Up Your Collective
For any zine to be successful, there have to be people involved besides yourself.
You need a team of people supporting you each step of the way.
Here are the teams you need to build:
Contributors: Are you going to write, edit, and print the whole zine yourself? Other people contributing means extra ideas and help. Just remember that too many contributions will lead to chaos and confusion.
Connections: Your zine is to communicate, connect, and exchange ideas with others. Who better to connect with than other zine writers, publishers, and platforms?
Distribution Friends: You have your zine but you need places and people who will happily distribute your zine. Research where your readers and fans spend their time and then ask to distribute your zines there. So if your zine is about art, see if design stores and galleries would be open to selling them for you.
Creating your own zine can be a wonderful way to express yourself, share ideas, and even make a little money.