I’ve been writing weekly reviews for almost a year now, and I’ve come to understand why it’s so difficult for reviewers to go outside of the top publishers in order to find something to review. I used to think it was because these companies had the higher profile books, so they were getting more attention. Over the past nine months, I’ve come to realize this isn’t the case. Not at all.
I’ve been going to Comixology Submit for the reviews I do. The barrier of entry here is particularly low. If you’ve made a comic and if it has any kind of almost-decent production values, then it will be put on Submit and offered for sale.
My problem is that I don’t like rewarding creators for the bad books they create, and most of the books I’ve seen on Comixology Submit hold no real interest for me, or they don’t have an interest at a price I’m willing to pay. Some of these books are mediocre, some of them are wretched. There are few that I would buy for the story or art alone. The few that do have production value know it, and they give the book a price point that I’m not willing to pay.
So it’s either reward bad books with my money, or overpay for something that should cost less. It’s a fine line to walk.
I do wish that creators would put more effort into their wares. A competent editor and letterer, at the very least. At least make the story readable, so that the art is the only thing bringing you down. Mediocre everything will kill a book, but mediocre art and a good/stellar everything else will raise the art to “okay”, and readers won’t feel like they wasted their money or their time.
Make your book worthy of being reviewed. Put in the hard work. Your readers will thank you for it.