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How many copies of your zines do you print/photocopy?

Hello!
I've printed 50 copies of my first issue, but the second will be 100 because it's a split zine, 50 for both of us. So, what about you? And how do you decide?

Oh and sorry if the subject has already been discussed, but I'm pretty new here and there are 692 discussions...

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I've just done 75 because
a) this is my first zine and I don't know what I'm doing
b) there are a few places that I wanted to stock it so I have printed 10 copies for each of them, plus a few for interested friends, plus a few for trade, plus about 25 in my back pocket for selling on etsy and just in case I bump into anyone who wants to trade.

I have to pay for my copying and the price comes down after a certain amount so it all makes a kind of sense eventually.
Oh, and there's nothing quite like having a big pile of copies of your zine to look at and admire before you send them out!

Angry Violist said:
I've just done 75 because
a) this is my first zine and I don't know what I'm doing
b) there are a few places that I wanted to stock it so I have printed 10 copies for each of them, plus a few for interested friends, plus a few for trade, plus about 25 in my back pocket for selling on etsy and just in case I bump into anyone who wants to trade.

I have to pay for my copying and the price comes down after a certain amount so it all makes a kind of sense eventually.
I print 30...at a printer so it's alotta $. Can't afford to do more.
I am starting with 250/300 copies of my first zine!

I am decently sure i can shift em at gigs and stuff...
I haven't printed mine yet. I plan to start with maybe fifteen, send about five of them to review sites, give a couple to friends, one to ZAPP and one to the library. The rest I'll leave on the bus and that sort of thing.
Yah. I figure I'll start small and see what happens./
During many of the early years it was 500 copies. I've scaled back due to printing costs to around 300 and instead of doing a monthly issue - I have cut back to bi monthly. Zine is Musea. Musea.us
yah... I've found some zines printed years ago (Flying Lesson, I Hate This Part Of Texas, and Book of Letters.)
I would like to openly challenge anyone doing zine runs of 10-30 issues to double their next print run. You're going to so much work to create your zine, and to provide your own unique voice and perspective in the world of publishing--which let's face it gets more and more consolidated every day--that it's a crying shame that your zine doesn't reach more people. Even a few dozen more people. Try printing more issues, sending more out for review, and growing your audience and reach. Make an impact with your DIY publishing venture, even if it's small. Gawd knows the world needs more independent voices.
Joe Biel said:
You answered your own question here about zines being sold out. Imagine ten years going by or more. Imagine how much a person's perspective, ideas, and personality changes in THAT time; even in adulthood. There's undoubtedly many things printed in my zines that are still circulating that I would have done differently now.
The first 5 or 6 issues of my zine were really badly written and laid out, my friends and I just had no idea what we were doing. So I just stopped selling back issues of those. The punk zine archive guy asked permission to scan them in and I said yes, but kinda cringed at people looking at them again. Oh well, I'm sure it's the same way for most zinesters. No one does a killer first issue, save for maybe Jim Goad with Answer Me. I wonder what the first issue of Cometbus was like...
Harley R. Pageot said:
I never understood the idea of zines being "sold out" because I figured "well, why can't you just print up more?"

Besides the idea of not wanting to keep a cringe-worthy issue in print, there's also a question of how it was printed. By the time 10 Things got pretty big, I was doing it offset press with colored paper and colored ink for the covers and print runs of like 3,000. When I ran out of issues, there was no way I was going to print more, the minimum with my printer was 1,000. I'm sure that's how it is for most bigger zines or stuff like Stolen Sharpie Revolution, although they know they can always do a full print run of that and sell them all, you can't do that with most zines that are a few years old.
YESSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dan 10things said:
I would like to openly challenge anyone doing zine runs of 10-30 issues to double their next print run. You're going to so much work to create your zine, and to provide your own unique voice and perspective in the world of publishing--which let's face it gets more and more consolidated every day--that it's a crying shame that your zine doesn't reach more people. Even a few dozen more people. Try printing more issues, sending more out for review, and growing your audience and reach. Make an impact with your DIY publishing venture, even if it's small. Gawd knows the world needs more independent voices.

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