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Wow, you're in Sarasota? You should (if you feel like it) check out our Sunshine State Zinesters group. I was in the middle of trying to get a mini-distro going myself but planning on only carrying local Bay area stuff and selling it mostly locally (shows, record & coffee shops). Feel free to let me know if you interested in sending anything. Sorry, didn't mean to plug my own baby distro. That's exciting about yours, though. I'll send you something, I hope you like it.
-Make sure you're willing to/able to shell out a bunch of cash at first. Don't expect to make it back, at least not right away. And you won't make much money, if any. Maybe enough to buy a coffee or something.
-Purchase all your supplies now, including envelopes, notepads, sharpies, folders, some kind of storage unit, and maybe stamps to mail out cash payments. I also have a postage scale, but that's optional.
-Be organized! It's really hard to keep up sometimes, but it is super important to have records of your orders, your inventory, who you stock, people's e-mails, addresses, who you have to pay, orders you need to complete, etc. If you're not organized, things will fall apart.
-I like to let people know, on the main page of my website, the last date I updated the catalog or site. This lets people know you're not defunct or in limbo or something.
-Try to keep your catalog fresh - add new zines as often as you can, discount zines that sit in your catalog for a while, etc.
Hope that helps. Good luck!