a place for zinesters - writers and readers
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Whether you're making zines or forming a band or whatever, you're not going to suddenly have hundreds of customers within a month.
I made my first zine last May. I sold copies to my friends and a couple through some message boards I posted on.
I made another couple during the summer and got a table at a zine fair in August. Didn't sell too many there but I bought and traded a lot. A local zine library helped me find more connections.
I tabled at another zine fair in November and sold a ton of zines and started conversations with strangers and people I recognized from the first zine fair. That led to me joining this site and making even more friends and trading connections.
I still don't have a ton of sales to strangers (even with an Etsy account set up) and get barely any feedback on my zines but I feel totally welcome in the "scene". People at zine fairs have always been pleasant and up for conversations and new friendships.
Why would any of us not want to encourage other people to make zines? I'm a few steps away from begging my friends to make their own. And, with all of us so spread apart and scattered, there's not really room for cliques or elitist groups to form. You're lucky if you can find more than a half dozen zinesters in one city.
i'v been doing zines since march, so maybe i'm still new.
sometimes i think there is an elitist feeling to this scene. it's like just because you haven't been making zines for that long doesn't mean you don't know shit. and sometimes i feel like people kind of treat the newer ones like we don't know enough. (about what? folding paper? using glue? staplers? please). but i can also say that about other "scenes" i'm a part of. there are music snobs and like kitty said "feminist" type snobs too. every scene feels like that to certain people.
I feel bad for anyone who was introduced to zines through this site, 'coz they're missing out.