1. Can I stock your zine maybe?
marching stars distro (www.marchingstars.co.uk) is a 3 year old UK based distro which has hopefully now proved it has staying power in these unstable distro times.
Zines that I choose to stock I am 110% behind and I so take seriously my role of helping to get zines out there in the world to the right people.
Right, so what exactly am I looking for? Ultimately I think of my distro as a ”perzine distro” but I use that term quite broadly. I want to read about people talking about their lives and their experiences. The sub genres I have a lot of interesting in are sort of feminist, queer, body image, alternative health, riot grrrl, mental health, craft, veggie/vegan cooking, etc. I’m mostly interested in new zines “fitting” with the rest of the distro, so you might want to check out the site to see if there are other zines that I already stock that you know/like.
Zine types I definitely don’t go for (unless they are clearly very heavily linked to the things above) are: music, poetry, comics and art zines.
Still reading? Wow, I’d be probably be pretty interested in seeing a copy of your zine now!
Please email me at email@example.com telling me your name, title and issue of zine, short description, wholesale price (usually 50-70% of the retail) and retail price. I will reply letting you know if I agree that it sounds like it would fit in my distro and if I would like to see a hard copy, and if so, the address to send to.
Payment for zines I stock: wholesale prices upfront or distro trade or distro credit. I’m pretty flexible.
Feel free to ask any questions!
Oh, and towards the end of summer I'm going to start wholesaling zines to other distros/shops/etc. If I do want to stock your zine, you don't have to let me wholesale it, but if you really want your zines to reach the masses it might be extra incentive to send a sample copy my way? :)
Oh, and I’d also take recommendations of zines to look into that you think maybe I should be stocking!
2. I trade zines for descriptions! (UK only please)
I send you 4 or 5 zines for free (you get to keep them). You send me a description of the zines so I can use them on the distro website. Sound like a good deal? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org