i've recently been picked up by the always fabulous, ms valerie park zine distro and will shortly be sending off 10 copies to bird in the hand distro, and a 8 copies to mimizine distro (all for trade, which i love!), so needless to say, i'm pleased with the response to my zine so far.
however, i've recently been informed by another distro that they will not be carrying my work because it is health related and gives health related information. i'm ok with this and i'm not complaining because they have the right to carry whatever they want in their own distro, and also because they dont have any other diy/women's health related zines. (i thought i was filling a niche!).
i was once told that publishers (or even distro owners, i guess) dont like taking non-fiction work because it may involve alot of fact-checking so that if someone/thing fucks up, no one is getting sued. while i believe this to be true and assumed accurate, one of my favorite things about zines is having information that is hard to find, or information that can be classified as "underground" (like alot of the women's health zines, squat zines, poor skills or other diy style infozines), and having a physical handheld copy that you can refer back to over and over again, or something that you can pass on to a likeminded friend or accquaintence.
i know that theres mental health distros out there. i know that theres women's health distros out there. but in terms of health related distros, my zine doesnt quite seem to fit the bill. im wondering if anyone knows of or is thinking of starting a full-on health collective distro? you know, like carry zines like "fireweed", "black cross guide to first aid", or zines that have to do with medical situations on the street, drug issues, as well as the mental health and womens zines.