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The Costs of Making A Fanzine (Or "In the Snow, Uphill, Both Ways) - Morgan Dawn Livejournal:The Here And Now
The Here And Now
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The Costs of Making A Fanzine (Or "In the Snow, Uphill, Both Ways)
For the last issue of the Star Trek fanzine Interphase, fanzine publisher Connie Faddis broke down the costs of producing her zine. She offered it as a cautionary tale for other fans wishing to enter the fanzine publication business.

Of the 500 copies printed, 50+ were given away to the fans who contributed material.

ESTIMATED COSTS, INTERPHASE 4
Offset printing, plus sales tax $2400
Silkscreen supplies (cover) 25
Production supplies (carbon ribbons, etc.) 36
Large manilla mailing envelopes (500) 50
Flyers 10
Zine-related misc. postage 12
Zine-related long-distance phone calls 32
Postage for contributors' copies 43
Losses from issue #3 (approx.) $180
Total $2,755

ESTIMATED INCOME FROM SALES, #4
450 copies @ $6.00 each $2700

Total losses: $55 (in 1977 dollars)
Total losses: $1168 (in today's dollars)

edited to correct math: the zine is so old, the first numbers were blurred. If you figure Connie published four issues and averaged around $1000 (today's dollars) loss per issue, the amount comes to a total of $4000 in losses.



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cesperanza From: cesperanza Date: February 15th, 2013 03:51 am (UTC) (Link)
Not that I think it was easy, but how do those Estimated Costs add up to 7755? Something's missing, no?
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