I have been wanting to do a series of self-care zines for about a year now, and am still trying to figure out how to do things.
Then, I thought of creating a companion zine to compliment my self-care blog, Kasiyahan.me
. It wouldn't be independent, single-topic zines, but I was thinking of making it sort of like an anthology of sorts (maybe?), where many different people can contribute to it, depending on a central theme per issue.The Name
I thought of the perfect name for it: Ingat
, which means "care" in Filipino. I like it, because I also like the idea of being able to carry around this zine, or to give it to somebody and tell them "ingat ka" ("take care").How to Call for Submissions
I have never, ever done a call for zine submissions before, though, and so I have no idea how these things go. I would ideally love to pay my contributors, but I'm not in a position to do that just yet. I also want to make these zines accessible to anybody, but would also like to offer those able to throw something into the tip jar a little something extra...Digital and Print Editions
I would prioritize a digital edition, and, if possible, a print edition... but I don't really have funds to do this. Maybe I could micro-fund a photocopied edition, or a home-printed edition (assembled by yours truly).Crowdfunding
Would it be one of those things worth crowdfunding via a site like IndieGogo or Kickstarter, or should I stick with a smaller fundraising effort here like I did for my moving out fundraiser? I would also try to account for "yay, funds to pay my contributors with" in said fundraisers. I will have to ask around re: printing rates, too, depending on how big the zine/anthology/whatever this turns out to be becomes.Patronage
Part of me is tempted to create an entirely separate Patreon to support Kasiyahan.me and Ingat, specifically, but I'm not sure if that would work out. Would it be too much added work for me to think about? I am such a multi-disciplinary creative that I work on tons of different projects for people to support. But, anyway, yes: would that be a good idea, to support the self-care projects as their own project?Frequency
I was thinking of making it a quarterly zine, but perhaps for my sanity, I should aim for at least two issues within a year. Maybe?Topics
I am always open to suggestions for topics! I've even contemplated starting a Q & A sort of section, even on Kasiyahan.me, but as of the moment I don't have enough spoons for it right now.
Some topics my friend thebonesofferallletters
suggested for me: "Positivity lists would be awesome, affirmations are good and a self care kit."Themes
The first few themes I've thought of are: rituals, mornings, evenings
Any thoughts? Anybody with experience self-publishing a thing? I would love to hear from you!
[This is not something I would launch until I have fulfilled everything I owe my patrons, of course (commissions and Icon Day, I am looking at you.) So sit tight - and I promise not to start up any more things until I've got my bases covered. :) ]