I have to admit, I’m frustrated. Sales on the book continue to drop and there doesn’t seem to be much I can do to stop it. I’ve tried everything I can.
I got a big-name voice actor to do my trailer.
I got national news coverage.
I switched the book to color.
If you haven’t given the book a try, please do. If it’s not for you, it’s not for you, no harm, no foul.
But maybe you’ll find something new, not Big Two, that you like. Maybe you’ll keep a creator in business.
Worth a try, right?
….you know, as someone who spends money, time and effort on female/queer-centric stuff etc etc etc, but who can tell FROM THE SAMPLE PAGE that the book is not for her, I find the strongly implied guilt trip of “I guess since I’m not super successful with this people DON’T REALLY WANT representative fiction” really, completely offputting and kinda damn offensive.
…Just judging by this post, OP, I suspect your problem is marketing rather than lack of audience.
I mean, first of all, you fail to mention anywhere in the post itself what this comic is actually about, so right away there’s nothing telling me why I should be interested in it. (Yes, the video has a summary, but not everyone is going to be able to watch the video when they happen to see this post on their dash. Or even at all, because, y’know, disabilities.) Just telling me it has a female lead and minority representation isn’t going to make me buy it — I have limited money to spend on comics, and I’m already spending it on books that have female leads and minority representation. While it’s always great to see more of that, it isn’t enough to sell your book by itself. The news coverage you link all has a similar problem — they’re all about you the disabled artist and not the comic itself. And as rad as drawing professional comics with your mouth may be, it’s again not enough to convince me to buy the book on its own.
Second, the link to the comic’s reviews (the only information about the comic’s actual content other than the video) is not in the top part of the post that’s actually getting reblogged, so I’d imagine a lot of people seeing the reblog aren’t seeing that part. And even after viewing the whole post on your blog, I still completely missed the link, because it’s not very visually distinct; I thought the text was just bolded for emphasis and didn’t even think to check if it was a link until I started writing this response. So you end up with the same problem as before, where you’re not providing me with easy access to the kind of information I actually want before I buy a comic.
Finally, that video? Is a huge turn-off for me, as a consumer who wants to buy books with minority representation. I was dubious when I hit the line about how women, PoC, and focusing on character development are “pop culture commercial Kryptionite” (since that’s both condescending and untrue), and I stopped watching completely at the follow-up line about how “this book would sell a lot more copies if it had more explosions and boobs”, said while zooming in on a bunch of female characters’ chests. Because wow, no. Just no.
Not to mention the overall tone of the post is incredibly condescending and presumptuous. Just because I’m not supporting your book doesn’t mean I’m not supporting other “great books about strong women and people of color”, and equating the two is ridiculous, not to mention arrogant.
In summary: Offending and attempting to guilt trip your target audience is not a good way to sell your books.