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Here are some of the comics-prose and manga stories I have drawn and written over the years. Some of them are published with publishers, and can be bought at the links provided. Most of these stories are in 'comics-prose', a format that mixes prose with comics.

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Next Page: Hi folks! This is the last story in this collection, and after this, I'll start posting my next story "Fabled Kingdom". I'm currently setting FK up, which it'll probably be done next weekend. This week I'm doing volunteer work for Vision Australia, which is a charity for blind and vision impaired people. It's a technology expo for the blind, and it's been pretty good so far!
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(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY the PROSE-ONLY ebook @ $2.99:                                                            
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(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

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NB. I'll only be posting 70% of these stories. Please buy the book if you're interested in it. Thanks.
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BUY the e-book @ $4.99 (has 4 additionals stories in prose):
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00LV00IKK
(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY the PROSE-ONLY ebook @ $2.99:                                                            
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00LQMO9PI
(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY in as a COLOUR print book @ $14.99: www.lulu.com/shop/queenie-chan…
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NB. I'll only be posting 70% of these stories. Please buy the book if you're interested in it. Thanks.
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BUY the e-book @ $4.99 (has 4 additionals stories in prose):
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00LV00IKK
(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY the PROSE-ONLY ebook @ $2.99:                                                            
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00LQMO9PI
(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY in as a COLOUR print book @ $14.99: www.lulu.com/shop/queenie-chan…
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NB. I'll only be posting 70% of these stories. Please buy the book if you're interested in it. Thanks.
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BUY the e-book @ $4.99 (has 4 additionals stories in prose):
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00LV00IKK
(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY the PROSE-ONLY ebook @ $2.99:                                                            
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00LQMO9PI
(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY in as a COLOUR print book @ $14.99: www.lulu.com/shop/queenie-chan…
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NB. I'll only be posting 70% of these stories. Please buy the book if you're interested in it. Thanks.
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BUY the e-book @ $4.99 (has 4 additionals stories in prose):
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00LV00IKK
(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY the PROSE-ONLY ebook @ $2.99:                                                            
Smashwords: www.smashwords.com/books/view/…
Amazon: www.amazon.com/dp/B00LQMO9PI
(Also on Apple iBooks and Barnes and Noble Nook)

BUY in as a COLOUR print book @ $14.99: www.lulu.com/shop/queenie-chan…
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Queenie Chan
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Hi all! I was originally born in Hong Kong, and moved to Australia when I was 6 years old. My first published work was the three-book series "The Dreaming" in 2004 with publisher TOKYOPOP, and since then, I've worked with author Dean Koontz on graphic novel prequels to his series "Odd Thomas". The series became a NYT Best-seller, and afterwards, I worked on "Small Shen", a prequel to best-selling author Kylie Chan's "White Tiger" Chinese fantasy series.

I'm also author-artist of many books and short stories on my website. I've just finished work on "Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back", which is in comics-prose.

I'm currently working on "Fabled Kingdom", which is a 3-book fairytale-inspired fantasy series. It's done in comics-prose, and the first installment should be out in November 2014!
Finally, I put up my final post. Sorry for the delays, folks! I've been going to cons, doing toning for "Fabled Kingdom", and I've finally finished Chapter 4 of "Fabled Kingdom". Already done 4 pages of Chapter 5, which seems to be moving fast - it's in comics-prose, so it's much faster than traditional comics. Fast enough for me to watch numerous episodes of "Avatar: The Last Airbender" (a great show, by the way!). 




Part 6: Books Shipped, Books Returned, and the Returns Reserve

This will be the last post in this series, since it covers pretty much the end of the chain of production. Here is how it goes:

  1. The rights to a book are bought by publishers.
  2. The advance and royalty percentage is worked out in a contract
  3. The book goes through the publishing editorial process
  4. When it’s ready for market, the publishers look to book sellers to order copies so they know how many copies to print. 

Point 4 will be the focus of this post, plus what happens from that point onwards.

Part 6a: Books shipped VS Books sold

Firstly, I will tackle a subject that few readers think about, but which plagues authors and publishers like crazy. That is: the difference between the number of books printed, and the number of books actually sold to a person who pays money to buy the book. Mind you, this doesn’t include things like promotional copies, deep discounted copies, or any number of alternate editions (such as book clubs, preview copies, etc) that a book may get.

I bet you when you go into a bookstore, most of you don’t realise that the bookstore doesn’t actually own any of the books on the shelves. The truth is, bookselling is a business that’s based on consignment – bookstores let publishers stock their shelves with books. In turn, bookstores get to keep a percentage of the profit when a book is sold.

That is, if a book sells. What if you printed 1000 books, and only 500 of them sold? That is the difference between ‘books shipped,’ and ‘books sold.’

It’s the bane of publishers everywhere, because it’s possible these days to print 10,000 copies, and only sell 100 copies. A book that doesn’t sell is only taking up shelf space, and book sellers don’t like it when non-selling deadweight flops take up precious, limited shelf space. You can betcha that if a new book is sitting on a bookshelf and isn’t selling, a bookseller will take it off the shelves to make room for new books. All the copies of the non-selling book will then be returned to the publisher – at the publisher’s expense. It’s the sort of thing that can bankrupt a publisher, if they bet on the wrong book.

So, how long will a book get to sit on a shelf, until it’s decided to be a flop? About 6 weeks.

If it hasn’t moved a designated number of copies (decided by a computer) after 6 weeks, then it will be returned to a publisher. The book will then be declared ‘dead.’ Now, this may seem harsh, but then again, this is how much publishing has changed in the past 20 years. Returns have always been a problem, but the pace of new books being published is so fast that this has become the new normal. On average, 25-40% of all books printed gets returned, and the publisher AND author will bear the cost of it.

Part 6b: Returns Reserve

The trickle of books returned to a publisher will take a while to be calculated. Some books sell better at some stores than other, so it’s very hard to predict exactly how many books have been sold until the quarterly figures come in and are tallied. Usually, it’s assumed that after 18 months, all copies of a book that are to be returned have been returned. That means that after 6 months on the bookshelf, a book is presumed to have sold most of the copies it would sell in its lifespan.

Because the cost of unsold books will have to be borne by the publisher and author, usually on an author’s royalty statement there is a 25% ‘returns reserve’ provision. What that means is that 25% of your royalties will be withheld from you, until 18 months is over. Since 85% of books fail to recoup their advances (see my previous post on advances), if you didn’t recoup your advance during this time, you probably won’t after this. So withholding 25% of your royalties from you isn’t that big a deal – after all, you’ll get it back after 18 months.  

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This ends my series on publishing. There’s a lot more to cover that I’ve yet to cover, but it’s probably easier for people to contact me directly if they have a question to ask.

Since I promised people that I’ll be doing a tutorial on ‘how to do comics-prose’, I’ll probably spend the rest of my time doing that. I’ll include self-publishing in there too, since I feel being able to self-publish and put a price on your work is an integral part of doing comics-prose. Talk to you all later!

 

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DARKNESSFALLS-SL Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have some really great stuff to learn from here if you have time could you check out our page :-D
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DJ-PorcelainStudios Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Will you be talking about comic book prose soon in your journals?
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
OMG, I should. (I've been busy lately SIGH)
I have one more post to post on publishing before I get onto that.

I've got to organise the posts properly before I put it up online, but it should be up by the end of this year! *fingers crossed*
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:icondj-porcelainstudios:
Aww, well queenie sensei can you give me at least a tip on doing comic prose plzzzzz?
btw sta.sh/0cpwrvln8gz this is my attempt at comic prose
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, I almost forgot something important!

IMPORTANT:
1) Choose a PAGE SIZE for your comics-prose story, and stick with it.
2) Also choose a MARGIN SIZE for your comics - try your hardest to keep all your prose inside that margin. The comics can go outside the margins, but don't do that with the prose.

People already use a set page/margin size for normal comics anyway, so this shouldn't be a big deal.

3) The ideal software to use is ADOBE INDESIGN. It's got great desktop publishing functions, and it's way simple to use. I use Adobe Indesign CS2.

I currently use a page size of 5.5" x 8.5", with margins of 1.6cm. I keep all my prose within those margins. :) InDesign lets you set all this up real easy.
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I had a look at what you did, and I think it's great! :D
I hope you'll keep it up and continue.

I can definitely give you some tips!
1) Comics-prose is about eliminating repetition in comics (ie. drawing the same character over and over, for scenes that are kinda unimportant).
2) Because it's about eliminating repetition, it's about drawing only the MOST IMPORTANT SCENES in a story.

---You've got the right idea in your piece - the first panel shows Det Kylie telling Roman he wants the best for her, and she asking him why he would care. This is important stuff, and you continue it with an EXPLANATION of why Detective Kyle cares and how they feel about the whole situation - which is what comics-prose is for.
---Unfortunately, because this is clearly in the middle of an on-going story, I can't really tell what's going on in the second set of panels. Is that Roman? Or is that Kyle's younger sister? I don't know the characters, so I can't tell. However, I think that Kyle embracing Roman is important, so perhaps you should draw that in a panel.

3) Because comics-prose is about drawing only the most important scenes in a story, the best way to start is to take the thumbnail of an already existing comics page and work backwards. Look at 2-3 pages of your comics, and ask yourself -- what are the MOST IMPORTANT panels? The panels that the story CANNOT do without?
4) Once you've identified those panels, then you can eliminate the other not-so-important panels. For example, let's look at these two pages:

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Page 15, panel 1 shows Janet waking up, with someone calling her.
Page 15, panel 2 shows Janet awake in a corridor, with a bunch of people standing around.
Page 16, panel 1 shows Janet talking to Tony, and their conversation just continues

At no point do I show a picture of Janet getting up. I don't show a picture of Janet turning to Tony. I don't show any pictures of the long conversation between Janet and Tony. I didn't draw any of the other fireman/coworkers leaving the scene either.

I didn't draw any of it, because it's NOT IMPORTANT, and it's also OBVIOUS. Of course Janet will get up and off the floor. Ofcourse the other people will leave. There's no need to show any of that happening in pictures. What you need to show is (a) Janet waking up, (b) Janet safe in a corridor with people around her, and (c) Janet talking to Tony. All other things you can just tell in words. :)

I hope that helps for starters! ;D
Feel free to ask me more questions!
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AzabacheSilver Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive work!  You have earned my watch!
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. :)
Much of what I do next will be different though! (it's all comics-prose).
Just a note to let you know, that's all! XD
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MBaerStudios Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
Found your deviantART profile while looking for Legend of Zelda fanart. After reading a few pages of your manga/comic, and seeing the fantastic artwork, I became a watcher. I am looking forward to reading all that you have here on this page, and I will also be checking out your website.
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, thanks~
Nice to hear from the Internet in general. :D
I love Earthbound and Megaman too, so it's good to see like-minded people around!
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