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Interview with Campbell from Rosarium Publishing
Posted By Flames On April 15, 2016 @ 1:20 pm In Authors,Interviews | No Comments
Rosariumpublishing.com , which was established in 2013, recently launched an IndieGoGo campaign  to help cover printing costs for their books, comics, and graphic novels. In today’s interview, Monica Valentinelli sits down with founder Bill Campbell to ask him about his small press publishing house.
Too many to count. Ha! I guess, though, and this is true no matter who you are or what you’re trying to do, the biggest problem starting out is being taken seriously. There’s so much stuff out there—so much good stuff—and people generally go with what they know. So, it takes a lot of hard work and hustle and actual good work to convince people that you’re worth their time. I often tell artists that, as hard as creating is, the really hard part is going out there and selling your stuff.
Be born rich!
Well, we have a distributor, Independent Publishers Group, so, since they’ve taken us on, getting into stores has been a lot easier. They’ve truly been great. Comics is a completely different beast because Diamond is a global monopoly. If they decide, for whatever reason (and those reasons can be quite arbitrary), they don’t want to carry you, they simply won’t, and you’re frozen out of damn near every comic book shop in the country. It doesn’t matter how good you are.
Oh, there’s really no secret here. My daughter’s name is “Rosa.”
I’m not sure how it happened, but we’ve got a bunch of horror comics going on. Chadhiyana is a bit of a dark fantasy set in a mythological India. Blue Hand Mojo is a “hoodoo noir” set in 1930s Chicago. Manticore is prison horror (and a lot of fun); C21st Gods is a modern-day Lovecraftian tale; Flatbush Yard would be an “obeah noir”; Sheree Renee Thomas is developing a horror comic with us; and, of course, DayBlack is about a vampire tattoo artist. These must be some very frightening times. Ha!
A couple years back, I was emailing Toby about something. I can’t remember what, but he was in Mothership: Tales of AfroFuturism, so let’s say that. I just offhandedly mentioned to him that I thought Arctic Rising would make a really fun comic since it’s so action-packed. He immediately said, “Let’s make it happen.” Well, anybody in comics can tell you, it takes awhile to find an artist, but now that we’ve found one, we’re making it happen.
There’s another book I’ve had my eye on for a couple years, but the author doesn’t even know I want to adapt her book. Acquiring rights can be a very tricky proposition (Toby and his agent, Barry, have been absolute godsends in this department), so, at this stage, I’d probably shy away from adaptations. Right now, I’d prefer to get some of these book writin’ folk to start writin’ comics. In the future, though, who knows?
Well, for us, “diversity” also means subject matter. We have all kinds of comics from slice-of-life to horror to superhero. So, it would really depend on what they’re looking for.
I don’t know. I guess it was important to me before I even knew the term. My mother’s American and my father’s Jamaican, so I was brought up between different cultures. I’ve always been friends with first or second generation kids. My hometown, Pittsburgh, is filled with every European ethnicity there is. It’s always been around me—the different languages, the different foods, the different stories. I mean, we live on a planet with over 7 billion people with thousands of living cultures. So, to me, multiculturism isn’t a marketing strategy or a cause, it’s just the way the world is.
That’s always a tough one, because you’re asking people to become “activist consumers.” There are more and more of those out there because mainstream culture is falling short in so many areas. We have Twitter and Tumblr and Facebook, of course. People can sign up for our newsletter on our site. The easiest right now, though, would be our Indiegogo campaign. We’ve outgrown print-on-demand and are trying to move to offset printing, which means suddenly having to print thousands of books. Our current campaign is called Rosarium Publishing: The Next Level . We’re hoping that this new campaign will help us get there.
Immensely. See, print-on-demand was perfect with how we started out, which was with a fascinating (at least to me) idea with absolutely no money. But POD is really expensive. Per unit costs never go down. So, if I print 5, 500, or 5 million, the cost remains high. With store discounts, distributors fees, and returns, you wind up with little to no money from selling your books. This campaign allows us to lower our costs and hopefully make a little money to basically be able to publish more writers and artists. One doesn’t become a small publisher in the hopes of getting rich. Ha!
Rosariumpublishing.com , rosariumpublishing.tumblr.com , and @RosariumPub  for starters. You can find our books and comics on Amazon.com, etc., of course. You can also find our comics at Peep Game Comix and ComiXology. Cons? That always depends from year to year. In May we’ll be at TCAF in Toronto, ECBACC in Philly, and WisCon in Madison. The rest of the year I’m not sure. I know we’ll be at WorldCon and MICE, but that’s about it. I thought we’d play it by ear.
Who wrote the Bible? Have you seen the sales numbers on that bad boy?!
Thanks to Bill Campbell, founder and publisher for Rosarium Publishing, for taking time out of his busy schedule to answer our questions. Be sure to check out this small press publisher’s books, comics, and graphic novels–especially if you’re interested in horror comics with a different flair!
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