We also went to the PDF Publishing Seminar put on by Wolfgang Baur, Steve Russell from Rite Publishing and I think the third guy was from Super Genius Games but I didn't write his name down. Tony and I went to this seminar because we have been contemplating doing some self published PDFs for a while now (he's an artist and graphic designer and a very good and creative GM and I'm a published game artist, architect and amateur writer) and wanted to get a bit of info on how to go about it and what's involved. What amazed me from the seminar is that there are people out there (like Steve Russell among others) who actually publish PDF RPG products for a living. They have actually turned this pursuit into a viable business and a full time job! I never even thought that was possible but it is an interesting revelation. They talked about all kinds of aspects of PDF publishing like frequency of publication (weekly, monthly or whatever), turning your PDFs into actual printed works through print on demand verses larger publishing runs, business aspects such as legal protection of your personal assets by setting up an LLC, accounting issues (don't overlook this important aspect of the business), price points for the sale of your product, marketing, subscription models, and distribution platforms such as Drive Thru RPG and the IPR (for Indy games) among others. All in all it was a very insightful, informative, and well done presentation.
|Joseph Browning at The OSR Booth|
I also spent some time networking and scouting out game companies in an effort to find some cartography work and met some really cool people in the RPG business. I even ran into a few old friends from back in the ICE days. All in all it was a lot of fun and I would really like to go again in the future if possible.