So I’m going to open myself up to some fire and rant a bit about this.
About one year ago in the month of May I got a suggestion from my friend, who’s name I can’t remember to spell, uh Cucuboruchi or something, feel free to correct me also I’m not blaming him for any trouble associated with this or anything either) suggested Comixology, which is an e-book/e-comic online store to submit my comic to. So I was grateful for it and thought it was a great idea, so that’s what I did.
So, I waited about 3 weeks (it said on their site that it could take up to 2 to 3 weeks for any kind of reply), and I decided to contact them and I was informed it could take up to 6 to 8 weeks so I was like “that’s okay I can wait” so I did that… and waited… and waited….
Meanwhile my email box was getting spammed with their flyers about DC comics and whatever, but I was fine about that and waited. So the 8 weeks came and went and I emailed them, telling them I was waiting for over 2 months and they still didn’t respond to me back.
I get another response saying it was a busy time of year and it will take a bit longer than normal for them to get around to me and such, so I was like “okay fine whatever” and waited, another month and sent another message again, got another response again saying they were backlogged. So I was like “okay maybe they are really busy or what have you… you know whatever…” I was pretty easy going still at this point. Even gave them more time.
I waited, oh about a month or 2… and I was starting to kinda get pissed. It’s been about 5 months and they still didn’t get around to it. So every month or so I’ve been emailing them and every month or so they’ve given me the same excuse. And it was about November, so I decided to email them once more and ask them why it was taking so long and how long would it be until I got a reply, and they were like, “we’re sorry we’ve been really really busy etc, please bare with us.” and I was like…. screeeewww youuuu…
I feel I should mention, that I’ve modified the book by this time a lot, and found spelling mistakes and what not. I had no option to actually update the book without deleting it and thus making me wait longer, so I was like screw it, and left it there.
So basically what I did was gave up on them, and didn’t bother contacting them at all since they didn’t seem to be all that concerned about helping me out. Until, about a week ago, which is when I checked my email associated with the request.
Of course, I’m not mad that I was rejected, in a way it’s good because I can continue being on Kindle’s select and do my own promotions and what not. There was a list of things that they had issues with, like typography or what have you, but it didn’t matter they weren’t going to put it up and I certainly wasn’t (and I’m still not), going to waste my time resubmitting.
Why? Because it took them almost a fucking year to even get back and reply to me. One year, for that.
Now I assume that if they knew this a while ago, or got around to it right away they’d just reject it within the allotted time or even sooner. “Why waste our time on this? It’s crap!” but they didn’t, it took them a year to get to sending me that letter.
So imagine yourself, if you submitting a comic, and such, and were waiting for a year to get it listed on a website such as this- without any replies, or updates- and the same excuses even after being told it would take about 8 weeks while you kept getting spammed by their circular.
Can you imagine how long you’d wait for a re-submission? Another year?? And what if it got rejected again for say, something like a spelling mistake, would you have to wait just as long then?
And who honestly cares if it’s free, I respect that it may take longer because they were swamped, but one year is just not acceptable for any business. That’s not supporting independent comics, that’s simply working under a guise that you’re supporting independent comics, or whatever while basically taking your sweet ass time due to lack of staff, poor management, whatever while potential customers, time wasted to be fixing the issues, drifts by.
To hammer home the point, even if it was accepted, I’d probably get it removed, unless they said they’d update it right away perhaps with the issue that I did correct, but even then it might’ve taken them another year to look at it, even a month is too long. One month is too damn long.
I feel I should remind you, that their “standard” time, well when I submitted it, was about 2 to 3 weeks. That’s alright I suppose- but in hindsight it’s still a while for putting out issues, and sense their performance seems to be extremely lackluster to say the least, missing publishing dates also appears to be likely.
So I cannot and will not recommend these guys for submitting your work to, it’s a waste of your time. If they take longer than their allotted time they first stated when I emailed them which was 8 weeks, that’s way too long. Anything longer for ebooks like that, regardless of the size of the company, is not acceptable.
If someone can’t cope or manage it properly, then don’t even bother doing it, it’s just going to be a lot of effort wasted on the time of the creators.