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  • alt.zines DMZ: How To
    The Zine Syndicate solicits advice from Josh Saitz of Negative Capability, Kris Kane of Retard and Ninjalicious of Infiltration along the lines of "what I know now that I wish I knew then."
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • A Mail Artist's Anthology
    According to mail artist John Held, mail art is a "term applied to art sent through the post rather than displayed or sold through conventional commercial channels, encompassing a variety of media including postcards, books, images made on photocopying machines or with rubber stamps, postage stamps designed by artists, concrete poetry and other art forms generally considered marginal."
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • The Basics of Mail
    Marcelle Karp of Bust offers practical advice on bulk mail, UPS, zip codes and the various classes of service.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • The Basics of Printing
    Marcelle offers more advice, this time on choosing a printer, negotiations and getting proofs of your publication.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Doing Your Own Zine
    Sarah Dyer of the Action Girl Online provides words of experience about content, layout, printing, distribution, printing and promotion.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Free Advice
    Soundbites solicited from zine editors who contributed to The Book of Zines.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Free Money! Your Zine and the TaxmanLook!
    CPA Rob Blynd has advice for zine editors who can't decide if their publication is a hobby or a business, and the tax implications of which way they go with it. This article originally appeared in a 1998 issue of Underdog Zine.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Helpful Office Supplies
    Jaina Davis of Flatter! lists her favorite office supplies involved in zine production.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • How to Make a Zine
    A lengthy document of tips and tricks written by Ashley Parker Owens and posted on the defunct Global Mail site in 1995. It is preserved here.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • How to Publish a FanzineLook!
    In 1988, Mike Gunderloy, the founder of Factsheet Five, wrote a 91-page paperback called "How to Publish a Fanzine." He graciously allowed zinebook.com to post it as a PDF file as a free download, or you can read any of four chapters in HTML format.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Jamming the Media
    Gareth Branwyn's 1997 guide to public access television, film, video, the Internet, zines and other DIY avenues is getting harder to find. Links to Half.com.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Make a Zine!
    Bill Brent is the editor of the sex and humor zine, Black Sheets. This is his no-nonsense guide, published in 1997, to creating a zine. It includes a chapter specific to sex zines.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Make Your Own Book
    "We're at an interesting juncture in publishing history. An individual can produce a book as polished as a corporate outlet can for about the same price. If you can make a zine, you can make a book." Links to No Media Kings.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • The Medium is the Message
    Scott Puckett of Punk Rock Academy offers tips on producing zines.
    (Added: 6-Mar-2003)

  • So, You Want to Start a Zine?
    Steven Svymbersky, the former owner of the Quimby's zine store in Chicago, provides advice on choosing a size, designing a cover, production, layout, printing, financing, distribution and marketing.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Stamps.com
    Stamps.com offers bar-code postage you can produce on labels from your printer for $15.99 per month after a free 30-day trial.
    (Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Tips for Aspiring Zine Editors
    Shawn of Johnny Can't Read, Ninjalicious of Infiltration and Justin Kerr of the Site of Big Shoulders offer advice for those about to embark. From alt.zines.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • U.S. Postal Service
    Find ZIP codes, calculate postage and locate the nearest post office.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)

  • Why Publish?Look!
    In 1989, Mike Gunderloy, the founder of Factsheet Five, compiled a 54-page paperback called Why Publish? It contained dozens of responses to that question solicited from fanzine editors. Mike has graciously allowed zinebook.com to post Why Publish? as a PDF file as a free ebook available for download.
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    Added: 10-Feb-2002)

  • Zine Scene: The Do-It-Yourself Guide
    Francesca Lia Block and Hillary Carlip assembled this colorful, popular guide to creating a paper zine aimed at young women. It also includes excerpts.
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    Added: 1-Jan-2002)


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