- 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."
- 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."
- The Basics
Marcelle Karp of Bust offers practical advice on bulk mail, UPS,
zip codes and the various classes of service.
Basics of Printing
Marcelle offers more advice, this time on choosing a printer,
negotiations and getting proofs of your publication.
- Doing Your Own Zine
Sarah Dyer of the Action Girl Online provides words of experience
about content, layout, printing, distribution, printing and promotion.
Soundbites solicited from zine editors who contributed to The
Book of Zines.
- Free Money!
Your Zine and the Taxman
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.
Jaina Davis of Flatter! lists her favorite office supplies involved
in zine production.
- 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.
- How to
Publish a Fanzine
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
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.
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.
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.
- The Medium is the Message
Scott Puckett of Punk Rock Academy offers tips on producing zines.
- So, You Want to Start
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.
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.
- 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.
Find ZIP codes, calculate postage and locate the nearest
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.
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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