Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Today I made 20 copies of my first zine. I thought I'd be happy, excited, all good things. I am disheartened. I've made some rookie mistakes, and feel I should now send out a disclaimer alongside my zine.
I'm being hard on myself. I'm my own worst critic. I have this belittling voice inside my head, repeating 'WHY DID YOU THINK YOU COULD MAKE A ZINE? YOU ARE AN IDIOT'.
To list the problems-
After copying, cutting, stapling, I realised some bits have been cut off. It is nothing major, but I'm still pissed at myself. I didn't leave enough margin space.
Typos. I knew there were a few, I did try typing the pages again, over and over, but still kept making mistakes because I'm not that great at using my typewriter yet. I've already made a small apology about this in the intro to the zine, and hope people will overlook it for now.
Page numbers have been cut off, meaning I have to write them back on by hand.
Around 50% of the covers came out darker, on these particular covers the text is barely readable, so I have had to write the title of the zine on these ones.
I think that is probably about it. I feel like overall, it looks a bit messy. Maybe this should be expected from a debut? I feel like I shouldn't send it out, but I did work hard on it, I've fallen at the last hurdle. Maybe a disclaimer with the zine, and the hope I will learn from my mistakes in the issues to follow, will be enough?