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I'm wondering if I can publish a comic on the Kindle store! It's because me and my friends made a comic and I've now re-drawn everything on my computer and I've looked into this and it says I need to be like 18 I think! I was wondering if I could still do it even if I need my parents' permission! Also if I need my parents' permission and if they have to sign something. If something bad happened would they get fined? Furthermore, if you know anything they can get fined for! Please tell me.

  • Welcome to Writing.SE! We've got a couple of questions already about publishing a young age, including this one, but I don't think they're relevant to your particular scenario. Feel free to take the tour and visit the help center to learn more about the site. – F1Krazy Apr 30 at 18:53
  • @F1Krazy Yeah, I agree. At first I was sure this was a duplicate but it's more about the legal aspects of publishing when you're a minor, which I don't think we've covered (if we have, someone please point it out). – Cyn Apr 30 at 19:08
  • And yes, welcome to Writing, Ashraf. We love having writers of all ages here. – Cyn Apr 30 at 19:08
  • Have you considered publishing it elsewhere such on webtoons which specialises in comics? – S. Mitchell Apr 30 at 21:35
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    Comixology is the largest, and there are many other small ones I've not investigated as my publisher deals with the distribution aspect. It is multi-device functional. However, unlike Amazon, my understanding it that Comixology is not simply a platform; you have to apply to be published there and the work needs to meet their editorial standards. – El Cadejo May 1 at 16:13
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Amazon allows your parent to publish your book for you

4.1 Eligibility. You must have an active Program account in order to participate in the Program. You represent that you are at least 18 years old (or the age of majority where you reside, whichever is older) and that you are able to form a legally binding contract. A parent or guardian of a minor can open a KDP account and be the Publisher of the minor’s Book. (From Kindle Direct Publishing Terms and Conditions)

Yes, this means your parent takes on liability for your work. Your parent would also collect any money from sales.

This is not the same thing as getting your parent's permission. The account you need in order to publish must be in your parent's name.

The other issue is that your book has multiple authors, but you can only post it under one account. My suggestion is that one of you (probably you) is the primary author and that person's parent owns the account.

First, write out a contract. The contract spells out who owns the copyright, how you split up money, and what happens if a publisher wants to purchase your comic. You might think this is all unnecessary. Because what are the chances you'll make money and, besides, you all trust each other anyway.

Do it anyway.

Seriously, never publish without a written contract. Just sitting down and hashing out the terms is enough usually to make sure what's obvious to you is exactly the same as what's obvious to your friends.

Once the contract is to everyone's liking, print out enough copies for everyone and order a bunch of pizza or Indian food or something. Have every author sign every copy. As minors, your signatures are not legally binding, but it's important to show that you have read the contact and take it seriously. Next, have one parent of each author also sign. Everyone keeps one copy (plus you can photograph one fully signed copy and keep it in the cloud). Now you can eat!

A sample contract might read:

[A's mom] will set up the Amazon account and publish [comic name] in the Kindle store. Any expenses must be approved ahead of time by the group and the person will be reimbursed first out of any proceeds. If there is anything else left, it gets divided up this way: A gets 40%, B gets 20%, C gets 20%, D gets 10%, E gets 10%.

And so forth.

If your comics get popular enough that you're each getting more than about $20US, find a cheap lawyer and make a better contract than your simple one.

Being fined isn't really an issue with publishing as a minor. It's not illegal. It's just that your signature isn't binding and any contracts you make without your parents don't count. The reason to make a contract with your friends (with their legally binding parental signatures) is in case you all disagree about something. "Why is A getting more money than I am?" "I don't want my work on Kindle anymore: take it down!" "I'm going to publish the comic at this other place and keep all the money."

Cross your t's and dot your i's and you'll be fine. Congrats on writing the comic and good luck with it!

  • I know this question is stupid but do I how do I get these contracts. I know I could just ask my parents but I'm very curious. – Ashraf Islam Apr 30 at 20:09
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    @AshrafIslam Just type it out on your computer and print it. All you really need at this stage is for all of you to sit down and agree to stuff. I can not tell you how many times I was sure of an agreement with a friend, family member, roommate, etc and it turned out what was in their head was different from what was in mine. Don't take chances. Just decide what you're gonna do and write it down. – Cyn Apr 30 at 20:18
  • @AshrafIslam Asking about contracts with multiple authors is actually a great question and really should be separate. Perhaps you'd like to start a new question that asks only that? – Cyn Apr 30 at 20:20

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