I'll share my feedback with you, but keep in mind I'm not a huge Manga/Anime/Comic reader.
1. It might be the fact that this Comic is aiming towards Women in general, but I'm not really having any feelings evoked. The thing is in 7b, you suggest 220 pages per volume and I'm not sure how far your story could be stretched to really have anything more of a volume unless you were going to focus on the kind of person this women before the boyfriend came into the picture, why it's so important, and how this young women begins to change slowly.Your story line does not go into detail, not saying that is a bad thing but it makes it hard for emotions to be felt. One thing though I'd like to suggest is perhaps taking a look into how Breaking Bad(TV Show) was developed since when I was reading your story line, I got the impression that perhaps you would be taking a similar path.If you have not watched the show, which went on for 5 seasons, it starts with the character finding out he is sick, and the viewers slowly watch this nice innocent man who just wants to take care of his family become a monster, but because people have become so familiar with him, understand why and what he is doing, it's hard to ever root against him.
1a. None at the moment but perhaps if I knew more about the story that would change.
1b. I think as I described above, to keep people interested, you want people to "sympathize" or"understand" this women, meaning they need to understand why she made the choices she did and what she is doing to repair the damage (if that is the direction the story heads). Otherwise readers might get turned off.
2. I am Male.
3. I graduated from College.
4. I do not have kids.
4a. No kids, so not apply.
5. I am Single.
6. I read books, physical and digital.I prefer digital books, along with most people I know since storing them is simple.
6a. I get my books mostly from Amazon,but I do get books directly from the publishers if I have to (Pearson Higher Education and others). I think I might have bought some from Ebay in the past as well. These are really my only 3 outlets of purchasing books, if you exclude walking into a story and buying a book, but mostly I order things online.
7. I do search for the book online to see if I can find it, mostly though I've grown out of my content stealing ways and understand the need to purchase things to help support the authors and creators. So pretty much everything I have on my computer I've paid for (software, ebooks, etc).
7a. It's hard to know, you would need to type up a more detailed story line but I think the fact that I'm a man and you are talking about a female character so I am not going to be the person/kind of person buying your Comic. I see young women,young girls as the people you should be targeting.
7b. Although I would not be buying since I'm not your target market, based on what I've seen, you are not going to get more than $9.95, see http://www.viz.com/manga/print/one-p...olume-69/10874 as just one example. One Piece is a very popular Manga series and it can only get$9.95, so if you are starting out, you want to keep your prices either at that price or a few dollars less.
7c. I'm just the wrong target market I think for your comic/story as I am an adult male.
8. I think it would be great if some of the story was released for free. I remember hearing about games back in the old days, software developers would release parts of them for free and if you wanted more you have to pay. At least in the very beginning, you should release a few dozen pages, or perhaps if you are splitting the volume into chapters, to release the first few pages of each chapter. As a new Comic, you are going to have a very hard time getting people to spend money unless they really know what the story is about, and are hooked on learning more.
9. I've never been big on Affiliate programs, which is why I never implemented similar things here which would have been a great place to do so. For that reason I'd decline.I don't see most people posting about the affiliate offer unless it was a site dedicated, or at least huge section of their site, that contained nothing but content for your comic and were looking at ways of bringing in extra money. Most people want to quickly buy their book/comment and move on, so you would have few takers with regards to an affiliate system.
10. You would not want to advertise via banners, that would waste a lot of money while you tried to generate interest. Email might be a good solution if you built up a mailing list of interested people. I see the best place for a new comic author to promote is via social media, Twitter, Facebook, Ask.fm,etc. But again as I spoke of earlier, advertising will not help you sell the story, it might attract people to your site, but you have to have something on your site that would encourage people to make a purchase, a limited supply of free content would be helpful for sure.The biggest thing that would lead to sales, would be through the building of a fan base, so you would want to ensure that you solicit feedback from your users to know what they want / like.
One last word of advice, don't focus on sales, focus on growing your fan base, your social networking connections, your email list. Then you can start hounding these people to start buying your products.
Since I am probably, as a adult male,not your target audience I do not know if my comments will be totally helpful. I think though that overall your story line is something you could work with if expanded further. The great thing though about the world today is it does not cost much to get up and running, a cheap hosting account, a domain, a website template + perhaps a programmer to develop some custom features and you could be up and running for less than $400, so I would encourage you to give things a shot.
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