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What Harry Potter has to do with the Japan Writers Conference

'There’s a scene in one of the Harry Potter movies. Hagrid invites the students to come up and meet a really terrifying critter. “All right, then,” he says, “Who’s first?” All the students take a step back, leaving Harry standing alone in front of the group. That’s kind of like how I fell into the job.'

This October 8 and 9 is the annual Japan Writers Conference. A melting pot of free talks, workshops and readings, the event brings together a community of writers, publishers, and lovers of literature to share their knowledge and celebrate words.

Whether it's the ins and outs of writing horror, poetry, interactive fiction, memoirs or first lines, exploring the pros and cons of small presses, learning how to be a writer and an editor, or landing a newspaper column in Japan, this year's lineup has something for everyone. We'll be doing a session on interactive fiction on Monday Oct 9 at 2pm. So if you're in Tokyo, come down and say hello,  Programme details here.

We sat down with John Gribble, one of the organisers, to learn what Harry Potter has to do with his involvement, what he finds surprising and challenging about running the conference, and what he's working on now. 

Posted on October 2, 2017 and filed under Workshops.

Talking distribution and logistics with writers

Distribution and logistics is not something you usually associate with being a writer. But nobody reads your book without it!

So last Thursday myself and Chris Akiba Wang ran a workshop on the subject for Tokyo Writers Salon. We talked about margins within the supply chain, how distribution deals are structured, logistic options, and how to decide which one is best for you.

Even if you decide not to do all this yourself, knowing this is part of the process of getting your book out into the hands of readers is worthwhile. We were surprised at the level of interest and all the questions coming from a writer who's onto her second novel, a small press founder and short story writer amongst others!

We were surprised at the level of interest and all the questions!

Big thanks to Lauren Shannon for arranging, and everyone from Tokyo Writers Salon who attended.

Our next session is on Marketing. Stay tuned for more details!

Upcoming Workshop: Book Distribution & Logistics:

This Thursday Sept 28th, Akiba and I are presenting part 5 of our series Publishing Your Book: A writer's guide to the publishing industry and printing process!

Distribution & Logistics:  Nobody will read your book without it!

7.30pm - 9.30pm
Thurs Sept 28th 2017
Shibuya, Tokyo

RSVP on Meetup here! 


Most people spend a lot of time on writing, crafting and making sure their printed book turns out well. But industry veterans know that fulfilment and logistics, or how you get your book from the factory to your customers, can make or break a business.

Books are complex items for logistics because they have a low selling price and are usually heavy. This means that if you're not careful about logistics, shipping your book can cost more than printing it.


New workshop series starts on Thursday!

A writer’s guide to the printing process and the publishing industry is Zoot's new series of workshops with Tokyo Writer's Salon.

The first session held this Thursday March 16th in Shibuya, discusses an important question all writers need to consider. Which route to publication is best for you - traditional or DIY?

We’ll discuss how to decide which option is best for your writing, the advantages and disadvantages of both, and whether you can believe the hype around these two different channels.

Held monthly, the series will cover editing, book design and layout, getting your file print ready, ebook creation and publishing, offset printing and manufacturing, distribution channels, shipping and logistics, marketing and the future of publishing for writers.

Cost 1000 JPY, RSVP via meet up:

Hope to see you there!

Posted on March 11, 2017 and filed under Author Talks, Workshops.