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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.