Japanese YA – How the Industry Works Overseas(Part 4)

– A Tale of Rates and Sales – The vast and close knit landscape of the publishing industry can often seem like an incomprehensible enigma to many who look on with interest. Littered with contracts, printing runs, foreign rights, advances, copyright battles and multimedia adaptations, even those within this large circle can find at times…

Japanese YA – How the Industry Works Overseas(Part 3)

  – A Reader’s Paradise – For many, the past several articles have been an intriguing journey into an almost alien world. With each familiar reference to the industry and the YA culture we have grown so well accustomed to, there seems to be yet another uniquely Japanese aspect to it all that nearly turns…

Japanese YA – How The Industry Works Overseas(Part 2)

– Novels & The Great Beyond – In my article last week about Japanese Young Adult fiction, I briefly made mention of the variety of forms YA has evolved into in Japan and it’s effect on the pop culture there. This week I’d like to expand on that specific part of the discussion further, and…

Admiring My New Treasure

So this last Friday, I took a visit to Barnes & Noble for the first time in a long time and did what I normally do. I scanned the YA aisles. I find that this proves incredibly useful in surmising what the current trends are in YA, as well as raising the chances of me finding a…

Japanese YA – How the Industry Works Overseas(Part 1)

If you’ve ever had a chance to talk with me or read my Twitter messages in a given week, you probably are already very aware of my love for Japanese fiction. If I’m not tweeting out a book recommendation, I’m reading the soon to be next one. So it was that when the chance to…

FRIDAY QUESTIONNAIRE: Musically Inclined?

I decided that Friday would be the day I stopped to ask you, my readers (if I have any yet), for your opinion. The question: Do you write books while listening to music? Do you ever read books while listening to songs? If so to either, what kind and why? As for me, music has…

Japanese YA – An Announcement

80 percent. Look at that statistic well, because that’s the percentage of households that didn’t buy or read a new book in America during the entire year according to a survey conducted by The Jenkins Group. The survey goes on to say that 42 percent of College Graduates report that they never read another book…

Query Letters (Or Alternatively: The Next Scary Step)

Part of the reason why I decided to relaunch this blog, having already survived a failed attempt to do so nearly two years prior, was primarily driven by the accomplishment I was able to achieve the night before last. After nearly two years of agonizingly slow editing (typically an hour for a page) and frustrating…

New Beginnings and Endings

“What’s this?” “The beginning.” “What’s that?” “The end.” Every beginning, as you might already know, marks an end. I used to not have a blog…and look….now I do. The same goes that if you end something, it’s the beginning of something new. See a cycle starting here? Why am I being all philosophical and such…