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Presentation Zen & Book Publishing

From: lauren s.
Sent on: Sunday, February 14, 2010 9:29 AM
Hi, Writers, my wonderful friend and mentor Cindy Mullins is doing another great event with her new project Media TecTonics. It is a great 2 session seminar tomorrow (monday) night. I will be going for sure, hope to see you there.

Media Tectonics Seminar at
International House of Japan

Presentation Zen & Book Publishing

Monday, February 15, 2010, 6:30 p.m. open -- 7:00 p.m. start

Want to hone your communication skills and get your point across in the most effective way possible? Got an idea for a book, but aren't sure how to put all the pieces together? Wondering what it?s like to work with a publisher and how much control you?re likely to have over the final product? This month?s "Combination Plate" seminar offers you valuable insights from several perspectives---author, editor, designer, translator and publisher.

We're expecting a crowd for these fun, interactive, and wisdom-filled presentations, so we've rented the hall at I-House where Donald Richie used to screen Kurosawa films and lecture on Japanese cinema.

NOTE: Garr Reynolds is coming up from Kansai and has to leave right after his talk, so we hope you'll get there early to network. Doors open at 6:30, and the show begins at 7:00 p.m. Feel free to invite all your friends to this rare opportunity to learn from award-winning pros who make working with words even more fun and challenging.

Combination Plate #1

?How to Think Like a Designer (And Why It Matters)?

Garr Reynolds says regular businesspeople can learn a lot from designers, and from thinking like a designer. In his visual and highly interactive presentation, he?ll set out ten fundamental design principles and go in-depth with examples and before/after samples. Although the context is graphic design and presentation, the design lessons for managers are applicable to much more than a simple PowerPoint show.

?This is not about dressing up presentations or decorating slides,? Garr says, ?but about understanding and embracing concrete design principles that will make your presentations and other forms of communication clearer, more powerful, and memorable.?

About Garr Reynolds: Lauded internationally by design and business professionals, Garr is the author of the international best-selling book Presentation Zen. Now available in 14 languages, including Japanese, Presentation Zen was the #3 book among Top-10 Business Books for 2008, and #45 overall in the Amazon Top 100. Garr also runs a popular website called that features regular insights on presentations, design and creativity. A writer, designer and musician, he is currently an associate professor of management at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka and speaks to firms such as Microsoft, Google, Hewlett Packard, Amazon, P&G, and many more worldwide. In previous lives, Garr managed worldwide user group relations for Apple Inc., and spent most of the nineties as a corporate trainer for Sumitomo Electric Industries in Osaka. His newest work, Presentation Zen Design, came out in January, and he'll be bringing along several copies to give away.

Combination Plate #2

?Say What? Writing the Ultimate Phrasebook for a Japanese Publisher?

"I'm so fired up about this!" How do you say that in fluent Japanese? Chances are there are hundreds of native-level exclamations and expressions you'd love to roll off the tip of your tongue, but are you certain your phrasing is flawless? Kit Pancoast Nagamura and Kyoko Tsuchiya wrote The Ultimate Japanese Phrasebook (Kodansha International) to ensure that you are, giving you 1,800 phrases from four different angles. Kit and Kyoko will tell us how their book took shape, describe the trials, tribulations, hilarities and revelations involved in producing the manuscript, and offer a candid overview of book production ins and outs at a major publishing house.

About Kit Pancoast Nagamura: Prize-winning, internationally published fiction writer and photojournalist Kit Nagamura visited Japan on a fellowship from Brown University and landed in Tokyo after earning her Ph.D. in literature in 1991. An editor at Kodansha for over twenty-five years, she writes and photographs the ?Backstreet Stories? monthly column for The Japan Times and is also a regular essayist for Shukan ST. After publishing five language books---one a bona-fide bestseller---Kit has decided her next project will be a collection of poetry.

About Kyoko Tsuchiya: A native of Nagoya, Kyoko graduated from Tokyo University and has worked as a translator for the past twenty years. Her award-winning translations, such as 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth (The Earthworks Group) and Emotional Intelligence (Daniel Goleman) both sold close to a million copies each, and the two volumes of Jung Chang?s Wild Swans sold more than two million copies combined. Her range of work also includes classics such as Frances Hodgson Burnett?s The Secret Garden and The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.


Date: Monday, February 15, 2010

Time: 6:30 p.m. Lecture Hall opens; 7:00 p.m. seminar begins

Location: International House of Japan, Lecture Hall; here's a map.

Cost: 3,500 yen (prepaid); 4,500 yen at the door

Be sure to take advantage of the prepayment discount! Transfer funds by February 12 to:

Resona Bank

Shibuya Branch: 473

Account Type: Futsu

Account Number: [masked]

Account Name: 4M Associates


RSVP: Let us know you're coming! Send an email to [address removed].


Community News

Studio J ( is now offering a limited time package for first time guests. Until March 31st, 3 hours of recording and mixing for only 5,000 yen, including tax (includes 2 CD-Rs or 2 DVDs). We want to give everyone a chance to experience first hand the Studio J Sound and the Studio J Experience. Come record a song, make a simple presentation video or make a high-quality pod cast. Studio J is located in Tsukuba, only an hour from Akihabara station.

Please contact Jeffrey at [address removed] to make a reservation and to discuss what we can do together. Spots are filling up quickly so make your reservation today.

Three hours includes studio setup time. For guests who need more than 3 hours, each additional hour is 5,000 yen (plus tax). Looking forward to your visit.

Women Writers' Festival in Tokyo ? CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS

Do you have writing or publishing expertise you would like to share? A book you're launching? A great new piece of writing you would like to share? A performance you know people will love? Then complete an application to participate as a presenter, reader or workshop facilitator in the first annual International Women Writers? Festival in Tokyo. (Presenters can be male or female but participants at this event will be female.)

This year, as we launch this new, ambitious annual gathering, the Festival will be held all day on Sunday, May 23. We need people who would like to facilitate a workshop, participate in or propose a panel discussion, host a storytelling session, discuss the profession, art, or craft of writing. You can also apply to give a reading or a performance at the reception.

The only criterion is that applications should relate in some way to writing and be geared in part towards celebrating and supporting international women writers in Japan. Beyond that, the sky's the limit - writing poetry, novels, or short stories, running a writer?s group, writing for children/teens, freelance writing, business writing, making a living from writing, screenwriting, song writing, writing for the Internet, blogging, inspirational writing, self-help books, how to blast writer's block, self-publishing, traditional publishing, marketing and promoting writing, the role of the writer and reader, storytelling-you name it!

Presenting in the Festival is a volunteer endeavor but we will have an exhibition area where you can sell your books, or other materials. We cannot pay speakers at this event but we will promote them widely in all our PR materials and publications. Also presenters will not be required to pay the attendance fee for the festival. And their lunch and snacks will be provided as a thank you for their efforts. The deadline for applications is March 10th. To apply answer the questions on this link

If you have any questions or require more information, please contact Lauren Shannon at [address removed]. If you can help on the festival committee, volunteer on the day or would like to offer other support or sponsorship please contact me via email asap. We are looking for sponsors from companies or individuals that would like to support women writers and help us defer the cost of the day. We will be hosting the event in Minami Aoyama at the new Wesley Center. And the planned time is from 10am-6pm with a reception following.


About Media Tectonics

The rise of new media is rocking the ground beneath us, affecting the bottom line of industries like publishing, journalism, film, advertising and public relations, not to mention numerous major brands. That?s why Media Tectonics--a subsidiary of 4M Associates--is presenting workshops on publishing, social media and online technologies designed to:

? reveal the best ways to navigate the new landscape and save you time, resources and money;

? explore ways that you can create multiple (and passive) streams of income; and

? supply the support, networking, mentoring and inspiration you need to do your best work yet, in whatever new or old media outlet suits your talents and expertise.

Tectonics is from the Greek "to build." Media Tectonics is committed to helping you build up your new media skills, expand your career options, stay ahead of the learning curve and get prepared for what's coming next!

Some exciting collaborations have already taken place, or are in the works, and you never know what valuable contacts you can make just by introducing yourself to the person sitting next to you.

Don't forget to join Media Tectonics on Facebook! And subscribe to Media Tectonics on YouTube.


We?re looking forward to a fun and information-packed evening with you on the 15th!

Cindy Mullins and Doug Jackson

Media Tectonics, a subsidiary of 4M Associates, Inc.

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M +81-[masked] (Cindy); M +81-[masked] (Doug)

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