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Traditional Or DIY: Which route to publication is best for you?

  • March 16 · 7:30 PM
  • Shinsei Building 402

Publishing Your Book: A writer’s guide to printing process and the publishing industry.

Beginning March 16th, Jacinta Plucinski, founder of indie publishing house Zoot Publishing, in collaboration with The Tokyo Writer’s Salon, founded by writer and entrepreneur, Lauren Shannon, will be holding a series of seven workshops for writers who want to get their books into the hands of readers.


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. The first session will be held on March 16 and discusses an important question all writers need to consider. Which route to publication is best for you - traditional or DIY?

We’ll discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both options, what you need consider, and whether you can believe the hype around these two different channels.

Tokyo Writer’s Salon was founded 9 ½ years ago. The group has grown to over 1200 members on meetup.com has hosted over 100 monthly meetings, 50+ workshops and 8 successful weekend writing retreats in the Japanese beach town of Onjuku, Chiba. The goals at TWS have always been; to empower writers, create community, share resources and play with words! We have had guest speakers, published authors, screenplay writers, and professional editors who have all shared their ideas and knowledge with us. 

In 2017 we are excited to collaborate with Zoot Publishing to discover more about the process of being published, the current state of the publishing industry and what goes into creating and bringing a book to market. We want our members to have the power to share their stories with the world. We are kicking off our first 7 “Curiousity Sessions” open to anyone interested in learning about publishing. Later this year we will open up a series of “Ready to Do It” sessions for a select group of folks who are ready to be published. This second series will be in-depth and project based. 


Excited for this new schedule of practical publishing workshops. If you have any questions or suggestions let us know!

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