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Publishing Series- DISTRIBUTION & Logistics! Nobody will read your book w/out it

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CHANGE IN VENUE- just 2 mins from Shibuya Station on Meijidori toward Ebisu
[masked] Shibuya, Shibuya-ku 3F

Distribution and Logistics - Nobody will read your book without it! Publishing Your Book: A writer’s guide to the printing process and the publishing industry.

In part 5 of our series, we’re diving deep into the fascinating and complex world of distribution and logistics. Co-presented with Akiba from Freaklabs, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of different distribution channels including wholesale distributors, direct retail and online platforms such as Amazon. We also discuss distribution deals, shipping options and why knowing all about this linchpin of the industry helps you as a writer reach the right audience.

Most people spend a lot of time on writing their book, crafting their book, and making sure the printed book turns out well. But industry veterans know that fulfillment and logistics, 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.

In this installment, Jacinta and Akiba will discuss various options for fulfillment including Amazon, third party fulfillment houses, and some options that recently have become viable such as fulfillment directly from China. They will also discuss whether or not you need distributors, how to line them up, what they look for in a vendor, and how you need to structure your margins to take distribution into account. These decisions will also affect your options for logistics, since you may need to literally get tons of books across oceans to fulfillment or distribution warehouses.

Join us for part 5 of "Publishing Your Book: Distribution and Logistics - Nobody will read your book without it!" and see why you might need to worry about pirates in Indonesia when you become a book publisher!

Jacinta Plucinski, founder of indie publishing house Zoot Publishing, in collaboration with The Tokyo Writer’s Salon, is holding a series of seven workshops for writers who want to get their books into the hands of readers. These workshops are stand alone sessions and also work well in a series.

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.

Akiba runs Freaklabs, an indie product design and manufacturing company, as well as giving talks and teaching manufacturing, logistics, and e-commerce to industrial design students at places like MIT Media Lab. He also designs and manufactures his own products both in China and on his own factory assembly line in Chiba.

Tokyo Writer’s Salon was founded 9 ½ years ago. The group has grown to over 1200 members on 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!

each session for 1000 yen

Doors open at 7:15 pm

start time at 7:30