Nov 23

JET alum Lars Martinson, author of the graphic novel Tonoharu:  Part 1, just completed a 10-part series on his site ( all about self-publishing.  While he writes from an “alternative cartoonist” perspective, he offers valuable insight and experience for any JET alums in the writing or publishing business.

Perspectives include:

  • Cartooning is a poor career choice, so make sure you have alternative revenue streams
  • Seek funding such as the Xeric Grant, Monbusho scholarships and other sources of funding
  • Taking advantage of Amazon Associates, and selling related merchandise
  • Suggestions on how to create an effective online presence
  • How to find established distributors in your field
  • How to manage sales and money
  • Plus plenty of other helpful concrete suggestions gleaned from personal experience and struggle

You can also read a nice article about Lars from the Winter 2008 “Digital Media” Issue of the JETAA NY Newsletter, written by Alexei Esikoff (Fukushima-ken, 2001-02).

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