Jun 7, 2012
Armchair BEA: Beyond Your Blog
Today's Armchair BEA topic is writing opportunities beyond your blog. It's about writing freelance, monetizing your blog, and what opportunities blogging can lead to.
I have written freelance, but nothing that is in any way applicable to this book blogging! I am a translator and I feel that the biggest part of that is actually the writing part, rather than the comprehension part. Writing, editing, and translating make up the bulk of my day, and I love it. Which is why I can come home and write for fun at Perogies & Gyoza. (If you have a project I could help with, feel free to email me!)
But other than this blog and reviews on Goodreads and Amazon, I don't write about books. That's what I want to do. I'm a little nervous doing this, but I'm going to share my dream with you. It might be silly but I'll put it out there anyway.
I want to write reviews of children's books for an English-language newspaper in Japan.
I think I can do it. I know the style will be different than the one I use on the blog (I don't think all of Japan wants to know how my son is doing in soccer!). But I could adapt!
With a growing number of international parents, Japanese parents who send their children to English conversation school, and a large number of English teachers, I am positive there is an audience for reviews of children's books in Japan. The Japan Times has a really great book page, and the Asahi Shimbun has the Asahi Haikuist Network, and I think a children's book column could fit in with either. Or how about the Mainichi Daily News or Daily Yomiuri - they would work too!
This will take more work, and I will need to put together a portfolio, but I am going to try for a kidlit review column in Japan. Any advice? If you live in Japan is that something you'd like to see in your newspaper?