Japanese picture book readers for beginners

Konnichiwa! Hisashiburi desu ne!  Hello! It’s been a while since I blogged!

I have been writing a set of picture book readers in Japanese, for beginner learners of the Japanese language.  There is a real need for supplementary materials such as this, as there is very little available beyond text books and related course materials.  When I say I have been writing them—this has been an off/on occupation for some time now.  I had sent them to a publisher of Japanese teaching materials but the potential market was deemed too small. So I left the project on hold for about 12 months. 

I have now decided to take the plunge and self-publish the readers and today marks the first step on this new leg of my journey towards self-publishing. I found a Japanese illustrator, Sadami Konchi, and today I met with her to discuss the project. The meeting went well and we are both excited about bringing my dream to fruition, although I am also a little apprehensive about the amount of work and steepness of the learning curve involved. To keep me on track and focused on my goal I intend to document my progress here, and I will welcome comments and advice along the way.

I’m sure I’ll have much to report in the next weeks!