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Why I’m self-publishing: Takeshita Demons 4 has risen from the dead

Takeshita Demons 4


Takeshita Demons has a long history for me…

The books helped me get a start in publishing, introduced me to thousands of fabulous people, gave me the opportunity to present at local and international writing festivals, and encouraged me to keep writing.

From Takeshita Demons 1, 2 and 3…

Takeshita Demons 4 was never meant to happen.

After I won the Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award, I pitched Takeshita Demons as a trilogy, and my new publisher, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, accepted.

Woo hoo! My journey into book publishing began.

“Any chance of a book 4?”

When Book 1 came out, great things happened, more than I could ever have expected.

Book 2 and Book 3 followed in successive years and my publishers wanted more: “Any chance of a book 4?”

Under the sea!

Well, after years of writing about Miku Takeshita and her pals, I was thrilled to join them on another adventure.

Japan, being an island, has a lot of awesome aquatic monsters, I decided my heroes would journey under the sea.

After researching and writing the book for a year, I sent it off, hoping my publishers loved it as much as I did… The response was quick and positive…They did love it! Hooray! All systems were go to see Takeshita Demons 4 out in shops.

Then, disaster!

Frances Lincoln were bought out by a larger printing house, and a few months later their entire middle grade and YA lines were cutMer-Monster was left without a home. (But I got to keep the advance…YAY!)

What to do?

Here I had a great manuscript just sitting on my computer. What to do? I figured the answer was to self-publish, as simply as possible, to make the story available, as cheaply as possible.

Tanoshinde kudasai: Please enjoy

Takeshita Demons 4 doesn’t have the great cover design of the first three books (the first three were done by Siku), and you can’t buy it in shops, but you can grab it for cheap-as-chips off or so you can read it on your computer, or phone, or download a free Kindle-reader app and read it on your laptop, or print it out, colour it in and call it a book. It’s up to you.

Happy reading!

I really hope you enjoy MerMonster. If even one fan gets a kick out of reading it, I’ll be happy. 🙂

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Takeshita Demons: Monster Matsuri hits the streets (and reveals a few secrets)(if you can find the clues)

ImageMonsterous birthday to you!

Monsterous birthday to you!

Monsterous birthday to you-oooo

Hooray! My third book, Monster Matsuri, is out in the UK!

Wheee! I’m so excited. It’s pretty awesome to see all three books lined up. Plus Monster Matsuri was so much fun to write.

Monster What?
Monster Matsuri: It means Monster Festival in Japanese, and if you’re about 8 to 12 years old and like adventure, suspense (and a whole stack of spooky Japanese ogres, ghosts, demons and mythical creatures), then you should totally buy Monster Matsuri for your friend and then borrow it from them after.

The clues are piling up…
A lot of fans have a lot of questions about Miku and her family ghosts, and in Monster Matsuri, at last, I think I might have revealed enough clues for you to figure out some answers.
Why are the demons hunting Miku? What makes her family so special? What secrets have yet to be revealed?

And for buffs of Japanese history and mythology…
I’ve borrowed heavily from Japanese myths and legends in writing this book. I’m expecting you guys to be first to figure out which stories I’ve used, which legends I’ve twisted, and what secrets the Takeshita family might be hiding…

Want more? LIKE Monster Matsuri on Facebook to hear all the latest news, see cover roughs, inspirations, reviews and more.

Monsterous birthday to you!

Monsterous birthday to you!

Monsterous birthday to you-oooo