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YWW Southern/Portland: Punk Rock Writing: How to Become a DIY Author
November 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Punk Rock Writing: How to Become a DIY Author with Brian Tashima
Back with another incredible author in a virtual meeting! See you online at our next YWW Zoom meeting on 11/7 at 10am to hear from the author of the award-winning Joel Suzuki series, Brian Tashima! With a background in business and finance, Brian employs an entrepreneurial, do-it-yourself approach to publishing that allows him to build a readership and promote his work while still retaining full creative control. So, whether you write as a hobby or want to become the next J.K. Rowling, this workshop will show you how to take charge of your writing destiny and get your stories out into the world!
Topics covered include:
– There’s no shame in self-publishing! (advantages of going indie)
– How do I turn my manuscript into an actual book?
– Once I do that, how do I get people to read—and buy—it? – And much more
How to join the meeting.
Brian Tashima was born and raised in Hawaii, where he started out as a musician playing guitar in local rock, punk, and metal bands. After winning a Hoku award—Hawaii’s version of the Grammys—and running his own independent record label, he moved to the Portland, Oregon area to become a world-famous rock star. Well, that didn’t happen (yet). Instead, he decided to become an author, and in 2012 he independently published the first volume of the Joel Suzuki series, titled Secret of the Songshell. About a teenage boy who travels to a world where music is magic and autism is a superpower, the novel received extensive local and national press coverage and was a finalist for the 2012 USA Best Book Award for Fantasy Fiction. Since then, Brian has published three more volumes of the series (eleven are planned in all) and has also begun publishing a manga-style comic book series called Glorified, a dystopian action-adventure described as a cross between Mad Max: Fury Road and The Mandalorian. He continues to sing and play guitar in a pop-punk band (with whom he has released three full-length albums and performed at the Crystal Ballroom) while also serving on the Board of Directors for Autism Empowerment, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people and families in the autism community.