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RainbowBuffaloCornman



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 11, 2015 2:01 pm Reply with quote
Chagen46 wrote:
Jose Cruz wrote:
Chagen46 wrote:
However, I don't think an English LN will ever get published. LNs are so steeped in anime culture that they probably would only ever take off in Japan. Now, from what I've heard, a lot of LN's are actually aimed at normal teens in Japan, which surprises me, but I have a feeling those "normal" teens are already fujoshi/otaku in the making.


Why do you need to have such prejudiced view of the public that reads light novels? They sell millions of copies in Japan, and obviously many people read'en, besides the hardcore otaku anime fans who spend 600 dollars on a 20 episode show. In fact, Lucky Star even made the joke that otaku don't like reading light novels since they are books that are full of text as they only read manga. Laughing


I'll ignore your typical smarmy holier-than-thoy attitude for now.

If that were true then why are so many LN's steeped in anime culture? Are you seriously telling me that normal boys in Japan are reading harem stuff like Date A Live or High School DxD? That they're reading stuff like GJ-Bu? I find that INCREDIBLY hard to believe. Anybody reading stuff like that is already an Otaku in the making.

And the adaptions of these books almost always aim hard at the late-night otaku market.


If I want to write a light novel that doesn't appeal to otakus but to the general public because I'm writing a light novel that is about a sixteen year old male Japanese high school(of course) who gets weed from a pen pal, and it got stolen one day and he's going full on Cole Phelps to find that dope. It's a dark-comedy, neo-noir, satire that pokes at social issues like racism, sexism, bigotry, order versus chaos, and corruption. There will be a ton of profanity, graphic violence, and will focus on themes of greed, death, drug abuse, and crime. Will they allow such a thing like that to happen?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2016 11:49 pm Reply with quote
For that you have to know more about creative writing technique. You know there are some creative writing technique. To get that details you can go through some online writing service. You have to develop the habit such as continuous reading. This will help you to increase your writing skills.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 7:08 pm Reply with quote
Hi! I'm Mary and i been trying to find out how can someone who is not in Japan publish a LV to Japan. I have completed my 1st vol of my light novel and because i find it good i would like to take the step and publish it. I am currently in London studying so travelling abroad to Japan and be there face-to - face with the publishers won't do.

Is there anyone familiar with such procedures?
The Steps i have to make?
The risks?
Will my copyrights be safe if i send it via pdf?
Which companies should i choose to send it? Which among them are the most trustworthy?

Many questions i know...but please someone "hear my cry" and reply back to me Razz

Thanks! Razz
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hyojodoji



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:58 pm Reply with quote
#852560 wrote:
Hi! I'm Mary and i been trying to find out how can someone who is not in Japan publish a LV to Japan. I have completed my 1st vol of my light novel and because i find it good i would like to take the step and publish it. I am currently in London studying so travelling abroad to Japan and be there face-to - face with the publishers won't do.

The usual way to become a professional writer of light novels is to win a prize at a light novel contest held by a publishing firm that publishes light novels.
Japanese light novel contests' guidelines for applicants usually say, 'The manuscript must be written in Japanese,' or something along those lines.
So, if you cannot write Japanese well, the first step which you should take is probably to learn Japanese to the level where you can write Japanese discourse extremely well and you can do 'marketing research' (say, 'What kind of light novels are popular now?', 'What kind of light novels does Imprint X prefer?' and the like).
There are people who read Japanese at Oxford or SOAS and still write bad Japanese. So it is not an easy thing to become fluent in Japanese to the level where you can write good Japanese.
There is a Taiwanese woman whose light novel was translated into Japanese and published by Kadokawa in Japan, but she won a prize at a Taiwanese light novel contest before the work's being translated, and Taiwan has an advantage that its otaku culture is developed well, probably over your country, in the first place.
 
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hyojodoji



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 7:31 am Reply with quote
#852560 wrote:
Which companies should i choose to send it?

hyojodoji wrote:
The usual way to become a professional writer of light novels is to win a prize at a light novel contest held by a publishing firm that publishes light novels.

And it is said that Japanese publishing firms do not welcome unsolicited manuscripts of light novels.
 
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KitsuneBella



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:20 pm Reply with quote
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Anime does not determine what light novels are, but light novels have been a strong influence on anime.


That can account for the vast number of anime that have been adapted from light novel series. Here is something to keep in mind too: do the writers of light novels think in their minds as their writing that their work will one day be adapted into an anime series. I'm not sure that happens. When I'm working on a story I write in a cinematic way with my descriptions of scenes taking on the feel of how I envision them to look on screen. I don't think that my stories will ever be bought by a Hollywood studio but it's a lovely thought.

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Light novels are written for teens. As far as I can tell they are the same as what we call young adult novels here in the US. Some of them might even be equivalent to juvenile novels. I remember that a lot of juvenile science fictions books that I read had illustrations, just like many light novels.


Some LNs are geared toward a younger teen audience. But not always. Those series within the yaoi/shounen-ai genre are more geared toward older teens (16 yrs or older) or 'new adult (18-25 yrs., college age roughly). I'm a lot older and I find some of these to be enjoyable and I can finish a 5 volume series in less than a week.

My advice coming from someone who is writing now is: just write. Think about the story you want to write, about the characters and the world you want to create for them to "run" in. And just get it all out. Don't worry so much about trying to fit into any kind of mold. Your story is going to be unique from everyone else's because it's going to be based on your experiences and your view of the world you are in. If you want to write your story for a particular niche or demographic, in this case for the YA market, read as much of it within the genre that interests you and one that fits the type of story you want to write. Read a bunch of different kinds of stories within the YA genre. Don't read just fantasies or sci-fi but mysteries, contemporiary pieces and so on. In this way you can get a feel for what already has been written about as well as get an idea on how other writers develop their story's world and their characters. Just know the genre and the themes and tropes/conventions within them. When you feel ready to write, just do it.

The most important thing is to write and write a lot every day. What I do is I carry a notebook around with me or my ipad and I take notes when I can about what I did and saw. I'll sit in starbucks with my latte and write. I'll try and listen for snippets of dialog around me and jot down carefully what is being said (sometimes a mental note would be better in that case Wink ). I've been writing since I was a teen as a means to vent my pain and frustration of being bullied at school. I believe that was the super power I had (and still can bring to bear when I need it): bending words to my will, thus the pen will always be mightier than the sword!
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Push Publication



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 7:57 am Reply with quote
I see a lot of different opinions here. But generally, Japanese publisher do not accept any kind of manuscript unless it is through a contest.

That being said, you can always try your luck elsewhere. Laughing
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Dave Marshall



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 19, 2017 3:30 am Reply with quote
first you need to know about subject of your novel. i start to write my own one recently.
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Dunk_Kong



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2017 1:44 am Reply with quote
Dave Marshall wrote:
first you need to know about subject of your novel. i start to write my own one recently.


Yup character, concept, art and story are the most important things for it.
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