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Leading Japanese Author Baku Yumemakura Embraces Self-Publishing for Foreign Release – Bikoo

Partners with Bikoo, LLC. to control the process of translating, promoting, and distributing digital content to foreign countries.

October 22, 2012 – Baku Yumemakura, a leading Japanese author with sales over 20 million, has partnered with Bikoo, LLC to publish a series of works in English speaking countries.  Bikoo, LLC is a cultural accelerator, providing branding and distribution services for Japanese artists.

Bikoo is proud to announce a partnership with Yumemakura Baku to provide translation, marketing, and publishing support for a series of books.  Bikoo, LLC was founded in 2011 to provide services for Japanese artists to distribute content to foreign countries.  “Baku Yumemakura is one of Japan’s most successful and prolific authors,” said Casey Wilms, CEO of Bikoo.  “His decision to self-publish sends a powerful message.  He is the first major Japanese author to embrace self-publishing as a means to reach foreign audiences.”

Baku Yumemakura will release the first volume of the Psyche Diver Series – Demon Hunters: Desires of the Flesh, which has sold more than 4.8 million copies.

According to Three Percent(http://www.rochester.edu/College/translation/threepercent/index.php?s=about), only about 0.7% of literary fiction or poetry published annually in the United States is from foreign sources.  Traditional publishing companies rely on scouts to find promising titles or by subsidizing proof translations by themselves.

Rachel Kahan, a senior editor at the Putnam, says, “There doesn’t seem to me to be as concerted an effort to bring [foreign language] authors to the US as there is to bring UK authors to the US, but I think a lot of that is just the language barrier.”  Language barriers and limited resources have always made international publication difficult for authors.

In 2010 there were no self-published books in the yearly top 100 of the Amazon Kindle Bookstore.  In 2011, 18 books made the list, but none from Japanese authors.

“With Bikoo, our goal is to connect Japanese artists directly to foreign audiences. Social media is a critical element to connect with audiences. There are many new ways that an author can directly engage their fans like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, recommendation sites and more. Bikoo tailors strategic plans using social media as a conduit for Japanese authors and artists to reach out to a global fanbase,” said Shinichi Murakami, Evangelist, Co-founder of Bikoo.

According to Baku Yumemakura, “As a humble effort in this [foreign publishing] direction, I have decided to release volume one of “The Psyche Diver” series in cooperation with Bikoo, LLC.  I believe it is the very first time in Japan that an author has paid the translation fees and distributed the translated e-books in partnership with U.S. company.”

Baku Yumemakura’s and Bikoo plan to release Demon Hunters on October 22th, 2012 followed by a number of future releases.

Book Title:
The Psyche Diver Series – Volume 1 – Majugari
Demon Hunters: Desires of the Flesh
Translation by Jonathan Lloyd-Davies
Translation support by Thomas Gevantry

About Baku Yumemakura:
Baku Yumemakura was born January 1st 1951 in Kanagawa, Japan.  He graduated from Tokai University with a degree in Japanese literature.  He debuted as an author in 1977, subsequently publishing a number of successful series including Psyche Diver, Chimera, and Hunting Master in addition many others.   A number of his works have been adapted to film, including the Toho produced “Onmyoji” and “Onmyoji 2”.  Yumemakura’s works have received following awards:
1989: Nihon SF Taishō Award (Japan Science Fiction Grand Prize) for “Jogen no Tsuki wo Taberu Shishi”
1998: The Shibata Renzaburo Award for “Kamigami no Itadaki”
2001: Tezuka Osamu Cultural Manga Award for “Onmyoji” a manga version drawn by Reiko Okano
2001: The Cultural Affairs Agency Japan Media Arts Festival Award for “Kamigami no Itadaki,” a manga version drawn by Jiro Taniguchi
2011: Izumi Kyoka award for ” O-Edo Chokaku den”
2011: Funabashi Sei-ichi award for ” O-Edo Chokaku den”
2012: Yoshikawa Eiji award for “O-Edo Chokaku den”

About Bikoo, LLC.
Bikoo, LLC was founded with the goal of spreading contemporary Japanese contents throughout the world by providing translation, branding, and distribution services.  Partners include Baku Yumemakura, an acclaimed author with sales over 20 million, and The New Black, a San Francisco applied arts studio that collaborates with Bikoo to connect with artists in Japan.