Videos from this week (Week 16, 2015) on YouTube: Interview, Jindaiji Temple, and Etsy

As many of you know, I also have a YouTube channel called “Texan in Tokyo.” I started the channel last year in June and honestly wasn’t expecting it to be this fun. Because it is. Fun, I mean.

I’ve found some topics are easier to talk about (instead of just writing them on my blog).

These days, I post 3 videos a week. I haven’t been cross-posting on this blog because I didn’t want to drown out the comics/blog posts. But I also want to make it easier for y’all to watch (if you’re interested).

From here on out, I’m going to post the videos I released that week.

Interview: Texan in Tokyo (Books, Self-Publishing, Rejection)

Ryosuke wanted to interview me. I have no idea why.

I self-published two comics books and I’m working on my third. I love drawing comics – and I LOVE the fact that so many people have read them and left wonderful, supportive comments on Amazon, Goodreads, etc.

Thank you so much everyone :)

I’m going to do another FAQ video about self-publishing, so if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section!

Adventures at Jindaiji Temple in Chofu!

We went to Jindaiji Temple! It’s actually the second oldest temple in Tokyo – but most people have never heard of it.

It’s a bit far from central Tokyo, so it doesn’t get the same crowds as the temples in Asakusa and Ueno.

In fact, after three years of living in Tokyo, this was my first time going. I hadn’t even heard of it.

We went just as hanami (sakura flower viewing) season started – so we got to see some lovely hanami as well.

You can buy signed copies of my comic books on Etsy now!

I have a shop on Etsy now.

Remember how I promised I would set up an online shop to sell signed copies of my comic books several months ago?

Look at me. Being all productive.
Keeping up promises. Good Grace.

Long story short, I was having trouble getting Amazon to stock my books in any other country aside from America.
And when they WOULD stock my books, the system was set up so I was losing like 85% of my profit.
Which was not cool.

So I’ve started selling signed copies of my book on Etsy.
If you want one, you can find them on my shop

If not, no pressure :)

About Grace Buchele Mineta

I got into the writing business by accident. Now I live in the countryside near Tokyo with my husband, Ryosuke, where I draw comics, blog, and make videos about our daily life. Contact: Website | More Posts

7 Comments on Videos from this week (Week 16, 2015) on YouTube: Interview, Jindaiji Temple, and Etsy

  1. Grace, thank you for doing the FAQ interview with Ferdinand ;D Also, thank you for being open to people asking you questions about self-publishing. There is so much information on the internet (thank goodness) but it can be quite dauting. So, I have three questions for you:

    1)In an older blog, you mentioned you were using CreateSpace for priniting your books. I know CreateSpace is owned by Amazon, so are you still going through them to print your books or did you switch to something like Lulu or a different printing company.

    2) Did you sign up for Kindle Publishing Direct or Kindle Publishing Direct Select. Personally, I have been leaning toward KDP because I have read that Select can limit my distribution formats (epub, mobi, smashwords, print). Is this a valid concern?

    3) Did you go through Bowker or CreateSpace for ISBN#/Copyright/Library of Congress?

    All the best and looking forward to book 3! :)

  2. Anonymouse // 19 April, 2015 at 12:41 pm //

    Grats on getting your Esty shop set up! I’m sorry you had such a hard time getting things squared with Amazon, but hopefully everything worked out for you now.

    And, in regards to your comics vs your blog posts, I’m probably in the minority but I prefer your blog posts. They’re actually what drew me to your blog in the first place and, if I’m being honest, I’m a little sad that you don’t do as many these days (but I 10000% understand why your posting breakdown is what it is). I mean don’t get me wrong, I like your comics just fine–they are an easy, fun read–but I always like reading your more in-depth insights into your life in Japan, relationship with Ryosuke, etc. Anyway, this isn’t a complaint; I just think you’re a talented writer and wanted to let you know that I enjoy reading your stuff!

    • One thing I noticed was the comics in the blog always had a commentary, whereas in the book, some did not. Not to take anything away from the book, but I actually reread the same manga in the blog, as I always find the commentary interesting! I guess it’s just another mode of communication which is more flexible and less cost sensitive…

  3. I loved the interview :D !!!!

  4. Ryosuke’s a keeper! You guys really work well together! keep it up! Ryosuke doesn’t have his own blog? I’m starting to wonder how his mind works in Japanese. Sometimes, (like me) a japanese people have different personality when around japanese people and Foreigners…

    • Anonymouse // 19 April, 2015 at 12:50 pm //

      Now that you mention it, I also think it’d be fun to read the kind of stuff Ryosuke would write in Japanese. We get glimpses of him on your videos, but I must admit I am curious to know more about him from his perspective.

      Sometimes, (like me) a japanese people have different personality when around japanese people and Foreigners…

      I can’t speak to that (since I don’t know how much people do/don’t change the way they act around me, aside from the awkward “getting to know you” questions that I absolutely hate when meeting people for the first time), but I have noticed that there are certain personality differences when speaking in different languages. Personally, I am definitely more rough and rude in English than I am in Japanese–partly from the language differences and partly from cultural ones.

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