The Otaku Journalist is writing a book

5 February 2014 | 4 comments

oj2012Me being a journalist in late 2012, when I first began writing the book.

I’ve got good news and bad new, and so I’ll just spit it out. My free journalism guides are going away. And a shiny new Kindle book is coming to take their place.

As of this writing, the Otaku Journalist digital journalism guides have been downloaded more than 1,000 times. I’m so happy to have been able to contribute to the community simply by writing about something I love to do.

But as I’ve been re-reading them, I realize that they haven’t aged very well. Some of my examples are pretty outdated. They’re written inconsistently. And my DIY formatting method isn’t as easy to read as I once thought. They’re just not good enough for my readers, not anymore.

So on February 12, one week from today, I’m taking them all offline. And about a month after that, I’m replacing them with a link to Otaku Journalism: Geek Reporting in the Digital Age.

I’ve been thinking about turning the guides into a legitimate book for a long time, but only recently have I gotten my dream team together. Kevin Bolk, one of my longtime favorite cartoonists, is designing the cover. Lisa Granshaw, a writer just as geeky as I am, is doing the editing.

Otaku Journalism: Geek Reporting in the Digital Age won’t just be the same guides with a clean edit and a swipe of Kevin’s talented paintbrush. It includes a redone introduction, a new conclusion, two new chapters never seen before, and my favorite new addition, narrative stories about young otaku journalists navigating the lessons of each chapter’s topic for themselves.

The finished product will be somewhere between 100 and 150 pages. I haven’t settled on a price, but I promise it’ll be $10 or less, no matter how much it costs me to create. And as to the question of whether it’ll come out in print? Well, that’s all up to you and whether you let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in.

Thanks for listening! I’ll now take your questions in the comments, if you have any. And be sure to download your copies of my free guides before they go away forever!

  • Donna l

    Such an insightful venture. I’m sure your book will be well received by all.

  • Kira Chan

    please write something about gunpla, i would love to read about your gunpla story

  • Zoe Le Loir

    Sounds good, Lauren.

  • The Paper

    Can I get a digital copy autographed? The choice is easy^^