The making of The Wagamama Bride, a nine year project set mostly in Japan, took Liane’s life in Tokyo on an unexpected trajectory, way out of her comfort zone to Israel. Liane will tell us about this journey, and how it prepared her for becoming the publisher of her own memoir. She believes that managing a book publishing project can be an exhilarating experience, especially when it’s your baby. But there’s a lot to learn, a lot of stretching beyond what’s comfortable. Liane will talk about working with coaches, editors, proofreaders, book jacket and web designers, marketing and publicity experts, and a videographer or two. Also how these experts are going to bring gifts and challenges to the process. She’ll talk about the tension between wanting to put out the best book possible and feel supported every step of the way, and the reality of holding to a budget. Liane is eager to answer questions so that you can finish a book you’ll be proud to call your own–and reach your eagerly awaiting audience.
Liane Grunberg Wakabayashi lived in Tokyo for thirty years, from 1987 to 2017. She wrote for The Japan Times and ANA Wingspan, and edited, and managed the production for Kyoto Romance with Teruhide Kato, To Live As We Are by Sachiko Adachi, Through the Eyes of Illusion by Edythe Frese van Rhoon and more recently her memoir, The Wagamama Bride. As a self-taught intuitive artist, she’s initiated thousands through her independently published art guidebook and deck of cards, called The Genesis Way, with editions in English, Japanese and Hebrew. You can find out more about Liane’s publishing activities at www.goshenbooks.com and her art classes at www.genesiscards.com.