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Chiemi Souen

Chiemi Souen

Honolulu, Hawaii

Chiemi Souen is a literary and journalistic writer. By day, she is an editor for "The Hawai‘i Herald, Hawai‘i's Japanese American Journal." By night, she is a creative writer and musician.

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About the author

Chiemi writes to give a voice to Okinawan-Americans of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th generation descendants of contract sugar plantation workers who immigrated from Okinawa in the early 1900s and remain faceless in literature.

The author is a member of Afuso Ryu Ongaku Kenkyu Choichi Kai (https://www.afusochoichikaiusa.com) and Tamagusuku Ryu Senju Kai Frances Nakachi Dojo (https://senjukaihawaii.com).
She has received a scholarship sponsored by the Okinawan Prefectural Government for Okinawan descendants.

Illustrations are by Flor Kaneshiro. She is an accomplished illustrator who has experience illustrating Okinawan children's books. Her illustration style is timeless and will continue to be considered beautiful far into the future. Please see her work on her website, https://florkane.wixsite.com/florkaneshiro.
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$20 Find your Purpose

109 readers

You'll get:

- 1 printed copy
- 1 free eBook

1 copy + ebook included

$5 shipping

$40 Sharing Ikigai story

66 readers

Share a copy with a friend. You'll get:

- 2 printed copies
- 2 free eBooks

2 copies + ebook included

$5 shipping

$150 Small Group

12 readers

You'll get:

- 5 printed copies (autographed)
- 5 free eBooks
- 30 min webinar with Chiemi for Q&A
- Free shipping

5 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

$250 Okinawan Culture

2 readers

You'll get:

- 10 printed copies
- 10 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Free shipping

10 copies + ebook included

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$500 Okinawan History

3 readers

Perfect for schools, you'll get:

- 20 printed copies
- 20 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Invite to the book launch
- Free shipping

20 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

$1000 Legacy

18 readers

This is great for non-profit organizations.
Also great for any practice or association that deals with children, motivation or life-coaching.

- 50 printed copies
- 50 eBooks
- 1h presentation with Chiemi regarding Okinawan culture and Ikigai's story
- Invite to the book launch
- Your organization's name written in the book as a Sponsor in the acknowledge page
- Free shipping

50 copies + ebook included

Free shipping

IKIGAI

Life's Purpose

IKIGAI is an illustrated historical fiction children’s book about a story that takes place on the island of Okinawa in the oceanside village of Chinen, Japan.

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Children Fiction
1,300 words
100% complete
17 publishers interested

Synopsis

"IKIGAI" is an illustrated historical fiction children’s book. The story takes place on the island of Okinawa in the oceanside village of Chinen. There, young Choichi dreams of sharing with the world the classical Ryukuan art of uta-sanshin, an Okinawan musical instrument, singing while playing a three-stringed lute. His master instructor, Haruyuki Miyazato, guides him through the “Yaruki Shinkun—Lessons of the Heart" while Choichi meets with self-doubt and questions his life’s purpose.

“If you have found your life’s purpose, you will see it validated by the smiles on the faces of those who see you perform uta-sanshin” said Miyazato.

This book was written by an Okinawan for Okinawan children, an unrepresented voice in American literature. However, this story does not just teach about Okinawan culture. It asks a universal question that all humans can relate to: “What is my life’s purpose, and how do I find it.”

Why support this book?

  • An illustrated book for all ages celebrating diversity
  • Okinawan culture is underrepresented in American literature.
  • It talks about the ability for music, no matter where it's from, to heal and connect people.
  • The book has a universal message about finding our joy and life's purpose.

Similar titles

  • "Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life" by Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles and published by Penguin Books, is a non-fiction self-help book for adults. The one way that it is like Chiemi's book is that it talks about finding your life's purpose. However, the backdrop of the story is in Okinawa. Not only will the author's story talks about how young Choichi finds his "ikigai" or life's purpose, but it also shares the beauty of a culture not many people know a lot about.
  • "Okinawan Princess: Da Legend of Hachiji Tattoos" by Lee Tonouchi was published by Bess Press. It is similar because it is an Okinawan children's book that celebrates culture and diversity. However, it is different because it is written in Hawaiian creole and in the Okinawan language. Chiemi's book shares information about Okinawan music and poetry. It is also a historical fiction based on the life of Choichi Terukina, a National Living Treasure of Japan.
  • "Awakening Your Ikigai: How the Japanese Wake Up to Joy and Purpose Everyday" by Ken Mogi and published by The Experiment, LLC is another non-fiction book about a popular topic. This one has more anecdotal material about famous people like Hayao Miyazaki and Jiro Ono. Like the other two books, it is not for children. Chiemi's book is about finding one's life's purpose, but through an educational and entertaining story.

Audience

This book was written by an Okinawan for Okinawan children, an unrepresented voice in American literature. However, this story does not just teach about Okinawan culture. It asks a universal question that children and adults can relate to: “What is my life’s purpose, and how do I find it.”

Advance praise

"A soft but not silenced voice resounds in poetic words built phrase by phrase about a people and place beloved of Chiemi Souen. Okinawa, mother—seen to us all through the eyes of the writer—invisible no longer within the Asian-American diaspora. My sister poet is of her homelands. Hawai'i and Okinawa. Written and heard."
– Lois-Ann Yamanaka, author

"Brilliant work! Chiemi Souen has taken the life-affirming concepts of life purpose and joy, and woven them into an engaging read that is as relatable as it is unique. Her story brings awareness to not only the Okinawan culture, but the importance of loving what you do and not giving up. A must-read for anyone who needs a spark of light to catalyze joy and new awareness within their spirit. The illustrations are beyond perfect and add depth and magic to the story."
– Alice Inoue, author, columnist and Happiness U founder

17 publishers interested
Black Rose Writing logo Black Rose Writing

500 copies • Partial manuscript • Looking for fiction, non-fiction, and children's book genres, all having one thing in common: an individual's originality and hardship.
Black Rose Writing is an independent publishing house that strongly believes in developing a personal relationship with their authors. The Texas-based publishing company doesn't see authors as clients or just another number on a page, but rather as individual people who deserve an honest review of their material and to be paid traditional royalties without ever paying any fees to be published. We are proud members of IBPA (Independent Book Publishers Association), a recognized ITW (International Thriller Writers) publisher, members of Publishers Marketplace, and currently serving on the Ingram Publisher Advisory Board.

Traditional publisher

Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Sports & Outdoors

Canada, United Kingdom, United States

LM Vintage Publishers logo LM Vintage Publishers

500 copies • Completed manuscript • Looking for fiction and nonfiction romance, thriller, science fiction, young adult, historical fiction.
LM Vintage Publishers is a traditional publisher that covers production costs, never charging the author for a completed manuscript we accept, and we come with a team of professionals experienced in publishing. We offer 40% royalties, polished digital and print books, and an expert marketing plan for the author to implement to build a platform and further sales. We do not accept memoirs, literary fiction, graphic novels.

Traditional publisher

Children Fiction, Christian Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBT Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Women's Fiction, YA Fiction

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Prensa Press logo Prensa Press

250 copies • Partial manuscript • Looking for cookbooks, craft books, art and photography.
Prensa Press a boutique publishing house and creative studio with a mission of working with passionate writers, chefs, artists, architects, designers and dreamers to help craft their stories and bring them to print. We are a small team located between Mexico City and Chicago that is selective in the projects that we take on to ensure each client has our entire focus. We are flexible in our approach to each individual project and like to take risks, experiment in new mediums and techniques and tell each story in its own unique fashion.

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United States, Illinois, Mexico

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1,000 copies • Partial manuscript.
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United States

Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. logo Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc.

250 copies • Completed manuscript.
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500 copies • Complete manuscript.
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Brandylane Publishers, Inc. logo Brandylane Publishers, Inc.

500 copies • Completed manuscript • Looking for titles that teach, promote, and encourage understanding, tolerance, peace, environmental preservation, health, and wellness.
Brandylane is a small, independent press, founded in 1985, that publishes fiction, non-fiction, poetry, memoir, and children’s books. We publish under a traditional arrangement and also offer a cooperative track for emerging authors. We believe that books make a difference, that lives and the world are changed by the power of words and images, and that large publishing houses neglect a wealth of good writing. We are not looking for mainstream read-it-before self-help.

Under our cooperative arrangement, we invest a portion of the publishing costs and offer a stepped royalty structure from 30% to 60%--higher than the industry average. One distinguishing feature of our program is that our marketing effort includes a one-year launch, followed by two additional years of promotion through our social media, website, our seasonal genre, and subject matter email campaigns, and continuous support from our PR team.

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Children Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Historical Fiction, LGBT Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Women's Fiction, YA Fiction, Children Non-Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Humor & Entertainment, Illustrated Books, Mindfulness & Happiness, Nature & Environment, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Popular Science, Technology & the Future, YA Non-Fiction, Science Fiction & Humour

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Cranthorpe Millner logo Cranthorpe Millner

250 copies • Partial manuscript.
Cranthorpe Millner operates a hybrid publishing model. This means, should an author pass our editors’ strict filtering system, we can offer different kinds of agreements depending on the author and the manuscript. With some authors, we work under a ‘traditional’ model, whereby we cover the full cost of publication and the author is offered industry-standard royalties (8-10%). To some authors, we offer what we call a partnership or contributory agreement, whereby the author is asked for a financial contribution so that we may share the risk and enter into a partnership together to publish the author’s book. In this case, the author receives around 60-75% royalties.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Biography & Memoir, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, History, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Science, Science, Sports & Outdoors, Sports & Outdoors, Travel, Travel

Canada, United Kingdom, United States

eBooks2go logo eBooks2go

100 copies • Completed manuscript.
eBooks2go, Inc. was founded in 2011 to provide the missing link for all your publishing needs. Our end-to-end solutions provide the guidance and support that enable publishers and independent authors to pursue their passions. To date, we have helped more than 750 authors and 100 publishers worldwide. We offer an array of simple and affordable solutions to assist self-publishing authors at every stage of the book publishing process. Our comprehensive service offering includes editing, print and eBook production, book marketing, cover designs, ISBN registration, and even website designs. We are a single source for all of your publishing needs.

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Worldwide

Elite Online Publishing logo Elite Online Publishing

250 copies • Completed manuscript.
Elite Online Publishing is based in Utah, Texas, and will help put your self-published book out into the world to grow, become a #1 bestseller, and give you a foundation of credibility, powerful marketing appeal, and new contacts.

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Canada, United Kingdom, United States

HigherLife logo HigherLife

500 copies • Completed manuscript.
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Worldwide

i2i Publishing logo i2i Publishing

250 copies • Completed manuscript.
i2i Publishing was founded by Lionel Ross and asks for a small financial contribution towards costs.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Politics & Social Sciences, Society & Culture

Worldwide

Isabella Media Inc logo Isabella Media Inc

250 copies • Completed manuscript.
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Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press logo Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press

500 copies • Partial manuscript • Looking for business and entrepreneurship, personal development, and success psychology books.
Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press was founded by international best-selling author Jesse Krieger and focuses on personal development, healthy lifestyles, and entrepreneurship-focused titles. Our process starts with your nearly-finished manuscript, which we turn into a beautiful publish-ready book and launch up the best-seller charts. But it doesn't stop there, our most valuable work is in helping you use your book as a business development tool so you can build a thriving book-based business and brand.

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1106 Design, LLC logo 1106 Design, LLC

500 copies • Completed manuscript.
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Atmosphere Press logo Atmosphere Press

250 copies • Partial manuscript.
Atmosphere Press is an independent publisher dedicated to author rights. We publish in all genres and have an exceptional editorial, design, and promotional staff. We stand for Honesty, Transparency, Professionalism, and Kindness. We want our authors and their readers to be blown away when they first hold that book in their hands. It needs to look good inside and out, and feel good to the touch. And, of course, the words need to be top-notch, and our editors are devoted to making that the case.

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Children Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mind & Body, Mystery, Thriller, Horror & Suspense, Romantic Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, YA Fiction, Biography & Memoir, Business & Money, Career & Success, Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Health, Fitness & Dieting, History, Journalism, Personal Growth & Self-Improvement, Politics & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Science, Society & Culture, Sports & Outdoors, Technology & the Future, Travel

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Happy Self Publishing logo Happy Self Publishing

100 copies • Completed manuscript.
Happy Self Publishing has helped 250+ authors to get their books self-published, hit the #1 position in the Amazon bestseller charts and also establish their author website & brand to grow their business. And the best thing is, we do all this without taking away your rights and royalties. Our publishing packages start at $699! Let's schedule a call to discuss the next steps in your book project: www.happyselfpublishing.com/scheduler

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