Here at Maplopo we write a lot. And, we wanted a way to get as much of that written material into the hands of readers without having to charge for it. So, at the tail end of 2019, we started offering what we call the Maplopo Reading Circle. At the time, we ran a small book club here in Kobe, and thought… why not extend it online? So, that’s what we did. The response has been quick and positive, so you’ll be in good company. Our little “book club” has been growing… we’re being read in 26 different countries so far. Thank you! By signing up below, you’ll get four free short stories translated from Japanese into English—free. Every year for life.
Nervous about giving us your email? Don't be. We're cool. Here's the full scoop. What you'll get and what you won't get.
What you’ll get.
By signing up for the Reading Circle, this is what you’ll get: four of our translated shorts each year for life (there’s that whole writing a lot part). And, that’s it. No junk. No filler. Just a free story every quarter because, well… like we said, we’d like people to read the things we put out there in the universe.
If you find that’s not enough, and you’d like to use our stories to learn Japanese, or English, then, cool… we’re developing resources to help you do just that. They’ll be available to you as a Maplopo Member, and (to a degree) in our Daily Dose. But for this list, we’ll only send you the stories.
About a week after you get the story, we’ll usually send out a “how did you like it?” email because if we’re working with a new writer, they often look forward to any sort of feedback. And, even if we’ve translated Sakaguchi, Nakajima, or Dazai, we’d like to know ourselves what you thought. Fair, right?
Within each email, we’ll likely have a tiny blurb about whatever project we’ve just completed, or are currently producing. Lastly, we sometimes run autographed book promotions in exchange for a review on Amazon. We’ll notify you of the contest, then send a single reminder just before it closes. At most, we have four of those a year. So, all said and done… maybe 12-15 emails max a year. Not a bad deal, eh? No spam. Nothing even close. We’re not in love with email ourselves, as books and paper are our preferred medium. But, alas… its 2020, and Maplopo readers are from all around the world, so it works. We hope you understand.
If that works for you, the signup form is just below. Entering your name is required, because… well, we think calling one another by name is important. Right? Also, you’ve gotta’ check that super-duper scary little “marketing permissions” box because we like to stay on the right side of email rules, and the EU wants us to be sure you want these stories.
That’s it! Thanks for reading, and enjoy your short stories. The first one you’ll get this quarter is “Wind, Light, and the Twenty-Year-Old Me from Sakaguchi Ango. Enjoy!
Doc and Reiko