Sunmark Publishing Rights Highlights
and NEWS Mail--February 2017 Issue
At the first meeting in the new year at Sunmark, all staff members announce their business goals for the coming year.
Here are mine.
(1) Surpass last year’s foreign rights business profit
(2) Produce a million-seller book by a foreign author
(3) Produce half-million-seller books by Japanese authors
(4) Have no misspelling on all documents and mail
(5) Lose 10 kg with exercise every day
Though these may seem to be from a “loudmouth,” almost everybody sets goals like these.
Of course, not all the goals come true, but at times some of them are fulfilled.
So we realize that making a wish itself is powerful and effective.
I hope at least one of the goals on my list will be met by the end of this year!
If you have any questions or inquiries about this NEWS Mail, please contact Ms. Shino Kobayashi, Rights Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Because of your support we produced 7 books that sold over 100,000 copies last year.
How Even the Stiffest People Can Do the Splits With Ease by Eiko
Over 1 million copies sold!
Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
Over 350,000 copies sold!
Why Successful People Visit Shrines by Ryuhei Yagi
Over 220,000 copies sold!
Good Blood Flow Can Resolve Everything by Akiyoshi Horie
Over 175,000 copies sold!
Seeing, Knowing, Thinking by Bao Nakashima
Over 170,000 copies sold!
The World’s Best Way to Stretch by Nakano James Shuichi
Over 150,000 copies sold!
Use Thumb Stimulation to Rejuvenate Your Brain! by Yoshiya Hasegawa
Over 130,000 copies sold!
All Sunmark staff appreciate your continuous support this year, too!
341 pages / July 2016 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)
All businessmen, politicians and military commanders have known this ancient “system” for getting prayers answered!
It turns out that shrines are an age-old “system” for getting prayers answered. All successful people and rulers of Japan have utilized this system to obtain support from the gods in achieving success.
Author Ryuhei Yagi is a popular blogger who, along with having a Ph.D. in science, is psychic. In this book, Dr. Yagi explains how gods residing at shrines can enter through any extra space in your heart and answer your prayers. He also explains about the “hidden workings” of shrines from both scientific and spiritual standpoints in an easy-to-grasp, interesting manner. The book also includes a map of shrines around Japan that famous politicians, businessmen and military leaders have visited, allowing you to view them all at a glance.
This secret that has been kept by the elite is finally out in the open. The gods are working hard to increase the number of successful people who make the world a better place. Why don’t you join the movement toward becoming successful and bettering the world around you?
– Influential Japanese figures all visit shrines
– There’s a secret hidden in Japanese shrines!
– “Nobunaga’s failure and Ieyasu’s success” – the difference lay in their relationship with shrines
– “Business God” Konosuke Matsushita utilized the power of the dragon god
– People who are favored by the gods, and people who aren’t
– Cross over into a new dimension! Extreme “power spots”
– Why you should offer 500-yen coins at the shrine
– Is it bad to visit more than one god?
– The Toyota Way is the Shrine Way! The inner workings of “kaizen”, the path to success
– The difference between businessmen who believe in the god and those who don’t
– The days of this secret being kept by the elite are over!
Visiting shrines, power spots and collecting shrine seals has been popular for many years, and many people I know are joining the trend, particularly with regard to shrine visits. While I did enjoy shrines, I was never interested quite to that extent, but Dr. Yagi’s book really opened my eyes, was extremely cathartic, and turned me into a lover of shrines. I think anyone who reads this book will want to begin visiting shrines more often!
240 pages / October 2016 / 1,500 yen (w/o tax)
Move your life forward with “one line.” Practical reading skills introduced by one of Japan’s top book reviewers.
Reading is about finding the “one line” out of thousands that shapes your future. In this book, the editor of the popular business book review mail magazine Business Book Marathon and charismatic producer who introduces bestselling books to the rest of the world fully discloses a slew of recommended books along with useful reading tips.
Included in the appendix are the author’s “44 parts I underlined.”
Preface: One line can change your life
– Just one line is enough
– Novels are for consumption, business books are for investment
– Assessment is about understanding
Chapter One: How not to read
– It doesn’t matter whether it’s entertaining or not
– Book reviews are unnecessary
– “Read the whole book” is just a bias
– Narcissistic acts that confirm your own beliefs are pointless
– Suckers who underline surprising and likable words
– 11 strategies for gaining insight through browsing “must-read” books
Chapter Two: Don’t read fast; take your time
– Speed reading is unnecessary. Take your time with new information
– Unsuccessful people set goals to read a certain number of books per year
– Is it an easy read, or is it hard work?
– Wise people never ridicule hard workers
Chapter Three: Focus on one area at a time
– Why Boris Becker coached Novac Djokovic
– Reading tactics to improve your forte and reduce your weaknesses
– Eight areas to “practice” to reach the top
Chapter Four: Don’t look at results, look at causes
– The cause is the “center bowling pin”
– Unicharm will cross national borders
– Seijo Ishii likes the C-ranking?!
– The “ABC process” that KADOKAWA prefers
– What is USJ’s “center pin?”
Chapter Five: Make something different, not the same
– Why TSUTAYA BOOKS Daikanyama expanded their parking lot
– “Differences” come from “combinations”
– The best businesspeople talk about tax reductions
– What is the upper reach of your business?
– Is it true that “the sauce is more important than the pork cutlet”?
Chapter Six: Don’t look inside, read the background
– What you learn from the bestsellers
– Gakumon no susume is Keio University’s brochure!?
– What you can learn from “My Italian”, a famous Italian restaurant in Japan
– You have to go there to experience the circumstances
Chapter Seven: Challenge yourself to be cultured!
– Whether “intellectual curiosity” wins over “fear”
– Money can be snatched away, but wisdom cannot
– If you strive for incompetence, take more time
– How to tackle thick books
– The more you underline, the better you will get at choosing what to underline
Final Chapter: Blue
Appendix: “44 parts I underlined.”
“Underlining areas that make you think, ‘Right, that’s exactly what I thought!’ is nothing more than narcissism. Simply reassuring yourself that you’re ‘right’ about something doesn’t promote real growth. Even when you don’t feel comfortable with what you’re reading, there can be a line that grabs your attention. These are the lines I want to underline. Underlining highlights new information, useful passages and passages that challenge our way of thinking – things that do promote real growth.”
Which of the many business books do successful people choose to read, and how do they incorporate the acquired information into their careers? The best person to ask is none other than Eiji Doi, a publishing producer who is an expert on business books. We hope using red lines, like the one on the front of this book, to underline important words will change the rest of your life.