We hope this FAQ will help fans with common questions!
Q: Do you think _____ has a chance of being licensed?
A: In the world of manga licensing, especially for the US market, we have to be careful with the way statements, questions, and comments are worded. Obviously we cannot divulge what series we’re in the process of licensing (for any number of contractual and/or professional reasons) or are bidding on, so we can’t respond to any inquiries about specific titles that we don’t publish.
But now we have a survey where you can suggest up to four series for us to license–it’s in the upper right of this website at sevenseasentertainment.com. We hope you submit your requests through there, so we can record them properly. We’ll be posting a new survey there every month or so, if you have more titles to suggest in the future.
Q: How are my suggestions in the survey used when deciding what to license?
A: Submitting manga and light novel titles serves multiple purposes–it gives us an idea of a title’s popularity, lets us see how readers’ interests are changing over time, and draws our attention to titles we may not have heard of before.
Licensing is a complicated process, so not all titles that are suggested can be licensed–either due to availability, past performance, or creator’s wishes, among other reasons–but we’re proud to say that the majority of titles we’ve licensed since the launch of our monthly surveys have been reader requests, including three of the top requested series on our surveys: the manga Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare, and the light novels Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation and Classroom of the Elite. So we really appreciate you filling out those surveys! If you’re curious about the kind of responses people submit, see this Twitter thread.
Q: Are there any restrictions to manga requests, such as certain publishers?
A: We license from MANY Japanese publishers these days. So if you’re making license suggestions in the monthly Reader Survey mentioned above, don’t hold back. 😉
Q: Will you license the new chapters/digital exclusive content/bonus material of a series you publish?
A: We usually need to wait for content to become a complete print book/tankobon before we can consider it. That means that if there are new chapters only available in magazine or digital format, we’re simply waiting (and hoping!) for them to become a physical book so we can publish that in English.
In the case of bonus material, we’ve been able to publish some of that in the past, but certain kinds of bonus material are exclusive to another format/edition and not available for license at all, no matter how much we’d like to publish it!
Q: Do you ever start publishing a series, but then stop before it’s complete?
A: Rarely. Like most publishers, we begin a series with the intention of finishing it. However, in some cases, we license early standalone books or arcs of a long series on their own, with plans to publish more if those self-contained books sell well enough.
Q: Why are some of your books out of print/hard to find in stores?
A: As much as we’d like to keep our entire catalog in print and available, the truth is that as a series ages, retailers stop ordering as many copies. Due to contract terms and limited warehouse space, certain volumes of a certain series may no longer be available to order new. This is why we’re happy to offer digital versions of most of our series–it keeps them more accessible!
Q: Will you be releasing more Toradora! soon? Why is it taking so long?
A: Short answer, yes. Toradora! is easily one of our best-sellers here at Seven Seas, and we avidly await the next volume in the series as much as our fans do. Our publishing schedule is based on when a new volume comes out in Japan. Note: We’re also publishing the light novels now!
Q: What’s the status on Hayate x Blade?
A: We released the first 6 volumes, as singles and then as 2 omnibus collections. Unfortunately, the license has switched over to Shueisha, so we no longer have the rights to the series.
Q: What’s the status on Blood Alone?
A: We published the first 6 volumes (1 omnibus and 3 singles). Since then, the series switched publishers, so we no longer have the rights to publish it. But keep in mind, if it’s ever in English again, it would be the 3rd time the series has been attempted in the US market (it’s unlikely).
Q: What’s the status on the Alice in the Country of… series?
A: In September 2015, news went public of Quinrose suspending operations. Unfortunately, we regret to confirm that Quinrose’s closure affects the future publication of the following titles, which we had previously planned to release: Alice in the Country of Hearts: White Rabbit and Some Afternoon Tea Vol. 2, Alice in Twin World, and Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Junk Box Diamonds. These titles have been indefinitely removed from our current publication schedule.
We at Seven Seas were delighted to have published 35 titles, including both manga and light novels, based on Quinrose’s Alice in the Country of… franchise. Our deepest thanks to the passionate Alice in the Country of… fans for their continued support, and our well wishes go out to all negatively affected by Quinrose’s business suspension.
But we’re happy to say the mangaka of many of those beloved Alice in the Country of… manga, Mamenosuke Fujimaru, is doing a similar series for Seven Seas, based on the Wizard of Oz: Captive Hearts of Oz, which we think you’ll love!
Q: Do you have a release schedule of your upcoming manga?
A: Yup! On our new website right here.
Q: I have more questions/comments. Is there somewhere else I can contact you?
Q: Do you have a digital platform, or eBooks of your titles?
Q: Where can I find your recent licenses?
A: A list of all of them (in order of most recent announcement to least recent announcement) is in our news archive.
Q: Is there any way to navigate through your Tumblr for specific topics/series?
Q: I’m a freelance editor/proofer/typesetter and I’d like to work at Seven Seas! Are you hiring?
A: Sometimes we are, which we post about on our Jobs page.
Q: I’m a writer/artist looking to have my comic/manga/idea published, can I send you my script/art/comic/thing to you to publish?
A: Seven Seas is not currently accepting portfolio submissions or original content pitches.