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Great Expectations…For Yourself

November 8, 2019– There’s a little book on my desk by Dr. Denis Waitley titled, The Psychology of Winning. I haven’t opened it in such a long time that I had forgotten most of the concepts, so today I flipped open to a random page. The text on the page read, “Winners expect to win. They know that so-called luck is the intersection of preparation and awareness.” I’d like you to complete the following exercise, get a piece of paper and a pen or open your laptop and answer the following questions:

  1. How do you feel about the above statement?
  2. Are you prepared and aware of the opportunities around you?
  3. What are 5 things you can do to prepare for opportunities coming your way? What opportunities would you like to have this year?
  4. What expectations do you have for yourself and your work for the rest of this year? What about 2020 and beyond?
  5. Do you expect to win as an author or as a publisher? How do you expect to win?
  6. What does winning mean to you?

Wishing you the most success, X LLB

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Forests Ontario…Plant All The Trees!

November 7, 2019– During the month of December, Pandamonium Publishing House will donate to Forests Ontario in support of tree planting. We know that our business uses precious resources and we want to help balance things out by donating the amount of dollars for the amount of books that we printed this year. For example, if we printed 500 books, then we will donate $500.00 and so on. It’s important for us to remember that everything we take from the environment, we need to, at the very least, return what we’ve used. (Also, all of our books are available as e-books!)

Please join us in our efforts of planting trees by clicking on the link and considering a donation. Thank you for your support! X LLB

https://www.forestsontario.ca/community/get-involved/donate/   Forests Ontario

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Your Habits Determine Your Future…

November 6, 2019– Habits are defined as something that we do often and regularly, sometimes without realizing it. What if I told you that if I looked at your daily habits, that I could predict your future? Well, that’s exactly what I’m telling you.

  1. Success doesn’t just happen. Success and the quality of your life depend on the things you do consistently. Think of this, if you made a decision to work on your manuscript for fifteen minutes each day, or to make three phone calls to a potential client, or that you were going to pack a lunch instead of buying it, think of how much of a difference these little habits would make over the course of a year! Successful people don’t just float to the top, their success is based on their habits. Do you know what most billionaires have in common? They work out daily, they meditate, and they wake up early. They have good habits that carry into other areas of their lives.
  2. Bad habits will eventually catch up to you. Do you smoke? How do you feel? How will you feel ten years from now if you don’t quit? Do you procrastinate? Do you find ways to avoid doing what needs to be done to help yourself in the future? What will happen in a few months if you decide to keep procrastinating? Will you lose a promotion? Will you lose your shot at a dream job? Bad habits may seem like they don’t matter right now, but eventually they catch up with us. By improving one thing each day, you can dramatically change your entire life. If you smoked one less cigarette per week and kept building on your success, soon you’d be smoke free!

I could go on and on about habits and how they help or hinder us, but you get the picture. What habits are you creating to further your writing career? Are you working on them every day? I hope so!

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The Power of No…

November 4, 2019– Two little letters pack a big punch when they form the word, “No.” We’re told that no is a negative word, that it induces feelings of sadness, and that we should use it sparingly with our children and that instead, we should use positive reinforcement.  Well, I’m here to tell you that NO is powerful and that you need to start using it to reclaim your life and your focus!

  1. Say NO to invitations that you don’t want to accept. All too often we let politeness and guilt get in the way of saying no to friends, family, and acquaintances when we should. If invitations to different events will impede the things that you really want to do such as finishing writing the second draft of your novel or putting together your marketing plan, be sure to weigh the cost of not doing what you need to do. Will an afternoon of (fill in the blank) bring you closer to your goal of finishing your book?
  2. Say NO to the negative voice in your head. Here’s a quote that I have hanging in my office, “The voice in your head that says you can’t do this, is a liar.” It’s true. You can do absolutely anything if you put the work in. Sometimes we let the negative voice in our head dictate our decisions and this stops us from living up to our true potential. I want you to look at yourself in the mirror and say, “YES I CAN.”
  3. Say NO to distraction. Oh boy. We sure live in an age of distraction, don’t we? From smartphones to social media,  there are no shortage of things vying for our attention. Every time that you give into distraction, you’re delaying your dreams. Read that again. There are so many ways to stay focused-from setting a timer, to turning off notifications, you can help yourself by ignoring the virtual taps on your shoulder. Distraction is kind of like multi-tasking, nothing gets accomplished.

It’s time to say no! It’s for your own good. X LLB

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The Upside of Disaster…

November 1, 2019-I read an article somewhere that talked about the calming effect of acting instead of waiting. It was about a group of soldiers (special forces) that became super calm when they heard that they were just about to experience an overwhelming attack from the enemy. Why? Most people when put in any situation that is hard (let alone facing the threat of death) would immediately panic, so why didn’t the soldiers?

  1. They had a plan of action.
  2. They had a sense of mastery and relied on their training.
  3. They knew they were in control of their next move.

All of the things above made them feel less anxious than just waiting around, waiting to see what could happen. Now, I’m not comparing being an author to the insanely important job of being a soldier. What I’m saying is that we can take a lesson from those who protect our freedom.

Let’s use a real-life example. I had an author friend who I was chatting with tell me that they just suffered an enormous set back. Their book was being bounced from their current publisher and their deal got squashed at the last minute for a much anticipated sequel from a more well known writer. My friend told me that she was absolutely beside herself with anxiety and panic because she had just been completely blindsided and rejected once again after so much promise. What would YOU do? Here’s what I would do using the special forces way of thinking.

  1. My plan of action would be to get to the bottom of what happened. I would see if there was a way around the situation and I would find an alternative route. If there was no alternative route available (there almost always is) then I would move on to my next step:
  2. Rely on my training. I’ve submitted manuscripts to hundreds of publishers over the course of my writing career which has made me a master at querying and the submission process. I’d rely on my training in this area (I’ve taken probably fifteen if not more, courses on querying to publishers) and get started submitting to other Houses. Then I would:
  3.  Remember that I’m in control of my next move. I can start sending out submissions or I can wallow in my disappointment. The soldiers were probably filling sandbags and cleaning their weapons. They were probably stockpiling ammo and getting whatever else ready before an attack. I would get out my submission list, check the requirements, and start the querying process. The point is, I’m in control of my future, no one else. What do I want? And how am I going to build a plan of attack to get it?

The point is, there will be disappointments. But the upside of disaster is that sometimes something better comes out of it-self reliance, a better deal (in my friend’s case), knowledge of self, inner strength, and confidence in knowing that you can handle anything that comes your way.  We would just like to say Thank You for your service to each person who protects our freedom.

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November Giveaway…

October 30, 2019– I’m so excited to share this with you! During the month of November, we will be matching purchases and donating them to schools to promote literacy. What does this mean? It means that any time you purchase one of our books on our site, in person, at an event, or at the book store, we will send a copy of that book to a school that we’ve chosen. We believe that literacy matters and that knowledge is freedom! If you would like to have your school considered for this amazing event, please send us an email at pandapublishing8@gmail.com. We will be choosing four schools to send our books to this month. You can see the titles we offer by clicking on the link:

https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/shop/?orderby=popularity

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