March 10, 2018- Here is a list of the current and upcoming titles from Pandamonium Publishing House for kids! Stay tuned for another page that will be directed towards adult reads.
Unfrogged, by Tamara Botting, illustrated by Christopher Botting– Her parents are gone, she’s a klutz, and her cousin hates her. Plus there’s a weird frog! This is the story of Princess Meredith and her unforgettable adventure of courage, friendship and tea with three shakes of pepper and a pinch of hot sauce. This is definitely not a typical fairy tale!
Deer Diary, by Lacey L. Bakker, illustrated by Shamayal Hayat–Have you ever wondered what woodland animals do when there are no humans around? Follow Duncan, the deer as he writes in his diary about the crazy antics of all of his friends! Remember what happens in the woods, stays in the woods!
Phillip Star, by Lacey L. Bakker, illustrated by Shamayal Hayat–Who better for a best friend than a giant purple elephant? You’ll have tons of fun with Phillip Star as you follow him on an adventure that you’ll never forget!
Pants! (Coming 2018) by Tamara Botting, illustrated by Erin Cutler–What kind of pants will you put on today?
The Old Farmer’s Treasure, Coming March 17, 2018, by Lacey L. Bakker, cover design by Shamayal Hayat–What would happen if you discovered that your family was hiding a secret? What if you found a clue that would change your life forever? What if riches beyond your wildest dreams were hidden right under your nose?
Panda the Very Bad Cat, by Lacey L. Bakker, illustrated by Jason Baghir–This hilarious children’s book is based on the antics of a real-life cat named Panda. Join Panda the Very Bad Cat as he gets into all kinds of mischief and causes chaos for his human. Panda the Very Bad Cat is fun, funny, and beautifully illustrated. Anyone who has ever been owned by a cat will want to own this book!
Trouble with Trolls, The adventures of Milan and Friends (A Halloween Tail!) Coming Fall 2018, by Lacey L. Bakker, illustrated by Alex Goubar- Milan the golden retriever and his friends are all dressed up for a night of Halloween fun, but a mean troll won’t let them cross the bridge that leads to the best candy!
March 9, 2018-This video is a kind of continuation from my post yesterday:) Enjoy!
March 8, 2018- I feel that the title to this particular post is slightly misleading. It’s not really a How-To type of post, but rather some real world tips on I personally finished two novels this year. I’m no different than you are. I have a family, pets, a household and I am the head of two companies and counting. I am a wife, a sister, an aunt, a daughter, a writer, a publisher, a public speaker, a teacher, and I enjoy lots of different hobbies in my free time, just like you! With all of these demands on my time, how is it even remotely possible that I’d be able to finish one novel in a year, let alone two? Here’s a not so secret, secret; I write when I can, wherever I can, when there are spaces in between.
That’s not saying that I’m not disciplined with my writing, but there are some days that get skipped because there are more pressing demands on my time. Personally, this is my process and this process will be different from author to author.
- I start with an idea– I have at least 6 notebooks that are packed to the brim with story ideas or as I like to call them, story starters. That’s not to say that I’ll use all of them or any of them, but this allows me to start brainstorming when inspiration strikes. I read them every now and again and more often than not, they lead me to begin forward motion on my writing.
- I create an outline-If anyone has sat in on any of my classes, they know how mental I am about outlining! Outlining allows me to know what the story is about, where it’s going, and how it ends. I don’t need to know every single detail, but I need a general idea and some good bones of the story to get a feel for it. Sometimes my outlines are elaborate, sometimes they’re simple. It depends and most of the time there is no rhyme or reason for which way I decide to do it.
- I write in between-As mentioned earlier in my post, I write in scraps of time that I manage to pull together here and there. I write in notebooks, and on pieces of napkin, on backs of discarded envelopes, and on my phone. I write wherever I can and whenever I can. I write while waiting in the doctors office, I write while on hold on a phone call, I write in my truck if I arrive ten minutes early to an appointment and I write in between meetings. THIS is the single most effective thing that I have ever done to finish my novels, because let’s face it, no one sits down to start and finish a novel all in one shot.
With all things considered, I urge you to write in a disciplined manner, setting aside blocks of time each day to tackle your novel, but don’t neglect those stolen moments.
As fiction writers, we know that there are primarily three points of view (POV) in storytelling. There is an additional point of view that doesn’t usually get a lot of attention. As a publisher, I would be intrigued if an author approached me with a manuscript that used the 4th point of view. Let’s explore them all!
- First Person– a point of view that is told from the protagonist’s perspective in the story through the use of the pronoun, “I.” The character is in the story relating his or her experiences directly.
Example, “I am not pretty.” “I am not beautiful.” “I am as radiant as the sun.”
-The Hunger Games
- Second Person-like first person, second person is told from the protagonist’s perspective, however, using the pronouns “you,” “yours,” and “your.” This POV is common in non-fiction but is not as common in fiction.
Example, “You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone’s soul, becomes their blood, and self, and purpose.”
-The Night Circus
- Third Person Limited– is told by an unnamed narrator who is not part of the story or plot. When referring to a person, place, idea, or thing, the writer uses he, she, or it. The narrator is outside of the story and relating the experiences of a character.
Example, “What’s that?” he snarled, staring at the envelope Harry was still clutching in his hand.
-Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban
The 3 POV’s above are the most common, but there is another point of view that can also be used! It is:
- Third Person Omniscient-The story is still about “he” or “she,” but the narrator has full access to the thoughts and experiences of all characters in the story. This pov is most associated with 19th-century novels and is told from an “all knowing” perspective.
Example, “Shall you wear them in company?” said Celia, who was watching her with real curiosity as to what she would do.
‘Dorothea glanced quickly at her sister. […] “Perhaps,” she said, rather haughtily. “I cannot tell to what level I may sink.”
So there you have it, all four types of narration, which will you choose for your work?
March is a lot lighter than February was, and for that, I’m grateful! Just kidding, I love being busy, however, sometimes, I need to complete the tasks at hand that are long overdue. With 50 manuscripts still on my desk that have been submitted and working with my authors, illustrators, student volunteers, and the people who organize events, marketing, and general business things such as our monthly newsletter and speaking events, it’s time for me to tie up loose ends before we get too far into April! This month is dedicated to behind the scenes:) Plus, we are all awaiting the much-anticipated release of Phillip Star! In the meantime, here are some upcoming events!
March 2, 2018-Field trip to Sheridan College Trafalgar Campus with our high school volunteers Gavin and Gage to meet one of our in-house children’s illustrators, our very own Shamayal Hayat! The guys have some excellent questions lined up and are super excited to meet her. We will also be bringing her some materials that will be imperative for the production of our upcoming holiday title, The Legend of The Christmas Sardine.
March 17, 2018- I’ll be signing copies of all of my current releases for kids and adults at Old Town Events put on by my very dear friend, Jo at Niagara on the Lake. This is always an excellent event because Jo collects donations for The Humane Society, Newark Neighbours, and The St. Vincent De Paul Society and she does such a great job! I’ll be there from 10 am to 4pm, and the address is 222 Davy Street, Niagara on the Lake. Hope to see you there!
March 18, 2018– I’ll be signing books again at the same event as the one above, but this time from 11am to 4pm. Be sure to bring a non-perishable food item to support the wonderful causes that the event is collecting for! 222 Davy Street, Niagara on the Lake.
March 23, 2018-I’ll be visiting a high school in Hamilton, to talk about the mechanics of book writing, publishing, character creation, and much more. This is going to be even more special for me because MY high school English teacher invited me! Can’t wait to see her, do her proud, and catch up!
March 24, 2018-I’ll be at an Easter Bazaar from 9am to 2pm at Marian Hall which is located at 79 Freelton Road in Freelton, L0R 1K0 signing copies of my book along with giving out some very special treats to some very special readers! This event will be raising proceeds that will be donated to the Flamborough Food Bank to support local families with their holiday meals. Cash and Dry Good Donations will be gratefully accepted during this event. Hope to see you there!
March 31, 2018– Submission for all types of FICTION will be OPEN! Can’t wait to read your work, I’m looking forward to some fresh ideas. Please remember to follow the guidelines which can be found by searching Author Submissions in the search bar. Thank you to all of those who submit.
Oh…and on a personal note, I’ll be attending the Yankees vs. Blue Jays game on March 30th for some much-needed fun! GO YANKEES! Look for us on T.V. because you guys are going to love my sign!