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Fresh Four

April 6, 2021– We’re talking about pushing the envelope in your writing this month and as we go down the rabbit hole, we’ll explore various topics and ideas that will help you grow as an author. Here are four fresh new ways to do something different and new in your writing.

  1. Explore topics that aren’t usually written about. This is great for blogs, and very niche markets, especially for e-books. People will pay for specialized information that they can have at their fingertips just when they need it! For example, let’s say it’s tax time and you’re an accountant, you could write A Tax Guide for Canadian Small Business Owners with Income Less than $50,000 Per Year (You Could Be Missing These Essential Write offs!) as an example. The narrower your focus, the better chance you have at becoming a best seller and reaching a group of people who need info fast and are willing to pay for it.
  2. Recreate yourself/your sound (narrative). Artists are always re-creating themselves. If we look at authors who have explored different genres, written in different narratives, and have used pen names, we’d have a long list! Some notable authors who have done this include Stephen King, Mark Twain, George Orwell, Lemony Snicket, and Stan Lee. Some authors have had complete makeovers and changed their lifestyles to become more interesting or mainstream or talked about, we’re looking at you E.L. James and your fabulous red-carpet collection of gowns!
  3. Include something that grabs your reader’s attention. Perhaps it’s a contest, or exclusive access to a choose your own adventure series online, anything that engages and grabs your reader is essential in keeping them interested in your work. Maybe it’s an official soundtrack or an alternate ending that you’ve included that helps you push the envelope not only in your writing, but what readers can expect from you as an author.
  4. Collaborate with other authors. This is a great way to expand your writing and your skills. Teaming up with other authors in a collaborative book will help motivate you to step up your writing game. It can push you to explore new ideas and write in a way that you don’t typically write; it can be a fantastic way to get your head out of the box and unleash your creativity.

If you’d like to the chance to collaborate with us on a book, now is your chance; we want your pet stories! Send us stories about how your pet changed your life for the better to pandapublishing8@gmail.com and for submission guidelines/details.

If you’d like more advice on what publishers are looking for, check out my number 1 best selling book here: Advice from a Publisher (Insider Tips for Getting Your Work Published!): Bakker, Lacey L., Goubar, Alex: 9781989506141: Books – Amazon.ca

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A Special Greeting!

January 15, 2021-Today we have our very own Paul A. Moscarella joining us with a personalized greeting for our Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club! This month we are reading his debut novel, Machinia. Join us every Friday morning at 11 am on Facebook Live as we chat about his new science fiction book. http://www.pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/machinia

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Once Upon a Vision

December 9, 2020–  We had the pleasure of working with Gina and Lindsay, authors of Once Upon a Vision! This is a fantastic book and is considered a cozy-mystery novella. I gifted this book to my family and friends because I absolutely LOVED it and I know that they will too. We’ll be reading Once Upon a Vision as part of our Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club in 2021!  If you’re in the area of St. Jacob’s until December 20th, you can purchase your copy directly from our booth every Thursday to Sunday from 10-6 pm. Check out an excerpt from their book below:

Becky hoped for a life full of adventure in New York City, but after a failed marriage and business, she returns to her childhood roots in Savannah, Georgia, to start over. Unsure of what her future holds, she settles into a charming loft above a Carriage House on a beautiful estate where she meets the Riley Family members. Was it by chance, or was it meant to be? Instinct draws her to read Tarot Cards at a quaint Tea House down by the river. Becky finds her inner self-awareness emerging. One day a mysterious woman came into her life, and then another. Is there a connection? Will Becky’s intuition expose a hidden family secret? Will Becky find her inner strength to unfold the mystery?

I’ve had a wonderful few days scouting out my backyard and getting familiar with my neighborhood. However, today is my first day at the Tea House, and I’m excited to focus on this new chapter in my journey of self-discovery. I’ve got plenty of time before I shower and dress, so I follow my morning routine of coffee on the deck. It rained throughout the night, but it stopped, thank goodness; I didn’t want to show up looking like a drowned mouse on my first day. The deck is still damp and there are droplets on the trees, but the warm sun will soon dry everything. I take a few minutes to give myself a pep talk. I know it’s normal to have some feelings of self-doubt when starting a new job, but I remind myself of what I’ll be doing. I’ve got this; I’m excited and prepared to meet their expectations and beyond…I arrive down by the river an hour early; I want to take this opportunity to feel the energy on the street by the Tea House. In the short time I’ve been here, the crowds have increased. I’m enjoying the smiles on the faces of people. They get on and off the trolley, packages in hand, and some even have dogs. 

You can find their Youtube channel here: Myko Publishing House – YouTube and here’s where you can order their book: Once Upon a Vision: Amazon.ca: Collins Ramkissoon, Gina, Rose, Lindsay V: Books
and website: About the Authors (mykopublishinghouse.ca)

This book is a MUST READ for the cozy book lover! You’re going to love it! 

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From One Christmas to the Next

December 8, 2020- K.G. Watson has written another wonderful book! Today, we’ll give you a sneak peek into his brand-new novel titled From One Christmas to the Next available on Amazon here: From One Christmas to the Next: Watson, K.G., Goubar, Alex: 9781989506264: Books – Amazon.ca Or available for pre-order on our site here: From One Christmas to the Next – Pandamonium Publishing House
This novel is book 1 of 2 in a sequel! Here’s an excerpt from his book:

He hadn’t counted on going in. He’d just been too darned lonely house-sitting the place while its owner studied overseas.  He really resented the inane or gratuitously violent TV offerings.  So, after his TV dinner, he’d just gone out, walking, till he got tired enough to sleep – just like every other night for the past six months. But who counted? He had seen the bustle from a block away.  Cars had been trying to get into the plugged parking lot.  Lines of bundled-up families chatted excitedly and called to each other as they converged.  Bright light bathed the spire and filled the windows.  He found himself trapped between clumps of people ahead and behind and fenced in by the solid row of parked cars to his left.  The human tide simply herded him off the sidewalk with them and up the broader approach to the double doors.  Rather than step out of the line into the knee-deep snowbanks, he decided he’d just go with the flow.  It wasn’t that he didn’t know the drill.  It was Christmas Eve.  How many similar services had he conducted through his lifetime?  It’s just he couldn’t do it anymore.  And he had nobody to not do it with either since Margaret had died back in the Spring.

The memory brought the image the Remembrance Cards the Funeral Home had produced.  She had always demanded she be referred to as ‘Margaret’ never ‘Maggie’.  A moment when he had called her that as he sang an old song about being young had set off an unexpected explosion. “I was named Margaret and that is the name on my Birth Certificate, and my Driver’s License and my bloody Passport,” she had shouted.  “Get used to it!”  She’d never sworn before or after. “OK,” he said to himself halfway up the walk. “What else is there to do tonight, anyway?” Most of the group ahead turned towards a side entrance – probably the Christian Education Wing or something similar – big gym, meeting rooms, kitchen, likely the church office.  They left a pair of animated adults right in front of him.  One pulled open the main door to let his partner enter and the two couples behind him all but pushed him inside.  

He took two more steps forward and the group closed ranks behind him – a solid wall of backs in wool worsted. He reflexively pulled off his toque as he stepped through the inner vestibule doors into the sanctuary.  Belatedly, he noticed he had passed the cloakrooms to the right and left just behind him.  He had opened his coat.  He’d be OK.  At that moment he just wanted to get out of the road of the people now fanned out behind him.  Three large steps got him into a pew with an aisle seat.  A mother tugged a child closer to her, leaving the seat open.  When she gave his tousled hair, last cut six months ago, and his three-day stubble a second look, she moved the child to her other side giving as much space as possible between them and the vagrant she obviously thought he was.

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Gift Giving Ideas

December 3, 2020– Tis the season to give! What better present, than the gift of literacy? Pandamonium Publishing House has you covered for all of your gift-giving needs.

For the History BuffDuty’s Son, Duty’s Daughter, Duty’s Dad by K.G. Watson- A delightful, historical fiction novel that Hamiltonians will enjoy! Lots of entertaining facts about the city as well as major events that shaped Canada. Dundurn Castle, Niagara Falls, and The Great Western Railway are just a few of the places featured. Duty’s Son by K.G. Watson is a wonderful trip back in time. John Harvey Watson was a courageous soldier, a gentleman, and a man of duty. This is his story. Written by K.G. Watson, Cover Design by Alex Goubar available hereDuty’s Son: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/dutys-son/
Duty’s Daughter:https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/dutys-daughter/
Duty’s Dad:https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/dutys-dad/

For the Sports Lover-101 World Series in 1 Book-This book will entertain you with some of the most interesting, odd, and amazing moments in World Series history. Here are 114 of those moments that justify a National Pastime’s forever enduring institution. Written by Scott C. Morissey, cover design by Alex Goubar available here:  https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/114-world-series-in-1-book/

For the Thrill Seeker-Obsessed with Her, James Cass- What would you do if your child was missing? How far would you go to find out the truth about what happened to her? Obsessed with Her is every parent’s worst nightmare; with twists and turns so shocking, it will leave you breathless until the very last page. “Totally shocking, disturbing and NOT for the easily offended or squeamish.”-Goodreads “Thrilling, scary, jump off the edge of your seat entertaining. “-Goodreads “Four stars for scaring the bejeezus out of me.”-Goodreads “Don’t read this when home alone if you are bothered by gore.”-Goodreads
Obsessed with Her available herehttps://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/obsessed-with-her-novel/
Becoming James Cass available here: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/becoming-james-cass/

For the Upcoming Writer-Advice from a Publisher- I decided to write this book to fill a need in the marketplace. Not many publishers are willing to offer insider tips to help up and coming authors with the publishing process. In fact, most publishers send out nothing more than form rejection letters with no help or suggestions for improving the author’s chances of getting a book deal. As a publisher and author, I’m spilling the secrets about what publishers want and what no one in the industry will tell you. This book is short, sweet, and to the point.  Written by Lacey L. Bakker, Cover design by Alex Goubar available here: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/advice-from-a-publisher-insider-secrets-for-getting-your-work-published/

For the Realist(Non-fiction) Acts of RemembranceRevolution is in our land.  In Amsterdam and Rotterdam, cannons stand on every street corner.  A Curfew is at 7:30, but the people are standing by the front door listening to others who are rioting. The rioters are so fed up with things they are marching through the street singing. For punishment, they have no light or water. It was not smart. Many were shot. Now, what do you do? A death sentence is carried out on everyone who does not obey. These words are straight from the pages of a young girl’s (Engelina Aasman Hummel) diary during the Second World War. They are true, haunting, and raw. Acts of Remembrance is a book that you’ll never forget. Written by K.G. Watson and Engelina Aasman Hummel available here: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/acts-of-remembrance-by-k-g-watson-and-engelina-aasman-hummel/

For the Animal Lover-The 12 Days of Rescue, Panda the Very Bad Cat- An Amazon, NUMBER 1 Best Seller! Meet Socks, a quiet shelter dog who has been waiting her whole life for someone to notice her. Imagine her excitement on the day someone does! How will her life change when she finally gets a family of her own? Follow along with Socks, as she shares the first twelve days with her new family! An interactive book with hidden hearts on each page and a recipe for homemade dog treats, included! Written by Tonya Cartmell, illustrated by Emily James available here:  https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/the-12-days-of-rescue/
Panda the Very Bad Cat available here: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/panda-the-very-bad-cat-collection/

For the Sci-Fi Fan-Machinia-Cybersecurity officer Damon Maxwell wakes from cryogenic sleep expecting to be ten years into his future but instead finds himself in the root ruled empire of Machinia, 2156! Welcomed by Machinia’s omnipotent leader, the Universal, Damon learns that his extraordinary journey is part of a complex plan by the Universal to bait Machinia’s deadly enemy, the Underground, into action. But the Universal’s brilliant robot aide, Nepcar, fears his leader’s dangerous scheme and pairs Damon with the beautiful and mysterious Cynthia Lhan hoping their union can prevent a catastrophe. Yet, even as the Universal’s plans fall into place an enigmatic figure appears in Damon’s life that even the mighty Universal is powerless to control. Will Damon ultimately be the destroyer of the robot race or its saviour? Written by Paul A. Moscarella, cover art by Alex Goubar available here: Machinia – Pandamonium Publishing House

For the Impossible to Buy For-Courses and Book Box Subscriptions- Course: Crafting the Perfect Query Do you know what it takes to craft the perfect query? This mini-course will answer all of your questions! Course material includes: What makes a query stand out, How to properly craft a query depending on your genre, 2 samples of good queries, 2 samples of bad queries, 30-minute consultation with the publisher who will give you personalized feedback on your query. This course is in pdf downloadable format. It will be emailed to you after purchase. Stop wondering why you keep getting rejected and start crafting the perfect query! Book Box Subscription: 3 Month Subscription What a wonderful way to meet your reading goals or to give a gift that is unique and keeps on giving; each book box contains 2 books and will be shipped to you on the first of each month for three months! That’s 6 books for less than $10 per book and when you subscribe for 3 months, you save $5!  Choose from the following selection: (Be sure to put your preferred choice in the comments!) Mystery/Thriller/Crime, Romance, Historical Fiction, Non-Fiction/Business, Young Adult, Fiction (any kind), Surprise Me (we choose the genre and will mix it up). Course available here: Mini-Course Crafting the Perfect Query – Pandamonium Publishing House
Book Box Subscription here: Book Box! 3-month Membership (1 Book Box/month for 3 months) – Pandamonium Publishing House

For the One Needing some Holiday CheerActs of Kindness-No matter how small, no act of kindness is ever wasted. This book is a collaborative effort among many authors to spread happiness and inspirational stories about the strength of the human spirit, honesty, bravery, friendship, and kindness. Cover art by Alex Goubar, published by Pandamonium Publishing House and written by collaborative authors. Available here: Acts of Kindness – Pandamonium Publishing House

For the Fashionista-Pants, Zoe’s Princess Pants-Did you know that there are many different types of pants? There are cranky pants, silly pants, ants in your pants and so many more! This fabulous book will have kids asking, “What type of pants am I wearing today?” Pants available here: Pants! – Pandamonium Publishing House
Zoe’s Princess Pants available here: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/zoes-princess-pants-collectors-edition-cover/

For the Adventure Lover-DJ the Terrible, The Clouds Above Lamasol Island-This hilarious middle-grade novel will make you stand up and cheer for DJ the Terrible and her equally terrible cat, Godfrey. Djeaneauth (D.J) decides to go undercover with her sidekick Godfrey the Super Cat to assimilate with her new neighbours, AKA “The Borings”, gain their trust, then turn the town on its head!  The only thing is…blending in simply isn’t DJ’s strong suit. With her inventive, mischievous mind, wild hair, and clumsy demeanour, Terrible trouble follows this Terrible girl wherever she goes! DJ the Terrible is available here:
https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/dj-djeaneautha-the-terrible/
The Clouds Above Lamasol Island: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/the-clouds-above-lamasol-island/

For the Philanthropist-Adopt a School- When you purchase this collection, we’ll send TEN of our children’s book titles to local inner-city schools. We believe that literacy should be a right, not a privilege and that every school library deserves new books that will excite young readers. Please partner with us in this crucial initiative as 12 million Canadians are currently illiterate. This collection is suitable for young readers ages 4-8 depending on the reading level and includes themes such as teamwork, kindness, differences in ability, unconditional love, adventure, and friendship! The children will also receive a handwritten note from one of the authors talking about the importance of books while inviting them to participate in a virtual classroom author visit! Available here: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/adopt-a-school-literacy-matters/

Thank you for your continued support of small businesses and Canadian authors, illustrators, and artists. Happy Holidays!

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Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club

October 7, 2020- Each Friday on our Facebook Page (Pandamonium Publishing House), we discuss the book of the month that we’re reading. For the past three months, we’ve chosen a book from 6 of the 7 continents (Antarctica has been impossible to find an author), but we’ve visited South America (Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist), Asia (Bali Kaur Jaswal, Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows), North America (Lawrence Hill, The Book of Negroes) and now, Europe (Alex Michaelidis, The Silent Patient). We’ll be visiting Australia and Africa next! Each week, we discuss themes, political issues, character development, plot, conflict, and narration within the books. We take questions and comments from readers sent in via email to pandapublishing8@gmail.com. If you’ve ever thought of joining a book club, but haven’t had the opportunity, here’s your chance! Send us an email to pandapublishing8@gmail.com, and we’ll add you to our member’s list.

The benefits of book club:

  1. Reading goals. Did you know that most adults read 1 book or less per year? Yikes, that’s not a good thing! By joining our book club, you’ll be able to set and reach your reading goals!
  2. Perspective. Since we chat about the book each week, we can get a different perspective on the characters, themes, and plot from everyone who participates in the discussion.
  3. Unique/Diverse Voices. We choose books that maybe you’d never think of reading because it’s outside your genre, or you’ve never heard of the author. We try to include authors’ unique and diverse voices from a wide range of countries, backgrounds, beliefs, and writing styles.
  4. Friendship. Joining a book club allows you to chat with other members, find things in common, and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.

We hope that you’ll join our Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club! We’ve got some exciting new titles for the rest of the year and 2021. Hope to see you online:)

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Spotlight on Lost and Monkey Around

October 4, 2020– Rachel and I met a few years back at a cat show in Ancaster, where I was selling my very first book, Panda, the Very Bad Cat. She approached my table and said that it’s always been a dream of hers to have a children’s book published. I handed her my card, and a few months later, she sent me a query for her book about lost and found items at a zoo. I told her earnestly that I do not support zoos and that I would not publish a book that had any animals in captivity; we went our separate ways. The rest of the story is a little blurry for me, but I plan on having Rachel as a guest on our Podcast to fill in the blanks, so stay tuned for that at a later date. Another year passed, and I contacted her asking if she’d rewrite the story to have the animals in another setting such as on safari; we struck a deal, and the rest is history! Rachel was paired with our very own, Erin Cutler, who did a wonderful job of bringing the story to life through illustrations. This fabulously funny book will have you roaring with laughter!

Will Lenie ever find her glasses? Join Lenie and her brother, Noah, on a safari adventure full of surprises! Sometimes you might just find what you’ve lost in the most unlikely places! Get your copy here: https://pandamoniumpublishing.com/product/lost-monkey-around/

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An Excerpt from Life Supports

August 12, 2020-If you haven’t read Life Supports by KG Watson, you should. It’s a fantastic book that examines the important things in life. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

“It was during a search of my basement music storage for material that the ladies unexpectedly came across the box of cookbooks. I had forgotten I put them there, maybe I didn’t, maybe the kids put them there when they cleaned out the kitchen prior to the arrival of the students.

The Evercare bus had dropped me off at my house after the service. After I handed my just-used material back to the digitizers, I went to find what I thought I needed for next week. I had pointed to the boxes I wanted to look through and Margaret had hoisted them up the stairs and onto a cleared corner of the dining room table for sorting.

When I opened the first box there they were rank on rank of cookbooks, ragged with loose paper sticking out of them it was not what I expected. While Trudy and Jessica continued their perfected ballet with my music scores and the electronics, Margaret diverted her attention to scan this new trove. If it looks like a book, Margaret is helpless within its sight. The kitchen library has been stacked into the box spine up. There were fat volumes of cookbooks separating words of pamphlets on the top layer.

With the removal, a packet of letter size sheets and plastic archive folders that have been stuffed down the side, fell over onto the lower layer of pamphlets. Margaret pulled a page and couldn’t help noticing the title on the top peeking from beneath the rusting pinch clamp that held the clump together. Gingerbread Cookies it said in bold print, I sighed.”

There are recipes included in this book and I think that we should attempt to make a couple of them. Gingerbread just happens to be my absolute favourite cookie of all time!

I hope you enjoyed the above excerpt from Life Supports by KG Watson. Now available on Amazon and soon on our site!

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Grandpa’s Gift

July 24, 2020Have you read The Old Farmer’s Treasure? Well, I’ve got exciting news; Grandpa’s Gift is the sequel to The Old Farmer’s Treasure and will wrap up the story with one final clue. The boys are now grown, and they’ve got to risk it all to find the truth. Will they work together or will they be torn apart by the choices they must make? Coming December 2020, from Pandamonium Publishing House!

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An Excerpt from Unfrogged

July 10, 2020– Have you read Unfrogged by Tamara Botting (cover art by Christopher Botting) yet? If you haven’t you should! Unfrogged is not your average fairytale and is perfect for middle-grade readers who love adventure. Here is an excerpt from the book, available at Pandamoniumpublishing.com/shop

The carriage lurched and shook as it worked its way over the dirt-packed road. Even though it was one of the best carriages in the kingdom, there was no escaping all of the dips and bumps. Meredith and Frog were well-cushioned, though; the inside of the carriage was, as Frog described it, “like being in a pillow.” Meredith looked out the window eagerly, hungry for a view of the world outside the castle walls. She didn’t realize before now how badly her shyness had crippled her ability to see the world around her; to go on a trip like this, even back to the first home she had known, was an adventure. …They stopped for lunch and gave the horses a rest. Meredith and Frog were happy for a chance to stretch their legs; Frog took a short, refreshing swim in a happily chattering brook. As Madame Lench and the guards were some distance away, Meredith dared to leave her silken stockings bunched into her shoes on the bank and dip her feet in the cool water. 

Unfrogged was the second book ever published by Pandamonium Publishing House, and it’s still one of my most favourites! If you don’t have this book in your collection, you’re missing out on a wonderful story and thrilling adventure.

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