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How Far…

July 3, 2019- This is a really cool graph about travel that will serve our historical fiction writers well! If there are any vessels that you are unsure about, Google them to find out more information and the time periods in which they were used. Remember, just because you’re writing fiction, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be credible in your research. Happy writing! X LLB

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Publisher’s Corner…

June 21, 2019– Wow, this is an excellent question! Let’s dive right in.

Q: “Lacey, my family doesn’t support my dream of becoming a writer. They tell me that I won’t make any money and that I should focus on getting a real job. Writing is something I love, but I understand that I will need to pay my bills at the same time. How do I convince them that I’m doing something that I love and that this will pay off?”

A: Whoa…for a second after reading this, I was at a loss for words. I’ll break it down because there are a couple of hidden questions in here and I don’t want to miss them.

  1. My family doesn’t support my dream of becoming a writer. Sometimes, families aren’t supportive of our dreams. They mean well, but then again, some of them don’t. Some families don’t support the arts, and they don’t understand or appreciate any form of artistic expression. This can be very difficult. You have to follow your OWN path and whatever journey that leads you on. No one can decide what you should do with your life. If you want to be a writer, by all means, do it! Find others that will support you in all of your endeavours no matter what they are.
  2. They tell me I won’t make any money and I should focus on getting a real job. I can tell you from first-hand experience that this has been said to me time and time again. “Writer’s don’t make any money,” “How are you going to pay your bills?” “No one is going to buy your books,” “Who do you think you are?” Yep, it hurts. But, that’s what makes victory so sweet. The fact is, there are millions of writers out there who make plenty of money writing books. And there are so many ways to make a living writing! You can write for magazines, you can do copywriting, editing, content creation, blogging, journalism, and hundreds of other things that revolve around writing. Focus on honing your skills and getting as much experience as possible. Last time I checked, which was 56 seconds ago, writing was a real job.
  3. How can I convince them that I’m doing something I love and that this will pay off? You can’t and you never will convince them so stop trying. Do what you want to do because YOU want to do it. Life is way too short to be living your life based on what other people want you to do, say, or think. Getting up in the morning is a gamble, crossing the street is a gamble, travelling is a gamble, and the list goes on. There are no guarantees in life except that we only have one shot at it. Don’t spend your life wondering what if. If this is what you want to do, you don’t need anyone else’s approval. I can’t tell you that this will pay off, but what I can tell you is that you won’t regret trying. We only regret the chances we never take.

Keep your head up. If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?

If you have a question you’d like answered, please send us an email to pandapublishing8@gmail.com.

X LLB

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Neuro-Diversity…

June 19, 2019– It was in the Harvard Business Review magazine where I read that employers are starting to (finally) hire people who are of different abilities. The publication called it Neuro-Diversity and the article featured a young man named John who is on the autism spectrum. Many people with ASD are of higher than average intelligence and possess special skills that relate to exceptional memory and pattern recognition among many other things. (https://hbr.org/2017/05/neurodiversity-as-a-competitive-advantage)

I recently had the pleasure of meeting with a gentleman who is on the Autism Spectrum.  During our meeting, he was witty and super intelligent; his knowledge of a specific topic was staggering. He told me that he had written a book and he wanted me to take a look at it. I happily agreed and now we are working on the publication of his work. His suggestions will change the way that we format books going forward!  I was in awe of his attention to detail and his ability to remember stats and facts; he was a more skilled writer than many I have come across (including myself) with his technique and I admired his ability to write with such flow and ease. He taught me so many things in a matter of minutes and has forever changed the way that my company will create books in the future.

The point is, we need more neuro-diversity in our lines of work. There are gifted people out there who are not given a fair chance to display and use their gifts because perhaps they lack social skills or they don’t make eye contact or they have what some people would call obsessive behaviours. Those with different cognitive abilities have amazing work ethics, they are laser-focused and extremely creative and innovative.  They see the world in a different way, in a way that we may not be able to see. But, if we give them a chance to join us in our line of work and at our workplaces, we’ll have a new perspective on creativity, friendship, abilities, and Neuro-Diversity.

X LLB

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May Schedule

May 1, 2018- Alright friends, here is the May schedule of book signings and upcoming events! I hope to see you out and about because I love meeting old and new friends!

May 3, 2018– I have the privilege of speaking to a fantastic group of women about the Business of Writing and Memoirs at the Westover Women’s Institute. I can’t wait to share some ideas and chat with some fabulous ladies!

May 4, 2018– I will be the guest author at a school in Hamilton where I will be sharing all of our picture book titles, Panda the Very Bad Cat, Phillip Star, and Deer Diary with the students. These visits are as much fun for me as they hopefully are for the students.

May 12, 2018– Author L.L. Colling will be signing copies of her newest thriller, Obsessed with Her at Indigo Erin Mills from 12:00-3:00; Stop by to say hello and get your copy signed!

May 19, 2018– Obsessed with Her book signing event. Meet the author, L.L. Colling at Indigo Burlington from 12:00-3:00!

May 26, 2018-L.L. Colling continues her tour of Obsessed with Her and will be stopping by Coles in Welland. You’ll be able to get your very own copy signed and chat with the author.

More events to come! Stay tuned for updates.

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Upcoming Events! September 2017

September 4, 2017- I just want to keep everyone updated on what’s going on regarding events and appearances by Pandamonium Publishing House and their authors. You will be able to purchase Unfrogged, by Tamara Botting and Panda the Very Bad Cat by Lacey L. Bakker…some exciting news…Deer Diary will be available in time for BOTH FAIRS! 

Here is our schedule for September; wait until you see October!

Super Crawl: 

Friday, September 8th6:00 pm to 12:00 amSuper Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)

Saturday, September 9th12:00 pm to 6:00 pmSuper Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)
6:00 pm to 12:00 amSuper Crawl (Tamara Botting)

Sunday, September 10th12:00 pm to 4:00 pmSuper Crawl (Lacey L. Bakker)
4:00 pm to 7:00 pmSuper Crawl (Tamara Botting)

 

Binbrook Fair: 

Friday, September 15th5:00 pm to 10:30 pmBinbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)

Saturday, September 16th10:00 am to 5:30 pmBinbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
5:30 pm to 10:00 pmBinbrook Fair (Tamara Botting)

Sunday, September 17th10:30 am to 2:00 pmBinbrook Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Binbrook Fair (Tamara Botting)

 

Ancaster Fair: 

Thursday, September 21st5:00 pm to 10:00 pmAncaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)

Friday, September 22nd10:00 am to 6:00 pmAncaster Fair  (Lacey L. Bakker)
6:00 pm to 10:00 pmAncaster Fair (Tamara Botting)

Saturday, September 23rd 10:00 am to 5:00 pmAncaster Fair (Tamara Botting)
5:00 pm to 10:00 pmAncaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)

Sunday, September 24th10:00 am to 2:00 pmAncaster Fair (Lacey L. Bakker)
2:00 pm to 6:00 pmAncaster Fair (Tamara Botting)

Other Dates: 

You’ll also be able to get your copy of Unfrogged signed by the author, Tamara Botting during September at the following locations: 

Chapters BurlingtonSATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH FROM 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(Woodview Place, 3315 Fairview, Burlington, ON L7N 3N9)

Indigo Stoney Creek- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH FROM 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Heritage Greene Shopping Centre, 1783 Stone Church Rd. East, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 0B4) 

 

 

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See You at Supercrawl Hamilton! Is There a Pre-Release of Deer Diary?…Wait and See!

August 11, 2017-We are so excited! Know why? Because we’re going to SUPERCRAWL! That’s right, the whole weekend of September 8th to 10th we will be on James St. North with our books. Tamara Botting, author of Unfrogged, will be there and so will I. There’s a rumour going around that Deer Diary may be released in time for this event. I have no comment;)  We have a ton of surprises in store and a few more up our sleeves during the event. We hope that you’ll join us and that you’ll stop by our Pandamonium Publishing House booth and say hello! Looking forward to it Hamilton! See you in a few weeks:)

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XO LLB