Coming in Spring 2018! Introducing Phillip Star

December 8, 2017- Hi Friends, I’m really excited to share a little piece of a book that our very own Shamayal Hayat is working on as we speak! It will be released in the spring of 2018, and the title of this children’s book is Phillip Star. Phillip Star is larger than life and I can’t wait for you to meet him! Stay tuned for more updates and new releases from Pandamonium Publishing House. We have some really exciting things in our lineup for the next 2 years not only for kids but for adults too. Remember to follow us on Facebook!

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From My Novel, Coming Out Next Year (2019)

December 6, 2017- Here’s an excerpt from my untitled novel that is coming out late next year (2019). Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Before I close my eyes I catch a glimpse of his tiny body covered in my blood; he has two perfect hands and feet, and a beautiful face. I struggle to stay awake to hear his cry, but the room is silent; at that moment, I know that our son is dead.

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A Couple of Things I learned in London!

November 30, 2017-Well, it took me long enough! After visiting the London Book Fair, the largest book fair in the world, in March of this year, I’ve finally decided to share a few of my notes. The presenters were phenomenal, and I learned so much. I’m happy to say that at Pandamonium Publishing House, we are constantly trying to implement these ideas in our works. Here’s just a taste of a seminar I attended titled, Children’s Picture Books, Today and Tomorrow which was presented by Christine Baker…she’s the person who introduced Harry Potter to France!

  • Visual and aesthetic changes based on what is coming out of Europe
  • Core is sharing a story between kids and adults
  • Globalization of illustrative talent
  • Smaller publishers=different esthetics, different graphic styles, RETRO styling and online media influence of graphic styles
  • The changes currently are in regards to children’s books polarization in how to sell to people in the market. Books about food (donut on the front or about a shopping trolley sell insane amounts of books in supermarkets)
  • There is a large spectrum of illustrations, and a slightly alternative style is forthcoming
  • DIVERSITY IS HUGE. Be willing to take risks and be experimental, this will open a lot of doors. It’s good to see things from other countries because that itself lends to diversity. The Gruffalo is a great example of this.
  • Rhyming books can be hard to translate, and books for kids don’t always need to rhyme, but rhyming is fun if you do it right!
  • Non-Fiction Narrative is up and coming in this market
  • Unusual measurements-BIG HUGE books are popular
  • Push the boundaries of art
  • The scale is almost furniture size for up and coming picture books. A couple of kids gathered around a huge book as they read it in front of the fireplace on the floor. ­­­
  • Digital content-This is not so important to have books in an app because there isn’t really a demand for it.
  • Non-fiction books can have illustrations rather than photographs. Eg. Great White Shark
  • Screens and tablets can never replace books
  • Physical touching of a book is best, kids with their parents turning the pages, sitting on laps
  • Apps are only good if what you’re doing is interactive. It must be intelligent because apps are difficult to sell.
  • Heavily illustrated early reader novels (5-8 years) are here to stay!
  • Kids always read up!
  • Cross over books are books between picture books and middle-grade novels
  • Tons of writing is told in the imagery
  • Be untraditional, non-traditional, odd, with a different style. Don’t look like everything else in the market! Stand out!
  • Define and describe new categories illustratively
  • Your book is a work of art, be unique and interesting.
  • It’s all about fantastic stories, adventure, characters kids care about that they want to share with their parents, intriguing covers make you want to know what the book is about.
  • The US is the biggest market for books right now, but the UK is the biggest market for picture books.

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School Visits are in Full Swing!

November 28, 2017- I’m very happy to announce that school visits are in full swing for this year and into 2018. It has been an absolute pleasure to visit students in various schools to read them my book Deer Diary. I’m always inspired by what they have to say, and they often give me new and exciting ideas for upcoming books; This is precisely what happened during a school visit in Hamilton on Friday! The students wanted to know if next time, I could write a book about different woodland animals, as I had left out some of their favourites! When I asked them what animals they would like to see in the future, the answer was unanimous: They picked a wolf, a fox, and an owl! That being said, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve decided to write a sequel to Deer Diary with a whole new cast of characters that will include the animals that the students suggested. Of course, this means that I will dedicate Deer Diary 2 to the students of that school! Look for Deer Diary 2 in the summer of 2019:)

XO LLB

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Are You Ready? Meet Our Newest Character!

November 16, 2017- I’m really excited to share this with you guys! Here is a special, never seen before, sneak peek of an up and coming character, illustrated by our very own, Shamayal Hayat. This children’s book will be launching in March 2018 so stay tuned for details! Until then, I’m not giving anything away…nope, not even the title!

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Let’s Talk About Middle-Grade Novels! A Quick and Dirty Guide

November 3, 2017- There seems to be a lot of confusion around three little words…Middle-Grade Novel. Let’s dive into the basics and explore what elements make up a middle-grade novel.

  • Middle-grade books are for kids in grades 4, 5, and 6-ages 9,10, 11.
  • This is a diverse group of readers, and the middle-grade word counts are as follows: books for younger kids are 20,000-25,000 words and the books for the older kids usually contain 35,000-40,000 words.
  • These books are usually large print, fast reads. A great example of a younger middle-grade novel is Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and a great example of an older middle-grade book is our very own Unfrogged by Tamara Botting.

Middle grade interests include the following things:

  • PEERS– I capitalized this word because it’s the single most crucial thing to middle -graders and it’s important to know that kids care what their friends think above anything else at this age!
  • Family-The child is the main character, the child is in the middle, and everything revolves around him or her. For example, parents are getting divorced what does that mean to the child?
  • Self Concept– How do I belong? Who am I? Kids at this age are just starting to figure this out and ask the questions that will eventually shape them into adults.
  • Puberty-Looks, development, gender, opposite sex and relationships.
  • Future-Upon who does the future depend?…It depends on the main character of course!

So if you’re planning on writing for middle-graders, keep the above things in mind!

LB

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Just in Time for Halloween…Next Year:) Super Special Collector’s Edition!

October 30, 2017- I know that Halloween isn’t until tomorrow, but I thought that I’d share some fun news from Pandamonium Publishing House! Next year, just in time for Halloween, The Adventures of Milan and Friends (Trouble with Trolls) will be published. This book will be available for A LIMITED TIME in a LIMITED QUANTITY as a COLLECTOR’S EDITION to celebrate my favourite time of year! Be sure to get your copy and feel free to contact me if you’d like to go on a pre-release list.

This children’s picture book is geared towards children in the age range of 3-5+ and will be available in major bookstores as well as online through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca.

Stay tuned for sketches, later next summer, as well as sneak peeks behind the scenes of character development and illustration. I’ll also be releasing some information about each character and what the inspiration is behind it!

Thank you so much to each and every person who continues to support my work and who make it possible for me to do what I love. Without you all, there would be no point.

XO LB

 

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The inspiration behind The Adventures of Milan and Friends, Trouble with Trolls, A Halloween Tale (Yes, his name is actually Milan in real life!) 

 

 

Submissions are CLOSED as of October 31, 2017

October 16, 2017- I’d like to start by saying thank you to each and every writer who submitted their manuscripts and concepts for consideration with Pandamonium Publishing House. I’d also like to say that 2018 is going to be an exciting year for us and we’ll be developing innovative material, new genres that we’ve never done before, and new talent. I can’t wait for you all to meet some new authors and illustrators that will hopefully be coming aboard shortly! Stay tuned for announcements to see what the future holds for Pandamonium Publishing House. Thank you for everything.

-Lacey

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Spooktacular Stroll! See You Tonight Binbrook (Friday the 13th!)

October 12, 2017- Today is the day; We’ll be seeing you at the Binbrook Fairgrounds and boy, do we have some awesome treats to give away! Visit our Pandamonium Publishing House Booth to meet author Tamara Botting of Unfrogged and Duncan from Deer Diary who will both be signing copies of their books. The fun starts at 5:00 pm and goes until 9:00 pm. Enter our Spooktacular draw for an awesome prize just in time for Halloween! See you tonight!

October Events! Where to Find Us

October 2, 2017- Hi Friends! Just wanted to keep you updated regarding what’s going on in October for Pandamonium Publishing House. Here’s the upcoming schedule for the month, hope to see you soon!

Saturday, October 7th, 2017 from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm Author Signing– Deer Diary, Indigo Heritage Greene Shopping Centre, 1783 Stone Church Rd. East, Stoney Creek, ON L8J 0B4, Lacey L. Bakker will be there with Duncan himself from Deer Diary, who will be handing out lots of surprises and posing for pictures!

Friday, October 13th, 2017 from 5:00 pm until 9:00 pmSpooktacular Stroll Event, Binbrook Fairgrounds, 2600 Highway 56, Binbrook, ON L0R 1C0

Saturday, October 14th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmAuthor Signing at Chapters Burlington, Woodview Place, 3315 Fairview, Burlington, ON L7N 3N9. Meet the author and Duncan the deer from Deer Diary!

Saturday, October 21st from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm- Author Signing at Chapters St. Catharines, Fairview Mall 285 Geneva, St Catharines, ON L2N 2G1. Meet the author and Duncan the deer from Deer Diary!

Saturday, October 28th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pmAuthor Signing at Indigo Ancaster, Meadowland Regional Centre, 737 Golf Links Road, Unit 1, Ancaster, ON L9K 1L5. Meet the author and Duncan the deer from Deer Diary!

Sunday, October 29th from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm- Author Signing at Indigo Burlington, 1250 Brant St #102, Burlington, ON L7P 1X8. Meet the author and Duncan the deer from Deer Diary!

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