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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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Technology Helps Grow Your Brand

January 11, 2020– A few days ago we spoke about the importance of author platform and how it connects us with our audience. As an author, you are essentially a brand; how you dress, speak, engage with your readers, the way your website looks, how your table is set up for shows, your social media posts and presence, etc. are all tiny pieces that fit together to make up your author brand. Just a reminder that you cannot become a best-selling author if you don’t have an audience!

Long ago, before the internet, we only had a certain amount of reach. If you wanted to promote your books, you hopped into some mode of transportation with a briefcase full of books and went from town to town talking about your newest novel. Perhaps you scheduled some library talks, some school visits, and maybe a local writers group chapter. There were only so many hours in a day. But, with the advancement of technology, bringing your books and brand to readers en masse, is no longer an exhausting feat.

So, if we are a brand, how do we get more customers? The more people can connect with us and our books, the more likely they are to purchase from us. Here are some great ways to get your global audience excited and spread the word about your work around the world!

  1. Virtual visits. With the global pandemic happening right now, thank goodness for technology that keeps us in touch with friends and family. But why not use Zoom, Google Hangouts, or Facetime to connect with classrooms and boardrooms? I’ve used Zoom to read my books to kids in classrooms and answer their questions (virtual author visits), and I’ve used it to run marketing lectures for entrepreneurs and business folks. Virtual visits get your face out there and let people know who you are and what you do. Last year I did a Virtual Author Visit for a grade 1 class located in London, England and a lecture on Metadata for Self-Published Authors for a writer’s group in Florida.
  2. Facebook Live. Every Friday at 11 am, we have Pandamonium Publishing House International Book Club. In this weekly session, we discuss the book of the month that we’re reading. We talk about characters, themes, and take questions from readers. Facebook also lets you connect your online store to your author business page making it easy for readers to find what they’re looking for! Facebook Live is a wonderful tool to spread the word about your books because it lets you interact with readers in real-time.
  3. YouTube. Record excerpts from your book, respond to comments on previous videos, teach a class, run a tutorial on how to do something, put up trailers for your latest books, etc. YouTube is a great tool to help you get in front of readers and share your skills.
  4. Instagram Live. IGTV is Instagram Television where you can do live videos. It’s similar to Facebook Live as it lets you interact with participants in real-time. Do a raffle or draw,  quiz readers on characters based on your book, read an excerpt of your work, host a contest, hold a weekly chat or book club. The possibilities are endless.

The list goes on, but in short, the more places readers can find you and interact with you, the better! Think globally!

To join our Best Seller Bootcamp, where we explore topics like this in-depth, click here: Best-Seller Bootcamp January 4th-31st – Pandamonium Publishing House

 

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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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Tonya Cartmell and Rescue!

December 7, 2020- Tonight’s the night! At 7 pm this evening, you can tune into our YouTube channel and watch Tonya answer reader’s questions about her book The 12 Days of Rescue. Her own rescue dog makes an appearance! Check it out here: (Video will be posted at 7 pm EST) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSDZPT6iRLxIdTmdm8CMtPg

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Secret

November 30, 2020-You’re in a movie theatre, watching the new horror flick. The audience knows something that the main character does not. The audience sees the character’s actions are not in his best interest. What’s that feeling — the one that makes you want to shout at the screen? Christopher Warner identifies this storytelling device as dramatic irony. Directed by Ben Pearce, narrated by Christopher Warner. Let’s watch the Ted-Ed below:  Christopher Warner: In on a secret? That’s dramatic irony | TED Talk

 

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After 40

November 26, 2020-In this interview, bestselling novelist Lee Child (Jack Reacher novels) explains why it’s better to start writing later in life. Writers on Writing: Lee Child on Starting Writing After 40 – YouTube

 

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Fact vs. Fiction

November 16, 2020-Reading and stories can be an escape from real life, a window into another world — but have you ever considered how new fictional experiences might change your perspective on real, everyday life? From Pride and Prejudice to Harry Potter, learn how popular fiction can spark public dialogue and shape culture. Lesson by Jessica Wise, narration by Emilie Soffe, animation by Augenblick Studios. Check out this video below!

 

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Think, Pair, Share

September 21, 2020-You’re a poet and Daniel Tysdal is about to show it. Daniel will walk you through his writing process to showcase the Power of Poetry to help us remember, grieve and celebrate. Daniel Tysdal has been a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English at UTSC since 2009. He is the author of three books of poetry and the poetry textbook, The Writing Moment: A Practical Guide to Creating Poems (Oxford University Press 2014). He is the recipient of multiple awards for his work and his research interests include creative writing and poetry. Check out the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0BUYzMypi8

 

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3 Things

July 29, 2020- We’re creating new content for our YouTube channel that will be posted soon, but for now, let’s hear about three simple things you can do to market your self-published book. Subscribe to our channel Pandamonium Publishing House for book trailers, upcoming events, tips for authors, and more!

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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!

Watch the trailer for Book 1, here and remember to subscribe to our channel: