April 3, 2017- It’s been said hundreds of times, but I’m going to say it once more, You only get ONE chance to make a first impression. It’s true! In this blog post, I’m going to touch on a few points that will help you connect with other humans and not only sell more of your books but also create a lasting first impression.
- First Impressions set the tone for success more often than class, credentials, and education. When you’re meeting a prospective buyer or contact, you need to make a lasting impression. Greet your potential clients as if they were an old friend, be kind, be warm and be friendly! Dress your best and be confident!
- When people like you, they see the BEST in you, and when they don’t like you, they see the WORST in you. Sure, you may not be everyone’s cup of tea 100% of the time, and that’s ok. Sometimes no matter what you do or say people will just not like you! If you’re planning on doing business with people, it’s important that they have some degree of connection with you. The cheapest, most efficient way to connect with others is to look them in the eye and smile. Another tip for making a great first impression is to be like a chameleon. This makes people feel as if they already know you. If they’re standing across from you and are confident, arms crossed and serious, you should do the same. If you subtly mimic your client, it lets them know that you are on the same page. For example, if your client was shy, withdrawn and quiet the last thing you want to be is in their face, loud, brash and flashy. Not only will they feel uncomfortable but you’ll almost always lose the sale. Take your cues from their behaviour and body language.
- Capture the Imagination and you capture the heart-Imagination triggers emotion, and emotion triggers attitude, attitude drives behaviour and behaviour triggers sales. Remember this simple formula and you’ll be successful in whatever you do. Make people FEEL something and you’re on your way to the top.
I’m really excited to do this three part segment about exploring genres. As many of you know, I write and also publish different genres that include, but are not limited to: Picture Books for Children, Middle-grade Novels, and Adult Thrillers. Well, today I’m excited to talk about one of my guilty pleasures, but I’ll get to that in a second. I think that as an author it’s imperative to explore genres that are outside of your realm of writing. Not only does it make you a better writer but it also allows you to open up your mind to some really fun possibilities.
Most writers are voracious readers, it’s all part and parcel of what we do! I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi or fantasy books, but I do put effort into reading them every once in a while.
So, let’s dig right in and talk about one of my recently found favourite genres when you need something that is light, uplifting, and cozy! The genre we’re talking about today is called Cozy Mysteries or just Cozies. A Cozie is a subgenre of crime fiction where violence is downplayed, and the crime and detection take place in a small town that is a socially intimate community. I stumbled upon this genre when I was looking to take a break from some of the heavier, violent, mind-bending thriller fiction that I was writing and reading. It was time to find something a bit lighter and, well, cozy. Cozy mysteries are perfect for the beach or in front of a crackling fire or sitting by the window with a cup of tea as you listen to the rain tap at the window. These books make you want to snuggle up and disappear between their pages.
If you haven’t tried Cozy Mysteries just yet, I urge you to do so. It’s a great way to take a break, to have fun and read something a bit more relaxed than usual fiction. I particularly like the author Laurie Cass and her book Borrowed Crime. It’s a really cute book and the cover has a picture of a cat and a bookmobile…SOLD!
I hope that if you haven’t already, that you’ll check out this genre and expand your reading list a bit. It’s refreshing to read something that doesn’t make you overthink or keep you up at night. Try it and tell me what you think in the comments below!
Hello everyone, Just wanted to share some upcoming titles from Pandamonium Publishing House…I’ll let you know some dates closer to the time of publication:)
Upcoming works from Pandamonium Publishing House
7 Picture books
- Deer Diary– Duncan the deer is obsessed with writing in his diary. He writes down EVERYTHING! Follow him through the woods as he meets friends with very different, hilarious problems.
- Panda the Very Bad Cat (is at it again!)– Panda the Very Bad Cat has grown up a bit and looks a little different…but he’s still on a mission to bring chaos and mayhem to everyone in his household! Will he change his naughty ways?
- Panda the Very Bad Cat meets Santa Claws-Panda the Very Bad Cat meets Santa Claws! Prepare to be amazed at how badly the meeting goes but in the end will Panda learn a very important lesson or will he continue causing chaos for his human?
- Miranda the Very Loud Mouse-Everyone knows the saying, “As quiet as a mouse” Everyone except Miranda that is! She is always making noise even when she supposed to be quiet!
- The Day it Rained Jelly Beans-What would you do if it started raining Jelly Beans? One day Mason is playing in the yard when it begins to rain but instead of raindrops, it rains jelly beans! How will he collect them? What will he do with them? And how many can he eat?
- Martin the Tap Dancing Frog-The most talented animal in the forest is a frog named Martin. Martin has a very special skill…he is the world’s greatest tap dancer! Follow along as he tap dances his way around the forest in an amazing show that he puts on for the woodland animals!
- Penelope the Super Spoiled Hamster-Penelope is SPOILED! She’s an only hamster that gets whatever she wants whenever she wants it. One day after throwing a tantrum she happens upon a magic mirror that changes her into a bunny with tons of brothers and sisters and shows her that being spoiled is never a good thing.
3 Middle-grade novels (Possibly 4…I’ve got something in the works that I’m waiting on!)
- The Chronicles of Cassidy Clarke Book 1-The Cruise Ship Mystery (this will be a series of books)–Cassidy Clarke is an eighth grader who loves mystery novels. As she unwillingly embarks on a cruise ship adventure with her dad and her dad’s stupid girlfriend Angela (who she has affectionately nicknamed Angeduhh) she finds herself wrapped up in a mystery all her own! She’s accused of a crime that she didn’t commit and the only way to prove it wasn’t her is to find the real criminal! She’s in a race against the clock as she has to rely on her own sleuthing skills to solve the case.
- The Chronicles of Cassidy Clarke Book 2– The Curse of the Cupcake Cook Off-Cassidy Clarke is on the case once again! Her best friend Sofia Hainsworth has been selected to participate in a televised cook-off. When things start to happen to the contestants and some of the front runners become very sick, Cassidy has to figure out who’s behind it before it’s too late and before Sofia is the next target!
- The Old Farmer’s Treasure-Every summer it’s the same old thing, a two-week stay at Grandpa’s farm up north. Nothing ever changes and Adam, Jack, and Mike are bored once again. This summer something changes…the boys embark on an adventure that is sure to change their lives forever. Will they risk everything they have to find a treasure beyond their wildest dreams or will they die trying?
3 Adult Thrillers
- Untitled– An accident. A hospital bed. Blood. Jessica Westlake had it all, a beautiful home, successful husband and a new life growing inside of her. On the day of her final ultrasound appointment, she finds herself a victim of a deadly hit and run. Her perfect on the surface life is torn to pieces and Jessica begins to unravel the twisted secrets in her increasingly abusive marriage. Was the hit and run that almost took her life really an accident?
- Untitled-What would you do if you found a body washed ashore? Lyndsay Richman is a travel blogger who just inherited her aunt’s house by the sea. One morning while out for her daily run she sees something on the beach. She gets closer and finally makes out the image. The body of a man with the hands and feet severed. She calls the cops and they identify the body to be Cliff Whitely a prominent real estate agent with a long list of enemies who’s been missing for months. The only problem is…Lyndsay was the last person who saw him alive.
- Untitled-Tabitha Kane is broke, jobless and is in the midst of an ugly divorce after finding her husband screwing around on her with a woman he met at the gym. She thinks that this point in her life is rock bottom but everything is about to become much worse. She comes home to find that her apartment has been ransacked and there are intimate photos of her stuck to the walls. She immediately calls her ex-husband and he tells her that he knows what the thieves are looking for. He tells her that he is in danger and is about to be killed. Just as he’s about to tell her what it is she hears gunshots and the line goes dead. Tabitha must figure out what the thieves are looking for because her life depends on it.
Looking forward to releasing these! Stay tuned!
As you know, the next children’s title coming out of Pandamonium Publishing House is the long awaited Deer Diary! Well, I’m excited to announce that I will be interviewing Illustration and Design students from Sheridan College on Monday, February 27th to see who will be illustrating the book. I’m very excited and would like to say a very special thank you to Sheridan College for allowing me some of your talent! I’ll keep you posted on upcoming details and I’ll post pictures of the process. I’ll even make sure that you get a behind the scenes sneak peek of some of the FIRST illustrations! Watch for postings on Monday and if we aren’t friends on FaceBook yet…why not?
I’m currently on the look-out for some new writing talent in the following categories:
Middle-Grade Fiction*Fiction that is aimed at readers around 8-12 years of age. E.g. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dear Dumb Diary, and The lightning Thief.
Young-Adult Fiction*Fiction that is aimed at readers around 12-18 years of age.E.g. The Fault in Our Stars, Divergent and The Outsiders.
Please contact me if you’d like to discuss the process and want to know more about what I do and what I can do for you. I look forward to your submissions.