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Inspiring Conversations with Lacey L. Bakker of Pandamonium Publishing House

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lacey L. Bakker.

Hi Lacey L., so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
In October 2015, Pandamonium Publishing House was born. It started with one author, one illustrator, and one book and has grown to eleven authors, four illustrators, and an arsenal of books with more on the way. I’m so grateful for each person on our team and for all of our readers and clients who believe in us and our work.

I’ve been Internationally published over a dozen times for various publications such as Women’s World Magazine (November 2015, June 2016, October 2016, February 2017, April 2017, July 2017, March 2018, June 2018, July 2018, August 2018, December 2020 )and Chicken Soup for the Soul (Laughter is the Best Medicine, 2020, and Think Positive; Live Happy, 2019), and Best Health Magazine (April 2017).

My story, Number 7, was featured on the Chicken Soup for the Soul Podcast on June 25.

My books are available in 14 different countries worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Sweden, Netherlands, and India. They are available in all 50 states in Barnes and Noble and Walmart. You can find reviews of my books on Good Reads (search LL. Colling) and Amazon (Canada and US) under Lacey L. Bakker and LL Colling.

My book Advice from a Publisher (Insider Secrets to Getting Published) hit number 1 on Amazon in Canada on May 3, 2020, and debuted at number 3 on Amazon in the US on the same day. My children’s book, The Adventures of Milan and Friends, Baseball Bedlam, also hit number 1 on Amazon in Canada on May 22, 2020, and number 3 on Amazon in the United States on the same day. My book, The Magic Pumpkin Farmer, was also on the Amazon Best Sellers List in August 2020.

I’ve taught writing workshops across Canada and the US at Mohawk College, Grimsby Public Library, Sherwood Library, Terry Berry Library, Turner Park Library and was a guest speaker at Sheridan College for the illustration and design program. I’ve also been a guest speaker at various elementary and secondary schools and was a guest speaker at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference in 2018.

My background is in Marketing and Advertising, Children’s Literature, and Publishing. I have completed continuing education in New York City, Toronto, Boston, and London, England. I have completed Consumer Neuroscience and Neuromarketing with Copenhagen Business School (Denmark) with a final grade of 88%. I’ve completed Viral Marketing & How to Craft Contagious Content at Wharton with a final grade of 95%, and I am currently enrolled in Writing for Science at Stanford.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There have been bumps along the way! There’s never a straight, easy line to success when you’re an entrepreneur. I’ve been divorced, found new love, sold everything I owned to travel the US and Canada in a tour bus with my rottweiler and two cats, and have run my business mobility for the past six years from the Everglades to Orlando to Toronto and everywhere in between! As long as there’s an internet signal, anything is possible!

The biggest struggle for me is obscurity and people not knowing who we are or what we do. We’re indeed working on putting ourselves on the map and getting our books into the hands of readers worldwide! I’m also scared to death of being a one-hit wonder, so I always strive to achieve more, write more, and publish more.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Pandamonium Publishing House?
Publishing Made Simple. That’s our motto. We take all of the complex and complicated parts out of publishing and provide services to help people bring their stories to the world. We specialize in traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing and guide authors every step of the way during their storytelling journey. We publish all types of books from non-fiction, fiction, poetry, anthologies, children’s books, novels, thrillers, and every genre in between! A world without literature is one that we never want to imagine, and we believe that everyone has an untold story inside of them that the world needs to hear.

Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I’ve risked everything to be where I am today. I sold my house, moved into a tour bus with my two cats and dog, and committed to traveling the US and Canada for the next five years, promoting Pandamonium Publishing House, our books, and our authors. I am a HUGE risk taker and believe that that’s where the fun lies in life. Without risk, there is no reward! Each time I’ve risked anything in my life, it’s turned out a million times better than I ever could have imagined. And I bet it all!

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