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2016 is Here!

I truly hope you all enjoyed New Years celebrations and 2016 brings a renewal of your hopes and dreams. 

For me, 2015 was a transformational year. I stepped so far outside my comfort zone that I no longer recognize the circle that I was in. I had many successes in 2015 and many learning opportunities and I'm the better for it.

The year ended with the publication of our latest book Tales from the Script and with that brought all sorts of new opportunities that have now carried over into 2016. I'll not bore you with the details now but I can tell you that this holiday season felt completely different for me.

Christmases and New Years in the past were sometimes a big struggle for me. I've put my company on hiatus twice during this time due to the frustration of not being able to make it work. Because I couldn't make it work I was trapped in a job that I didn't enjoy and the onset of January / February generally meant that Gary wouldn't be around much as he helped his clients through the RRSP season. Suffice it to say, I was one of those that really dreaded the holidays.

But 2015 brought about some new changes, new ideas that I experimented with, but mostly it brought about more confidence in myself, my company and my products. I discovered craft fairs and befriended some very talented artisans - people who are passionate about what they do. There were knitters who made some phenomenal sweaters, toques, scarves, mitts, socks - all things well used by Canadians. A good friend of mine makes a wide variety of products from Beeswax. I met iron sculptors, canvas artists, face painters, soap makers and a talented young man who made some very delicious sauces and dips. There were also a large number of mostly women that were direct sellers - people who sold products for companies through home parties and such. While these women didn't make their products, they were very passionate about the company and the value the goods could add to someone's life. 

These people went out to market after market because they believed in what they were doing. Their products are not mainstream but they are fun and useful and hold meaning. These artists have inspired me to keep going. As I spoke with them and they were so full of creative ideas, their enthusiasm rubbed off on me. I ended up creating more products with more to come and finding better ways to serve people with the thing that I'm passionate about.

As I kept leaning into it, I kept getting more and more inspired. So much so that for the first time in many years, I was excited about the start of a New Year.

What I'm leading up to, is that if you've found yourself in a place where there seems to be many hurdles to overcome, don't try overcoming them all at once. Just try one at a time and little by little you'll reach your goal.

I hope that 2016 brings you health, happiness, peace and love.

Take care and happy reading!

Darlene Poier
Publisher and Owner
Pages Of Stories, Inc.

We have a wide variety of products and services that we are now offering. All intended to inspire one's imagination and creativity. Take a look at our website for a more complete list and for purchasing but here are some examples below.
Our very first book - excellent and creative short stories inside.
Posters, magazines, bookmarks - it's all here for you to view.
Our one and only non fiction magazine. These are touching and personal stories of war.
This is the first of four Ficta Fabula magazines. You can browse through the magazine by clicking on "Bits" in the Shop section of the website.
Book Binding. Learn a fun new skill.
Everything Books

It won't come as a surprise to anyone that I love everything about books. From the fantastic stories that come out of an author's imagination to the paper that it's printed on to putting it all together to create what you hold in your hands.

But there is something that I love even more than books. I love it when the stories that we put out into the world put a smile on someone's face. I love it when someone writes to me and tells me that they didn't know there were so many talented authors. I love it when an author is beside themselves with excitement at the thought of being published.

In short, I love inspiring people to use their imaginations by reading stories.

One of the skills I picked up in 2015 was to learn how to bind books. I'm not 100% sure how I came to deciding that I wanted to do this, all I know is that I enjoy it immensely. One of my many challenges over the years was being able to affordably print off copies of Ficta Fabula through a commercial printer. In order to make the per unit cost reasonable, I had to order copies by the hundreds. To order small quantities had no value because it would cost almost as much for small quantities as it did for large quantities.

When I started at the print center that I work in now, I never imagined that some printing mysteries of the universe would be revealed to me. I saw how easy it was to create something meaningful and professional looking. I then took a tour of our production center where they do large quantity orders and more secrets were revealed. And finally I attended a craft fair where a talented young woman was selling journals that she'd bound herself and I finally realized that this was doable for me.

I watched a few videos on YouTube and I finally found an expert. The moniker she goes under is "Sea Lemon" and she has a wide variety tutorials. By following her instructions I was able to create what I was looking for.

Now, I can happily say that I'm completely comfortable in two different kinds of binding options and I'm so happy that I can do this not just for all the Ficta Fabula books but for journals and self-published authors as well. 

Many traditional publishers started out as printers. I've done things backwards, but that's ok.

If you are interested in finding out what I can offer for book binding services, please contact me at info@pagesofstories.com.
I believe the journals are the gatekeepers to our hopes, dreams, ideas and frustrations. If you'd like to learn how to make your own to keep for yourself or give as a gift - please take a look at my website. 

I can do in home tutorials as well as for larger groups. We need at least 3 days to accomplish. 

If you like what your see but don't want to make your own - that's OK! We have a variety of journals available to purchase.
The Ficta Fabula book is here! Each copy of this book is hand bound. Find out more about this little treasure further down the newsletter.
Ever wondered how a book was put together? Scroll down to find out about book binding workshops.
New!!!

We are now offering a new service to self-published authors. We can do small print runs for your masterpieces quite cost effectively. More information below.
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