Saturday, January 28, 2017

A new call for the Holidays!

The Spirit of Christmas Anthology

We’ve decided to celebrate the holidays with our first Anthology Collection!

The theme is The Spirit of Christmas and all it implies. Be it magical, poignant, sweet or heartwarming!

We are looking for six to eight stories, depending on the length of each submission. For this anthology, we are paying a flat rate for accepted stories this time, at the following rates: 2500-5500 word count will be a $5.00 payment, and 5501-10,000 word count will be paid $10.00

Deadline is Sept. 15, 2017 – and this is a firm deadline, not an approximate. We need time for editing and production. Our targeted release date is December 1st, though it might be mid-November if all goes smoothly.

Please refer to submission guidelines as improperly submitted manuscripts will be rejected.

General submission guidelines:

12pt Georgia or Bookman Old Style font
0.5 indent
Single spaced or 1.5
NO headers or footers
Title and Author contact on first page

Thank you and we’re looking forward to your Holiday tales!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Our début PRINT book for kids of all ages: The Monster Inn

LadyBee Publishing is proud to announce the release of our first Print book, from Internationally acclaimed author, Koos Verkaik. Discover the wonderful world of Alex and the Wolpertinger, Verkaik’s exciting fantasy/adventure series for children of all ages!

Alex and The Wolpertinger: The Monster Inn
(Book One)
First English/North American Paperback edition
Releasing – December 16, 2015

Available from Amazon or Createspace

Never trust a wolpertinger! For wolpertingers only give you troubles! Still, once, a long time ago, there was a boy who made friends with a wolpertinger. That was Alex, the boy from the Alps, who lived in the land of the giant king Clover and traveled through the Downhills–
together with Ludo the wolpertinger. They had many wonder adventures, and this is how they met.


Rumour has it that the land of King Clover, which is situated in the large country of Bavaria, has the shape of a four-leaf clover. Should you be able to fly as high as a swallow, you would see that the land consists of four equal parts.

King and Queen Clover live in Northland, where you will find the high Alps.

Their son Prime built his castle in Southland, where the deep lakes are filled with fish.
Prince Dozen, the middle son, reigns in Eastland.

Ruff Rumble, the youngest prince, built a castle of black granite in Westland. Everybody calls it Robber’s Nest, and I work there in the kitchen...

Oh, by the way, my name is Alex. I am only a boy. But I have had many adventures. Together with Shabby Tabby Chum, an old grey tomcat.

If I start by telling you that the cat and I can talk to each other and that I am as small as he is, nobody will believe me—let alone that I claim that Shabby Tabby Chum and I have made friends with a wolpertinger... Better that I tell everything from the beginning, from the moment I stood eye to eye with this giant prince Ruff Rumble of Westland.

Join the adventure: Amazon or Createspace

Visit Koos and the Wolpertinger Museum at:

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Meet internationally renowned author Koos Verkaik!

Ladybee Publishing and Evolutionary Publishing
join forces to show the great variety of
Koos Verkaik’s talents!

Koos Verkaik is one of the most productive authors of this time. 

He published over sixty different titles – both children’s books and novels.

Publisher Penny A. Adams: “Koos has been compared to Hans Christian Anderson, if Anderson had more of a fantasy bent. Koos is very well known in his native country of Holland, having been a best-selling author over there for a number of years. LadyBee Publishing is beyond pleased to have the English publishing rights to the amazing series Alex and the Wolpertinger!”

Reviews about Alex and the Wolpertinger

‘Alex and the Wolpertinger - The Monster Inn by Koos Verkaik is a must read. It is a short book but has a large story to tell. Once you open it, it will grab you and hold you down and you'll turn the pages and turn and turn some more until you reach the last one. You'll even find a few twists and turns thrown in. I gave it 5 stars but it deserves more. It would make a great gift to give. It would make a great addition to your child's library or any library's bookshelf. I highly recommend this book to everyone. You will not regret picking up this book. I look for more books from Koos Verkaik.’

‘This is a good book. I thought it was funny when Alex was being shrunk and when he was small he could talk to animals. The old tomcat yelled at him and said my name is not Shabby Tabby Chum. I think this book is adventurous. It was also funny. I liked the way Alex and the cat talked with each other.’

‘Imagine cooking for a greedy glutinous prince who wants to be waited on hand and foot. Poor young Alex creates a specialty of bread and cheese that just about saved his life from this evil prince.

Alex learns Prince Ruff Rumble has captured a magician and is holding him prisoner, demanding that he make gold but his books of magic have been ruined. Here is where Alex and his pet tomcat, Chum begin their wild adventure as they are led on one wild journey after another to find the gold makers and bring them to the prince. To begin with Alex is shrunken by the magician so he can fit into the tiny tunnels that lead into another realm of the Downhills. The spell also granted Alex the ability to understand all the animals including his faithful friend Chum. They enter a magical world where strange creatures lurk, but some help them find their way to the Monster Inn, where they will hopefully find what they came for. The story is riddled with clues all along for Alex and Chum as their fate depends on finding the gold makers. The fatmonster becomes a friend when he offers them help crossing a raging river and a place to sleep for the night. They meet up with Ludo, the Wolpertinger who is friendly and leads the way to Monster Inn. You'll find out why this Wolpertinger is so special and why he wants to help Alex and Chum. Once again, Alex finds himself caught and forced to be a cook at the inn serving a bevy of hungry monsters. He does get some help from the waitresses who are bats and a dragon who can heat up food with his flames. His special recipe of bread and cheese will once again get him out of a mess. The mystery continues on as Alex, Chum and the Wolpertinger get closer to finding the legendary gold makers. Author Koos Verkaik shows off his skill for rich fantasy in this fast paced story peppered with old world style.’

The critics had this to say about Heavenly Vision, published by Evolutionary Publishing

By the end, the author had impressed me so much that I was not sure whether to applaud the brilliance of the character in the story or the creator of that character that is the author. The twist or final pull was that good of a brilliance charm. 

An exciting adventure into a seldom-addressed topic, 19th century Spiritism in Amsterdam. I've read much on Spiritualism and Spiritism in Britain and America in the 19th century (it is, in fact, one of my favorite subjects to the explore), but I wasn't familiar with it as practiced in Holland. In THE NIBELUNG GOLD, Spiritism is as popular a practice among the Amsterdam wealthy as celebrity worship by the masses is in contemporary culture.

Wolf and his partner Jacob are explorers of the unknown and occult, very skillful at uncovering fraud and identifying actual phenomena. But even for such experienced paranormal investigators, the possibility exists of encountering phenomena well beyond their ken.

Once again this master storyteller brings one of his unique characters to life in a story about a little book collector of limited means who had the luck to come across an old Atlas in a second hand bookshop in Amsterdam. Once his historian friend laid eyes on it, he became very excited and life for Jan Glas was never the same again.

As usual Koos Verkaik brings a mélange of quirky characters to life. The good, the bad, but never the indifferent. He then weaves them into a mystical tale that moves between the present and the past of a strange machine that kills at will and a prophecy of doom. His unique writing style holds the reader’s interest from beginning to an end of the world scenario, as he builds the tension during a well plotted fantastical journey full of intrigue and mysteries.

This is another MUST for readers of strange and unique tales from the undisputed master with one of his whacky covers that I love.

Now Ladybee Publishing proudly announces a new Koos Verkaik series: Saladin the Wonder Horse

It is a series of four books – in the Netherlands it was published by De Hobbit in Alkmaar and each book had a first printing of ten thousand copies!

The series had become so popular, that Koos was asked to write comic scripts of each book and soon Saladin the Wonder Horse was a comic in magazines and albums.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Condolences to our world

I would love for my first blog posting to be light-hearted and perhaps even funny. However in the wake of the events of the day, the terrorist attack on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, rather negates that.

As a publisher, I see manuscripts that offend me, sickens me, makes me laugh, intrigues me, makes me cry and bless the few that do it, enlighten me. I obviously am not going to publish those that sicken or offend me; however I do not wish to harm those that wrote it. Get them help perhaps, wash my brain with bleach and try to unread the words- oh yeah, however I cannot and hope I never do deny them the right to write their garbage.

That someone decides it’s worth killing people over boggles my brain. Our world is unwell, and I don’t know what the answers are. Pray that people open their eyes and realise, we have but one life to live and that we need to live with one another, not defeat and destroy one another. 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Congratulations to Koos Verkaik!

LadyBee Publishing is proud to announce that not one, but two of our titles from the wonderful Koos Verkaik are Finalists at the EPIC eBooks Awards.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


We are looking for children/young adult stories that address the ever growing plight of animals on our planet today. From the Burrowing Owl to the wild horses, and everything in between - if it is a passion of yours we want to hear about it!

The  goal is to raise awareness, and educate both children and adults on why one should not attempt to raise wild animals and how to work with nature. We also want to spotlight those that step up and care for the sick, injured or endangered in the animal kingdom. 

Suggested story length should be 5000-25,000 words. This will be an ongoing theme therefore there is no deadline. 

Please refer to our submission guidelines as outlined on our website

Sunday, November 2, 2014

A note from the Publisher

LadyBee Publishing is located in South-east Saskatchewan, the heart of Canada's Prairieland. The company was launched a year ago with a clear and simple mission statement. Our goal was, and is, to showcase the brightest talents we can find, authors who know that this is a business - and a tough one - but who are driven by creativity and passion!

As a publisher, it is always a pleasure for me to work with authors who know what it takes to build a readership, and then work consistently toward that goal. This is not a kind business, and anyone who thinks this is a get rich quick idea needs to re-think that and fast.

We publish for children and young adults, and we are open to every appropriate genre. It is my firm belief that instilling a love of reading in our children is one of the very best gifts we can give them. A best-seller for me is a book that actually stimulates the imagination and makes me want to read more about those characters, or come away with some newfound emotional experience or understanding. A great book not only entertains, it also passes along life lessons.

If you believe you have a book that will be of interest to us, please visit our website and check out our submissions guidelines, clearly visible on the main menu.