What’s Your Talent: Thought Collection Publishing by Kat Lahr

Thought Notebook, in my opinion, is one of those literary journals that encapsulate spiritual literature, choosing to focus on the positive, the figurative and the soulful. It attempts to capture the essence of fate and destiny in a justified way without compromising its ability to connect with its audiences. It doesn’t really focus on darker themes and sides more on the side of light, which is not only refreshing for me, but also relieving, as I feel that my poem “Les Nouvelles” really has found its new home.

This blog entry focuses on the path that led Kat Lahr and I, and how our cyber-friendship has really made an impact on both my writing and personal life.

Breeze of Fate:

The story of how I became part of the third issue is quite long so I’ll keep it short. After finding the website and reading the submissions guidelines about ten times (to be really, really sure; and thank God I did!), I decided to submit a poem which has been through a LOT of editing and a LOT of rejection letters from magazines I really thought it would suit to the point where I’m not even sure if it’s still got the feel I want it to have.

Now after I have finished writing the cover letter and due to my over-excitement, a trait I say is part of being a Leo, I hadn’t actually enclosed the submission in the email! My first ever interaction with Kat was her gently telling me there wasn’t anything attached (the smiley face helped). At this point, I thought this was fate telling me to just move on and find another publisher, but a bigger part of my brain told me to take this as one more time to run through the poem before sending it off again.

And after getting that amazing “yes”, the rest was history.

Lesson learnt: See the good in everything that happens; it’s probably just the world telling you to do that one more thing before getting to your destination. Oh, and the world is always on your side. Always.

A couple of months later, and the journal was born.


And the journal is not only a creative masterpiece in terms of the human prose, the touching poetry and the very intricate artwork, but it sells well with its audience, too! Check out some of the reviews given to some of the issues on Amazon:

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This just makes me ten times happier to have been part of such a bright project!

As with the nature of my previous WYT entries, I had our very game subject a short Q&A portion. Budding editors, better take some notes, you’re going to get some serious wisdom right here.

  1. How did you find yourself in the world of Thought Collection Publishing? Has the field of publishing always been something you wanted to be a part of?

I started to write for pleasure when I was fifteen. Journaling my life and what I was exposed to was therapeutic for me. I would ask my friends whom I shared my time with to add their thoughts to my journal as well. It soon became a part of our adventures as we explored the world as young adults. From this I began to enjoy other peoples’ thoughts on life topics and the learning opportunities that came with it.

Thought Collection Publishing was born with that in mind. I decided recently in my adult years to make writing more of a priority when my internal longing for more writing time kept surfacing. I quickly realized I didn’t want to go the traditional route due to the limited options and opportunities for me, so I decided to start a publishing company and publish myself. It was difficult for me to accept the standards that this old and traditional industry had developed and vowed to create what publishing meant to me instead. And since I have always enjoyed working with others and didn’t want to become that writer by myself in an office–I decided to collaborate with others on projects, and provide opportunities to other writers who too have the same publishing challenges.

  1. What should an art or literary piece need to make you see or feel in order to get that acceptance letter? What does it have to resonate to you and your readers?

Deeper thought. Long ago I realized there is a sacred moment with our souls when we analyse our thoughts and expressions. It’s not easy for people to think deeper about their work, and we work with artists that are open and willing to do so. Not all literary and visual artists like to create individual descriptions for their work, but we like to challenge our artists to think deeper about their pieces and share those thoughts with us and begin to open the mind to a conversation. Since I study and research specific themes, we are looking for artistic connections and thoughts specifically on these themes and how they connect to their submissions.

  1. I love how Thought Notebook is a very optimistic journal, focusing on the positive and spiritual aspects of life. In your perspective, what does Thought Notebook stand for? How would you describe its essence?

Thought Notebook is based on a true story: Humanity’s Story. We all share this journey called life that we need to walk on, and having respect for our fellow human’s perspectives that come from their unique paths is one of the hardest things we can do. Life is hard and difficult as well, creating a need for healing. I believe that having negative thoughts about our life experiences is destructive. Thought Notebook is meant to collect thoughts and true stories on various topics that we all go through to build a sense of community, respect for each other, spark conversation, and create open minds that provide the healing and hope we need knowing we are not alone on this journey.

Thought Notebook also is a medium for building and sharing collective wisdom. By delving into the minds of humanity on various topics we study and research, we get to understand a bit more about ourselves and where society is going, and share our observations with the world. I come from the belief that reflection provides awareness, which provides a learning experience that leads to wisdom. The more people we can lead to wisdom, the better our world will be.

  1. What piece of advice would you give out to somebody wanting to venture out into publishing his or her own journal?

Look at limitations as opportunities and not as setbacks. The publishing industry has very high barriers to success. It’s an established industry with a long history of processes and perceptions that are outdated. The age of the internet and advent of technology has shaken up this foundation, providing opportunities of all kinds. While it’s exciting that this shakeup is occurring and to be a part of it, frustrations and limitations are enormous. The big-five publishing companies still have a lot of influence and power that makes small independent publishers like myself hard to compete in the market – and they know it. Be ready for limitations and attack them in creative ways – but most importantly, don’t give up if you have a passion.

  1. Last but not least, what is your favourite word?


Life is the epitome of diversity which colours our world with beauty in so many ways.

Web Map:

Thought Collection Publishinghttp://www.thoughtcollection.org/thought-notebook.html


Twitter – @ThoughtNotebook

GoodreadsKat Lahr

Amazon – http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kat-Lahr/e/B00KGLBGNS/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

PS. Thought Notebook is currently holding their next batch of submissions, this time focusing on the theme of Cycles, and the other on Vacation Revelations. Good luck and happy writing, fellow artists!

Light, peace and love.

– Troy

Published by troycabida

Troy Cabida (he/him) is a Filipino poet and producer based in south west London. His recent poems have appeared in TAYO Literary Magazine, harana poetry, MacMillan and bath magg. He is a producer for London open mic night Poetry and Shaah and co-founder of Liwayway Kolektibo, an arts and culture network providing space for UK-based Filipino/a/x creatives. His debut pamphlet, War Dove, was published by Bad Betty Press in 2020. Photo taken by Ray Roberts.

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