About Lois Hoffman

Lois Hoffman is the author of The Self-Publishing Roadmap: A step-by-step guide to publishing the book of your dreams. She is a writer, speaker, workshop facilitator, and coach for new and experienced writers. Combining her life-long passion for teaching with her expertise in self-publishing, Lois founded The Happy Self-Publisher to encourage writers to become authors and aspiring writers to put their thoughts on the page. She teaches writers to overcome writing, publishing, and book marketing obstacles through workshops and on her blog at www.loishoffman.net. She is also the author of The Almost Perfect Birthday Party: A sanity-preserving guide to planning a party your child will love. As a professional juggler and entertainer, she performs with her husband, Michael, as The Juggling Hoffmans. They share the gift of laughter at corporate, private, and community events. Her experience as an event planner and participant in 20+ years of birthday parties lead Lois to write about successfully, although perhaps not perfectly, planning a birthday party for children. She has also been published in Highlights for Children. Lois lives with her family in Newark, Delaware where she juggles her creative pursuits with enthusiasm and joy.
512, 2017

New Year’s Resolutions: Write Book

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New Year’s resolutions: write book

You may be asking the question, “Did she neglect to edit her own blog title?” Not quite. My intention for this post is to challenge you to keep Write Book off your New Year’s resolutions list this year.

Without challenge, there is no change. Keep your New Year’s resolutions writing-free by making the commitment now. Human tendency craves a qualifying life event prior to a significant life change. Have you heard yourself or others quote phrases such as the ones below? 

I’ll get serious about long-term savings after the next vacation. 

I’ll lose weight after the holiday season. 

I’ll finish painting the house after binge-watching every season of HGTV’s Fixer Upper.

Welcome to Unproductivity 5.0, the art of linking goal setting to procrastination. You know what you […]

2011, 2017

Be Thankful for Writing

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The upcoming holiday season brings gratitude, joy and an opportunity to celebrate life with those you love. It is the time of year to express our thankfulness for family, friends, opportunities, progress, and yes, writing. As a blogger, writer, or author, you love to write! So, you should always be thankful for writing, right?

Many business and entrepreneurial articles correlate thankfulness with success, often portraying thankfulness as a “secret ingredient” in goal progression.

Daily routine: Get up. Get dressed. Be thankful.

Simply expressing thankfulness as a tool for success minimizes what it means to truly be thankful. Being thankful is not solely an item on your to-do list or a pathway to success, but it can be a means of refocusing our thoughts and a powerful […]

2410, 2017

Believing These 9 Myths About Book Cover Design Keep You From Selling

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This guest post is from book cover designer Joshua Jadon.

Have you thought about what might be holding you back as an author? Well, there are actually several things that it could be. The one that you might not even be thinking about is the book cover design. Who hasn’t heard that judging a book based on its cover is wrong? But who actually listens to it? You’re probably guilty of this too, and your readers may be, as well.

But what should you be doing to improve your book cover design? These tips will help you figure out how to get it right the first time.

Myth #1: Your name should be front and center

If you’re famous, like J.K. Rowling or Stephen King, then […]

2809, 2017

Top 21 reasons it’s worth the effort to write a book

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Here are my top 21 reasons it’s worth the effort to write a book.

1. Earn passive income

Whether you publish a physical book or ebook, or you hawk your book online or off, there is money to be made from book sales. The exact amount depends on a lot of factors including the topic, quality of the writing and production, and your promotion efforts. While most people think about the income from the sale of the book as a driving force for writing it, it’s clearly not the only reason (and shouldn’t be) for writing a book.

2. Feel a sense of accomplishment

It’s hard to describe the feeling of pressing the publish button or holding your book in your hands for the first time. Joy, elation, relief, pride, over the […]

1509, 2017

Adventures in Writing Nonfiction Launch!

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It’s launch week for my online writing course, Adventures in Writing Nonfiction: A roadmap for writing a book people want to read!

I began working on this project in January – writing, editing, filming, and finally sending it into video production to create a course that would help YOU realize your dream of becoming an author.

And just like the exhilarating feeling I’m experiencing now with launching my course, you’ll feel that when you publish your book. Let me tell you, it feels great!

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What’s included in the course:

10 modules containing 41 high-quality video lessons

Downloadable audio of each lesson, if you prefer learning on the go

708, 2017

Do writers need a Facebook Page?

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If your readers are on Facebook, you need to be on Facebook.

If you are new to writing or if you are an established writer trying to build a fan base, this is the perfect time to set up a Facebook page. You might be thinking you already have a personal profile. Isn’t that enough? I would argue that you need both.

Why you need a Facebook Page?

There are many advantages to having a Facebook Page in addition to a personal profile. The first and main distinction is separating your personal and writing life. Although your writing may intersect with your everyday existence, as you build your fan base, they may not want to hear about Aunt Sally’s knee replacement or your dog’s latest fascination with Game of Thrones.

But that’s not […]

1307, 2017

Creative spaces to write

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If you’re a dedicated writer, you’ve probably got your favorite spot to write. Maybe you curl up in a little nook in your bedroom or plunk down at the kitchen table. But sometimes you need to get out of the house. You need inspiration. While routine can be good, very good, writers benefit by shaking things up every once in a while. Feed your creative soul with different sights, sounds, and smells of life outside of the usual. You need creative spaces to write.

Here are a few places that may take your brain on a little inspiration vacation.

5 Creative Spaces

Coffee shop

If you are a regular follower, you know that I routinely hang out at Panera for my morning writing. I used to […]

2006, 2017

Your book and what you really want out of life

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I talk a lot about knowing your why behind writing a book. It’s the single most important step to a successful outcome for your project. Once you determine your why, the next thing is to think about what you want in your life. You might be thinking, Wow, you’re reaching pretty far, aren’t you Lois? Why can’t I just get to writing the book?

It’s too easy to have vague goals. But, most often, vague goals lead to equally vague results. You want results, right? Even if the goal is to sell one book, or just finish what you started, it’s a result. Your goals aren’t going to be like mine. We all have different things we want out of life. We often think of a few things we want […]

606, 2017

Blog Your Book in 10 Manageable Steps

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You’ve been blogging for a while and you have a lot of great content, right? Your readers love what you’re sharing and they want more. Why not turn all your words into a book that informs, inspires, or entertains your readers? Why not sprinkle a little magic dust on your hard work and make the transformation into an author? Why not blog your book?

If you already have a blog or a series of articles and want to turn it into a book, this post will get you to the heart of it.

Turning your blog into a book is both easier and more challenging than starting from scratch. It’s easier because you already have lots of content written which can save you tons of time. It’s harder because you’re trying to […]

2505, 2017

Identify your WHY before writing a book

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Why are you writing a book?

Of all the questions you’ll answer, this is one of the most important ones. The “why” behind any project, whether it’s a business venture or a book, is the driving force behind what you do and how you do it. Your why is your mission statement and everything you write in the book, from the quality of the production to how you market it, should point back to why you’re writing the book in the first place. In his TED talk, Simon Sinek famously talks about why then what. Think about why you are writing your book and then decide what you’ll write based on your answer.

So, what does your why look like?

The WHY behind a memoir

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