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The path to self-publishing your book is filled with endless questions and options. How do you find all the answers that are best for you and your dream?

Whatever your questions or wherever you are on your journey, we’re here to help take away the confusion and pave the way for success.

All you need to do is:

1. Schedule your complimentary 30-minute Discovery Session.

2. Follow our proven self-publishing process.

3. Celebrate your book launch!


Our goal is to help you SUCCEED.

Publishing is a journey, and it’s easy to get lost in all the noise and confusion.

I’m Lois Hoffman, founder of The Happy Self-Publisher. Like Sherpas help brave climbers trek the highest mountains, our team is here to carry the load and show you the way. We’ll clear away the confusion, respond to your concerns, arm you with tools, and lead you through each step of the journey.

Whether you choose a do-it-yourself path and learn from workshops, books, and course materials … or you want customized one-on-one support or publishing production … you’ll have solid, practical information that will inspire you to turn your idea into a reality.

And trust me: there’s nothing like holding your own book in your hands!

Self-publishing values

Your Words Matter

The Happy Self-Publisher encourages a diversity of people, thoughts, and ideas to promote more knowledge and greater understanding in the world.

Giving Back

Because we believe in the power of words to change lives, we give a portion of course, workshop, and book sales to an organization that works with under-served youth to teach the next generation of storytellers. Read more about Mighty Writers.


Books Designed to Match Your Style

Service Designed to Meet Your Needs

The Happy Self-Publisher is small by design to give you the answers you need and attention you deserve. We want you to have a happy self-publishing experience. Want to find out more? Let’s talk!

Lois Hoffman, The Happy Self-Publisher, made the publication of our new book, Rooster in the Henhouse, possible! From start to finish, Lois guided us with patience and great skill, de-mystifying the process, developing the layout, designing the cover, choosing just the right font, responding to our many last-minute changes and demands. Without her guidance and expertise there would be no book.  She has our highest recommendation!

John Newlin, Co-Editor, Rooster in the Henhouse

Lois helped me stay grounded through the entire publishing process. Her insight and professionalism, along with her pleasant demeanor, made this project a smooth process. My debut novel is receiving rave reviews and the comment, “I love the cover” is one I hear often. She kept me on task and published ahead of my own personal deadline. My readers are asking for a sequel, and I will work with Lois again if I decide to write one.

Lisa Allen, Author of The Key in the Willow Tree

Lois Hoffman, The Happy Self-Publisher, was incredibly helpful in preparing my book for publication. The many aspects involved in formatting, editing, and cover design can be intimidating so it was great to work with someone so knowledgeable about all these details. Her assistance enabled me to get my novel out in a timely manner. She was thorough, patient, and attentive to every detail, all while providing encouragement and prompt responses to my many questions. I would certainly recommend Lois to other writers who want to embrace self-publication without fear.

Jean Youkers, Author of Lunch Bucket Lists

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