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A Review by Mrs. Mommy Booknerd

A new review of In the Fool’s Footsteps is in, this one by book blogger Emily Lewis, aka Mrs. Mommy Booknerd (love the name!). She also did an interview with me as part of her Author Profiles. Some of the questions were quite challenging…

Read the review here.

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Upcoming Author Appearance

Saturday, October 13, 2012

7:30 p.m.

All Saints Church

2850 Bloor St. West, Toronto (east of Royal York)

I have another appearance coming up – this one completely out of the blue. I was at a house party a few weeks ago, where I met the lovely and talented Tonia Szkurhan, a friend of the hosts. Our shared affinity for the arts got us to talking, and eventually she sang a song for those gathered around. Wow! What a voice. She told me about this upcoming concert and invited me to do a reading from my book as part of the show.

Just like that.

I just love it when artists support each other – everybody wins.

Here are the details…

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Some more reviews…

From Cannibal Cutie:

In the Fool’s Footsteps, a new indie book that I just read, is definitely hard to put down. Karen Hoffman’s complex structure of books within a book and a-million-characters set up is an innovative collection of writings.”

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From a 5-star review on Amazon:

“Toronto novelist Karen Hoffman has written a deeply engaging story which is best described as part fiction, part mystery and all entertainment!”

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Book Signing at Pandemonium Books & Discs

Just a quick note to let you know about my upcoming reading and book signing. The event is being held at my local used bookstore on September 8. So excited and looking forward to seeing some familiar faces!

 

I’m pleased with the poster, which I D-I-mYself. I just recently discovered Paint.net, downloaded it for free and used it to create this poster from my book cover. The internet simply rocks. Not sure what I would do without it – hmm…probably get a lot more writing done, actually.

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I read somewhere…

Over the weekend, I read a book I downloaded for free from Kindle. So far, I have not had much luck with the free books – mostly abysmally bad, to be honest. Not to mention the typos and formatting errors, but what do you expect for free, right?

Write Good or Die is not one of those. Written by a collection of successful professional writers (Scott Nicholson, Gayle Lynds, Kevin J. Anderson, M.J. Rose, Heather Graham, Douglas Clegg, Alexandra Sokoloff, J.A. Konrath, Harley Jane Kozak, and Jonathan Maberry), it should be a bible for anyone considering becoming an author, let alone a self-published one. It’s incredibly informative and, at times, laugh out loud funny.

I wish I had read it 6 months ago.

This collection of articles covers all aspects of writing and publishing, whether indie or traditional, including honing your craft. (How refreshing for someone like me who agonizes over every comma and every nuance in my creative work.) Personal stories of the climb to the top provide inspiration, and practical hints around marketing and promotion filter through all the information on the internet.

About halfway through the first article, I set it down and went to retrieve my notebook and pen. I finished it in one sitting and filled five notebook pages with new marketing ideas and notes for my current works in progress. And my handwriting is tiny.

If it’s so good, why is it free? you may be thinking.

Remember, these are successful professional writers. They’ve won awards and sold millions of copies. Some of them are going to sell even more because I was so impressed, I’m going to buy their work. That’s it.

I’ve also been perusing another book, recommended to me by a friend, called The Law of Attraction: The Basics of the Teachings of Abraham by Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks. The ‘Abraham’ in the title is a spirit from another dimension who has spoken to the husband and wife team about the Law of Atrraction – in a nutshell, the power of positive thinking.

Okaaaaay.

Did I mention this is not to be found in the Fiction section?

So, Ouija boards, chanellers and awkward prose aside, the book has a great message: focus on what you want instead of what you don’t. Because whatever you think about the most will manifest in your life. For me, practising this philosophy has helped me to stop the damaging spiral of negative thoughts and frustration that lead to poor productivity. If I’m feeling positive, I’m damn sure going to get a lot more done. (And, by extension, reap the rewards. I’ll let you know how that goes.)

And who am I to scoff at the spirituality of the writers? The characters in my book are all based on tarot cards.

(Well, loosely based. And it can be found in the Fiction section. I just liked the archetypal imagery. Okay, nevermind.)

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How Did the E-Author Sign Her E-Books?

When I first announced my intentions to self-publish, a common question was whether or not hard copies would be available (yes) because people want a signed copy, and how on earth would I be able to sign an ebook? I pondered it and initially came up with nothing.

There are clever digital signature programs out there but I hesitate to rely on technology on the spot while people wait in line. Then I ventured into the scary and intimidating world of Twitter. There I saw something wonderful – a lightbulb moment, if you will. One of my favourite authors, Christopher Moore (@theauthorguy) was touring with his latest novel, Sacre Bleu, and a fan brought a handmade book jacket for an ereader that she asked Mr. Moore to sign. He took a picture and tweeted it.

I don’t know who the fan was, so I can’t give her credit, but I did steal her idea. Here is the result…

This is the template I used. I created a table in Word, sized the cells to the proper dimensions and inserted the picture.

The finished product after cutting, folding and gluing.

I think this lends a lovely tactility to an otherwise virtual experience. It’s a nod to the phenomenology of traditional books.

Have you bought a copy of the ebook that you would like signed? Email me at simplicty[dot]kh[at]gmail[dot]com.

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Reading at Internationalist Books – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Internationalist Books, located at 405 W Franklin St in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Hey there! This Sunday, June 17 at 5pm, I will be appearing at the Internationalist Books and Community Center in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Look at that, will you? I restrained my Canadian urge to spell “Center” with an “re”.) I  will be reading from In the Fool’s Footsteps and signing books. If you’re in the neighbourhood, come on by!

I haven’t been there yet, but their website boasts that they’ve been selling “riot literature” since 1981. It’s also a hub for activism, gender issues and community involvement. While I wouldn’t exactly categorize In the Fool’s Footsteps as “riot” literature, it does raise gender questions (you’ll see what I mean when you read it) and presents characters who do not subscribe to the status quo (to put it mildly).

(Once the reading is finished, I am expecting my family to place me under house arrest, since we are actually here on vacation. I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity.)

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