Featured author in Pen It! Magazine

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I am honored to have been chosen as the featured author for the March/April 2015 issue of Pen It! Magazine. The magazine is in its sixth year and is produced by Debi Stanton, based in southern Indiana. Debi recently invited me to speak on researching for nonfiction books at her Spring Writers Conference, conducted at the Yes Cinema in Columbus, Indiana. I had a blast doing that. It was the second time Debi asked me to speak at one of her writer’s conferences; the first time, I spoke on newspaper reporting. In addition to publishing my bio in her most recent magazine, Debi also published a recent poem of mine, “One Tree and Me.” I hadn’t written a lot of poetry lately, but got inspired one day to write that one.

If anyone is interested in subscribing to Pen It! contact Debi at debih7606@frontier.com for one free issue.

Can cozies, bottle openers and stress balls … oh, my!

I picked up a few marketing items the other day.

Ordered myself a couple of stress balls that are really more of rounded-off stress cubes featuring the cover of my book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: MerchandiseThe Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” on one face.

Also got some bottle openers emblazoned with my website, http://www.PaulHoffmanAuthor.com.

And finally, some can/bottle cooler-like cozies with the book cover and my website printed on them.

I haven’t figured out what all I’m going to do with them yet. I might offer them for sale, might do some giveaways. I’ve only ordered a few of each right now. I’ll probably get more later.

Earlier, I got myself a mouse pad and T-shirt with the book cover on them. Those were for my own use, although I could certainly order more. I also gave my mom a coffee mug with the book cover on it.

It’s pretty neat all the cool stuff you can get.

If you were me, what would you do with them? Post a message here, go to my Facebook author page and post a note there or email me at phof63@sbcglobal.net.

Variety of topics on tap at writers conference; and I’ll be presenting one of them

I’m thrilled to have been asked to give a presentation at the Spring Writers in Columbus, Indiana, on April 25. The conference will be held at the YES Cinema, 328 Jackson St., and will feature four speakers. Besides my talk, entitled “Researching Non-Fiction:  From personal interviews to document discovery,” the other topics presented will be “Breathing Life into Characters,” “Query Letters and the Novel Pitch,” and “Getting Published at Little or No Cost.”

The conference will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. I’ll be presenting from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Click here for all the details, including agenda, presenting author biographies and more: Writers Conf 2015 Yes Cinema Flyer

Hope to see you there!

Read a lot of ‘Murder in Wauwatosa’ free!

Did you know that Google Books posts lots of books online? Well, not entire books, but a good portion of many books. You can check the books out, read a little more than just a synopsis. And if it sounds interesting, you ca705BuddyPostcardn go find it somewhere to purchase.

My book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” is on Google Books. If you want to take a nice, long gander at it, just click here.

Hopefully, you’ll like what you see and/or let your friends know.

Thanks!

If you can’t do, then teach … or so they say

I’m thrilled to have been invited to do some teaching gigs this year. I’ll be drawing upon my 30 years of journalism experience, plus my efforts in writing my book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” to teach various aspects of nonfiction writing soon.

Here’s what’s on tap for now (I never know what may be added, so stay tuned):

April 6, 5:30-6:30 p.m.: I’ll be speaking at the Scribblers Writing Club on conducting personal interviews. We meet at Sogna Della Terra bakery and coffee shop, 901 Washington St, Columbus, Indiana. I’ve hung out with this group a couple of times and have enjoyed getting to know the variety of writers involved. One of them is about to do an oral history and since I have vast experience doing personal interviews, I was asked to chat a bit about that at the next meeting.

April 25: I’ll be giving a presentation titled “RESEARCHING NONFICTION: From personal interviews to document discovery” at the Spring Writers Conference, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at thew Yes Cinema, 328 Jackson St., Columbus, Indiana. My segment will run from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Cost is $25. Info: Debi Stanton, 812-371-4128 or debih7606@frontier.com. Debi heads up the Bartholomew County Writers Group, another group I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in with a couple of times. She asked me if I would present at the conference and gave me the freedom to choose my topic. Thanks, Debi!

July 18, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.: I’ll be teaching a class on AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop, 234 Brook St. Unit 2, Waukesha, Wisconsin 53188. Phone: 262.446.0284. This one will take some of the elements of my previous two talks and add some spice for a more lengthy workshop. I was invited by owner Kathy Giorgio, whom I met at the Edgerton (Wis.) Sterling North Book and Film Festival last fall. Here is what we’ve got on Kathy’s website regarding my visit:

RESEARCHING NONFICTION AND TURNING IT INTO FICTION

Have you come across an event that piqued your interest so much that you had to find out more? Special guest lecturer Paul Hoffman discusses the many methods that can be used to uncover clues to the story behind the story during his workshop. In addition, he will give you some ideas on turning your research into nonfiction without losing the integrity of the original story. He’ll discuss not only text, but also about the different visual possibilities to illustrate your work. Writers of all abilities will benefit.

The AllWriters’ 2015 Celebrity Saturday Schedule can be found here.

Tosa paper prints story on my screenplay efforts

My efforts to turn “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” into a screenplay has been acknowledge by Wauwatosa Now and reporter Rory Linnane.

I met with Rory over Christmas break at Brookfield Square mall in Brookfield, Wisconsin. Her story has just been posted on the Wauwatosa Now website. Click here to see the story.

Thanks, Rory!

Get a free book from a talented author!

Are you interested in a Christmas book giveaway?

My friend and fellow author, Michael John Sullivan, is conducting one such animal.

All you have to do is leave a comment below the story at his website to be eligible.My book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” is one of the books you could win.

Mike says: “There are books available from these talented writers — Selena Robins, Maddie Ryan, Paul Hoffman, Barbara Robinson, Kathy Boyd Fellure, Kyrian Lyndon, Laurie Kozlowski, Susan Ricci, Jenn Nixon, and Michael John Sullivan. There are books available from many genres, too. Have some fun reading up on these talented writers.”

Even if you don’t win a free book, you may find some good ideas for Christmas presents … I’m just sayin’ …

Hey! I’m teaching a class in Waukesha next July!

I am honored to have been asked to teach a workshop at AllWriters’ Workplace & Workshop next summer.

I met Kathie Giorgio, director and founder of AllWriters, at the Edgerton (Wisconsin) Sterling North Book and Film Festival this past fall. She asked if I’d be interested in talking on gathering information about nonfiction books and turning those books into fiction works. I was honored to get the invitation and am looking forward to teaching the one-day class on July 18.

My class is part of AllWriters’ Celebrity Saturday, “which brings in a better-known, better-published author to work with you for one intensive day,” according to the AllWriters’ website. Celebrity Saturdays run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $85, which includes a lunch catered by Cafe De Art in Waukesha. Yum!

I’ll be discussing how I gathered information for my nonfiction book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” how I am taking that book and altering the information contained therein to turn the story into a screenplay “based on real events” and whatever else pops into my mind by July.

The AllWriters’ 2015 Celebrity Saturday Schedule can be found here.

I just figured out how to autograph an e-book!

And you thought your favorite author couldn’t put a personalized message on the e-book you bought! Don’t feel bad; I didn’t either.

But, I just signed up my book, “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher,” to do just that. Go here to get it done. Read below or click here to find out more about Authorgraph.

Authorgraph makes it possible for authors to sign e-books for their readers. Really!

Getting an Authorgraph is easy:

  • Search or browse for your favorite authors or books
  • Click “Request Authorgraph” (you can include a short message to the author)
  • Receive an email when the author has signed your Authorgraph
  • View your Authorgraph in your favorite reading apps and devices

This is pretty cool.

https://www.authorgraph.com/authors/phof_author

Holiday special! Prices slashed!

Want to get a personally autographed copy of “Murder in Wauwatosa: The Mysterious Death of Buddy Schumacher” directly from the author, but you can’t manage the $20? 

Well, you’re in luck!

For a limited time, I’ve cut the price to $15. That’s right, just $15!

And that even includes 705BuddyPostcardpostage and handling.

Here’s all you have to do:

  1. Send me $15 per book (yes, you are allowed to buy more than one!)
  2. Send me your name and address.
  3. Tell me to whom to address my signature.
  4. Send payment via PayPal at phof63@sbcglobal.net OR send a check made payable to Paul Hoffman to  me at P.O. Box 2611, Columbus, IN 47201.
  5. If you see me in person, I probably have a book nearby. Just ask. And as long as I have my cell phone and Square reader with me, I’ll be able to accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

It is also possible to get the book in e-book format or through Amazon or Barnes & Noble or at your local bookstore. If they don’t have it in stock, just ask them to order it.

Don’t delay. Order today! Supplies aren’t limited yet, but they could be if I get a nice holiday rush.

Oh, and tell every single one of your friends about this fantastic offer, as well as 3 or 4 other people. It’s good for the planet probably.