Paperback Writer welcomes author Sheri Kaye Hoff, author of the inspirational non-fiction book, Keys to Living Joyfully (Createspace, Aug. ’08), as she virtually tours the blogosphere in March on her first virtual book tour with Pump Up Your Book Promotion!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Sheri Kaye Hoff resides in Parker, CO with her husband and three children. She is a Life Coach and owner of the Sheri K Hoff International Coaching Company. She teaches college classes as an adjunct faculty member and has earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Management. Her new book, Keys to Living Joyfully offers ways of living a meaningful, successful and joy filled life.
Ms. Hoff is a personal and executive life coach. Spirituality is a vital part of her life’s work. Prayer and meditation are integral pieces of her daily ritual, which enables her to pursue her life’s passions and live a truly joyful life.
Her words on faith are derived from her own Christian walk and spiritual self-discoveries. Her action steps mix faith and years of leadership training, mentoring, and management. Sheri Kaye Hoff suffered the tragic death of her younger brother when she was a teenager and struggled for years to rediscover the capacity to feel joy and to enjoy her successes. She has a heart felt desire to pass on her knowledge and discoveries that have led to a truly transformational life. Ms. Hoff publishes a free weekly inspiration newsletter, Coach Sheri’s Weekly Inspiration Tips. The Sheri K Hoff International Coaching Company also offers:
* In person small and large group Coaching
* Corporate Training
* Keynote speaking
* Individual Career and Life Coaching (For a limited time- receive a free introductory one hour life coaching session)
You can visit her website at http://www.lifeisjoyful.org.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Keys to Living Joyfully is an inspirational book on experiencing joy, peace, passion, and energy in daily life. It is designed to demonstrate the powerful roles of thoughts, action, and faith. The book is a merging of Sheri Kaye Hoff’s spiritual life and lifelong interests in leadership and motivation. The ideas presented in the book are techniques and processes that have worked for the author and clients. Foreword is written by Michele Caron, creator of MyLIfeCoach.com
The book, Keys to Living Joyfully, was born out of a heartfelt desire to share the keys that lead to living a transformational life. Ms. Hoff is a personal and executive coach working with individuals, small businesses, and corporations. Her words on faith are derived from her own Christian walk and spiritual self-discoveries. Her action steps are a mix of faith, love, leadership skills, and management experience. Chapters include topics such as: Is your heart thinking right and how to tap into intrinsic motivation. This book, Keys to Living Joyfully, offers the techniques and insights that move people towards more peace, joy, energy, and passion in everyday life.
Welcome to Paperback Writer.
Thank you. I am happy to be here.
Would you share with us how you came up with the idea for your book?
I lost my brother when we were teenagers. For years after my brother’s death, I felt numb and thought I did not deserve to be truly happy ever again. I read hundreds of books on leadership and motivation. When I went deeper into my spiritual life, I experienced a way to merge my personal leadership skills and my spirituality. My life clicked into place. I became truly happy, and I felt so free. I wanted to share my keys with others. I hoped that people would be inspired to tap their sources of joy. This desire eventually became my book idea, though it took me awhile to recognize that it was a book idea.
Was it a light bulb moment or something that you thought about for a very long time?
The topic of living joyfully is something that I thought about for a long time and I always knew that I would write a book someday. In the spring of 2008, I lessened my workload to devote time to work on a book idea. I thought I would write a fiction novel and had a few ideas. Every time I thought about it, though, I felt blocked. I went to bed one night thinking about different book ideas and I woke up in the middle of the night realizing that I needed to write an inspirational book and I knew what my approach would be. I would mix my personal quest in finding more joy with sound personal leadership techniques. I knew I wanted to write in a way where readers felt like I was talking directly to them in a personal way, kind of like the way that I talk with my coaching clients or friends. The true inspiration did seem to be a light bulb moment.
How did you come up with the title?
Again, this seems to be a similar pattern for me, I had fallen asleep at night thinking and praying about several different ideas. My primary thought was to call it Life is Joyful, which is my website name (www.lifeisjoyful.org). When I woke up the next morning, I knew it should be Keys to Living Joyfully. Then, I googled the name and searched on Amazon to make sure that no other book had exactly that same title. I could not find any matches, so I kept it and it never changed after that.
How did you find an agent and publisher?
I journaled and prayed about how I should have my book published. I researched several different methods. I bought Dan Poynter’s Self Publishing Manual. I decided that I wanted to have my book available fast, so I chose self-publishing and then researched print on demand options. I decided to go with createspace.com. They are a subsidiary of Amazon. I ordered a proof copy and was impressed with quality. Overall, I have been very happy with createspace.
Who reads your work in progress?
I have a few trusted people. Michele Caron, owner of mylifecoach.com is one of the people that I trust to read works in progress. I also have some friends who are highly regarded professionals. I trust them to give me their honest opinions.
Who made a difference in the book’s quality?
I have a friend who is the head of the visual media program at a college and she gave me great book cover advice and referred me to a superb graphic designer. I also had toyed with idea of putting my picture on the cover, since I have seen so many people do this. My friend’s advice to me was to not do it, unless I was Oprah. I laughed at that advice, but decided not to put my picture on the cover. I have nothing against people who do have their pictures on the cover; it just seemed to be the right choice for the message in my book. For future books, I may change my mind. I also had my friend look over my template for the book’s interior to make sure that it was professional quality. Before I designed the interior of the book, I studied many different book interiors for things that I liked and did not like. Once she gave her nod of approval, I knew that I had a high quality piece. My friend gave me all of this help at no cost. The graphic designer who designed the book cover cost about $700. It was well worth the money. I wanted a book cover that was as high quality as my message, and I wanted to be very proud of it.
How long did it take you to complete the first draft?
The first draft took about three weeks. Then, I edited it for content for another two and one half weeks. When I was getting ready to publish, I edited carefully for typos and other errors. Still, though when I ordered my first proof copy, I found many errors. It is quite different to be looking at something in your hand than it is to be looking at it on a computer screen. I spent hours and made the appropriate changes. My second proof copy was the final that ended up being published.
How long did it take from start to publication?
My book, Keys to Living Joyfully, from start to publication, took five and half months.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
I say go for it. Write about something you love and something that inspires you. Do it because you love to do it, not because you think you should do it. If you have a great story or message, the world needs to read it. You are giving the world a great gift. Along the way, mastermind with a few really good people to make sure you don’t develop tunnel vision and miss something important. Enjoy the process.
Thank you, Sheri, for stopping by Paperback Writer on your virtual book tour. I wish you continued success through the rest of your tour.
KEYS TO LIVING JOYFULLY VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR ’09 officially begin on March 2 and end on April 29. You can visit Sheri’s blog stops at www.virtualbooktours.wordpress.com in April to find out more about this talented author!