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Upcoming Focus Groups
Weekly Planning Notepads
CLASS: Strategies For Staying The Course
CLASS: Introduction to Self-Publishing
KIDS' WRITING WORKSHOP: Writing the Interactive Story
FOCUS GROUP: Kick Butt Goal Setting
FOCUS GROUP: Kick Butt Time Management


CLASS: STRATEGIES FOR STAYING THE COURSE
September 26, 2020, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CST

It's hard to stick to our path, especially when everything seems like it is going against us, but don't let that stop you from reaching your goals. Join award-winning author P. J. Hoover in this inspiring workshop that will offer solid strategies on time management, goal setting, and staying the course even when things get tough. Come prepared to change the way you think about your writing. You'll walk away with a definitive list of ideas and a plan to act upon to help create the future you want. Bring questions. Bring ideas to share.

TAKE THIS CLASS IF
  • You're discouraged by rejections.
  • You are published or unpublished.
  • You're feeling overwhelmed.
  • You need a kick in the butt to get you back on the right path again.
Sign up through the Writers' League of Texas website.

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CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO SELF-PUBLISHING
October 24, 2020, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CST

If you’ve ever thought about self-publishing a book but have no idea where to start, then this class is for you. Self-publishing is a great way to bring in some passive income while learning new skills and doing what you love. Dipping your toes into self-publishing can seem overwhelming, and yes, there is a lot to learn, but this class is here to help you. Whether you’re looking to publish a brand new title or publish a book that was previously traditionally published but had rights reverted, it’s all covered.

Here are just a handful of the things we’ll cover in this introductory class:
  • Where do I self-publish my books?
  • Where do I get cover art and interior art?
  • What format(s) does my book need to be in?
  • Should I enroll my book in Kindle Unlimited and what does this even mean?
  • How do I request rights back for a traditionally published book?
  • Do I need an editor, copyeditor, and proofreader (and where do I find them)?
  • What software do I need to use?
  • How do I market my book?
  • Why would I want to do this?
If you’re even thinking about trying self-publishing, then this is a class you don’t want to miss!

COST $50
Class will be online via Zoom.
October 24, 2020, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm CST

Email me with questions or if you'd like to pay with another method besides Paypal.
pjhoover_books (at) yahoo (dot) com



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KIDS' WRITING WORKSHOP: WRITING THE INTERACTIVE STORY
October 18 & 25, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 pm CST

Interactive stories, like Choose Your Own Adventure, are not only a blast to read, they're a ton of fun to write. Why? Because the writing is short and exciting, and the possibilities are endless. P. J. Hoover (under the pseudonym Connor Hoover) has written a whole bunch of interactive adventures, her Pick Your Own Quest series. Whether you're trapped in the world of fairy tales, stuck back in ancient Egypt, or sucked into Minecraft, her stories have reached thousands of readers. Now PJ is excited to offer this workshop aimed at kids 4th-8th grade to go through the process of writing interactive stories of their own. The class will be split into two 2-hour sessions and promises to engage kids, offer humor and insight, and share the idea that writing doesn't have to be painful. It can be a ton of fun. Kids who participate in this workshop will be brainstorming ideas for an adventure, mapping out the interactive elements, and writing their own stories.

COST $95
Aimed at kids 4th-8th grade. Please email me if you are interested in this workshop for a different age.
Workshop will be online via Zoom.
Sundays, October 18 & 25, 2020, 3:00 - 5:00 pm CST

Email me with questions or if you'd like to pay with another method besides Paypal.
pjhoover_books (at) yahoo (dot) com



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FOCUS GROUP: KICK BUTT GOAL SETTING

You have goals? I have goals! One of the best ways to reach goals is to be open about them and accountable for them. When it comes to being open, that can be hard. You may not want to stick your hopes and dreams out on social media. I sure don't. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't share them with a select group of others. Here's where the accountability part comes in. I want to invite you to be part of a Kick Butt Goal Setting group. The group is small, with a maximum of 5 people, and the idea of the group is that each week we meet and check in.
In the initial meeting, we'll each get a chance to talk about our goals and the steps we've planned to reach them. Yes, there is a bit of pre-work for this one, and after the meeting you may find yourself inspired to update your goals and steps. This is great! The whole point of the group is to inspire and support each other.
In the following meetings, we'll do two things. First, we'll each check in with how the week went. It's okay to have not reached every goal. What would the point be if it were that easy? We all stumble. It's continuing on the path after the stumble that matters. And second, we'll each have a piece of homework. This is normally a small thing that won't take much time but that will have great opportunity for introspection and advancement.
Does this sound like what you need to get on the right path with reaching your goals? Don't let any more time slip away from you. Register now and let's reach our goals together!

GROUP MEETINGS FOR OCTOBER 2020
Mondays, 12:00-1:15 pm CST (October 5, 12, 19, 26)
Tuesdays, 2:00-3:15 pm CST (October 6, 13, 20, 27)
COST $80 total for the 4 sessions
Groups will be online via Zoom.
Note: There is a maximum of 5 participants for each meeting. If you are looking for a 1:1 meeting instead of a group setting, email me for times and pricing.

Email me to sign up or with questions. pjhoover_books (at) yahoo (dot) com

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FOCUS GROUP: KICK BUTT TIME MANAGEMENT

Do you feel like each week time has slipped away from you and all those things you wanted to accomplish somehow got pushed to the back? Does it seem like there is never enough time to get those things done that you want or need to do? Maybe it's regular exercise. Maybe you've always wanted to write a book. But those things aren't getting done and time is still passing by.
A friend once asked me if I was actually one of triplets because there was no way I could get so much done as just one person. "Tricia, what's your secret? How do you manage to do all these things? I can't manage to hardly get my hair brushed in the morning."
I laughed and joked about how nice it would be if I actually did have two clones to get the less fun tasks out of the way (you know, like scrubbing toilets and pulling weeds). But days after the conversation was over, the comment would not leave my head. I realized my superpower. I get a lot of stuff done. More than the average person. And I have secrets and techniques for how I do it.
I want to invite you to be part of a Kick Butt Time Management group. The group is small, with a maximum of 5 people, and the idea of the group is that each week we check in and share ideas.
In the initial meeting, we'll each talk about what we're trying to get accomplished in life and what our challenges are when it comes to time management. There will be a bit of pre-work, but don't let that stop you. If we don't actually know how we're spending our time, it's kind of hard to improve our time management skills. The first week will end with an action plan for each group member. Depending on needs, these action plans may be the same or may be vastly different.
In the following meetings, we'll do two things. First, we'll each check in with how the week went. I make great use of my time MOST OF THE TIME, but there are still plenty of opportunities for me to improve. Let's see how we each did and where we have room for improvement. And second, we'll each have a piece of homework. This is normally a small thing that won't take much time but that will have great opportunity for honing our time management skills.
Does this sound like what you need to get on the right path with getting stuff done? Don't let any more time slip away. Register now and let's make the most of our time together!

GROUP MEETINGS FOR OCTOBER 2020
Tuesdays, 12:00-1:15 pm CST (October 6, 13, 20, 27)
Wednesdays, 2:00-3:15 pm CST (October 7, 14, 21, 28)
COST $80 total for the 4 sessions
Groups will be online via Zoom.
Note: There is a maximum of 5 participants for each meeting. If you are looking for a 1:1 meeting instead of a group setting, email me for times and pricing.

Email me to sign up or with questions. pjhoover_books (at) yahoo (dot) com

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PJ Hoover About me:
My name is P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, and I'm a huge believer in encouraging others to define and reach their goals. I love the idea of taking control of our lives and using time to our advantage. I'm the author of over twenty books for people of all ages, mom to two kids, health and fitness fan, and home improvement fanatic. Is there time to do it all? That all depends on what "it all" entails. It starts with knowing what you want to accomplish. Let's work together to make your life fulfilling, happy, and authentic.

pjhoover_books@yahoo.com