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Carol Hoenig
Carol Hoenig is a full-time freelance writer and publishing consultant. She is the author of two novels, WITHOUT GRACE and OF LITTLE FAITH. WITHOUT GRACE has been awarded the Silver Medal for Book of the Year 2005 by ForeWord Magazine and given First Place for Fiction by the DIY Book Festival. Jada Press and the New York Book Festival also gave her novel honorable mention. Her book THE AUTHOR’S GUIDE TO PLANNING BOOK EVENTS was named finalist by USA Book and Reader Views and given the Gold medal by ForeWord Magazine for Book of the Year in the category of writing. Carol’s essays, articles, book reviews and short stories appear in a wide number of publications.

Carol also contributed to PUTTING YOUR PASSION INTO PRINT, written by Arielle Eckstudt & David Henry Sterry. (Workman, July 2005) Arianna Huffington invited Carol to contribute to ON BECOMING FEARLESS, (Little, Brown) released in the fall of 2006. Tory Johnson, ABC’s Good Morning America’s workplace contributor, also invited Carol to submit an essay for her New York Times Bestseller, WILL WORK FROM HOME (Penguin). Carol’s short story, Snow Angels and Somersaults, was a finalist for the 2007 Spring/Summer Glass Woman Prize, a bi-annual prize for women prose writers.

Carol was named Best of Long Island Author 2012 by the Long Island Press and recently awarded Outstanding Advocate for the Arts by the Long Island Arts Council. Carol was the Director and Writer-in-Residence for Old Forge Library Adirondack Summer Writing Workshop for 2008. She is a member of the Women’s Media Group. She teaches continuing education classes at Hofstra University and plans to open a bookstore, Turn of the Corkscrew, Books & Wine early 2015 in Rockville Centre, Long Island.
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Entries by Carol Hoenig

Keep Turning that Corkscrew

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2015 | 12:38 PM

I was raised in a small town in Upstate New York. A very small town. As a child my imagination had few limits, but reality was much different. My family owned one television set that gave us three English speaking channels; the other two were from French Canadian stations. But,...

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Time to Order the Books!

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Last year when my business partner, Peggy, and I attended BookExpo at the Javits Center in New York, we went as prospective bookstore owners. At the time, we had no specific location, no signed lease and many unknowns. I wrote about some of my concerns in owning an...

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Made to Feel Like a Failure

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:18 PM

The last couple of years I found it a bit shocking to see my reflection in certain lighting. My iPhone allows me to talk to friends and family via Facetime, but when I see myself, I hurriedly turn the camera around, or prefer just to talk the old fashioned way,...

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If You Please, Kind Sir... and Ma'am

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2014 | 12:35 PM

I've never been good at asking for help. It is not in my nature. That isn't to say friends and family don't assist me when I need it, but I am just not comfortable asking. So perhaps you can imagine how difficult it's been for me over the last week...

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Who Tries to Open a Bookstore in This Day and Age?

(6) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 4:48 PM

Am I crazy to think at this stage in my life that I can open and maintain a bookstore to success? It was 20 years ago when I started working for Borders Books & Music. I came on board to help open the Westbury, Long Island, location and was thrilled...

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It's That Time of the Season... Again

(1) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 9:15 AM

Around this time every year, I tend to feel left out when it comes to sports. (Who am I kidding? I tend to feel left out all the time when it comes to sports.) The last time I paid attention to any team was in 1986. At the time friends...

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Greg Lucier, Unlocking DNA, Providing Hope

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2013 | 10:35 AM

This month more people will be wearing pink in some form or other than usual, and they'll participate in walks to raise funds with the goal of eradicating breast cancer. Quite likely, anyone reading this knows someone who has had to deal with this disease or is currently in the...

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How to Keep Your Blog Fresh

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 12:52 PM

Years ago, the word "blog" was not a part of anyone's lexicon. Today that has all changed, thanks to the Internet. Initially, writing a blog and posting it was all that anyone managed to accomplish because that is all they knew how to do. But who was reading it? Where'd...

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My Writing Journey to Publishing 'Of Little Faith,' Part 6

(1) Comments | Posted August 19, 2013 | 10:25 AM

In the previous five blogs where I share my journey toward publishing Of Little Faith, I left out some personal details that I didn't think merited attention, but when I look back to those years I cannot help but consider some of the other aspects going on in my life...

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My Writing Journey to Publishing Continues, Part 5

(1) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 12:13 PM

The movie Sideways has been airing a lot lately on cable TV and I find myself caught up in it each time. I do enjoy wine, but it is more the storyline that Miles, played by Paul Giamatti, is waiting to hear back from his literary agent about his novel...

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My Writing Journey Toward Publishing Continues, Part 4

(3) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 10:57 AM

Recently, I picked up a journal I had begun keeping when I committed to this writing thing and came across this entry from years ago: I had a twinge of uneasiness tonight in regards to Place of Angels. What if I can't sell this one, either? Then what? Go for...

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My Writing Journey Toward Publishing Continues, Part 3

(2) Comments | Posted July 29, 2013 | 5:44 PM

I needed to justify the hours I spent writing, not only to others, but myself, as well. How do you explain to friends and family that you are doing something of value when there was nothing to show for it, except for the hours of being hidden away in one's...

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My Writing Journey Toward Publishing, Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 11:05 AM

It had been several years and three children later when the writing bug took hold of me again, but this time it would not let go. As a reminder, per the first installment of My Writing Journey, up to that point I'd only dabbled in writing, even if...

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My Writing Journey Toward Publishing

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2013 | 10:57 AM

In today's instant gratification world where books can become available almost as soon as they are written, I thought I'd share my journey as a writer, but since it spans over 20 years, I will need to do it in installments. After all, it seems readers prefer reading a snippet...

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Simple Babblers Abound

(4) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 11:54 AM

I understand the need for faith. It helps get people through tough times and provides a sense of hope for tomorrow and beyond. However, when religion gets into the mix, faith becomes something quite different, and it seems that so many religious people cannot differentiate the two.

I actually...

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Fostering Pringle

(3) Comments | Posted October 7, 2012 | 6:44 PM

His name is Pringle. Well, that's the name the rescue folks gave the scrawny Yorkie-mixed breed they'd found dumped on the streets of a neighborhood known for their high kill shelter. He is my first foster dog.

It's been a couple of years since I toyed with the idea...

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Invisible Roots

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2012 | 10:57 AM

As I write this, two majestic maple trees that offered shade for my childhood home are being cut down. My siblings are witnessing the project, but since I now live several hours away and not knowing exactly when the tree company was going to do the deed, I could not...

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Santorum Reminds Me Why I Wrote 'Of Little Faith'

(4) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 3:40 PM

When I hear people sermonize while using phrases such as "spiritual war" and "father of lies," I am reminded again of what drove me to write "Of Little Faith," where I completed the first draft in six weeks. It's the conviction of these people -- people like Santorum who think...

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The Gift of Heartbeats

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2012 | 5:05 PM

It wasn't until I reached page 101 in Jan-Philipp Sendker's The Art of Hearing Heartbeats (Other Press) that I knew how I was going to approach writing about this magical novel. Julia Win, a young woman who is searching for her father and is amazed to discover he...

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In Praise of Solitude

(4) Comments | Posted January 12, 2012 | 6:29 PM

I was at a holiday party in a noisy bar where there were several holiday parties going on when I was first told about Diana Senechal's Republic of Noise: The Loss of Solitude in Schools and Culture. Not much later did I find a review copy in my...

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