More By: Judith Briles

Your Best Writing May Not Be What You Think By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Your Best Writing May Not Be What You Think By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

One of the biggest writing problems I see among people in my mentoring program, and others who hire me to improve their writing, is that they’re afraid to write like they talk. Perhaps they fear “wordiness”, but sometimes writing like you talk is less wordy.

For instance, they never use one-word sentences. Or fragments. Those, for sure, are not wordy!
They refuse to start sentences with words such as “and” and “but” because of an elementary teacher …

Read More

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of May 18, 2017

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of May 18, 2017

Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing, host Dr. Judith Briles of The Book Shepherd digs into a variety of writing and publishing insights each show.
Today, Judith dives into MORE  Success—staying out of legal TROUBLE in writing and publishing … Cover and Interior Designer Nick Zelinger of NZ Graphics joins Judith today … get 3 awesome tips to make sure your cover scores and so much more. Listen in live from the website or via …

Read More

Special Amazon Alert for All Authors and Publishers

Special Amazon Alert for All Authors and Publishers

Heads up authors … when you sell your book as the author/publisher, you may no longer be at the top of the list of buy choices!

AuthorU.org is one of the Affiliates of the Independent Book Publishers Association.  Below is an announcement that popped this week that is directed from it … all authors that have books on Amazon for sale should take note.
If you are with IngramSpark, Create Space or any other POD service, this WILL …

Read More

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of May 11, 2017

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of May 11, 2017

Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing, host Dr. Judith Briles of The Book Shepherd digs into a variety of writing and publishing insights each show.
Today, Judith dives into MORE  Success—staying out of legal TROUBLE in writing and publishing … Creativity expert Steve Bass joins Judith today … creativity you think—how about the head designer for the Oscar and Tony awards programs? Now, that’s wowsa design. Listen in live; from the website or via iTunes.
Tune …

Read More

The Author Goldmine: Repurpose Content … Are You?

The Author Goldmine: Repurpose Content … Are You?

A week doesn’t go by without these two questions coming in: What do I blog on? What should my next book be about? That, dear Author, is easy peasy to respond to. There is no reason to create/invent new-new material for every social media platform or product you put your fingers on.  If you think you need to, you are going to experience burnout pronto. Take a break and noodle over what you have already done. …

Read More

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of May 04, 2017

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of May 04, 2017

Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing, host Dr. Judith Briles of The Book Shepherd digs into a variety of writing and publishing insights each show.
Today, Judith dives into MORE   Success—staying out of legal TROUBLE in writing and publishing … IP attorney Julie Bernard joins Judith today … she will be the key speaker at the AuthorU event in June. Listen in live; from the website or via iTunes.
Tune in for the LIVE show at …

Read More

Two Great FREE SITES TO PROMOTE YOUR EBOOK

Two Great FREE SITES TO PROMOTE YOUR EBOOK

Authors love FREE stuff. And they want to sell eBooks when they are created. One of the questions that pops often is: Where can I sell my eBook outside of Amazon?
We heard you … and here are two resources for you:
1.    Thanks to the Kindle Boards, here’s a long list of places where self-published authors can promote their eBook for free!

2.    Here’s more information about the sites in a simple directory, linking to the …

Read More

Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips

Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips

 
You only have one tip for today … but it’s an important one … one that can make book designers and editors batty when it’s violated.

Apparently, many writers and authors didn’t get the memo about the one-space rule. It’s been the norm for decades. Every major style guide—including the Modern Language Association Style Manual and the Chicago Manual of Style—prescribes a single space after a period. Yet, manuscript after manuscript that comes in has the …

Read More

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of April 27, 2017

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of April 27, 2017

Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing, host Dr. Judith Briles of The Book Shepherd digs into a variety of writing and publishing insights each show.
Today, Judith dives into MORE Author Success—as in your photos … what type you need as an author for blogs, books, speaking and websites. Listen in live; from the website or via iTunes.
Tune in for the LIVE show at 6 Eastern, 5 Central, 4 Mountain, 3 Pacific and for our …

Read More

Why Authors Should Register their Books with the USPTO Pronto

Why Authors Should Register their Books with the USPTO Pronto

At AuthorU.org, we have had the pleasure of two workshops with Molly Kocialski, the Rocky Mountain Regional Director of the USPTO—the United States Patent and Trade Office. Fingers crossed, Molly’s schedule will allow her to be with us again at the Extravaganza in September to do the Deep Dive Workshop on Thursday, September 7th.

One of the beliefs that have floated for years was that an author should mail a copy of the manuscript to him or …

Read More