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Book Publishing Today … Avoid Preying Publishing Predators

Book Publishing Today … Avoid Preying Publishing Predators

Reading … cooking and eating … movies … some of my favorite things. A day/evening of cooking with a good movie–either at home or on TV sometimes becomes the catalyst for writing ideas. I was ready to love, love, love the book that had them all, and I didn’t.

First of all, I have to tell you . . . I did not like Elizabeth Gilbert’s book, Eat, Pray, Love. Oh, there’s no question that …

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Author Wise Tips

Author Wise Tips

Every book has a starting point for its journey. Along the way, the author sharpens their ideas and gathers the tools to be successful.

Start with:
#1 Be smart from the get-go! Savvy authors learn quickly that books are a business. Creating cobwebs in your garage or basement shouldn’t be an option. Knowing what your book cost (really cost, not an estimate—that means you crunch the numbers so you have a true unit/book cost); knowing who your …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of August 28

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of August 28

It’s Thursday at 

Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on a variety for common hiccups that new authors get into. Her guest is Jake Williams, illustrator, author, charicature creator! It’s all about creativity today! Last week, Judith and Kari May deep-dove into how to work with libraries (Kari is the President of the Colorado Library Assocation—you don’t want to miss this one! It’s up on the In the Air section on the …

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Book Awards … Some Have Deadlines

Book Awards … Some Have Deadlines

 Which book awards do you enter? Do they matter?

Let’s start with the second question first. The answer: sometimes. Depending upon the tenacity of the author/publisher in getting the word out about the book and the award, you could be wasting your money. Awards can be used to market your book, but it doesn’t happen by itself. You will be the primary promoter. Always.
Some of the more established awards—USA Book News, ForeWord Indie/Fab, Ben Franklin, IPPY, …

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Join Judith on an Author’s Working Vacation in January!

Join Judith on an Author’s Working Vacation in January!

If there is one thing Author U’s CEO, Judith Briles, wants for authors, it’s this: succeed. Succeed in the writing of their book; succeed in the design and production of their book; succeed in the publishing of their book; succeed in the marketing of their book … succeed!

That’s why she wants you to come with her on vacation January. And only a few of you can.
Yep. You, her, four other book publishing experts and a small group …

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Book Awards … What To Do When You Get the Congratulations Email or Call

Book Awards … What To Do When You Get the Congratulations Email or Call

Book Award Announcement Season is here. Congratulations to Author U members Mary Jo Fay, Cheryl Carpinello and Lois Hjelmstad who all picked up Global eBook awards for their books recently. 
What do you do when you win a book award? The savvy author tells others about it. Don’t count on your publisher to do it if you are published by someone other than your own company.
It’s time for you to start bragging … and formally announce you …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of August 21

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of August 21

It’s Thursday at

Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on a variety fo common hiccups that new authors get into. Her guest is Kari May, President of the Colorado Library Association—books and libraries go hand-in-hand, you will learn all the inside tips of getting yours there. Last week, Judith and Rebecca Finkel deep-dove into all things in book designing, what they look for and how to get attention for your book—you don’t want …

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Insider Ninja Tricks for Authors & Social Media

Insider Ninja Tricks for Authors & Social Media

How would you like insider tricks for finding the right crowd … your crowd … on social media? Think of them as Ninja Tricks for Authors!
You can on this Wednesday, August 20th at 6 p.m. EDT. register now for the FREE webinar–space will be limited … Register NOW!  
 
 

if you can’t define who your book is for, it’s really for nobody. Too often, authors make the mistake of thinking their books will appeal to almost “anyone” or “everyone.” …

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Will Your Book Get the Book Award Boot?

Will Your Book Get the Book Award Boot?

End of Summer and Fall kick off the Book Award submission season. Will the author be honored for his or her words and book? Or will the Book Boot be felt? The question every author needs to ask is, “Did I do the best job in writing, in presenting, in connecting with my crowd—the people who need, want my words?” In other words, “Did I rush to publish?”

Working with authors every day, there are routine hiccups that …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of August 14

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of August 14

It’s Thursday at 


Today
Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing will focus on a variety for common hiccups that new authors get into. Her guest is Rebecca Finkel the CEO of F + P Design, a multi-award winning book design company. Last week, Judith and Victoria Sutherland and her team deep-dove into Book Reviews, what they look for and how to get attention for your book—you don’t want to miss this one! It’s up on …

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