Topic: Author U

Authors Yukked It Up … and Learned Lots!

Authors Yukked It Up … and Learned Lots!

Comedy teacher extraordinaire Steve Kaplan came to town, Saturday and Sunday the first weekend in March, to educate the AuthorU community about humor—the tools, the rules—underlying a 3000-year history of a subject that remains as an important mainstay of our entertainment industry as any today.  The stars—the practitioners— of comedy are as familiar to all of us practically as are members of our own family: Billy Crystal, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, The Marx Brothers, Seinfeld, …

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AuthorU Members: Are you a Giver … or a Taker?

AuthorU Members: Are you a Giver … or a Taker?

This past weekend, many in the AuthorU Community, participated in a one-of-a-kind marathon on writing … as in comedy. Hollywood master of comedy writing and coach Steve Kaplan came to Denver when we asked him if he would. It was a Comedy Intensive workshop … many of us didn’t realize that it would be a full-blown comedy writing workshop as well.
Yet, it had EVERYTHING to do with off-the-charts A-Game writing. Are you an A-Gamer? Are …

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Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips

Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips

 
 
Marketing Updates needed …
Do you have a business card? Excellent. Does it have your phone # on it? Your website? How about email and snail mail address? In other words, do you make it easy for people to connect and contact you? If not … not so good.
Now, have you thought about creating a brochure? Expand your business card has several Calls to Action on it pronto. And make sure you have a very visible …

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Insider Websites for Authors to Mine …

Insider Websites for Authors to Mine …

This week is an immersion of all things publishing … as in 18 hours of classwork for authors at all levels of the publishing journey. AuthorU members Kelly Johnson, Daniel Hall, Amy Collins, Joan Stewart, Nick Zelinger and Judith Briles are leading several of our members plus many “to be” members in four days of mastering publishing and marketing on the high seas (actually, they are pretty flat)
One of the sizzling sessions identified several websites …

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10 Publishing Tips for Publishing Successfully …

10 Publishing Tips for Publishing Successfully …

 10 Tips for Publishing Success (especially if you have an MFA)
By Kathryn Brown Ramsperger

I was lucky enough to attend Hollins University, renowned for its MFA in creative writing (Masters in Fine Arts degree). My classmates became award-winning authors. I sat next to, and was taught by, Pulitzer Prize winners and Poet Laureates. I found my voice there through experimentation and objective, positive critique. However, when I received my degree, the pervading mentality was that writing …

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Are You Ready for Author Truthiness?

Are You Ready for Author Truthiness?

Let’s start with your answers to two essential questions:
1    How’s your book visibility?
2   What about your ability to brag as an author?
If there is an introvert in you that is allowed to influence and control your marketing—your book’s visibility, as well as your own, will take a deep hit.  It’s why AuthorU’s kickoff New Year program is all about visibility, position, and gulp, bragging.
There are ways to “brag” and ways not to. …

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Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Happy Author New Year from AuthorU to ALL of you.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays and Happy Author New Year from AuthorU to ALL of you.

A December truism: the colors, the festivities, the gatherings and the changes of pace the Holiday season brings can stimulate or exhaust you.
It’s a wonderful time of “togetherness” with family and friends; and, a time of reflection on the past year … and think forward. Next week sets the stage for the beginning of 2017. And your continuation or creation of YOUR AUTHOR SUCCESS.
Here are some big questions to ask yourself to add to your Assessment …

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Making Your Reviews the Hard Lifting for Your Marketing Campaign By Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Making Your Reviews the Hard Lifting for Your Marketing Campaign  By Carolyn Howard-Johnson.

Our guest blog is created by Carolyn Howard-Johnson. Always savvy in frugal promoting, push your book marketing as you get reviews with a twist.
 

Excerpted (and adapted) from Carolyn’s new How To Get Great Book Reviews Frugally and Ethically: The ins and outs of using free reviews to build and sustain a writing career.
Authors rarely get the most from their reviews. Surprised? I think it’s because the idea of extending a review’s value doesn’t occur to …

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Top Ten Twitter Tweets of December 01, 2016

Top Ten Twitter Tweets of December 01, 2016

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, it’s loaded with essentials for working with independent book stores and gift stores.
Last week, Judith explored awesome author online tools and tidbits with Kelly Johnson, the Author’s Virtual Assistant.
Tune in at 6 Eastern, 5 Central, 4 Mountain, 3 Pacific and for our out-of-the-country members and followers … you …

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Want a newsletter and content generator for your business? Use #Paperli

Want a newsletter and content generator for your business? Use #Paperli

Our guest blog is by member Andi Phillips who first learned about Paper.li at Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged. It’s a terrific process of curating “like” expertise and producing a weekly or daily newspaper—takes about an hour … and once you are done … you-are-done! Become a subscriber of mine: http://paper.li/e-1437000336

Make your own paper … Judith
 

At #AuthorU, I recently learned about a new tool called Paper.li, which creates a web newspaper and e-mail newsletter with …

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