August 17th Salon: The Power of Pinterest!
Note: only paid-up AuthorU.org members can attend. Remote members welcome via Skype.
Are You Stuck on Pinning … or just getting started?
This Salon is for you … we are working through Pinterest, a huge resource for building traffic to your site and book sales.
Do you have a Pinterest account but not sure how to “use it” on a consistent basis or wondering if you are utilizing many of the features available on Pinterest?
Join us to discover:
- How to build a powerful presence on Pinterest
- How to use rich pins (including article pins, recipe pins, place pins and product pins)
- Pinterest apps
- Publishing “principles” for Pinterest
- Tips for participating on Pinterest and getting engagement on Pinterest
You’ll find a new perspective on the power of Pinterest!
When: Monday, August 17th
Time: 6 to 9 pm
Where: Judith’s Offices, Aurora
September Tech ToolBox
How to Do Jedi Designs without Being a Jedi Graphics Designer … Welcome to Canva
Note: Tech Tool Boxes are open to paid-up AuthorU.org members. Remote members can participate via Skype.
Do you feel your talents don’t extend to graphic design?
Meet Canva, a great resource that will change your mindset!
Canva is a fun and free online tool that provides features to make it easy to create your own images and designs.
Watch your creativity come to life as you create designs for web or print such as graphics for blog posts, presentations, social media, posters, flyers and more.
Share your expertise by designing images that include quotes from your book and that highlight your specialty area.
Go from feeling you can only draw “stick people” to developing more professional images.
Must have to participate in this session: Your laptop, images that can be used to enhance the posters, banners, flyers, posts, slides that you will make—the more the better.
If you have key phrases and quotes that link to what your expertise is and your book is about, have them already written in a file.
When: Wednesday, September 16th
Where: Judith Briles’ Offices, 14160 E Bellewood Dr., Aurora CO 80015
NOTE … remote members welcome via Skype
Time: 3 pm to 6 pm Mountain
Get Ready for 2015 Holiday Selling and Shopping!
The AuthorU Board has decided to transition from the Jr. League Holiday selling format used a few years ago to the larger Colorado Country Christmas Mart that will roll out in early November this year. This means you will have the possibility of exposing your book to 25,000 potential buyers who are there to buy … something. Interested? Read on …
The location will be at the Denver Merchandise Mart on November 6-8. The first 50 AuthorU members who sign up will receive a $50 discount from AuthorU to participate (that means you are in for half price–wahoo!). As in the past, AuthorU will receive back 10 percent of all sales (all purchases will be handled by AuthorU with checks disbursed to participants before Thanksgiving).
Wait, wait … there’s more. Throughout the three days, there will be author signings in 90 minute blocks. The Mart has plenty of free parking … this is a great place to support the entire Colorado community AND do all your Holiday shopping at once. The AuthorU booth is huge — 10 x 25 — if people are heading for the restrooms, we are a few doors away. And we have a corner booth, so there’s great visibility for our Author Signings.
Heads up … this is for ALL AuthorU members, not just Colorado residents. You may not be here in Colorado for a book signing … but your fellow authors will be running the booth in a coop format; there will be a mini catalog with all titles in them to be handed out to all visitors; and we will have assigned members here who will be acting as though they are book sellers for others–that means you.
Here’s the Deal … For the first 50 AuthorU members who register below, the cost is ONLY $50–not $100 which it will increase to at #51. If you have more than one book, each addition title is $10. Don’t wait on this.
The AuthorU Booth will be directly to right one aisle and then straight back — it will be a major traffic area meaning we have ongoing traffic. Master designer Susie Scott will have her creative juices in play that will integrate the season flavor plus books, our central stage. Philippa Burgess will coordinate efforts for this year’s event and looks forward to debuting her new book as well.
If you are a NON-AuthorU member, you can play too. Your participation fee will be higher $100 at the early bird 50 rate with a credit of $50 of your registration fee going toward AuthorU membership if you choose (and why wouldn’t you?).
50 for $50!
Special pre-registration for the first 50 is $50. After that, Registration increases to $100 for AuthorU members. For NON-members, the Registration becomes $150 with $50 applied toward AuthorU membership if chosen.
To sign up for the AuthorU Book Booth at Colorado Country Christmas , register today!
Get ready for the AuthorU Extravaganza’s Hot Event …
SOLD OUT as of June 19, 2015
for the September 15, 2016 date
Contact Info@AuthorU.org and ask to be placed on Waiting List–there is a possibility on one more spot opening up.
There are FOUR HOT sessions will be available at the 2016 Extravaganza September 15-17, 2016 … only ONE Attendee can get his or her toe in the Author Shark Tank at a time. Our panel will listen for a few minutes to your pitch (hear/read that: LISTEN) and then decide IF and HOW they will help the author in the book and publishing quest. The Author Shark Tank will be held late Thursday afternoon, September 15th.
The Author Sharks like passion, persistence and excellence. They will proved incentives to writers and authors who demonstrate it in publishing and authoring through a variety of awards that pertain to their own expertise and product line.
What’s the value to you? It could be money; it could be time; it could be a product – as in the Author Shark has a product that he or she sells all day for $897 and it’s yours, free; it could be the joint venture creation of a product that features the author and his or her book—that is blasted to mega thousands to buy; it could be printing reduction; it could be a book cover; it could be a discount on a layout; it could be … What it could be will be solely dependent on YOU and YOUR PITCH to hook them and could be worth many thousands of dollars. Or if you bomb, you may only end up with a shark tooth! To enter the tank, there’s a fee.
Last year, participants came away with many thousands of dollars.
Author Shark Tank participants are identified on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will get pre-conference coaching from Judith Briles prior to entering the Tank.
Save the date – get it on your calendar. And if you want a guaranteed spot in the Author Shark Tank, swim forward and let us know!
As you can see, there are ALREADY two guppies ready to start swimming. Are you ready to Dare Greatly?
I’m ready to start swimming … add me in!