AuthorU Day at Barnes & Noble BookFair in Colorado! @ Barnes & Noble
May 2 all-day

 BN Bookfaire



May 2 will be BIG for AuthorU members and AuthorU … all day long, it’s AuthorU Day at the Colorado Blvd. Barnes & Noble bookstore. Author signings throughout the day. We will have two tables for signings—two authors at each table and signing times will be 90 minute  slots. Only 20 authors will have the opportunity to be featured. This means that it’s an Early Bird grabber.

There are 5 strings attached with this free event to be selected to participate: 

  1.  You must (or your publisher) be a paid-up member of AuthorU.
  2.  You must (or your publisher) be there in person—you are strongly encouraged to not be a swooper (only there for 90 minutes) … wander the store and give coupons to anyone you see, encouraging them to give it to the cashier at checkout. It doesn’t cost them anything and B&N will make a donation to support and recognize authors.
  3.  Your book(s) MUST be available through a distributor—B&N only works this way. 
  4.  You will actively promote the event to one and all via your contacts and social media platforms—bodies and sales will count.
  5.  You will give out the coupons that B&N supplies to us to any and all you can get them to within the store—it doesn’t matter if customers buy your book, another AuthorU member’s, or any title within the store … we get credit for it.

If you are interested in being featured (we will be doing a press release on this), contact Judith Briles ( with your name, title, © year, ISBN, price, category and one line describing the book. Please put in the subject line: May book event.

2015 Extravaganza May 7-9 @ Renaissance Hotel Denver
May 7 @ 10:00 am – May 9 @ 5:00 pm
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Author U Extravaganza! May 7-9, 2015

Join Us for Author U’s Extravaganza
May 7-9, 2015 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel

reserve your room at 800-HOTELS-1 or 800-468-3571 and ask for AuthorU rate






Make It So! You will be engaged over the 3 jammed-packed days, learning and working with amazing book marketing strategists, publicists, Internet gurus … all done in an intense workshop environment. A HUGE Thank you for IngramSpark for sponsoring WI-FI for all three days to all attendees and Exhibitors.

Bonus Session on Thursday, May 7th will be with Heather Lutze, one of the top Social Media Internet Marketing and Social Media Strategists and author of The Findability Formula, Thumbonomics and her just released Marketing Espionage. You and your book can’t afford to miss this session.

Hayley Foster will walk you through how to create a TED and short talk, John Kremer will soar your Boards with his awesome marketing strategies using Pinterest, Hunter Boyle will soar your eMail Marketing, Joan Stewart will divulge Free Graphics Tools for Authors and How to Use Them for Publicity and Social Media Campaigns, Lori Gama will reveal New Social Media Marketing for Authors, Joel Comm will knock your socks off with his moxie on all things marketing and tricks of the trade within social media & how to be an Awesome Author and Daniel Hall will be back to reveal an astonishing variety of new tools to use to boost your presence and monetize your products (a product is a book!), you will get the inside scoop on all things in the Book Review area … and so much more.  

You will find workshops on the latest in eBook Strategies for Creation and Selling, , Google Authorship, Children’s Books (including how to morph yours into one), Selling Your Book to Foreign Markets, Getting the Right Book Reviews and What to Do When You Get Them, The Anatomy of CrowdFunding, Mastering Amazon and so much more.

JImmy Wayne

HOT!  Jimmy Wayne is coming to the Extravaganza to entertain and delight attendees on Friday evening.  A donation will be made to CASA, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.  Jimmy is the national spokesperson.

His book, Walk to Beautiful, will be available to purchase onsite.

DON’T MISS: An Evening with Jimmy Wayne…

His Journey, His Book, His Music.

Extra tickets available ($60) for Jimmy Wayne Entertainment and Gourmet Dinner!  

If you’re registered for the Extravaganza, your ticket is already included.

Click here to purchase

A huge country music star, he’s also the author of  the just released Walk to Beautiful which will be available to purchase onsite and get signed.  Jimmy is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter Walk to Beautifulwhose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. With hits such as Put Your Hand In Mine, I Love You This Much, and Paper Angels, he released Do You Believe Me Now, his biggest hit to date for which he earned the millionaire award for having 100,000,000 radio spins in America.

In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded Sara Smile with Hall & Oates. The next year he became CASA’s national spokesperson and released the novel Paper Angels. In 2012, Jimmy helped get the bill passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in both California and Tennessee. Jimmy lives in Nashville and continues to raise awareness for kids by writing, singing, and speaking.

Jimmy walked halfway across America to raise awareness for foster kids–from Nashville to Phoenix. Don’t miss this amazing man!

Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy’s childhood and the unconditional love and acceptance Russell and Bea Costner gave to Jimmy. This elderly couple provided a stable home and the chance for him to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, “She changed every cell in my body.” After his high school graduation, Jimmy went on to earn a degree in Criminal Justice because, as he says, “I knew a lot about it.” But in his heart Jimmy wanted to write songs and sing. 

A music company opened its doors to Jimmy, and he moved to Nashville to pursue his dreams. He had several memorable hits, such as I Love You This Much, Paper Angels, and Do You Believe Me Now, which remained at #1 for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard Chart.

But success was not satisfying. Jimmy remembered where he came from, and he wanted to give back. With his Meet Me Halfway campaign—a 1,700 mile walk from Nashville to Phoenix—Jimmy walked halfway across America, raising awareness for foster children. Along the way he not only found a lot of crazy things, such as coins, keys, a plastic Jesus, and a Lucille Ball ashtray; but he also found himself. And more important, he found a way to forgive the people who had hurt him. Jimmy learned how to walk to beautiful—and so can you.


Are you ready to Make It So? … as in make your book a success? Make you a success? Sell your book for foreign rights? Take your branding and positioning to the next level? Get the latest and greatest is the social media worlds? Be totally findable in the cyber world? Be an awesome author? Get your book reviewed? Create a killer podcast that brings you sales and business? Do your book marketing on a shoestring budget? Working with the latest in the “E” world? Getting your book distributed and book orders fulfilled? Crafting a speech that brings in money and sells books? Designing the book you’ve always wanted? Creating and Crafting products from your expertise and book?


Bonus #1 The Author Shark Tank is back and will be held late Thursday afternoon. There are 4 spots in the Tank–are you ready to dive in and see what AuthorU’s Friendly Sharks can do for you?  Cost is $500 … ONLY 2 spots left. authoru-shark-tank

There are a total of 4 HOT sessions available  … 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, May 7th. ONLY 2 spots left.

The Friendly AuthorU Sharks like passion, persistence and excellence. They will provide 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. To enter the tank, there’s a fee.

Bonus #2 Don’t miss the Deep Dive Dinner Workshop that will be presented by Heather Lutze on SecretThursday night right after the Eagle and Eaglet sessions. Findability for You and Your Book is the Focus PLUS How to Spy on Your Competition. Be there–it’s included for all who register for Friday and Saturday through March, then it’s a separate pay item.

Bonus #3 The WINNERs of the Draft to Dream Book Competition will be announced on Thursday during Dinner and just before Heather’s Lutze’s not to be missed Deep Dive Workshop.Draft-to-Dream-Book-Publishing-Competition-300x300

Bonus #4 The Exhibits will OPEN at 2 pm on Thursday … and be available to the publicexhibitors until dinner starts. Tell your friends–it’s a great time to meet those who make books happen right here in Denver.

Bonus #5 EXTRA TICKETS are available for the Evening with Jimmy Wayne–these include the complete dinner. Jimmy Wayne

 Bonus #6 Sizzling Hot! AUTHOR PHOTOS Award winning author photographer Ashlee Bratton will have her lenses ready to focus on up to 20 attendees for personalized Author Portraits. There’s magic in her eyes as she creates photos for your books, blogs … anywhere. The cost is only $250 per session. ashographyYou get a CD to use anytime, anywhere. Call 303-885-2207 to book your slot now!


At A Glance

Who’s speaking at the Extravaganza this year?


Thursday, May 7, 2015
9:00-9:20am Dr. Judith Briles The Business of Authoring and Publishing
9:25-10:15am Hunter Boyle

Your DIY Digital Marketing Action Plan 




10:30 – 11:15am Amanda Barbara
 Pre-Publication Marketing
Nick Zelinger
Nuggets for Newbies and Trends in Cover Designs
11:20 – 12:05pm Marty Dickinson/Gary Jezorski
 How to Sell More Books…Faster…and Keep More of the Money!
PANEL: Everything You Need to Know about Book Reviews
Moderator: Dr. Judith Briles
Joan Stewart, Patti Thorn and Victoria Sutherland  

12:05 – 12:50pm

Lunch on your own


Susie Scott
Creating a Video Book Trailer
Steve Replin
Legal Hot Potatoes: How to Stay Out of the Fire When It Comes to Your Book and Blogs
1:40-2:25pm Mara Purl
Creating Dialogue, Scenes and Killer Copy
Bill Van Ordsel
How to Fuel Your Book




Kelly Johnson
 Gizmos and Gadgets: Creative and Easy Tools for Authors
Joan Stewart
Free Graphics Tools for Publicity and Social Media


Angela Bole
 What’s Happening in Indie Publishing Today
Nick Taylor
eBook Strategies That Roar
4:15-6:00pm Shark Tank
6:00-6:40pm Dinner and Book Awards
6:45-9:00pm Heather Lutze – Workshop:
Findability for You and Your Book and Spy on Your Competition


Friday, May 8, 2015
8:00 – 8:20am Dr. Judith Briles
8:25 – 9:30am  Joel Comm
How to Be an Awesome Author
9:35 – 10:35am Hayley Foster
Short Talk … Big Impact – Creating a TED Talk
10:35 – 11:15am Break and Exhibits
11:15 – 12:15pm Sandra Beckwith
How to Build Book Buzz 
12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:15pm Joan Stewart
How to Become the Go To Expert in Your Topic or Niche
2:20 – 3:20pm Lori Gama
New Social Media Marketing for Authors: Are You Soaking It Up?
3:20 – 4:00pm Break and Exhibits
4:00 – 5:00pm Lisa Hale and Nancy Chen
Positioning and Branding Yourself for Profit: Your Prereq for $ucce$$
5:10 – 6:15pm Rounds With The Pros
6:30 – 9:00pm Dinner and Entertainment
Saturday, May 9, 2015
 7:05 – 8:15am  Sunrise Workshop with Amy Collins
How to Beat Amazon at its Own Game
7:05 – 8:00am Coffee and Exhibits
8:15 – 8:25am Dr. Judith Briles
Welcome Back
8:25 – 9:45am Daniel Hall
Creating High Profit Info-Products (Even If You’re A Fiction Writer)
9:45 – 10:30am Break and Exhibits
10:30 – 11:20am Lori Ruff
Build Your Influence and Amplify Your Brand
11:25 – 12:15pm Robin Cutler
The Business of Indie Publishing: Integrated E & P Solutions That Work from Ingram Spark
12:15 – 1:25pm Lunch and Final Exhibits
1:25 – 2:15pm John Kremer
How to Market Your Books Using Pinterest
2:20 – 3:10pm Victoria Sutherland
Selling Foreign Rights
3:10 – 3:20pm Break
3:20 – 4:10pm Rebecca Finkel
Books Open Up – Readers Fall In: Design … What’s Between the Covers
4:15 – 4:55pm Dr. Judith Briles
Crafting a Podcast: Growing your Book Business
4:55pm Wrap Up and Drawing for FREE 2016 Extravaganza spot



Note: Be conference savvy … stay at the hotel, even if you are a local–these are long days. Author U has a block of rooms at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, our Extravaganza site, at a reduced rate of $119 that can include days three days before the Extravaganza and three days post–online booking is higher than this rate!
Make your reservations NOW  … call 800-HOTELS 1 (800-468-3571). Make sure that you ID the Renaissance Denver Hotel and the AuthorU group rate.



Bonus-You may register additional friends, colleagues or family members for a reduced fee who are not already AuthorU members. Most meals are included. You will be invoiced and your credit card charged the balance split on  February 15th.      Make It So and Count me in for the Author U Extravaganza 2015!

Just click on the price below that is for your event(s)-or print out and fax in to 303-627-9184 … and we will Count YOU in!

*Join Author U and receive AU Member price.

*Please add me as a new member for $99!


  February 1st – April 9th After April 9th
1st Registration  $445 $545  $495 $595
Additional Registration   $275 $325 $295 $375
Deep Dive Session $75 $95 $85 $105
Eagle Session -Thur   $75 $95 $85 $105
Eaglet Session – Thur $75 $95 $85 $105
Friday Only      $275 $325 $295 $345
Saturday Only    $225 $275 $245



     Total Extravaganza 2015 Registration: $ _____          *Please add me as a new member for $99 _____

Address ______________________________________________________________Zip ________________________
email __________________________________________ Cell Phone ________________________________________
Credit Card # ______________________________________________________ Exp ____________ CVV ________

*Join Author U and receive AU Member price.

Checks should be payable to Author U, a 501(c)6 organization.    Registration may be faxed to 303-627-9184 or mailed to: Author U % Judith Briles ~ 14160 E Bellewood Dr. ~ Aurora CO 80015 or completed online. 

There will be no refunds for cancellation 0- 31 days BEFORE the start of the Extravaganza. There will be a cancellation fee of $200 if cancelled 32 or more days before the scheduled Extravaganza. A non-refundable deposit of $100 reserves your registration cost.
Reserve your room at 800-HOTELS-1 or 800-468-3571

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2015 Author Shark Tank-Extravaganza
May 7 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Get ready for the Author U Extravaganza’s Hot Event …








Only 2 spots available as of March 26th
There are FOUR HOT sessions will be available at the 2015 Extravaganza May 7-9 … 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, May 7th.

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 I have this that I sell all day for $497 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. One even landed a round trip to Europe to complete the biography being written by Author U member Nancy Geise.

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!



Get Your Author Photos Onsite at the Extravaganza for only $250!


Award-winning author photographer Ashlee Bratton will be onsite and ready to take your pictures for ONLY $250. You will get an hour shoot with her and a CD post the Extravaganza with your photos to be used any and everywhere. Don’t miss this opportunity.

Photos will be taken all 3 days. Register now—and email and tell her her whether Thursday, Friday or Saturday (AM or Afternoon) is your preference. We will honor first comers until times are filled.

You will be contacted prior to the event to set up confirming your time and suggestions on clothing options and where to meet Ashlee in the AuthorU area.


Ashlee Bratton Photo Session

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Sep 17 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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