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Oct
10
Fri
Draft to Dream Book Publishing Competition
Oct 10 – Jan 30 all-day
Feb
7
Sat
FEB SATURDAY MORNINGs – The ABC’s and XYZ’s of Publishing Legalese
Feb 7 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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The  ABCs’ and XYZ’s of Publishing Legalese


How to Stay Out of the Frying Pan and the Fire!

 

 

All authors need an overview of some of the important items that are “musts” when it comes to publishing. And there isn’t an author that doesn’t have questions about “legal stuff” and publishing. Today, you will get answers.

  • Do you know and understand how to keep and protect your intellectual property rights in copyright,  trademarks, publishing contracts, working with a literary agent, co-writing, and how to understand the legalese in the publishing and authoring worlds?
  • Do you know how to keep and protect your brand as it grows and becomes your strongest asset?  
  • How can you tell if your fiction masterpiece land you in the frying pan because it’s loosely based on a real life situation?
  • What’s the process in starting down the path to a TV or movie deal based on your work?

 

You will have the answers to these questions and so much more after the February 7th session along with:

  • Copyrights
  • Joint authorship
  • Work for hire
  • Trademarks
  • Publishing contracts
  • Literary agent contracts and business points of negotiation
  • And lots more!

Your workshop presenter is Steve Replin, an intellectual property attorney who focuses his law practice on representing those in the creative arts such as writing, film, music, art, fashion, publishers, agents, managers, music labels and publishers, as well as other affiliated occupations. Steve is perpetually excited about helping new and emerging writers and other creatives build their careers with strategies around protected intellectual property rights, the right contracts, and a clear of where you want to go to in order to build your personal brand with strength and direction.   

He’s the author of the award-winning book, Where to Go When the Banks Says NO, used in universities for their finance courses. His book is a roadmap for entrepreneurs seeking funds to either start a business or grow what they have. His next book is For Women Only: Where to Go When the Bank Says NO, available this Spring.

 

Date: Saturday, February 7th
Time: 8:00 AM to Noon … Networking at 8!
Location: NEW! Garcia’s Restaurant – Banquet Room on the left of main restaurant-separate entrance
5050 S Syracuse, Denver CO 80237  (25 & Belleview – Syracuse is east of 25 when you exit at Belleview)
Menu: It’s a full breakfast … Scrambled eggs, Browned Potatoes, Link Sausage, Fresh seasonal fruit, French Toast, Bacon and Assorted breakfast Bread. Served with Orange Juice, Cranberry Juice, Coffee and Hot Tea
Cost: $20 for members; $30 for non-members—this pricing is good until February 6th

Note … ALL walk-ins will pay $10 extra at the door.

Members

Non-Members

Feb
11
Wed
WebinarGold: eMarketing
Feb 11 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

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Webinar Gold
Publishing Smarter … Not Harder

 

 

Webinar: “E” Marketing

Webinar Gold-Publishing Smarter, Not Harder series is for Author U members only. Hosted by Nick Taylor and Judith Briles, a new webinar will be available FREE to all Author U members … non-members can attend for a fee each month. A live presentation will be given on a Wednesday with a “replay” the following Saturday. At the end of the month, an encore will be included from our library of webinars for your enjoyment.  The time and login information will be posted on website as well as in the Monday announcements from Author U.

The beauty of the Internet is that it is always changing and evolving. Allowing publishers and authors the ability to find new and more effective ways to reach new readers. At the same time, this ever changing nature of the Internet is also a double edged sword. Marketing trends rise and fall almost like the waves on the sea.

In this WebinarGold, participants will learn how to navigate those waves is key to long term success in book publishing. Join us for “E” Marketing A-has and Strategies with Judith Briles and Nick Taylor.

 

Date: February 11th                     

Cost:  FREE to paid-up Author U members; $49 for non-members

Non-Members

Feb
17
Tue
February Tech Toolbox: Renew, Review, Revamp and Repair Your Blog
Feb 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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February Tech ToolBox

Renew, Review, Revamp and Repair Your Blog

 

 

February 17th from 3 to 6 pm.   Remote members welcome!

Blogs give authors a great outlet for expressing their thoughts, expanding on ideas in their books, and generating discussions.

To help ensure that your thoughts and ideas are “getting out there” to your target audience, you need to review and implement best practices when writing and posting your blogs.

In this Tech Toolbox, we will have participants log into their blog dashboards to review techniques on best methods for posting images & content, look at blogging tools, demonstrate plug ins for WordPress.org that you can use for posts, getting ideas for posts, best practices for comments/commenting and more – give your blog some TLC!

NOTE … if you are still noodling the WHAT and HOW … come … we will get you up and posting and get your words kick-started!

Bring the log in details to access the dashboard of your blog. And your laptop!

 

When:  Tuesday, February 17th

Time:  3 – 6 pm

Where: Judith Briles’ Offices in Aurora

Cost: $59

Feb
23
Mon
February 2015 Salon- Write on Fire!
Feb 23 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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February 23rd Salon: Write on Fire – How to Climax!

 

 

 

Note:  only paid-up AuthorU.org members can attend. Remote members welcome via Skype.

 

Noted writing coach and muse Anne Randolph will be your guide. Last time we did this Salon, it was sold-out quickly. Get on board now!

 

*** Leave your laptop at home … instead, bring a writing pad. Anne will connect your head with your hand.***  

 

Write on Fire!  Channel your creativity. Free your genius. Writing leads writers through creativity exercises, allowing your innermost thoughts to transfer onto the page. 

HOW TO CLIMAX!  If you do or not, your story must.  Something has to happen that masters character change. This workshop relates Story Arc to sex. The Enticement, Stimulation and High Points are the same in your story as a sexual climax. Use the senses to hook your reader, titillate excitement to the point of cloy, and take your reader on a ride to the end.  Learn how to take your story over the edge.  Drive your story to the brink and back without wine, incense, or lewd words.  Crystalize your Story Arc. 

Anne Randolph, creator of Kitchen Table Bring paper and pen and your imagination. Anne believes handwriting frees the writing spirit. A workshop with Anne is an experience to remember, one that will affect your writing practice for a long time.

When:  Monday, February 23rd

Time:  6 to 9 pm

Where: Judith’s Offices, Aurora

Cost:  $27

Mar
7
Sat
March SATURDAY MORNINGs – Up and Running with Scrivener
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

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There are a lot of tools and classes available to help authors publish, and market their books. There’s an even larger amount of writing classes designed to teach would-be authors how to craft their books. But what about the tools of actually typing the book? About organizing a book?

Sounds silly but what you write in can make a huge difference with how much time, energy and even money you put into a project.

  • Would you like to learn how to streamline what you do?
  • Would you like to know how to broaden your output?
  • Would you like to know how all those who pump out books do it quickly?
  • Would you like to write and work smarter, not harder?

If you answered “YES” … then get signed up NOW for the March 7th Saturday Mornings program at AuthorU.

Introducing Scrivener from Literature Latte. Scrivener is an application designed around writers. Unlike most word processors you’ve used, Scrivener is setup to allow you to write your book or books in a single file. In that file you can also have all of your research material including web clips, along with notes and profiles for setting, characters and anything else you might like. Scrivener allows you to import and export many popular file formats making it easy to work with service providers.

eBook Master Nick Taylor will guide you through this mind-opening morning that will morph what you do in front of your computer. He started writing with Scrivener a few years ago and has never looked back. Its tools have streamlined his writing process and made life so much easier.

In this meeting, he will show you how to use Scrivener. Get ready to be pleasantly surprised at how simple and intuitive the software is. So please join us for Up and Running with Scrivener.

PS … If you don’t have Scrivener now, download it for this session. Here is a link to get a 30-day free trial version of Scrivener. https://www.literatureandlatte.com/trial.php

And, bring your laptop … you want to be in sync with the Master.

Where: Garcia’s Restaurant

When: Saturday, March 7th

Time: 8 AM for Breakfast and Networking—Nick starts at 9

Cost: $20 for AuthorU members; $30 for non-members. After March 4th, the price increases $10.

Members

Non-Members

 

After March 4th 

Members
 

Non-Members

Mar
17
Tue
March Tech Toolbox: Shine the Spotlight on your Media Page
Mar 17 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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March Tech ToolBox

Shine the Spotlight on your Media Page

 

 

March 17th from 3 to 6 pm.  Remote members welcome! 

Authors – when was the last time you shined the spotlight on the media page on your website? Or have you even thought about it? Spring “pops” official this week … it’s time to spring yourself, your media presence and your book forward.

Interested in speaking engagements and media exposure? The marketing of your book and business should include a media page on your site.

Join us for this Tech Toolbox to learn must-have items for your media page, bios (yes, plural!) to have posted, and review author one sheets. After this workshop, the spotlight will be so bright on your media page, you’ll have to wear shades!

Bring the log in details for your website, your headshots, book cover images, and a copy of your book. And your laptop!

When:  Tuesday, March 17th

Time:  3 – 6 pm

Where: Judith Briles’ Offices in Aurora

Cost: $59

May
7
Thu
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
 Early, Early Bird Registrations ends on January 31st … Save $$$ …
Don’t be a Tardy Bird!

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

 

About

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.

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.

Haley Foster will walk you through how to create a TED talk, Carolyn Howard Johnson will show you a variety of Frugal Book Marketing strategies, 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), How to Create a Ted Talk, 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 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.

 In 2010, Jimmy walked halfway across America to raise awareness for kids aging out of the system. Don’t miss this amazing man!

 

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?

 

At A Glance

Who’s speaking at the Extravaganza this year?

Thursday, May 7, 2015
     
9:00-9:20am Dr. Judith Briles Welcome
9:25-10:15am Hunter Boyle The Email Marketing Manifesto

10:15-10:30am

Break
 

EAGLES

EAGLETS
10:30 – 11:15am Amanda Barber
Crowdfunding
Nick Zelinger
Nuggets for Newbies and Trends in Cover Designs
11:20 – 12:05pm Marty Dickinson/Gary Jezorski
How to Create Everything and Have it Everywhere
in Your Systems
Robin Cutler
The Business of Indie Publishing: Integrated E & P Solutions That Work from Ingram Spark

12:05 – 12:50pm

Lunch

12:50-1:35pm

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

2:25-2:35pm

Break

2:35-3:20pm

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

3:25-4:10pm

Amber Ludwig-Vilhauer
How to Create a Powerful Author Website
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
   
7:15 – 8:15am Sunrise Workshop with Amy Collins
8:15 – 8:25am Dr. Judith Briles
Welcome
8:25 – 9:30am  Joel Comm
How to Be an Awesome Author
9:35 – 10:35am Haley 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
   
7:15 – 8:00am Coffee and Exhibits
8:00 – 8:10am Dr. Judith Briles
Welcome
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 PANEL: Everything You Need to Know about Book Reviews
Moderator: Dr. Judith Briles
Joan Stewart, Patti Thorn and Victoria Sutherland
12:15 – 1:25pm Lunch and Final Exhibits
1:25 – 2:15pm Carolyn Howard Johnson
Frugal Book Marketing
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

 

Accommodations

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 303-399-7500.

 
 

ORDER NOW

$100 reserves each spot. It is non-refundable. Bonus-You may register additional friends, colleagues or family members for a reduced fee who are not already Author U 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!

HURRY! Prices are discounted through March 31st, 2015! 

*Join Author U and receive AU Member price.

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

 

  Early-Early Bird up to January 31st February 1st – March 31st After April 1st
EVENT OPTIONS MEMBER NON-MEMBER MEMBER NON-MEMBER MEMBER NON-MEMBER
1st Registration $395  $495   $445 $545  $495 $595
Additional Registration    $225 $275 $275 $325 $295 $375
Deep Dive Session  $55 $75 $75 $95 $85 $105
Eagle Session -Thur   $55 $75  $75 $95 $85 $105
Eaglet Session – Thur  $55 $75 $75 $95 $85 $105
Friday Only       $225 $275 $275 $325 $295 $345
Saturday Only    $200 $255 $225 $275 $245 $295

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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. Total registration due March 1 or date of registration if registering after February 1, 2015. After January 1st, Prices go up!

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

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

 

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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 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!

Sep
17
Thu
Hall of Fame
Sep 17 @ 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
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