Benefits and Costs
Not to mention … We have fun!
The membership association for Authors and Publishers who take their books seriously.
In a nutshell …
For only $89 … here’s why you should be a member:
- The Resource Newsletter, published online 9 times a year
- All programs designed for the committed and serious author
- Reduced attendance costs for monthly programs, BookCamps and Extravaganza in May
- Attendance at Member-only events: Holiday, Annual BBQ, Tech Toolboxes, and Salons
- Book Printing discounts and perks: Sheridan Books, Four Colour Print Group, Thomson-Shore, Color House Graphics, King Printing, Total Systems Printing
- Legal assistance for authors and publishers: Replin, Rhodes, LLC; Legal Shield
- Interior Designs for books discounts: WESType Publishing, NZ Graphics, F+P Design
- eBooks, Audio book discounts: NZ Graphics, Book Baby, Author Fulfillment Services
- National Book Distribution discounts: Pathway Book Service, New Shelves
- Graphics and Book Cover design discounts: NZ Graphics, F+P Design
- Editing services discounts: Editing by John Maling, Patti Thorn
- Web site design and implementation discounts: IllustratingYou, NGNG
- Virtual office assistance discounts: Cornerstone Virtual Assistant, 123Employee
- Book and Publishing coaching discounts: The Book Shepherd, Get Published Coach
- Discounts for professional book reviews: BlueInk Reviews
- Book Publicity: Stephanie Barko
- Book Fulfillment: Author Fulfillment Services, Pathway Book Service
- Webinar and Teleseminars
- Credit Card Services: The Free Terminal, Total Merchant Services
- The list continues to grow!
Author U Membership Options…
Annual Membership Dues are only $89 per year, $225 for a group up to 3 or $150 for an Associate Membership available to service providers. You will be billed for renewal on Member’s Anniversary date. All Dinner Programs and BootCamps have a separate fee.
Currently, monthly meetings are in a Dinner and a Program format on the third Thursday of the month. On months when BootCamps are held (always on a Saturday), there will be no Thursday meeting.
Each May, the Author U Extravaganza offers two extensive workshop days for authors to notch up their book to the next, next level.
Summers are dark with a Summer BootCamp only and a member/family BBQ. In December, members gather at a private home for a festive dinner and fun gift exchange.
You could benefit from membership in an organization that tailors information and programs to boost your bottom line.
Membership in Author U will give you an edge in publishing’s morphing times. By joining Author U, your sales and profits will increase, you will find a true authoring and publishing community and make fewer mistakes. That’s the bottom line.
You’ll find information-rich articles and columns to help you work smarter, plus PR and sales tactics to make you more profitable in our monthly online eNewsletter, The Resource.
Author U’s Benefits can help you create books that have no regrets, strategize and implement marketing sell more books and make more profits.
Member Benefits include …
- You’ll learn how to become a publishing and marketing master and accelerate your book sales at our BootCamps held throughout the year. Author U members get discounted member rates.
- Months where there are no BootCamps have a Dinner and a Program—all programs are designed as workshops. Members are encouraged to bring their laptops.
- Author U members receive special rates from our Premier Partners.
Our Partners include:
- Legal assistance for authors and publishers: Replin, Rhodes, LLC
- Interior Designs for books discounts: WESType Publishing
- eBooks, Audio book discounts: DarkFire Productions
- National Book Distribution discounts: Midpoint Trade
- Graphics and Book Cover design discounts: NZ Graphics, MacGraphics
- Editing services discounts: Editing by John, Pen and Sword Publishing
- Webinar design and implementation discounts: The Webinar Mentor, IllustratingYou, LLC
- Virtual office assistance discounts: Cornerstone Virtual Assistant
- Book and Publishing coaching discounts: The Book Shepherd
- Illustrations: Shannon Parish, Don Sidle
- If your book and marketing plan for it qualifies, you will receive national book distribution at a substantially reduced price.
- The Premium Book Company offers special discounting to Author U members for their catalog program.
- Authors need legal representation. Through our legal partners, they receive discounted legal services relating to copyright, trade and entertainment needs.
- Premier Partners who are printers offer special services and discounts to Author U members.
- DarkFireProductions offers a 50% off for the first eBook to Author U members.
- Authors need access to credit card processing that won’t break your pocketbook. Author U’s partners can get you merchant status, Internet processing, direct deposit to your bank account and free wireless equipment.
- Author U’s Resource Directory is rich with contacts for foreign rights, book awards, publishing consultants, printers and a variety of services that only an author and publisher would use and need. Available only to Members, updated annually.
- Pinpoint your colleagues by location, genre, or contact name in the annual membership resource directory. Networking opportunities are with other members about their successes and great new ideas.
- Online Discussion Group offers help with your questions, expert advice, and a “community” of colleagues.
- Save from 20% on selected books that Author U believes every successful author needs.
- Author U is an affiliate of IndieBound.org, representing independent book stores where members can tap into the IndieBound community.
- Participate in Author U’s Webinars and Teleseminars.
- Details, phone numbers, emails and websites for many of these benefits can only be found in Author U’s Resource Directory. It’s yours in a PDF format when you join.
- Through Author U’s Facebook Fan Page, member news is actively shared with the authoring community.
- Author U celebrates a Summer BBQ for members and families with no agenda but to have a good time. In December, a Holiday party is held.
- Author U members have FUN!
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