Authors Are Community within Colorado

One person can make a difference—many will build a strong and thriving community. And one person can shatter a community, harming many and in some cases destroying the essence of their breath, leaving their families and friends gasping.

Such a person surfaced Saturday a.m. shortly after midnight in a dark theater in the community that Author U was seeded in—Aurora, Colorado—and what the media has labeled the Colorado Movie Massacre.

  • It will fuel the news for weeks, maybe months.  This one deranged person has changed the lives of countless—adults, kids, families, friends—the community of Aurora within the Metro Denver of Colorado, the state of Colorado—as well as the rest of the country forever.
  • It has affected one of our Author U members where a family member fights for his life in the ICU at University Hospital.
  • It has affected others because we have friends of friends who were there for a much anticipated evening—the summer Batman movie.

This blog will be short. The purpose is to remind you, dear writer and author, of the power of your voice; the power of your words; the power of your opinion; and the power you have in helping others. We writers and authors must stay visible—to reach out to our communities when our voices and words can make the difference.

Those who have the gift of writing healing words need to come forth—get them out there.

Those who have the gift of sharing the stories of those lost lives need to come forth—seek them and share with others the beauty of those who died; those who are recovering; and those who helped so many through the shocking late hours of the dark night.

Those who have the gift of sharing with others ways in which to advise many on how they can help hurting family, friends, neighbors and strangers—come forth with your ideas so that we in turn can domino them.

A year ago, two of Author U’s members created a beautiful book that I told everyone I knew that they should have on their book shelf. I gave it as gifts. It is the type of book that is perfect now for anyone living in Colorado—for anyone wanting to reach out to those who live in Colorado.  When Crisis Strikes: What to Do, What to Say, How to Help by Allidah Poole Hicks and Bonnie Kunti highlights hundreds of ideas on how anyone—from close loved ones to perfect strangers—can say, “I care.”

A black cloud has once again enveloped the beautiful state of Colorado and a thriving city just outside of Denver. It has so much to enjoy and embrace. All of us in the Author U community cares … please care with your words … they can, and do, make the difference.

To support the care of many of the victims of the Colorado movie shooting, has the various groups listed, links and what they do.

Judith Briles is the Authoring and Publishing Expert and known as The Book Shepherd. She’s the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Author U,  a membership organization created for the author who wants to be seriously successful. Judith has been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. She’s the author of 30 books including Show Me About Book Publishing, co-written with John Kremer and Rick Frishman and a speaker at publishing conferences throughout the country. Her next audio and guidebook series, Author YOU: Creating Your Book and Author Platform will be available in the Fall of 2012. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Your Guide to Book publishing on the Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and


 If you are looking for FREE author and book coaching … call in to Judith’s Author Monday Mornings at NOON Eastern each Monday. The number is 218-632-9854; Access Code 1239874444 … have your questions ready–there’s a full hour to ask and listen.

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5 Comments on Authors Are Community within Colorado

  1. Hi Judith…I met you at Author101 in LA last March. Risk’s newsletter today indicated that your Grandson was in the Aurora theater. I am relieved and grateful that he was unharmed and can only imagine how you must have felt. I, too, have Grandsons. I pray that he will find ways of dealing with the horror of it all and that he and all others involved, will be comforted….such a sad, tragic, and unexplainable day for so many souls. Your blog post is beautiful and touching. Keep writing and stay beautiful…you are, a good shephard. God bless you, your Grandson, and the beautiful people of CO.

  2. Thanks so much for the beautiful and well articulated words above. Each word makes me thankful for life and all we have to be thanksful for every minutes of every day. Thanks also for the hugs across the ari waves.

    • Judith Briles says:

      Hi Carolyn-yes, yes, yes–be grateful for every minute of the day … I will take hugs anyway I … and we can. The community needs them!

  3. Prayers go out to your community of Aurora. Thank you for all you do Judith to build a strong community of people who are working for the good of an industry.

    Many blogsites are featuring Friday’s incident in Aurora this morning, including my own. Sad that one person who changed a community forever with this horrific incident gets so much media coverage. But, we can’t help but ask Why? Why would a person do such a thing?

    • Judith Briles says:

      Ahhh Sue, it’s always the question that surfaces. I want to focus on the amazing, amazing authors–and others—out here. Thanks for what you are doing for writers and budding authors as well. Hope to see you soon.

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