Author Writing, Book Marketing, Publishing Tips October 16

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Three tips for you to do … all HOT and act on as soon as your clicking fingers will allow!

1. VERY, VERY COOL … Canva just released a super-awesome iPad app that lets you design with your fingers! Well worth the price — FREE.


Non-artistic folks need templates and simple instructions to create professional-looking graphics, and Canva is what I love. The site provides modern and retro frameworks for everything from Facebook timeline images to presentation slides to business cards. It takes just a few minutes to make a badge, invitation or poster with a few clicks of the mouse — perfect for small business folks who just need a quick graphic for a newsletter, social media post or website.



2. Discover Pixabay pronto …. tons of free photos. Tip: search for your topic; ignore the top row usually–somehow Shutterstock slips in and that’s going to cost–just ignore the first row and deep dive into.  Love it. and thanks to Author U member Melody Jones of Social Media Melody for sharing. download



3. Make sure you are adding images to your Twitter feeds. Tweets with images receive 18% more clicks, 89% more favorites and 150% more retweets. 







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Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious author who wants to be seriously successful. She’s been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 34 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #34 was published this summer: The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers. Get your copy.

Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author’s Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. Each summer, she holds Judith Briles Book Publishing Unplugged, a three day intensive limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. In 2015, the dates are August 27-29th.  Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at .

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header-logo1.pngAuthor U is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to the author who wants to be seriously successful. Monthly education programs delivered face-to-face and online, The Author Resource ezine, BookCamps and the annual Author U Extravaganza are tools designed for authors pre, during and post publishing of their books. Join today.

 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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