Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips


If you have a book signing coming, here are a few tips glimmer from our participants during theirs:

1.     Don’t sit … stand up to greet your buyers. Why? You’ll sell more if you stand, not sit, behind a table. It’s eyeball to eyeball. I prefer the cocktail table to use for signing on.

2.     Gather names of buyers. Have a signup sheet for name and email.

3.     Get visitors involved. Nancy Rango, author of “The President Did What?” greeted anyone who stopped at her table on the cruise with a question from her book: it’s all about trivia around U.S. presidents. Stopping passengers this way, they had fun as she often stomped the … then bought the book.

4.     Be realistic … your book won’t be a fit for all. Pivot and suggest for family members and friends—there’s always birthdays and holidays coming up.

Here are a few of our authors who sold books on the PublishingAtSea cruise in January. Next years is slated for January 21-28, 2018. Interested? Call or email me … we would love to have you.




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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 signature-full TRNabout and conducting workshops on publishing since the 80s. Judith is the author of 35 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 #35 was published this summer: The How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.

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 2017, the dates are June 22-24th.  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 “AuthorU – 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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