Authoring, Writing and Book Publishing Tips





robot voice Tired of Talking to Voice Robots? … Find Humans to Help You!

If you’ve been stuck in voice mail hell, here’s some bypass codes. Also are two sites that can assist you in identifying direct dial phone numbers: Get Human and Dial a Human.


hashtagGet everyone to see your Twitter replies when using #Hashtag as FIRST word.

If you want others in your Twitter stream to see your replies, place the DOT before the # as: .#  … if your replies begins with a word without the #hashtag,  it’s not necessary to add the dot in front of the opening word.

Let’s just say, for this example, that you creating a Tweet or ReTweet and you want EVERYONE on your stream to see it, put the DOT right before the # (i.e., like this: .#) at the beginning of the RT or the original creation.

 .#Speaking on your #book expands your expertise–key tips on creating a #TEDtalk or short talk. Listen to podcast:

If you write the Tweet and then add #speaking in the middle of the Tweet, the .# isn’t needed. Like this:

WOW … creating a #TEDtalk or short talk will skyrocket your #speaking gigs. Listen to podcast:

I know it seems a tad confusing. Before the .#, only the intended recipient hashtag group has the opportunity to see it–no one else in your stream unless they too check in with the # used. When you add the dot before the # at the beginning of a Tweet or RT, then everyone who follows you will see it. If you are in a Twitter chat, this is a must to remember.


design skillsNo-cost photos reminder

If you are creating marketing material; need to add website visual gooses; writing blogs that could use images (they all do); or creating slides for a presentation and DO NOT  to pay for photos, here are sites to nab from—Some do require attribution, so please read the fine print.




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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 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 fall: 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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