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Authors need money smarts—tips on new podcast

Authors need money smarts—tips on new podcast

Discover the 7 financial and security mistakes to avoid as an author. Do you know all the expenses that you can take on your personal tax return? … bet you don’t.
Financial expert Mary Salas, partner in Peak Wealth Strategies, reveals:

Why it’s a good idea to get a “positive” cash flow within your three-year “it’s OK to have losses” timeframe;
Why it’s smart to get a tax professional on your team from the get-go;
How to write-off the …

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Creating a memoir that has global impact

Creating a memoir that has global impact

Joining host Judith Briles is Marilyn Van Derbur, winner of Writers Digest Best Self-Published Book Award, author of the international bestseller Miss America By Day that revealed her betrayal and sexual assault at the age of 5 until she was 18. Self-publishing at 65 after turning down NY publishers, it was her first book, and only book, that is used in universities internationally, and has changed the lives of millions. A film on her life, …

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Writing & Publishing Tips from a 160+ Book-Author Powerhouse

Writing & Publishing Tips from a 160+ Book-Author Powerhouse

Creativity has potholes. Sometimes, publishing success can be held at bay. Get ready to cross the line with the Iron Chef of Writing who is rewriting the Dune fiction universe.

How to get published successfully.
Grab nifty tips to crash the barriers to writing blocks.
How not to stifle your creativity.
why outlines become the roadmap to success.
Jump into the speed lane to reaching your author goals.
How plotting becomes the blueprint

Joining the AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing podcast is …

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How to turn your expertise into a virtual tradeshow podcast

How to turn your expertise into a virtual tradeshow podcast

Have you ever thought about using your expertise to create a virtual trade show?
Discover how two authors have taken their knowhow and created virtual tradeshows seeded by their knowledge on what to write and speak on; partner with vendors that pay for virtual space and meet their customers; and never have to get in a car or plane to host it.
Did you know …

Engagement is higher: 30% of people are more likely to speak to …

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Don’t let your books become digital dust

Don’t let your books become digital dust

Do you have any idea what a “blockchain” is … and why you should care?
Get ready to learn lots about the crypto currency world and how authors can use it in a variety of ways. With host Judith Briles The Book Shepherd on the AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing podcast is Daniel Hall. Daniel is a co-author of One Coin, Two Coin, What Coin, BitCoin.
Takeaways include:
· What is an NFT?
· Why authors should explore NFTs and crypto currency.
· How …

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Are your characters and storyline so sharp that they can cut glass?

Are your characters and storyline so sharp that they can cut glass?

Everyone talks about characters—the ones they love; the ones they hate; the ones they love to hate … but how does an author go about actually creating characters that are both realistic and memorable?
Joining host Judith Briles is Mara Purl, a bestselling author and writing coach. Creating characters, story lines, and setups is what Mara does this for a living. Many of her readers say that her characters become friends they like to keep up …

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Tips on avoiding the book digital dust graveyard

Tips on avoiding the book digital dust graveyard

Have you ever wonder why so many authors fail or never get passed selling 100 books. Developmental Editor and Ghostwriter Dan Janal joins AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing podcast and host Judith Briles for a fast and fun hour.
Takeaways include:

when to get a ghostwriter
how to work with a developmental editor
why short books are more effective—and preferred
how to avoid the “digital dust” of a book graveyard
5 reasons why authors fail and how to avoid them

And, of …

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Selling your Manuscript and Book Idea with Randy Peyser

Selling your Manuscript and Book Idea with Randy Peyser

Is your writing, your pitch, your book proposal, your title, your _______ coming across with pizzazz, pop, and brilliance?

It’s time to step up your game …
If you want to grab readers from the get-go …
If you want to get an agent …
If you want to get a book proposal read and supported …
If you want to get help in writing a screenplay …
If you want to tips on selling to a publisher …
If you want …

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Bring brand POP and power to your author palette

Bring brand POP and power to your author palette

The author’s brand begins to emerge the day she or he starts writing. It morphs. It evolves.
In this episode of the AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing podcast, host Dr. Judith Briles invites artist, designer, and branding expert Peggy Sands to the mic.

What is a brand and why it’s essential for an author to have one.
What does branding do for you?
Where should you start when branding yourself?
Memorable and simple always wins.
Why it pays off to get …

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NEW Podcast- Visualizing Your Author and Publishing Success

NEW Podcast- Visualizing Your Author and Publishing Success

Author and Vision expert Dr. Lynn Hellerstein joins host Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd, for an insightful episode on AuthorU-Your Guide to Book Publishing podcast.
It’s all about vision and using visualization to soar your author success:

increase your author success quotient
use tips to unblock writer’s block
expanding your creativity
eliminate author burnouts that can spiral out of control
reduce anxiety created by author overwhelm
3 Tips to gain clarity, courage, and confidence as an author

All that and much more on …

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