Topic: Author Success

Authors Need to Ride Surfing the Publishing Wave

Authors Need to Ride Surfing the Publishing Wave

Thirty plus years ago, one of my author friends coined one of my favorite book titles: Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers. It’s all about change and slashing through the things that continually hold people and companies back. Fast forward 20 years. I ran into the author Bob Kriegel at a conference we were both speaking at. He was still talking about burgers and he reminded me of a story he told me long ago …

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Thank You from AuthorU to Authors Worldwide

Thank You from AuthorU to Authors Worldwide

This is the final blog from AuthorU.org … beginning, next month, your feed will be coming from AuthorYOU and The Book Shepherd as we combine our resources that were outlined in the October 31 blog.
December is always the month that has too, too much packed into it. There’s the year-end “I’ve got to get this done NOW” push. Then there’s the more events, parties and gatherings to attend and host not to mention the shopping …

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Author Success Questons to Kickstart 2018

Author Success Questons to Kickstart 2018

 
A December truism: the colors, the festivities, the gatherings and the changes of pace the Holiday season brings can stimulate or exhaust you.
It’s a wonderful time of “togetherness” with family and friends; and, a time of reflection on the past year … and think forward. Next week sets the stage for the beginning of 2018. As we get ready to launch Author YOU. And your continuation or creation of YOUR AUTHOR SUCCESS.
Here are some big questions …

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Book Editors & Publishing Are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Book Editors & Publishing Are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly

Book Editors & Book Publishing Are Like Peanut Butter and Jelly
Why so many authors think that their friend who teaches literature at the local college, or their sister who
loves everything they write and do is the perfect editor for their work is beyond me.

Your editor can make or break your work—she can shape and shore it up … or, put in some commas and check your spelling. There are now more self and independent …

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6 Hot Tips for Authors to Increase Discoverability and Book Sales

6  Hot Tips for Authors to Increase Discoverability and Book Sales

AuthorU and The Book Shepherd have been big supporters of the Bublish brand for popping your book visibility, branding and marketing. Last year, Bublish founder Kathy Meis shared tips for pushing your social media discoverability. As you come to another year end, it’s time to review them and see goose you (once again) to keep at it. The Bublish tool is fun, easy to use … and once you start … a habit is built. …

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Hot Spit … Here’s a Great Solution to Creating Your Own Book Store

Hot Spit … Here’s a Great Solution to Creating Your Own Book Store

Over the past weekend, a question popped at the monthly Author YOU Circles. “Tell me about how I can have a store for my website …”
Last June, I wrote a blog on a new feature within the IngramSpark offerings. The previous year, it purchased Aerio, a portal that allows the user to create a storefront on individual websites. With the powerhouse of Ingram’s catalog of books carried in its inventory to bookstores, YOU now have …

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Ampersands: Pretty Is as Pretty Does By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

Ampersands: Pretty Is as Pretty Does By Carolyn Howard-Johnson

The ampersand is a really pretty little dude but it isn’t a letter nor even a word. It’s a logogram that represents a word. Its history goes back to classical antiquity, but interesting history and being cute is no reason to overuse it in the interest of trying to separate one’s writing from the pack. Better writers should concentrate on the techniques that make a difference rather than gimmicks that distract. Here are some legitimate …

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Change is “a-coming” to AuthorU!

Change is “a-coming” to AuthorU!

You will see lots of changes under the AuthorU umbrella over the next two months.
We are STREAMLINING! AuthorU will be transitioning to a rebranded AuthorYOU. The membership site that many of you have had challenges with since the conversion two years ago will be archived and membership will revert to the Meetup site. This means that any payments made for Activities and Events will process via PayPal via the site.
Much of the material you currently …

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Calling All Authors Who Want to Be Successful … Don’t Miss Out!

Calling All Authors Who Want to Be Successful … Don’t Miss Out!

Don’t miss it! It’s our last 1st Saturday of the month workshop.

Join us to learn about this all important rule when writing and marketing your books! Also, a special bonus for the creative types … yes, that’s you!

What is the 90/10 Rule?
What is one of the best ways to take advantage of the 90%?
What is the real “killer” of future book sales?
I cannot wait to find out what the AuthorU bonus is … I love …

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Extravaganza Take-Aways from a First-Timer by Sierra Rakes

Extravaganza Take-Aways from a First-Timer by Sierra Rakes

How does a college student feel when she walks into a hotel and is suddenly surrounded by so many professional authors? Well, imagine how nervous she’d be. That was me.
The AuthorU Extravaganza 2017 was not only the first Extravaganza I had ever been to, but it was also my first big leap into the authoring and publishing world that I have been so desperately wanting to inhabit. As AuthorU’s Intern, I had a small foot …

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