Topic: Author Success

Has Your Blog Fallen Down and Needs to Get Up?

Has Your Blog Fallen Down and Needs to Get Up?

Summer “officially” passes this week. For authors, their eyes begin to look at upcoming Holiday sales. The thought of writing anything new moves to the back burner. Should it? Nope.
Keep your blogs ALIVE during this busy time … with new ideas, repurposing of old content … and not opening the door to an invitation of doing nothing–of letting stickiness creep in.
Have you ever had one of those days? Can’t think of a thing … not …

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The Authors’ Fall Tea Is Coming – Are You In?

The Authors’ Fall Tea Is Coming – Are You In?

 
Hello to our favorite people: Authors! … are you interested in being featured at the Annual Author’s Tea on Saturday afternoon, Oct 28th ?—

The Annual Authors’ Fall Holiday Tea will be held on:
Saturday, October 28th   from 1 – 4 p.m.
 
Author Judith Briles will be the host this year in her home within the Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club in Colorado. We know it’s Bronco time and there’s a game the next day, so there is no football …

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Happy Birthday to U.S.A. and to the Freedom of Speech / Words

Happy Birthday to U.S.A. and to the Freedom of Speech / Words

Today is the 4th of July … a huge day in America that is looked forward to for a variety of reasons by millions of Americans.

It’s America’s birthday. Meaning a celebration with family and friends.

What happened within the walls of what became known as Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was life changing. The Declaration of Independence and Constitution were both debated and adopted. 

Within the Constitution lies multiple Amendments. The First Amendment is essential …

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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

And, you can do it in minutes—I promise and be open within the day. How cool is that?
Let’s face it. Amazon has become a challenge this past month for many authors and publishers. It’s decided to goose up the sales of “third party” sellers, sometimes leaving we authors at the bottom of the option buying pile.
 
Last year, Ingram bought Aerio. Its software allows any individual or publishing sites to create stores, get opt-in customer relations, …

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What is AuthorU to Me? … Community! Guest blog by Megan Poczos

What is AuthorU to Me? … Community! Guest blog by Megan Poczos

It’s not easy being an author in a world that thrives on moving quickly and getting to “the next best thing.” It’s especially hard to be a young author in this world or even an author who is just starting out.
I happen to be one of those authors who are both young and just starting out. I have been a writer all my life, but I have just started to find my voice when it …

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Authors … Get Over Your Book Marketing Resistance

Authors … Get Over Your Book Marketing Resistance

Get over it. The most common phrase out of too many authors is: I can’t market my books. Or, I don’t want to market my books. I just want to write. Get over it. You have to write your books. Oh please, get over your resistance. The reality is, YES … you can!

Here’s why:

If you can write, you CAN market.The definition of marketing is: the action or business of promoting and selling products or services.So …. …

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Do You Have an eBook? How about Entering the Global eBook Awards?

Do You Have an eBook? How about Entering the Global eBook Awards?

There are several book award possibilities that have deadlines coming up. One of AuthorU’s benefits to AuthorU GOLD members is to deliver discounts from other publishing providers for services to our members.
In the eBook area, one that should be getting your attention is the awards that self-publishing pioneer Dan Poynter created a few years ago. Dan’s untimely death last year left a huge void of wisdom to many starting out authors. His legacy leaves on …

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Authors Yukked It Up … and Learned Lots!

Authors Yukked It Up … and Learned Lots!

Comedy teacher extraordinaire Steve Kaplan came to town, Saturday and Sunday the first weekend in March, to educate the AuthorU community about humor—the tools, the rules—underlying a 3000-year history of a subject that remains as an important mainstay of our entertainment industry as any today.  The stars—the practitioners— of comedy are as familiar to all of us practically as are members of our own family: Billy Crystal, Bill Murray, Steve Martin, The Marx Brothers, Seinfeld, …

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AuthorU Members: Are you a Giver … or a Taker?

AuthorU Members: Are you a Giver … or a Taker?

This past weekend, many in the AuthorU Community, participated in a one-of-a-kind marathon on writing … as in comedy. Hollywood master of comedy writing and coach Steve Kaplan came to Denver when we asked him if he would. It was a Comedy Intensive workshop … many of us didn’t realize that it would be a full-blown comedy writing workshop as well.
Yet, it had EVERYTHING to do with off-the-charts A-Game writing. Are you an A-Gamer? Are …

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Is Your Author Photo a Selfie or Professionally Done?

Is Your Author Photo a Selfie or Professionally Done?

What photos are you using on your website? How about for media? Or, a speaking engagement? Are they oldies, but what you consider goodies? Could they be more than five years old?

Your picture says a thousand words:

what you do;
who you are;
what you love to play with or at;
what your expertise is;
who’s your crowd;
what else?

Visuals are powerful. You may use them on your book covers, your website and your promo and publicity material. Think Bio shots, …

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