Cliques Aren’t Us … Author U Expands Its Community

 There are a variety of definitions of “community” including:

A group of people with common interests,
likeness, shared ideas and activities.

Author U fills them all—we are authors; we are alike (and yet very different in our topics, methodologies and strategies); we share ideas and activities.   

The author’s voice—your voice—is amazing … reaching every corner of every community. To expand our community, Author U has surfaced on LinkedIn this past week. The community has expanded broadly from the “Mothership” of Colorado to members globally. And it’s very exciting. We have members in Canada, England, Mexico, Australia and of course, the United States—it’s thrilling now to reach out to authors in Europe, India and other parts of the world. The author community—it’s alive, it’s vibrant, it’s well … and it’s a good place to be in.

At the recent Board meeting that followed the annual Author U Extravaganza, we asked:                                                                       

  • Where are we now?
  • Where are we going?
  • What do we want to expand in and to?
  • How are we going to do it?

What was echoed by many was that the strength of Author U was the fact that it wasn’t a clique—there wasn’t exclusiveness—you are an author or budding author, come on in.

If you aren’t following Author U on Twitter, join in @AuthorU. If you want to chat with others, pose question, offer answers to those that ask, join the LinkedIn Author U Group (there are over 4,900 authors there)—you need to have a LinkedIn account to do so … FREE. We have a weekly radio show: Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing … listen in live on Thursdays or pick up the recorded podcasts … all on the site, just click on the “On the Air” icon and you have over 100 shows with experts on a huge variety of topics. FREE  There’s a community just starting on Google+join it. FREE.

Our monthly ezine, The Author’s Resource will have its last issue available to the public in June–50 pages worth. Beginning in July, 2015, it will be for members only. And there is so much more that members only get–from the Tech Tool Boxes, to the Salons, to the special Google Hangouts to awesome discounts from Premier Partners and to our annual Extravaganza held each May! For only $99 per year, this can be yours.

Become a member NOW for only $99 so you don’t miss out on terrific articles and columns and events that are delivered throughout the year. is all about books: writing of the book, publishing of your book, social media for your book, marketing of your book–you name it … if it will enhance what you can do with your book, Author U wants to create/deliver it for you.

Finally, we will launch our Google Hangouts FOR MEMBERS only this summer… starting with creating massive sales via Amazon… watch for the date!

Let’s celebrate our fantastic and diversified voices. Author U … created for the author who wants to be seriously successful.

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Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd a book publishing expert and coach. She 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 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms, Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers  and a speaker at publishing conferences.

Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author’s Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. 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 Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at . Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and TheBookShepherd on Facebook.  If you want to create a book that has no regrets, contact Judith at

 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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