June Tech Tool Box – YouTube
Jun 18 @ 9:00 pm – Jun 19 @ 12:00 am

Tech ToolboxJune Tech Tool Box —SOLD OUT


Create or Enhance Your YouTube Channel on Tuesday, June 18th
Do you know YouTube is the second most popular search engine after Google? People search YouTube for trainings, tutorials and educational purposes as well as for some entertainment. Join us for this intensive workshop to learn how to optimize your YouTube account, tips for uploading videos and strategies for posting your videos on your websites and blogs. We will start with instruction and have work time for you to start implementing what you learned.

It’s YouTube, starring you and your book!

Time: 3 – 6 pm
Cost: $60 or both June and July Tech Tool Boxes for $100
Location: Judith’s Offices
Register for June Only at $60: CLICK HERE

for BOTH Toolbox Workshops June 18th and July 23rd at $100:  CLICK HERE


eBooks and Book Celebrations/Events
Oct 12 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Brunch and LearneVolution is part of your publishing empire. It has to be. Like a menu in a restaurant, eBooks are something that you should create when you create your print book. Or create an eBook, than maybe, create a print book. Then there’s an “a” book—audio.

eBooks now amount to 25 percent of all book sales… and there are strong indications of a flattening of the market with a cross over now to tablets … yet many eBooks can’t be read on a tablet and many tablet books can’t be read on eReaders, like Kindle and Nook. What’s an author to do?

Designer Nick Zelinger will walk you through the step-by-step process; how and why you need to think differently for your covers; what venues you should use to upload and broadcast and so much more. There’s lots to learn and you will get the visuals and the how-tos to make your “e” empire rock and roll.

At this Brunch & Learn, you will come away with:

  • The How-tos of eBook formatting … what works and what definitely doesn’t.
  • The differences between “fixed” formats and “flexible” formats and when you should use them.
  • What works in a standard eBook and what doesn’t.
  • How to include art, tables, graphics.
  • Why “e” covers need a twist.
  • The ins and outs of Amazon’s KDP program.
  • Strategies to market your “e” product line.

AuthorU EventBook Celebrations can be a Launch or a Hoopla. How do you create an event that is both awesome and successful … meaning your sell lots of programs?

  • Determining what type of event to create.
  • Examples of alternatives to traditional book signings.
  • Getting a crowd there.

Author U Chief Visionary Officer Judith Briles has been creating successful author events for years. She’s going to walk you through a variety to ideas to launch and celebrate your book that takes you way beyond the table in the bookstore. Be ready to come away with a flood of ideas to make you and your book stand above the book crowd–she promises that it will be Snappy, Sassy and Salty!

Cost: $30 for members, $45 for nonmembers
Date: October 12th Time: 10 am to 2 pm Location: Doubletree SE, Aurora (225 and Iliff)

Register now!

WebinarGold: How to Create Compelling Characters
Jan 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Do you have characters or stories in your books? Will your reader love ’em, hate ’em … or just not care? It’s a critical question that every author needs to deal with.

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You can have the most compelling and creative plot out there, but without good characters your story just won’t move. But how do you come up with compelling characters that readers can relate too and get behind? That will be the subject of this webinar. We will delve into the creation of characters, and even how to write bios for them so we have something to refer back to when writing. So please come join me as we go over how to create engaging characters. Date is Wednesday, January 7th –details on the Events tab on the website. Freebie for members. Get ready for Publish Smarter … Not Harder. Watch for the dates and get them on your calendar. Archives will be in the Logged in Members Only section. Check this month’s webinars under the Events tab.

Date: January 7th
Time: 6 pm Eastern, 4 pm Mountain
Location: Anywhere your laptop is.

AuthorU Day at Barnes & Noble BookFair in Colorado! @ Barnes & Noble
May 2 all-day

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May 2 will be BIG for AuthorU members and AuthorU … all day long, it’s AuthorU Day at the Colorado Blvd. Barnes & Noble bookstore. Author signings throughout the day. We will have two tables for signings—two authors at each table and signing times will be 90 minute  slots. Only 20 authors will have the opportunity to be featured. This means that it’s an Early Bird grabber.

There are 5 strings attached with this free event to be selected to participate: 

  1.  You must (or your publisher) be a paid-up member of AuthorU.
  2.  You must (or your publisher) be there in person—you are strongly encouraged to not be a swooper (only there for 90 minutes) … wander the store and give coupons to anyone you see, encouraging them to give it to the cashier at checkout. It doesn’t cost them anything and B&N will make a donation to support and recognize authors.
  3.  Your book(s) MUST be available through a distributor—B&N only works this way. 
  4.  You will actively promote the event to one and all via your contacts and social media platforms—bodies and sales will count.
  5.  You will give out the coupons that B&N supplies to us to any and all you can get them to within the store—it doesn’t matter if customers buy your book, another AuthorU member’s, or any title within the store … we get credit for it.

If you are interested in being featured (we will be doing a press release on this), contact Judith Briles ( with your name, title, © year, ISBN, price, category and one line describing the book. Please put in the subject line: May book event.

2015 Extravaganza May 7-9 @ Renaissance Hotel Denver
May 7 @ 10:00 am – May 9 @ 5:00 pm
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Author U Extravaganza! May 7-9, 2015

Join Us for Author U’s Extravaganza
May 7-9, 2015 at the Renaissance Denver Hotel

reserve your room at 800-HOTELS-1 or 800-468-3571 and ask for AuthorU rate






Make It So! You will be engaged over the 3 jammed-packed days, learning and working with amazing book marketing strategists, publicists, Internet gurus … all done in an intense workshop environment. A HUGE Thank you for IngramSpark for sponsoring WI-FI for all three days to all attendees and Exhibitors.

Bonus Session on Thursday, May 7th will be with Heather Lutze, one of the top Social Media Internet Marketing and Social Media Strategists and author of The Findability Formula, Thumbonomics and her just released Marketing Espionage. You and your book can’t afford to miss this session.

Hayley Foster will walk you through how to create a TED and short talk, John Kremer will soar your Boards with his awesome marketing strategies using Pinterest, Hunter Boyle will soar your eMail Marketing, Joan Stewart will divulge Free Graphics Tools for Authors and How to Use Them for Publicity and Social Media Campaigns, Lori Gama will reveal New Social Media Marketing for Authors, Joel Comm will knock your socks off with his moxie on all things marketing and tricks of the trade within social media & how to be an Awesome Author and Daniel Hall will be back to reveal an astonishing variety of new tools to use to boost your presence and monetize your products (a product is a book!), you will get the inside scoop on all things in the Book Review area … and so much more.  

You will find workshops on the latest in eBook Strategies for Creation and Selling, , Google Authorship, Children’s Books (including how to morph yours into one), Selling Your Book to Foreign Markets, Getting the Right Book Reviews and What to Do When You Get Them, The Anatomy of CrowdFunding, Mastering Amazon and so much more.

JImmy Wayne

HOT!  Jimmy Wayne is coming to the Extravaganza to entertain and delight attendees on Friday evening.  A donation will be made to CASA, the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association.  Jimmy is the national spokesperson.

His book, Walk to Beautiful, will be available to purchase onsite.

DON’T MISS: An Evening with Jimmy Wayne…

His Journey, His Book, His Music.

Extra tickets available ($60) for Jimmy Wayne Entertainment and Gourmet Dinner!  

If you’re registered for the Extravaganza, your ticket is already included.

Click here to purchase

A huge country music star, he’s also the author of  the just released Walk to Beautiful which will be available to purchase onsite and get signed.  Jimmy is a former foster kid turned country music singer/songwriter Walk to Beautifulwhose songs and story highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless. With hits such as Put Your Hand In Mine, I Love You This Much, and Paper Angels, he released Do You Believe Me Now, his biggest hit to date for which he earned the millionaire award for having 100,000,000 radio spins in America.

In 2009, Jimmy toured with Brad Paisley and recorded Sara Smile with Hall & Oates. The next year he became CASA’s national spokesperson and released the novel Paper Angels. In 2012, Jimmy helped get the bill passed extending the age of foster care to 21 in both California and Tennessee. Jimmy lives in Nashville and continues to raise awareness for kids by writing, singing, and speaking.

Jimmy walked halfway across America to raise awareness for foster kids–from Nashville to Phoenix. Don’t miss this amazing man!

Walk to Beautiful is the powerfully emotive account of Jimmy’s childhood and the unconditional love and acceptance Russell and Bea Costner gave to Jimmy. This elderly couple provided a stable home and the chance for him to complete his education. Jimmy says of Bea, “She changed every cell in my body.” After his high school graduation, Jimmy went on to earn a degree in Criminal Justice because, as he says, “I knew a lot about it.” But in his heart Jimmy wanted to write songs and sing. 

A music company opened its doors to Jimmy, and he moved to Nashville to pursue his dreams. He had several memorable hits, such as I Love You This Much, Paper Angels, and Do You Believe Me Now, which remained at #1 for three consecutive weeks on the Billboard Chart.

But success was not satisfying. Jimmy remembered where he came from, and he wanted to give back. With his Meet Me Halfway campaign—a 1,700 mile walk from Nashville to Phoenix—Jimmy walked halfway across America, raising awareness for foster children. Along the way he not only found a lot of crazy things, such as coins, keys, a plastic Jesus, and a Lucille Ball ashtray; but he also found himself. And more important, he found a way to forgive the people who had hurt him. Jimmy learned how to walk to beautiful—and so can you.


Are you ready to Make It So? … as in make your book a success? Make you a success? Sell your book for foreign rights? Take your branding and positioning to the next level? Get the latest and greatess the social media worlds? Be totally findable in the cyber world? Be an awesome author? Get your book reviewed? Create a killer podcast that brings you sales and business? Do your book marketing on a shoestring budget? Working with the latest in the “E” world? Getting your book distributed and book orders fulfilled? Crafting a speech that brings in money and sells books? Designing the book you’ve always wanted? Creating and Crafting products from your expertise and book?


Bonus #1 The Author Shark Tank is back and will be held late Thursday afternoon. There are 4 spots in the Tank–are you ready to dive in and see what AuthorU’s Friendly Sharks can do for you?  Cost is $500 … ONLY 2 spots left. authoru-shark-tank

There are a total of 4 HOT sessions available  … only ONE Attendee can get his or her toe in the Author Shark Tank at a time. Our panel will listen for a few minutes to your pitch (hear/read that: LISTEN) and then decide IF and HOW they will help the author in the book and publishing quest. The Author Shark Tank will be held late Thursday afternoon, May 7th. ONLY 2 spots left.

The Friendly AuthorU Sharks like passion, persistence and excellence. They will provide incentives to writers and authors who demonstrate it in publishing and authoring through a variety of awards that pertain to their own expertise and product line. To enter the tank, there’s a fee.

Bonus #2 Don’t miss the Deep Dive Dinner Workshop that will be presented by Heather Lutze on SecretThursday night right after the Eagle and Eaglet sessions. Findability for You and Your Book is the Focus PLUS How to Spy on Your Competition. Be there–it’s included for all who register for Friday and Saturday through March, then it’s a separate pay item.

Bonus #3 The WINNERs of the Draft to Dream Book Competition will be announced on Thursday during Dinner and just before Heather’s Lutze’s not to be missed Deep Dive Workshop.Draft-to-Dream-Book-Publishing-Competition-300x300

Bonus #4 The Exhibits will OPEN at 2 pm on Thursday … and be available to the publicexhibitors until dinner starts. Tell your friends–it’s a great time to meet those who make books happen right here in Denver.

Bonus #5 EXTRA TICKETS are available for the Evening with Jimmy Wayne–these include the complete dinner. Jimmy Wayne

 Bonus #6 Sizzling Hot! AUTHOR PHOTOS Award winning author photographer Ashlee Bratton will have her lenses ready to focus on up to 20 attendees for personalized Author Portraits. There’s magic in her eyes as she creates photos for your books, blogs … anywhere. The cost is only $250 per session. ashographyYou get a CD to use anytime, anywhere. Call 303-885-2207 to book your slot now!


At A Glance

Who’s speaking at the Extravaganza this year?


You and Your Book

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Dr. Judith Briles

You and Your Book

The Business of Authoring and Publishing
9:25-10:15am Hunter Boyle

Your DIY Digital Marketing Action Plan 




10:30 – 11:15am Judith Briles
 Pre-Publication Marketing with Crowdfunding
Nick Zelinger
Nuggets for Newbies and Trends in Cover Designs
11:20 – 12:05pm Marty Dickinson/Gary Jezorski
 How to Sell More Books…Faster…and Keep More of the Money!
PANEL: Everything You Need to Know about Book Reviews
Moderator: Dr. Judith Briles
Joan Stewart, Patti Thorn and Victoria Sutherland  

12:05 – 12:50pm

Lunch on your own


Susie Scott
Creating a Video Book Teaser Trailer
Steve Replin
Legal Hot Potatoes: How to Stay Out of the Fire When It Comes to Your Book and Blogs
1:40-2:25pm Mara Purl
Creating Dialogue, Scenes and Killer Copy
Bill Van Ordsel
How to Fuel Your Book




Kelly Johnson
 Gizmos and Gadgets: Creative and Easy Tools for Authors
Joan Stewart
Free Graphics Tools for Publicity and Social Media


Angela Bole
 What’s Happening in Indie Publishing Today
Nick Taylor
eBook Strategies That Roar
4:15-6:00pm Shark Tank
6:00-6:40pm Dinner and Book Awards
6:45-9:00pm Heather Lutze – Workshop:
Findability for You and Your Book and Spy on Your Competition


Friday, May 8, 2015
8:00 – 8:20am Dr. Judith Briles
8:25 – 9:30am  Joel Comm
How to Be an Awesome Author
9:35 – 10:35am Hayley Foster
Short Talk … Big Impact – Creating a TED Talk
10:35 – 11:15am Break and Exhibits
11:15 – 12:15pm Sandra Beckwith
How to Build Book Buzz 
12:15 – 1:15pm Lunch
1:15 – 2:15pm Joan Stewart
How to Become the Go To Expert in Your Topic or Niche
2:20 – 3:20pm Lori Gama
New Social Media Marketing for Authors: Are You Soaking It Up?
3:20 – 4:00pm Break and Exhibits
4:00 – 5:00pm John Kremer
How to Market Your Books Using Pinterest
5:10 – 6:15pm Rounds With The Pros
6:30 – 9:00pm Dinner and Entertainment
Saturday, May 9, 2015
 7:05 – 8:15am  Sunrise Workshop with Amy Collins
How to Beat Amazon at its Own Game
7:05 – 8:00am Coffee and Exhibits
8:15 – 8:25am Dr. Judith Briles
Welcome Back
8:25 – 9:45am Daniel Hall
Creating High Profit Info-Products (Even If You’re A Fiction Writer)
9:45 – 10:30am Break and Exhibits
10:30 – 11:20am Lori Ruff
Build Your Influence and Amplify Your Brand
11:25 – 12:15pm Robin Cutler
The Business of Indie Publishing: Integrated E & P Solutions That Work from Ingram Spark
12:15 – 1:25pm Lunch and Final Exhibits
1:25 – 2:15pm Lisa Hale and Nancy Chen
Positioning and Branding Yourself for Profit: Your Prereq for $ucce$$
2:20 – 3:10pm Victoria Sutherland
Selling Foreign Rights
3:10 – 3:20pm Break
3:20 – 4:10pm Rebecca Finkel
Books Open Up – Readers Fall In: Design … What’s Between the Covers
4:15 – 4:55pm Dr. Judith Briles
Crafting a Podcast: Growing your Book Business
4:55pm Wrap Up and Drawing for FREE 2016 Extravaganza spot



AuthorU Extravaganza 2015 Exhibitors


Note: Be conference savvy … stay at the hotel, even if you are a local–these are long days. Author U has a block of rooms at the Renaissance Denver Hotel, our Extravaganza site, at a reduced rate of $119 that can include days three days before the Extravaganza and three days post–online booking is higher than this rate!
Make your reservations NOW  … call 800-HOTELS 1 (800-468-3571). Make sure that you ID the Renaissance Denver Hotel and the AuthorU group rate.



Bonus-You may register additional friends, colleagues or family members for a reduced fee who are not already AuthorU members. Most meals are included. You will be invoiced and your credit card charged the balance split on  February 15th.      Make It So and Count me in for the Author U Extravaganza 2015!

Just click on the price below that is for your event(s)-or print out and fax in to 303-627-9184 … and we will Count YOU in!

*Join Author U and receive AU Member price.

*Please add me as a new member for $99!


  February 1st – April 9th After April 9th
1st Registration  $445 $545  $495 $595
Additional Registration   $275 $325 $295 $375
Deep Dive Session $75 $95 $85 $105
Eagle Session -Thur   $75 $95 $85 $105
Eaglet Session – Thur $75 $95 $85 $105
Friday Only      $275 $325 $295 $345
Saturday Only    $225 $275 $245



     Total Extravaganza 2015 Registration: $ _____          *Please add me as a new member for $99 _____

Address ______________________________________________________________Zip ________________________
email __________________________________________ Cell Phone ________________________________________
Credit Card # ______________________________________________________ Exp ____________ CVV ________

*Join Author U and receive AU Member price.

Checks should be payable to Author U, a 501(c)6 organization.    Registration may be faxed to 303-627-9184 or mailed to: Author U % Judith Briles ~ 14160 E Bellewood Dr. ~ Aurora CO 80015 or completed online. 

There will be no refunds for cancellation 0- 31 days BEFORE the start of the Extravaganza. There will be a cancellation fee of $200 if cancelled 32 or more days before the scheduled Extravaganza. A non-refundable deposit of $100 reserves your registration cost.
Reserve your room at 800-HOTELS-1 or 800-468-3571

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October 26th Salon: Everything You Need to Know About CrowdFunding!
Oct 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm


October 26th Salon:

Everything You Need to Know About CrowdFunding and You Didn’t Know to Ask … Start Building Your Campaign Tonight!



There’s nothing like having cash to fuel your book project. You can use your own; you can borrow it; you can have a massive garage sale … or you can do it the OPM way—other people’s money.


Judith is going to walk you through how to create a CrowdFunding campaign, step-by-step. She’s worked with several authors who have all succeeded. Yes, it’s work—but how else are you going to get moneys that you don’t have to pay back? If you don’t think you have the ultimate winning lottery ticket, here’s where to start.


Don’t miss this Salon for GOLD and BestSeller members only. You will have extensive handouts with it.


Must have to participate in this session: Your laptop, images that can be used to enhance any slides you start to create—the more the better. If you have key phrases and quotes that link to what your expertise is and your book is about, have them already written in a file. You will get video tips as well.  Expect a few hot seats.


When: Monday, October 26th     DINNER INCLUDED

Time: 6 to 9 pm

Where: Judith’s Offices, Aurora

Cost: $30 – You are encouraged to get Judith’s book on Amazon and bring it with you that night, The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers.

WebinarGOLD: How to Create a Successful Book Launch or Re-Launch One that has Limped Along
Mar 30 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

March 30th  (4 PT, 5 MT, 6 CT, & 7 ET)

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All books need a send-off. During this webinar, Dr. Judith Briles will show you and demonstrate a variety of strategies to kick your book off to the start it needs to build the buzz, bring in the buyers and brand you as the “go to” expert.

Book Launching is exciting. It can also be exhausting and overwhelming. The grand news, especially for the indie and self-publishing author, is that book-launching can now be created as a “serial” activity. Get ready to add JUICE to you and your book to create a buzz your book deserves.

If your book has been limping along, it’s time to re-juice it. It’s a very fast 90 minutes. Your questions will be welcomed and answered during WebinarGOLD.



Authors’ Spring Tea & Afternoon Soiree @ Juliana Adams' home
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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It’s our Spring Author Tea where local Authors do a “show and tell”, offering their wonderful books on a perfect afternoon surrounded by cool people and delectable food. And it’s FREE. You just have to RSVP … and you can bring friends. Mother’s Day is the following week … select the perfect gift and have it personalized. Father’s Day follows in June—we will have books for the guys … PLUS books are the ideal gift—think kids, your friends … how about YOU?

Here’s what’s happening …

When: SUNDAY, May 1 
1 – 4 pm
 Juliana Adams’ home:  5207 So. Geneva St. Englewood CO  80111
Hosted by:
Juliana Adams & Judith Briles

The Treat: 20 authors sharing with you about their books and who they are in 60 seconds each. All books will be displayed on tables to “check-out”. Books are IDEAL gifts … for yourself, for others. All will be priced at less than what you can buy them on Amazon. Authors will be signing—some even come with ribbons! We have books for guys, gals and kids! Plus tables laden with tasty goodies. YUMMERS!

Genres: There are lots to browse and choose from including: Mystery: Inspiration, Children-Juvenile, Cookbooks, Memoir,Military History, Women’s Fiction, Adventure, Health, Humor, Writing-Publishing, Fantasy, Self-Help

RSVP (please!): Tell Judith or Juliana NOW that you are coming (and how many guests you are bringing). Yes, you can invite your friends to come as well—the more, the merrier! We just want to make sure that we have plenty of food.

OR, you can email Judith at: or text her at 303-885-2207 your YES (with how many).

YES …Count me in!


The Indie Author’s Guide to Creating a Killer Media Kit
Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm


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Time: 6 to 7:30 Eastern on Wednesday, June 8

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If you want to sell books, you need publicity. If you want the maximum publicity possible, you need a Media Kit for your fiction or nonfiction book.

Seven important audiences, including journalists, will expect one. And if you don’t have one, hope you never get a phone call from a journalist who hears about your book, wants to interview you and asks, “Can you send me your media kit?’

Publicity expert Joan Stewart, aka The Publicity Hound and a former newspaper editor, will explain the 10 essential elements in every media kit, when she’s my guest during a special 90-minute webinar at 6 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, June 8. This is for authors who have written fiction or nonfiction, and for those who haven’t started their books yet.

You will learn:

  • How to use a media kit and how not to use it.
  • The seven important audiences for your media kit, and what they expect to see in it.
  • The correct format for writing a press release for a fiction book and one for nonfiction.
  • Why you should have more than one bio, and the exact word count of each one.
  • Tips for using photos in your kit to make the media’s job easy.
  • How to shave weeks off the tedious chore of creating a media kit from scratch.

As a special bonus, Joan will give away three 15-minute consultations, but you must join us on the call to be eligible.  



FREE Webinar July 20: Create the Press Release Every Author Needs
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
  1. Get Ready to Create the Press Release Every Author Needs for Promo! Bring your questions … there is a live Q&A within the webinar.
  2. Many listened into the superb free webinar Joan Stewart on how to create an off-the-charts media kit. Are you ready to now listen in to learn the step-by-step process to create an off-the-charts press release? PR
  3. One of the most difficult tasks in a book launch is writing the press release for you book.
  • It can’t sound like a free commercial that screams “Buy My Book!”
  • It must be interesting.
  • It must communicate clearly and concisely the target audience for your book and what they will learn, feel or experience when they read it.

    Get ready to be the “piper” to lead buyers to you and your book!

    Joan StewartJoan Stewart,
    aka The Publicity Hound a former newspaper editor, will walk you step by step through two press releases–one for fiction and one for nonfiction. You’ll learn not only how to write it, but how to use it in your publicity campaign.

    Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd and book publishing expert, will be your moderator.

  1. Date and Time:  Wednesday, July 20th at 5 PM Mountain (4 PT, 6 CT, 7 ET)
    Location: Anywhere your computer is


AUG WEBINAR Create WorkBooks and Adult Coloring Books
Aug 11 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Get ready to create a variation of your book and expertise that Marvel Comics would be proud of! With the ability to tap into Amazon’s CreateSpace and IngramSpark, you too can join the crowd that had gotten the “how-tos” of creating workbooks, guidebooks, comics … even adult coloring books (not to mention kiddos). If you publish children’s books and adult coloring books or even if you publish nonfiction … OR, are thinking about doing it … you’ve got to see how this is done … and learn how quickly you can convert ANYTHING into a snappy and sassy new product.


Register here (even if you can’t attend live, you will get the replay the next day):

If you could do this quickly and easily, you can increase your monthly passive income with a snap of a finger (well kind of).

Here’s your question: Are you ready to catch a new wave of ideas and repurposing for you and your books? One that coattails to a top selling trend for adults?

There are a lot of sticky details when it comes to publishing physical books and physical color books that you will want to throw your laptop into the ocean because it could be so confusing! This webinar will be your lifeline … learn how and discover how you can add income to your cash water-way.

NEW! SPEEDBOAT Printing and Publishing Webinar on Thursday, August 11th—it’s another freebie. There’s so much you can do to create new products that are a variation of what you currently have. The time is 4 PT, 5 MT, 6 CT and 7 ET. Expect a fast hour.

Even if you can’t attend “live”, register to get the replay:

Are you aware that adult and kid coloring books are hot in book sales? Would you like to know how to convert what you have written and create them? How about spiffy newsletters, guides, and workbooks?

Get ready for a speedboat of a webinar. We are going to show you how to make a full-color book fast. It’s all in this week’s WebinarGold on Thursday, the 11th.


February 4th: Breaking through Social Media Phobias – It’s a Must! @ The Colorado Automobile Dealers Association (CADA)
Feb 4 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm


Many of us experience dread when thinking or talking about using social media venues to sell our books. Yet, as authors, we need to break through these fears in order to sell our books, attract future readers and influence the media. Attend this event to learn about ways to blast through your phobias, sell your books faster and build the number of followers (aka potential readers). 




  • Debra Jason, How You Can “Create a Thunder” to Sell Your Book (Brag: Sold an additional 200 books in 30 days using this social media platform!)
  • Laurie Weiss, Featured Author of the Month (Brag: She can help you reduce anxiety about anything!)
  • Erin Cell, Increasing Sales through Twitter (Brag: She’s the mastermind behind the inaugural Social Media Day Denver event!

How You Can “Create a Thunder” to Sell Your Book

After spending a year working on my book, I proudly held the physical proof in my hand. As I began planning the official book launch, I was introduced to a cool online marketing tool that helped me achieve a broader reach – broader than I could have ever imagined.

This cost-effective marketing tool helps you “create a thunder” as your announcement travels across social networks. It resulted in my book having a social reach of more than 1.4 million viewers and ranking in Amazon’s Top 10.

The good news? You can do this too when launching your book!

  • Create a buzz around your book before it launches.
  • Amplify your message across social media.
  • Build your social reach without asking your network to dip into their wallets.
  • Launch a thunderous online campaign in 3 simple steps.
  • Design an attention-grabbing graphics even if you’re not an artist.


Debra Jason is an author of the award-winning book, Millionaire Marketing on a Shoestring Budget™, Debra Jason is also a speaker, copywriter, and multi-faceted marketing mentor. A recipient of the Boulder Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award, she started The Write Direction in 1989. Her mission is to empower you with the cost-effective marketing strategies you need to gain exposure for your book so that you attract a steady stream of happy readers.




Featured Author of the Month: Dr. Laurie Weiss


After over 40 years practicing psychotherapy and coaching, Relationship Communication Expert, Dr. Laurie Weiss had no intention of starting a new phase of her career. Then a colleague helped her resolve a persistent, stressful problem using an amazing new technique. She was astounded that he did it in just a few minutes, using only words while standing on the sidewalk outside of a restaurant. As a Psychotherapist, Coach and Consultant Dr. Laurie has been helping clients reclaim life energy and find joy in life since 1972.  She has taught professionals in 13 countries and authored 8 books that make complex information accessible to anyone. Her latest, Letting It Go, reflects her expertise in the rapid anxiety and stress relief process she first encountered that fateful evening. She is a long time member of AuthorU.

Dissolve Social Media Blocks—Yes, Really!

  • Identify what scares you most
  • Picture your “why”
  • Use 3 sentences to change the picture and dissolve the blocks

Increasing Sales through Twitter

Looking to increase book sales through the use of social media, more specifically, Twitter? We will start with the basics & learn the language of Twitter. Building a Twitter Tribe is key to increasing your exposure on the platform, we will walk through engagement and follower tips & tools. As with all marketing, you need a plan, learn how to create a winning content & engagement strategy for Twitter to help you increase your online sales.

  • Twitter Talk – Learning the Language
  • Building Your Twitter Tribe
  • Creating a Winning Strategy for Twitter
  • Twitter Tips & Tools
  • Increasing Sales through Twitter


Erin Cell is a social media strategist, consultant & speaker who is passionate about helping businesses (and authors) understand the power of social media. She has helped thousands of authors, business owners, entrepreneurs, and executives improve their online presence while saving them time and money. She is the mastermind behind the inaugural Social Media Day Denver event in partnership with the Colorado Women in Social Media. She speaks regularly around the Denver area to a variety of groups, including SCORE Denver, Polka Dot Powerhouse, Denver Start-up Week, and hosts her own Social Success Club Meetup.


REGISTER NOW … costs go up on the January 28th.




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FEB: AuthorYOU Circles – Turn Up the Heat with Repurposing @ The Book Shepherd's Offices
Feb 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Yup … it’s cold and you may want to hunker in … but this is the ideal time to turn up the heat and create new programs–audio–how about a video series — crafting a speech that can open up the door to huge sales? Get ready for ideas to defrost the coldest of fronts!



All gatherings start with a flip chart and a question: what do you need? The morning is then off … who knows what paths it will take?

Is there a book in the works? Are you stuck? Curious about the various publishing options? Ask your questions …

The Author YOU participants are true masterminds. The Circles created with expanding your projects and the breadth of your success. If you want to make your book happen … here’s the inner circle that has ideas and experience to kick start it, goose it and just get the launch started.  Your answers are in the room.

There is no charge except your “fee” is to bring a snack to share, your ideas, questions, an open mind and meet other authors. No question goes unanswered! –come at 9, stay til noon–

Warning: if you are a “no-show,” you get two passes; after two misses, future participation will be based on availability


WebinarGold: Mara Purl Tells ALL: The Top 10 Keys to Audiobook Success
Aug 17 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

The Top 10 Keys to Audiobook Success Webinar  

 August 17    4 PT, 5 MT, 6 CT, 7 ET


Do you have an audiobook for your book? Have you thought about creating one? Do you know that audiobooks are the fastest growing segment in publishing today?


It’s Audiobook Revolution time!

Learn why you should create one and the top 10 ways to soar your success. Our August webinar is any eye and ear-opener!


The Top 10 Keys to Audiobook Success

Once you have created the audiobook version of your book, narrator and audiobook expert Mara Purl will share specific strategies for audiobook success, including:

1.     Key reasons to go exclusively with Amazon’s ACX (Audiobook Creation Exchange) or to go non-exclusive 

2.     Top ACX Alternatives

3.     Best options for getting your audiobook into libraries or on CD

4.     How to give away your audiobook and get paid for it

5.     How to place your audiobook in the 3 best Audible categories

6.     Key options for audiobook reviews

7.     Building your genre fan base

8.     Why you can make more money with your audiobook than your eBook

9.     How to use your audio files in your promotions

10. Best Audiobook award competitions


Meet Your Presenter You know MARA PURL as the best-selling, multiple-award-winning author of the Milford-Haven Novels, known as the “Heart Books.” But behind the scenes, Mara has been a top professional audio producer for two decades. Her ground-breaking original radio drama “Milford-Haven USA” was the first American radio serial ever broadcast on the BBC, where her 100 episodes with an all-star cast found an audience of 4.5 million throughout the U.K. Next she created 75 radio drama trilogies with students she worked with in Alaska, Colorado, California, and Tokyo, Japan. Next she launched Haven Books Audio, where her audio books have won the USA Book News, Hollywood Book Festival, and EVVY Audio Book Awards. In addition, Mara is a sought-after Audible narrator who performs multiple character voices and who enjoys becoming unrecognizable when she performs American-Southern, as well as French, German, British, Australian, and Japanese foreign accents. Find out more about some of Mara’s audios at


WebinarGold: Why you should have a Coloring Book around your Expertise, or Something New
Nov 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Are you ready to tap into an ADULT craze that doesn’t to appear to have an end in the short-term horizon?

Did you know that adult coloring books are rocking it in book sales?

But consider this…

Adult coloring books and other low content types of books are easy to create and profitably publish IF you know how to use complicated graphics like Photoshop or Gimp Shop. 

But what if you don’t? As you like the idea … but where is the Dummies version?

Get ready … this webinar has that solution for you.

On Wednesday, November 8th, we’re going to show you a brand-new way starting at NOON Mountain time—11AM Pacific and 2 PM Eastern.

Here’s the other great thing you can use this to create:

  • Adult coloring books
  • Children’s coloring books
  • Maze Books
  • Game Books
  • Action Guides
  • Journals
  • Diaries

and much, much more!

Get ready to create new products that compliment what you have now. Create something spanking new. And have fun.

Register here:


DEC 15th: It’s Our FINAL Ho … Ho … Ho … Holiday Party @ Judith Briles’ home
Dec 15 @ 6:00 pm

It’s that time of the year again …


Fun, Laughter, Great Food, Interesting Gifts and Amazing Schmoozing—the food is always excellent, the networking, schmoozing and laughter not to be surpassed.

The Author Holiday Party will be held on:


Date: Friday, December 15th from 6: 00 to ???

Bring: One unmarked gift to exchange in the off-the-wall Wacko Pick and Steal after dinner. If there are two in your party, bring two please.

Location: Judith Briles’ home: 8122 S Quatar Circle, Aurora CO 80016 (note–the code for the back gate will be changing .. you will be emailed directions with it the week of the party).

$20 per person

or $35 per couple

… includes dinner and drinks (no tipping!)

Ashography Event Photography

Gifts: We do an exchange–the Wacko Pick and Steal exchange to be exact; please keep your cost value to less than $15—hot items in the past: wine; nifty gadgets from Home Depot and Costco; sports stuff; movie tickets; goofy and quirky can be fun … as long isn’t is not a clear reject from something past.

AuthorU and Colorado Authors Hall of Fame Day at the Barnes & Noble @ Colorado Blvd. Barnes & Noble
Dec 19 all-day

December 19th will be big for AuthorU members and AuthorU … it’s AuthorU and Colorado Authors Hall of Fame Day at the Colorado Blvd. Barnes & Noble.

 Author signings all day … all customers who use the special coupon created by B&N and distributed to ANYONE who comes into the store on December 19th, selects books AND then gives to the cashier at check-out will create a donation back to the Authors Hall of Fame gratis B&N … how very cool is that! Watch for more info and sign-ups to participate. Support your author friends who are signing and SHOP in the store. We will get credit for any books as long as a coupon is given to the cashier.