Tis the season for Authors and Parties …

Over the summer, one of my author friends shared her joy about a niece that had married. Then she added the hiccup—over 30 people had shown up for the sit down reception dinner that hadn’t RSVP’d. A huge snafu for those who had and a massive headache for the bride’s family … meaning mother. The word spread; friends of the bride’s mother quickly stepped in, giving up their dinner spots and dinner—all to the rude jerks that didn’t bother to let anyone know they were coming.         

   

This week brings an early Thanksgiving—officially kicking off the party season through the end of the year. There will be plenty of work events, get-togethers with family and friends and no doubt, plenty of invitations coming your way.

It’s a yes or a no, yes? Or, are you waiting for a better offer? Anyone who hosts a gathering is going to have food and a menu. Be kind (and be grateful to those that open up their homes to share in the Holiday warmth) … reply promptly. No host wants to run out of food, or for that matter all the dishes and anything else needed to make guests comfortable. And no host wants to wonder if anyone is coming.

We are all busy—RSVP your yes or no and how many are in your party if you are going. An email can take less than 10 seconds. If the invite is coming via an online invite, simply do the click through and add your acceptance or regrets. Or a quick phone call can be placed saying you look forward to the party or you can’t make it.

Lastly, show up if you say you are going to. When you are there, don’t be a time watcher, reminding the host that you are doing a “drop-in” and there is something else you are heading to. Dump the phone vigil—leave it in your pocket or purse, unless you are taking photos. Join in, have a good time—be present.

Of course, things happen and you may be prevented from going. Do the courtesy thing—change your RSVP.  Enjoy the Holidays—this is a marvelous time of the year—share your stories, create and participate in conversations, and look back on the year.

What and Who has entered your life that has made a difference? Where were you in January and where are you today? Where have you grown? What have you done?

What are you grateful for?

All good questions as this year comes to a fast close. Enjoy yourself.

Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd (www.TheBookShepherd.com), an author and book publishing expert and the Founder of Author U (www.AuthorU.org), a membership organization created for the 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 30 books including Show Me About Book Publishing, co-written with John Kremer and Rick Frishman and a speaker at publishing conferences. Her latest, Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms will be released in early 2013. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Your Guide to Book publishing on the www.RockStarRadioNetwork.com. 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 her at Judith@Briles.com.

   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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