Monthly Archives: March 2017

Publishing Predators Are in the Swim: Authors Are the Bait … Don’t Get Lured … Don’t Get Hooked!

Publishing Predators Are in the Swim:  Authors Are the Bait … Don’t Get Lured … Don’t Get Hooked!

Several years ago, I wrote and published Sabotage: How to Deal with the Pit Bulls, Skunks, Snakes, Scorpions & Slugs in the Health Care Workplace. It was all about the bad boys and girls who created what I referred to as the toxic workplace of bad behaviors—the problem, the cause, the effect and the solutions. Bad behavior that resulted in billions of dollars in reduced productivity, increased turnover, and patient safety. It was hugely successful …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

 

I loved the workshop delivered by LinkedIn expert and author of LinkedIn 101 Ways to Rock Your Brand, Viveka von Rosen for the AuthorU.org community. Of course, it was ALL about LinkedIn … how to maximize what you are doing as an author, how to use it to expand your branding and expertise and, of course, your author success.
If you are like me, at least on one of the LinkedIn features, I just let LinkedIn do “it’s …

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Author and Book Repurposing … Is It in Your Mix?

Author and Book Repurposing … Is It in Your Mix?

Last week, I was in Ajijic, Mexico speaking at the La Chapala Writer’s Conference over a four-day period plus travel days.  Forty-five writers and authors came together for an enthusiastic two intense days masterminded by Herbert Piekow. In addition, I had 23 one-on-one consults. Whew!

After being in Mexico—at least the touristy side—many times over the past two decades, Cancun and Cozumel became a big yawn for me. I’ve spent many days in Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán, …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas: Author Alert Tip

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas: Author Alert Tip

Beware of ANY Literary Agent Who Charges You UPFRONT for ANY Service
A legit literary agent represents the author’s intellectual property (in most cases, a manuscript for a book to be published) to a legitimate publisher. When a sale occurs, the agent receives a commission—usually 15%. He or she handles the contract side; advance moneys (if there are any) are sent to the agent who in turns deposits the check and immediately sends the author 85%, …

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Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

 

Writing ahas … therefore TIPS!
Comedy writing tells the truth … about the writer and a situation …
When writing fiction, and your character is in an impossible situation … all can lead with is: what happens next. Don’t try to unravel what is happening, go with it.
Let our characters “talk to you” … trust them.

 

Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of AuthorU.org, a membership organization created for the serious author …

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Why It’s #Author Savvy to Take Classes in All Types of Writing

Why It’s #Author Savvy to Take Classes in All Types of Writing

This past weekend, I did some yukking up under the guise of Steve Kaplan, comedy expert and guru to some of the top stars and TV shows in the industry. Yup, we watched video clips of classic comedy sketches (hello Abbott and Costello) … but it was the beauty of the clips from movies that were rolled … then pulled apart line by line. And here is what was cool: good movies and bad movies—both …

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