The Book Shepherd … Practical Advice, Strategies and Resources for Authors and Books

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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This Author’s Feet Were Made for Walking and Talking!

This Author’s Feet Were Made for Walking and Talking!

Have you ever thought about where you have been? And how you got there? And what your mode of travel was?
As I write this, I’m in beautiful Hawaii. Loving the sun; the gentle breeze that flows across the patio in the afternoon; being with four other girlfriends at our annual giggle and gather; and, of course, sipping my favorite peach ice tea. I’m working on three different manuscripts this week—sending one back to my client …

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You can get my newest #publishing audiobook for free!

You can get my newest #publishing audiobook for free!

 
Well, this has been quite a week … 7 offers in 7 days … 7 blogs in 7 days … and I wish ONLY 7 things in each day … but life and work gets in the way! I’ve already finished one manuscript and ready to dive into another. Meanwhile, Mexican Train Dominoes is on the afternoon play schedule along with papaya and a splash of lime … and of course, my favorite peach ice …

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Spend 3 days with me that will change your authoring journey and lead to success

Spend 3 days with me that will change your authoring journey and lead to success

My internal time clock is wacko. I’m an early bird, so waking between 4 and 5 each AM is my normal time to settle in with my first cup of tea and catch up on reading; then the news … and then down into the office. Long before staff shows up and often before John rises.
Hawaii is three hours behind Colorado … and who knows what it is in your time zone. Here’s what I’m …

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