I was honored with several awards—triple wins—this month for:
Author YOU! Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms is the Winner in the Writing & Publishing category of the 2013 National Indie Excellence Awards.
Author YOU! Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms is the Winner in the Writing & Publishing category of the 2013 International Book Awards.
Author YOU! Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms is the Bronze IPPY Winner in the Writing & Publishing category of the 2013 International Book Publishers Awards.
My amazing team consisted of: Nick Zelinger of NZ Grapics designed the cover and interior; Don Side created the whimsical illustrations; John Maling the editing and Georgann Hall the final cold-eye editing; and the first printing was done by Tom Campbell with King Printing—all Author U members. All shared my vision, I couldn’t have done it without them.
What do you do when you’ve been “had” in the publishing game/maze?
Do you moan and groan that you’ve been screwed?
Do you spend countless hours in phone and email hell trying to get to someone who’s going to fix whatever needs fixing on your book?
Do you cave in, with book tail between your heart and soul and just slink away?
Do you make a variety of excuses as to why you are in the mess you are?
Do you ignore that you’ve been treated like a piece of yesterday’s trash?
Do you …
How about: let’s kick in “your better judgment” Do you … and get the heck out of dodge?
Stop working with the people and group that have zapped you. Just stop. Lick your wounds; you made a mistake that is costing you time, energy and money. I know, it’s the money thing that keeps people in the book …
This week celebrates National Library Week. For authors, libraries can be your best friend. With over 100,000 throughout the country, their budgets still purchase approximately $2,000,000,000 in books each year—two billion dollars! That’s what the American Library Association and the Book Industry Study Group report.
So … the question is … are you getting your share?
Befriend your local library and librarian. Let them know about your book.
Offer to do a program—especially if you are a children’s author. Many libraries have author programs and are enthusiastic in working and featuring authors—stick your neck out. And if you get invited, make sure you encourage others to come. Bodies count!
Ask for testimonials and endorsements.
Make sure you share reviews and any media clippings with your librarian … the one you befriended!
Donate a book to the library—it just may be the thing that generates a purchase order.
Encourage your followers to contact their libraries to request your
Authors need feedback, reality checks and plain old-fashion butt-kicking. And they need a little kindness. Few think about putting together an “official” type of board to serve in the feedback/reality check/butt-kicking honors. An Author Inner Circle … a type of Advisory Board.
Who Belongs in Your Inner Circle?
It’s time to create yours. The Author Inner Circle … trusted colleagues, pals, and always someone who has “been there, done that.” Most likely, it’s not going to be your sibling, mom or dad. Not unless they’ve authored or work with authors, publishing, books. You want someone who has got an inkling of what is going on in the publishing business; someone who is connected with others; someone who has a sense of humor; someone who has a kaleidoscope of business experience; someone who will say it as it is and not side-step the elephant in the room (which could be you); someone who loves to brainstorming and bounce off-the-wall ideas around; …
Social Media is going to be the primary tool to move your book forward.
If you are still resistant, three words for you: Get Over It! With that said, experiment-which of the key platforms—LinkedIn Groups, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Blog, YouTube—will work best to get your toe in the water? In most cases, I’m going to tell you to do them all, but concentrate on one of two. Download Hootsuite or SocialOomph to keep your sanity to manage them … and to manage forward.
A Blog is a must do—you’ve written a book; you’ve got scads of material. Copy/paste, copy/paste. Create a short intro and exit. Start posting. Remember the 3 Cs-Content, Consistent, Commit. Start with once a week; pick a day; do it. Next, start doing short videos—hello cello phone. Create a Video Blog for variety. Little …
As The Book Shepherd, Dr. Judith Briles has worked with thousands of authors. She’s the author of 30 books and knows what it takes to create, publish and market them. Judith also knows why most authors fail to succeed in their author quest.
Judith also gets the pitfalls that an author can encounter. With 18 books published via traditional NY publishers, she learned to her dismay, that two disappeared—owing her thousands of dollars; that books were orphaned three different times with editors who were fired or quit in the middle of production and no one was there to support her dream—meaning the book was dead; that a publisher actually sold rights to a book after all rights had reverted to her—never giving her a dime. Judith also learned how to be successful, really success in publishing.
Is there a secret YOU can learn too?
“Absolutely!” says Judith Briles. Author success has everything to …
Do you want to be seriously successful as an author?
Then Go-Go-Go and enter the Author YOU Cha-Cha-Cha Sweepstakes. Created around the new book , “Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms,” this sweepstakes celebrates its book launch that will happen March 26th and 27th.
Enter now for the opportunity to win 10 amazing prizes … all to ONE person: http://ow.ly/iMzSz
• Reduce the Cost of Your Next Print Run from Color House Graphics, VALUE: $1,000
• Silver Success eBook Promotion from Penny Sansevieri, VALUE: $499
• Book Covers Say a Thousand Things—You Get One that Does from Nick Zelinger, VALUE: $750
• Author U Extravaganza May 2-4, 2013 in Denver, CO from Author U, VALUE: $560
• Premium Conversion and Distribution form BookBaby, VALUE $249
• Every Book Needs an Editor for 10 Hours from John Maling, VALUE: $500
• Extreme FaceBook Makeover from Georgia McCabe, VALUE: $750
• Specialty Ad Placement in Premium …
Last month, I spent several days on a barrier island off the Gulf of Florida—Palm Island. I knew that snow was expected at my home base in Denver. Happy that the wet stuff was coming because we needed it; and very happy that I was not there.
I need sun … and flowing water. Both are my muses with water being the primary. Ice isn’t. I had major writing, and thinking—noodling to do. Another book in the works. A major book launch popping this month.
Oh, I’m playing, it’s not all work. But I’m also creating, seeing a dear friend … and working. I’ve got my personal book launch for Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms slated for the end of this month; I’ve got my personal coach for the book launch, Georgia McCabe at my side who is tuned into my Muse and makes sure its presence is felt, seen and heard. I’ve got …