And the Draft to Dream Book Winners Are …

At the AuthorU Extravaganza, twenty Finalists were breathless held over the past weekend in Denver, Colorado. Who would be the top Winners in the first Draft to Dream Book Competition sponsored by Draft-to-Dream-Book-Publishing-Competition-300x300

Each of Finalists were already winners, earning close to $1,000 in prizes. The Grand Prize Winners would pull down close to $10,000 in publishing services, including editing, layout, design of interior and exterior, distribution, ebook creation and much more.

And congratulations to the Winners:

Timothy Madden … Childrens
Stephanie Parriott … Juvenile / Young Adult
Tony Oliver … NonFiction
Julie Griffin … Fiction


I love seeing new authors emerging in genres they’ve never published in before. I wasn’t a judge for this competition and avoided reading any of the manuscripts. The judges were all librarians who stepped up to the plate to support new authors. The comments made ranged from, “This needs a lot more work,” to “This draft is ready for it’s final edit.”


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And, if you are working on a book, or a new book, next year’s competition will open up this coming winter with the results to be announced at the 2016 AuthorU Extravaganza. Put September 15-17, 2016 on your calendar. That is, if you want to be seriously successful with your book.







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Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and is the Founder of Author U, a membership organization created for the serious 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 33 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord IndieFab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences. Book #33, The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers has just been published.

Become part of her inner circle by joining the Author’s Ark and exclusive monthly webinar and coaching event. Each summer, she holds Judith Briles Unplugged, a three-day intensive limited to a small group of authors who want to be seriously successful. In 2015, the dates are August 27-29th.  If you are in Colorado, participate in here Write a Book in 4 Weeks intensive workshop. Information is now under Events on The Book Shepherd website. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at Follow @AuthorU and @MyBookShepherd on Twitter and do a “Like” at AuthorU and Judith Briles – TheBookShepherd on Facebook. If you want to create a book that has no regrets, contact Judith at