Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms Wins 3 National Book Awards

It’s a wahoo here in Colorado when I received word that  Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (Mile High Press) won not one, but three different books awards. Last month, it was honored with the “best” in the Writing/Publishing categories from the Indie Excellence Book Awards, the International Book Awards and received the bronze from the Independent Book Publishers IPPY Awards.


As an author and publishing expert, I’ve worked with hundreds of authors and spoken to thousands. There are so many mistakes, all too common that could have been anticipated if Platforms had been developed.  Every Author, every Book, needs a Platform. It’s the stage, the very foundation of your book and authoring businesses. Author and Book Platforms don’t happen overnight. They take time, and there are steps—some small, some large and some in-between—that will transition the author to-be from just an idea to a book that stars him or her as the expert or an amazing story-teller.

Platforms start with a statement of fact: why the author wrote the book; why the author should be the author for it; why the author is committed to its theme/topic; and what value the author brings to the reader. It is done with Confidence, Clarity, Competence and Commitment.

Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms  (Mile High Press, 10 x 7, ISBN 978-1-885331-41-0, $45) is an extraordinary and inter-active guide and workbook. It’s available at books stores and online. When you purchase the book, contact me directly: I’ll send you a link to unlock over $2,000 in videos and gifts to enhance and ease the publishing journey.

Authors can scour the Internet for articles and try to piece together a plan from various bits of advice; they can hire consultants; they can buy 1,000s of do-it-yourself books, but if they want to end up with a fully executable, complete publishing and marketing plan, they need to follow this “step-by-step” guide and workbook to put it all into place.  With my  30+ years of publishing experience woven around 22 activities, illustrated and four-color throughout, Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms is the guide and workbook designed for Authors at every level.

Authors (new and not new) will discover:

  • How to create a successful book plan
  • 22 Activities that will captivate your author and book development
  • How to identify which publishing venue is right
  • How to use simple ways to get to the core of their book
  • How to carve out the time and space to craft their masterpiece
  • How to ID which Internet and social media features will work for their book
  • How to steer clear of the publishing predators
  • What they need to create a successful book launch
  • Multiple resources for funding their book projects
  • How to use a story-board approach to layout their book

The savvy author won’t start their first or next project without it! Get your copy now. Amazon has it discounted.

IMG_0710 Judith Briles and Guy Kawasaki at the Author U Extravaganza


Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd (, an author and book publishing expert and the Founder of Author U (, 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. Her latest, Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms is just out. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Your Guide to Book publishing on the 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