Author – Publishing Smarts


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Every author needs his or her own “crime scene tape.” A warning to others to stay out & stay away – the author is at work. (Of course food and beverage can be brought!) Only five dollars, and you get lots of tape to post wherever you are.

Price: $5 plus $3 S&H

Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms

WOW! Author YOU was selected as Book of the Year in the Writing/Publishing category from ForeWord Reviews … this is a huge feather in the publishing cap for independent publishers!Bestseller!

  • #1 Best-Seller Amazon
  • 2013 Winner International Book Award
  • 2013 Winner Indie Excellence Award
  • 2013 Winner Independent Book Publishers Award
  • 2013 Winner USA News Book Award-double winner
  • Book of the Year-ForeWord Reviews

Are you an author? Would you like to be one? Do you know what an author platform is? Every author needs one — it’s the very foundation of your book. In this amazing guidebook that is illustrated and four-color throughout, you will work through 22 Activities that will reveal your true Platforms; how to create a Book Plan along with how to identify which publishing venue is right for you; how to create the time and space to create your masterpiece; how to find moneys to “pay” for your publishing efforts; how to avoid the publishing predators; how to identify ways to market your book, how to identify the components to create a successful book launch; how to make time … and so much more. Highly recommended to also get the CD set, Creating and Developing the Author and Book Platforms at $40. Publishing could take your career to the next, next level — more credibility, enhanced reputation, recognized expertise. If you are writing fiction — you need the steps that will lead to your success.

ForeWord Book Review

Midwest Book Review

The Publishing Pros Are Talking …

The Authors Are Talking & Amazon Reviews Keep Coming …

ISBN: 978-1-885331-41-0                IMG_0710
Pages: 232
Price: $45.00


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Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers

Authoring and Writing Can Be a Lonely Number

Could you use a pick-me-up? A bit of inspiration or silliness? How about something to chew on or get you unstuck? In Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers, you will find all that and more.

Author Judith Briles favorite advice over the years to her many author clients is included … think and write snappy, sassy and salty and surround yourself with cheerleaders for your vision, not distractors.



After compiling an impressive body of work through the years, Judith Briles could sit back, sip tea on her deck, and ponder her next publishing project. Instead, she devotes a remarkable amount of time to helping inexperienced writers discover the path to success. She has become a treasure to the publishing community, and never seems to stop giving back.

With this book, Snappy Sassy Salty, Dr. Briles injects a bit of fun into the mentoring process. Loaded with short, dynamic quotes, it makes you chuckle while it’s motivating you. My favorite snippet: “Planning your writing is not writing. It is planning.”

I’ve been guilty of that so many times!

This is a great gift for writers of all varieties. If that’s you, get it now. If it’s a friend or family member, surprise them with it. They’ll thank you.

Dom Testa, author of the Galahad series for YA

I am a marathon runner and aspiring writer currently working on my book One Foot in Front of the Other. There are so many times I feel it is so much easier to run a marathon than it is to write. There are so many obstacles to overcome when you take on a book or writing project, the main one being life itself. This is my first project so I am like a deer in the headlights.

Snappy Sassy Salty by Judith Briles is a simple but highly impactful book for all Authors and Writers. It is filled with inspiration and motivation quotes, many of which will jump out and speak to you to your own personal writing. It will give you the spark to get back in the saddle and move your project along. For me, I waste precious time editing while writing and a quote in SSS “don’t edit when you write, just write and let it flow,” hit me in the face like a prize fighters punch. I’ve highlighted several other quotes in the book that hit home.

Judith’s book is exactly what I was looking for and despartly needed to provide me the personal motivation to move my book project to the finish line. I’m glad I found it and will use it as a reference daily!!!
Jim Lynch, author of My Step In Front of the Other

Along with a cup of coffee, this little book of short and snappy reminders will get your fingers tapping, your mind buzzing. and your words onto the screen. Every little blurb is loaded with motivational juice to get writers writing. I bought it to give as a gift, but now the pages are too worn … If you haven’t worked with Judith, or attended her seminars, you might not know she actually lives, walks and talks these wise words for writers. She’s one of the most helpful, caring, and authentic book experts around… a true book shepherd.
Patsi Krakoff, author of Content Marketing for Blogs

ISBN: 978-1885331495
Pages: 160
Price: $22.95   Print
Price: $ 5.95   eBook


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Creating and Developing Your Author and Book Platforms

Are you an author? Would you like to be one? Do you know what an author platform is? Every author needs one — it’s the very foundation of your book. In this 4 CD series, you will learn how to identify which publishing venue is right for you; how to create the time and space to create your masterpiece; identify ways to market your book … and so much more. Ideal to accompany the book, Author YOU: Creating and Building the Author and Book Platforms. Presented by Judith Briles.

CDs: 4 total
Price: $40.00


The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers

You’ve written a book … and now you need money for design and printing; money for marketing; money to develop a website; even money for a PR campaign. Money. If your resources are low and your bank yawns when you approach it, there’s another way.

Welcome to OPM—Other People’s Money … money that is given to you and money that you don’t have to pay back. Welcome to Crowdfunding.

You want the odds to be on your side. You want to be in the 30 percent minority that succeeds if you are an author or author-to-be. Not the 70 percent that don’t.

The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers will show you how to:

  • Create rewards that are slick, click and tick with donors.
  • Identify timelines: pre, during and post a crowdfunding campaign.
  • Determine which crowdfunding sites are best for authors and writers.
  • Pinpoint the essentials that every successful crowdfunding campaign has.
  • Get hot tips for creating momentum and the final push.
  • Structure a social media checklist that’s ideal for your project.

Here’s the guide you’ve been looking for that is easy and understandable—one that shows you how to set budgets and limit costs. Does crowdfunding work? Yes. Is it doable? Absolutely … with some help. 

With The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors and Writers, you’ve got Judith Briles at your side. As The Book Shepherd and publishing expert, all her crowdfunded authors have been over-funded. You can be too.


Crowdfunding is the new way to raise money for your (book) project. Book Marketer Judith Briles knows the business. She has helped thousands of authors to publish. Get started on your book early by reading chapter 4:Timelines.
Dan Poynter

This handy little guide tells you just what you need to find your way through the book crowdfunding maze — not too much, not too little. From quick reviews of the most helpful crowdfunding sites to a detailed “do this now, do that then” timeline, you get the information you need to make sure you know the what, why, and how of this option. I’m recommending this book to any author who wants to know about this timely topic. I doubt there’s a better resource out there.
Sandra Beckwith

Crowdfunding is a brilliant way to raise money for your book. This concise and entertaining guide is chock full of the precise steps to an author’s crowdfunding success. If you want a quick, meaty and actionable primer… this book is it!
Daniel Hall

Cover: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-885331-57-1
Price: $15.00


How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos

Are you feeling overwhelmed in writing and publishing your book?

Have you stumbled into a publishing pit?

Would you like practical publishing advice?

You are writing a book … or you have one already published and the OMG moment hits. You have made a mistake (or maybe a lot of them) … screwed up … or you may feel clueless to the tsunami of items you need to deal with. You do not want to fall further into the abyss of book creation and publishing. You need help and savvy guidance.

How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos reveals 101 strategies and tips to ensure your publishing success–all within a compact, illustrated and full color gem.

…Create design elements that keep readers coming back for more.

…Identify readability factors to ensure your reader ease and aha take aways.

…Determine who the publishing predators are and how to avoid their traps.

…Pinpoint the essentials that every successful author must include in a book.

…Get hot tips for creating and maintaining momentum in book marketing.

…Structure social media that is ideal for your book and expertise.

…Learn what to avoid in contracts and how to end them if necessary.

Finally … here is the guide authors and writers have been looking for. It is easy and understandable – one that shows you how to avoid the potholes that litter the publishing maze.

With How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos, you have got Judith Briles at your side. As The Book Shepherd, publishing expert and author of 35 books, she knows what the roadblocks and pitfalls are that authors encounter. And now, you will know too and what to do when you encounter them.


       Dr. Judith Briles provides easy to understand advice on how to publish painlessly in How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing        Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. This is the essential reading for all authors wishing to self-publish.
 Robin Cutler, Director of IngramSpark

    Judith Briles has created a wonderful collection of 101 gems of book publishing wisdom. How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos helps authors publish in print with greater pride, professionalism and success. Learn how to approach publishing as a business, avoid predators and target and reach the right readers.” 
Mark Coker, Smashwords CEO

As a bestsellinr with 46 business books and a publisher of 800 books, I have a good handle on publishing best-practices. I have lots of experience that I’ve learned from trial and error. I can’t tell you what I would have paid to know the lessons that are readily available in this book. Certainly more than the cost of this book. I highly encourage you to browse through the titles, mark those you want to read in more detail, then go back and read them. Trust me, this is great content from one of the best author muse on the planet.
Mitchell Levy, Chief Instigator of Ahas, Aha Amplifier

Judith Briles does it again, providing exactly the resource indie authors need to make their way through the publishing jungle. From planning to platforms to real-world strategies, this is the go-to guide that I’ll be recommending.
Joel Friedlander,

After reading this very clever book, I can say with all confidence that Judith Briles knows exactly what a new author needs to know to publish properly. This list of bloopers and blunders is insightful, helpful, and very complete. Taking the advice in this book will save authors and indie publishers a great deal of time, trouble and money.
Amy Collins, Publishing Expert Author of THE WRITE WAY

Cover: Paperback
ISBN: 978-1885331601