Celebrating Authors and Giving Back … It’s a Good Thing!

It’s that time of the year … again. Birthday time rolls around every February. I’ve told all my friends and family–no gifts this year. Yes, I love lunches and dinners out, movies, the theater, trips, cruising, cooking with friends, chai and teas, flowers, fun cards, AND books–oh yes–I can’t go into a book store and not leave with out a full bag of my favorite things.

This year … no gifts, at least to me. What I told friends was to convert the $4 card, or cup of tea, or book, or flowers, or lunch/dinner out and instead, donate a few dollars instead to the building of the Colorado Authors Hall of Fame whose Mission is:

To inspire by celebrating and sharing
the lifetime
contributions of Colorado’s
extraordinary authors.

The Hall will strive to educate the people of Colorado and the country about the stories of the authors who shaped their works using their personal presence and the environment of our State with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Their talents, skills, struggles, and contributions form a legacy that the Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to protecting and celebrating.

Authors of diverse backgrounds, from pioneers to politicians, educators to entrepreneurs, are inducted into the Hall of Fame during a gala event held in even-numbered year. The authors inducted into the Hall of Fame have made a major impact on the lives of others with their words, elevating their knowledge; solving problems; inspiring them to reach and stretch; delivering stories that entertain; stirring the imagination of young and old alike; and changing lives within out State, our Nation and for many, around the World.

How cool is that? It’s a project that I’ve had on the back burner for too many years–time to get birthed and it done! I would love to have you join in with me for my birthday. It’s a good thing.

My two bits for today …


Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and coach. She empowers authors and works directly with authors who want to be seriously successful and has been writing about and conducting workshops on publishing since the ’80s. Judith is the author of 35 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 #35, How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos has earned 7 national book awards in 2017Get your copy now.

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