Happy Christmas and Awakening Your Author and Book Spirit



Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy Author New Year to You from my home to yours! 

This is a favorite time of the year for me. I love the lights, the colors, the festivities, the gatherings and the changes of pace it brings. Everything! And oh yes, we do decorate and do lots of entertaining. And last week, my little kid took in the opening night of Star Wars: the Force Awakens. Loved it!


It’s a wonderful time of “togetherness” with family and friends; and, a time of reflection on the past year … and think forward. Next week is, gulp, the beginning of 2016. And I hear AUTHOR SUCCESS! I look forward to hitting the high seas on January 24th with 30, count them, 30 authors and their partners with the third annual Publishing at Sea venture—three solid days of plays, and four of workshops. Living in Colorado, we’ve had freezing temps for a few weeks, so the sun is beckon to my writing and publishing soul.

As you spend time with those you are close to, it’s a natural to noodle a bit. They all know you have a book … or are writing one. Are they encouragers or stompers? Do they celebrate each step or shake their heads thinking it’s a folly? And how about you … where … exactly are you in the process? During this final week of the year, this is the time to look back and look forward. What worked? What didn’t? And if something, just didn’t work, what are your plans. Scrap it? Morph it? See if it will right itself? What?

SO… your big questions are:

  •  What are you going to do the same; keep doing–yet change a bit; or add new to your authoring/publishing mix? Why?
  •  What’s worked this year?  Why?  
  •  Are you going to continue to do the same or change it up a bit? Why?
  • What’s not worked? Why?
  •  Are you going to keep it in the mix? Or change it up a bit? Why?
  •  What would you like to add? Why?

What do you need to do … as in now … to awaken your author and book spirits … so that The Force becomes your driver?

I would love to have you to make comments… let’s compile a list to share for a future blog.

All of us within The Book Shepherd team want you to know how much you are appreciated.  So many of our authors have won national book awards again this year–we celebrate their amazing journeys and success.





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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 34 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 #34 was published this summer: The CrowdFunding Guide for Authors & Writers. Get your copy.

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 Book Publishing 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.  Her audio and workbook series, Creating Your Book and Author Platform is now available. Join Judith live on Thursdays at 6 p.m. EST for Author U – Your Guide to Book Publishing on the Toginet Network at bit.ly/PublishingShow .

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