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TIPS … the take-aways I’m always looking for at a conference, workshop, program, meeting, event- you name it, it’s the “gem” in the pile that I can see the immediate “aha” to and implement in my “get it done” mode.


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travel 1Cool Idea for Travelers If you are traveling and want to use an airline club but not pay hundreds of dollars for an annual membership, check out eBay. You can often pick up one or two passes for less than the cost of a full day pass.



refdesk Excellent All-in-One Reference Site

Are you in the need of references and resources? Use RefDesk (, a comprehensive reference site offering more than 1,000 links to search sources, news feeds, commentators, columnists, today in history, geography, newspaper artifacts, wire services, dictionaries, health sites, zip code look-up, area code finder, etc. You are guaranteed to find some news items or fact that relates directly to a topic that you are working on.

hubspotHow does your website measure up? Visit – Run the tool and see which components you are missing.  It will give you a number between 0 – 100.  Remember Google is looking for thought leaders in their niches.  Authorship for Google is one of the single biggest update in their algorithm since the search engine was launched.

Your number matters as it shows your “professorship” in your space. A true experts does blog, has a site, has a social presence, has the right mobile settings, etc. The Marketing Grader will give you an idea if you are getting credit for all your activities online. This is a very good thing!


Ashography Event Photography Judith Briles is known as The Book Shepherd a book publishing expert and coach. She 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 31 books including Author YOU: Creating and Building Your Author and Book Platforms (ForeWord Indie/Fab Book of the Year), Snappy Sassy Salty: Wise Words for Authors and Writers and a speaker at publishing conferences.

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 two and 1/2 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 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