Kick-Butt Author and Publishing Tips & Ahas

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In April, I will have my next book available: How to Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos. One, by one, I’ll reveal all 101 of them … below is your next Tip for this week:

85     Create Tip Sheets and Cheat Sheets 
Authors don’t maximize their hot advice … yet readers love the idea of getting them in a nugget format. Enter the Tip or Cheat Sheet. For nonfiction, go through each chapter—what can you pull from them to create a Top 10 or How to list of tips and tricks? For fiction, how about 5 essential tips to create a villain readers love to hate; 10 ways to turn a destination into a major character … you get the picture. For the Fiction crowd, your tips could be created for other writers.  A twist could be to create a Tip or Cheat Sheet on how to dig out the villain from a writer’s hints—use your imagination. What do your inquiring reader’s want to know?

Tip: Tip and Cheat Sheets are short cuts and ahas. They are great to use on your website as a lure to attract followers and gather emails.

Don’t Forget Video: Book and Author Tip Sheets

Now that you are creating Tips in writing, convert your words to a short Video Tip.
Upload each tip video to your YouTube account. Include keywords/phrases in the video title and description. Author Virtual Assistant Kelly Johnson ( suggests that you create a playlist to identify this “group” of videos as Tips on _________________.

Tip: Share the videos on your social media (including Pinterest—you can pin YouTube videos on Pinterest boards).

Source: How to Avoid Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers and Boo-Boos by Judith Briles©2016.


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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 signature-full TRNabout 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 was published this fall grabbing #1 in Hot New Releases on Amazon for several weeks: The How to Avoid 101 Book Publishing Blunders, Bloopers & Boo-Boos. Get your copy now.

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 2017, the dates are June 22-24th.  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 “AuthorU – Your Guide to Book Publishing” on the Toginet Network at .

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