Why authors are the lifeline for billions globally by Judith Briles

Authors Are the Lifeline for Billions …

Many have asked me, “WHY? Why did you create the new adventure—you already have your hands and hours full.”

True, my hands are full most of the time … plus what goes on in my mind. As an author myself and someone who coaches and guides writers in the quest, I know that authoring can be a lonely number. 

And yet, it was authors, often in their solo rooms, who generated the answers and provided the solutions for dealing with business issues and building my own.

I wanted to create a special recognition for authors, authors who had been a lifeline for me growing up and provided wisdom as I built my businesses and delivered thousands of hours of reading delight with their stories in my leisure time.

In the back of my mind was always, we need to create a platform to truly honor the gift of words and those that create them. Busy with my own business—speaking all over the world on my own books, I finally said enough of this travel bit … and The Book Shepherd went into full gear helping authors achieve their dreams. The nudge was there.

Reaching out to a friend who was familiar with nonprofits—could you give me some guidance on how to set it up? Another who was a CPA, stepped in to create “the words” necessary to file a formal application for a 501c3. That was received in 2014.

2018 became another milestone, it was a now or never time. With the support of a Book Fair and Barnes & Noble and a private donation, the website could be built. The Board was firmed up and plans to call for Nominations and plan the first Induction were made.

I’ll never forget what one of my friends said when I shared what was evolving—“Who would care about this but authors?” I was stunned. “Who?” I questioned her. “Why, ANYONE who has been inspired by something they read; motivated to take action; obtained the know-how and steps to start a business, or save it; needed answers to problems and solutions and discovered them within a book; wanted to learn something new; wanted to discover what made a famous or successful person tick; wanted to improve relationships with loved ones; wanted to escaped for a few hours with an amazing story; even to rediscover a purpose and reason to live … that sounds to me that that is a HUGE amount of people who would care.”  She didn’t respond. More like the deer in the headlights impact.

The Colorado Author’s Hall of Fame is an all-volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was originally founded in 2014 with a vision to recognize and preserve the recorded accomplishments of past and present authors who have created and published books. Both historical and contemporary authors who have shared their words of wisdom, encourage­ment, and entertainment are celebrated. The Hall ensures that their insight and visionary achievements will not be forgotten.

Saturday, September 14, 2019, will be a special evening where all who cherish and love the words of authors get to revel in them and the stories of outstanding published authors from all genres and generations who have a vibrant connection to Colorado. The result: collectively, we will ensure their legacies won’t be lost.

The September inaugural inducted authors come from diverse backgrounds and have created major social, personal, and professional impacts on the lives of others with their words. They do it (and did it) by elevating readers’ 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 our state, our nation and for many, around the world.

Discover WHO they are HERE.  Authors who threw me the lifeline when I needed it.

All of us involved with the Authors Hall of Fame welcome your participation. Won’t you join us?


Dr. Judith Briles is a book publishing expert and author of 37 multi-award books. She’s guided over 1,000 authors in creating their books, earned in excess of $3,000,000 in speaking fees based on her books and gathered over $2,000,000 in onsite book sales at her speaking gigs. Her book, How to Create a $1,000,000 Speech flips a difficult topic into a simple and easily comprehensible plan. If you want to get into speaking, this is the guide that will be the game-changer to success. And, if you want to know more about Judith’s life, her book of “hope” is When God Says NO-Revealing the YES When Adversity and Loss Are Present. You can get it HERE

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